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We're starting to think that voice minutes are heading to the grave. We know that's an exaggeration, and we're still decades out from cellular voice minutes actually being "old hat," but there's no question that those on the cutting-edge have fewer reasons than ever to actually use them. Skype over 3G has put a large dent in the usefulness of those minutes, and FaceTime is doing its own number as well. VoIP applications are popping up all over the place, and now that you can port your mobile number to Google Voice, we're starting to see more reason than ever to just handle voice calls over data networks. Line2 is an app that debuted on iOS some time ago, offering tri-mode VoIP / cell calling.... Read more...
VoIP mobile applications have been around for nearly as long as app stores have existed, and Skype alone has seemingly taken over that industry. But there are other options out there, like Fring. Today, another new alternative has come to light, and it may be the most powerful and attractive of all. The app is called Viber, and while it's iOS only for now (made for iPhones), an Android version is coming soon. This VoIP app, unlike many, is designed to work either over 3G or Wi-Fi; most cannot make calls over 3G. The other great thing about Viber is how it integrates with your phone. In the Skype app, you have to sign up and create a separate contact list from those in your standard address book.... Read more...
These days, people don't "call each other." They simply "Skype." Skype is definitely making a mark in how people communicate, and with more and more people signing up for their VoIP services each and everyday, it's becoming harder to ignore. The service just keeps getting better with each release, and today Skype version 5.0 is available for Windows users in order to bring them even more new extras. Version 5.0 had previously been in beta, but now it's fully out in the open and ready to integrate your Facebook friends. Integration is becoming the name of the game; with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and countless other social networking sites, pulling them together in Skype 5.0 is making it easier... Read more...
It already happened in the home, and now it's happening on college campuses everywhere: landline phones are vanishing. With the proliferation of cellphones, it has made it harder and harder for landline services to prove necessary. Even VoIP-based services such as digital phone from a cable company or Vonage seem limited in use, with the only true benefit being cheap/free calling overseas. But with the iPhone able to handle cheap Skype Out calls now, even that point is becoming moot. There's no question that landline use has been declining in the home while mobile use has been on the rise, and it's only a matter of time before the landline as we know takes a very secondary position in our hierarchy... Read more...
There's no question that more and more smartphone users are using their data services more often than voice services. And with the popularity of texting on the rise, actually calling someone has become an event that happens far less frequently than it used to. And even when you do call someone, there's a good chance that the person has a Skype account, which means that you can call them for free (or close to free) rather than using pricey voice minutes from your carrier. Having Skype on the iPhone was (and is) a pretty big deal, particularly after the company upgraded the app back in March to support calls over 3G. Before that, calls could only be completed over Wi-Fi. But with 3G calling enabled,... Read more...
There's just no question that Skype has revolutionized calling, and has basically delivered VoIP to the mainstream. Before Skype, VoIP was mostly used to make intracompany calls and teleconference calls, but few consumers bothered with it. The setup was simply too difficult, and there was no unified way to actually find someone else who was setup to handle VoIP calling. But you knew that the Internet had the chance to revolutionize calling thanks to the elimination of "roaming," and that it did. VoIP carriers began to pop up everywhere, from Vonage to cable companies. But even those used a standard phone number, so international calling still cost something. Skype, however, enabled people around... Read more...
Here's some interesting news. Skype, which has grown to become the go-to VOIP application for mobile and desktop use, is no stranger to Verizon Wireless. Various Android handsets have been able to use Skype for awhile now, with the Droid and Droid Incredible being two in particular. But frankly, smartphone use of Skype isn't a shocker. Skype has been available for Android and iPhone, but non-smartphones have generally been left out of the Skype party. That could soon be changing on VZW. The largest carrier in America has indicated that they will soon offer phones that offer Skype...which aren't smartphones. Called "3D multimedia phones," these lesser "feature phones" will soon bring Skype access... Read more...
A good bit of time has passed since Skype launched a dedicated application for Apple's iPhone OS. Last March, diehard VOIP users were elated to finally have their favorite calling program available with just a single finger tap, but one huge problem remained: you still needed a Wi-Fi hotspot in order to make or receive a call. Since that time, Skype on mobile calling was updated to support 3G calling, and while phones on Verizon Wireless supported it, the iPhone app mysteriously never did. Even last week, making a Skype for iPhone call required Wi-Fi, despite that limitation being removed elsewhere. Now, that's different. A weekend 2.0 update has enabled the Skype for iPhone program to support... Read more...
A sweeping change is hitting the mobile industry, and we're not just talking about 4G. It's VoIP, and it has been around for years in the PC world, but is just now gaining ground in the mobile world due to carrier's being reluctant to support it. Operators have long feared that enabling the use of Skype or any other VoIP calling software would eliminate the need for users to purchase those expensive minutes, but considering that the use of minutes is already declining thanks to mobile-to-mobile and the growth of texting, now is as good a time as any to have a change of heart. Verizon Wireless, which was previously known as one of the most restrictive carriers in America, will be allowing Skype... Read more...
Skype has done a lot to revolutionize the way we communicate; there's hardly any arguing that. But largely the service has remained the same for years now. It's a VoIP system, and while it has arrived on new devices (like the iPhone), not much has changed in terms of functionality. Until this week. From CES in Las Vegas, Skype has announced some pretty big changes that most any user (or future user) would be quite interested to know about. In an effort to keep up with the high-def world, Skype now supports up to 720p HD video calling on Windows, meaning that users can now video chat at up to 1280x720 so long as their broadband connections are quick enough to support the content. Of course, you'll... Read more...
It may sound somewhat wild, but Google could very well take over the world. We know, you're thinking we're crazy, but the evidence is mounting. It has taken over the search market (and improved usability all the while), it has crafted its own mobile operating system (one that actually rivals the mighty iPhone), it's currently developing its own computer operating system in Chrome OS, it already has a Chrome web browser that's easily better than Microsoft's Internet Explorer, it has a chat tool that may trump Campfire in Google Wave, and now it's fixing to replace your phone company. Who's laughing now, right? Google's GrandCentral (and Google Voice) has already taken the talkative generation... Read more...
We heard way back in December of 2008 that AT&T was looking to mimic Sprint (and now Verizon Wireless) by introducing a femtocell of its very own, and while it took longer than just about everyone anticipated, that launch day has finally arrived. For those out of the loop, a femtocell is--in short--a mini cell tower. It's a box that looks somewhat like a WLAN router, and when connected to your broadband modem, it actually creates a cell site within your home. Naturally, if you have a cell site within your home, your reception is apt to be great.The 3G MicroCell is the first GSM-friendly femtocell to be offered in America, with Sprint's version catering to CDMA users. Essentially, this gives... Read more...
Ah, the videophone. Is it a dying breed, or simply a wonderful gadget being introduced too far ahead of its time. After seeing Verizon's Hub launch and then fall flat shortly thereafter, we're guessing it's the former. Frankly, hardly anyone has time these days to sit down and take a call at home, so we definitely don't have time to sit down, get pretty, and take a videophone call at home. For those lucky enough to know exactly what "free time" truly is, though, Asus is making sure there's an option. The AiGuru SV1T is said to be the most intuitive way to make a VoIP call, boasting a 7" touch panel, built-in webcam, speaker, microphone and Wi-Fi capabilities to let users make unlimited video... Read more...
Jaduka Offers Free Group CallingDallas, Texas - Jaduka®, a leading provider of Web-integrated communication technologies, has launched dukaUS®, an easy-to-use group calling application that dials out and connects up to 6 participants by phone for free. dukaUS group calls are easy to start and moderate, enabling friends, family, business colleagues, or student study groups to get together by phone to rant and rave or just catch up. With dukaUS, you can easily host daily or weekly calls or just start one anytime the mood strikes you!Most group phone services require all users to dial a number, enter a PIN, and then follow an often-confusing phone menu," said Jaduka president Jack... Read more...
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