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Vonage brings free calling and messaging to iPhone, Android

February 8th, 2012

Vonage on Wednesday unveiled a new mobile app for the iPhone and Android smartphones that affords free calling and messaging along with cheap international calling rates. Vonage Mobile allows users to make free “high-definition” voice over IP calls among each other over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G data connections, and low-cost calls can also be placed …

Google Voice calls within U.S. and Canada free for another year

December 13th, 2011

Google on Tuesday announced that calls placed within the United States and Canada using Google Voice will continue to be free through the end of 2012. “This is our way of helping you connect with friends and family across the country,” Group Product Manager Vincent Paquet wrote on a company blog. Google stated last year that …

Messaging apps, VoIP already eating into carrier revenues, study finds

November 18th, 2011

A new breed of messaging services and mobile Voice over IP clients like Skype are already eating into carrier revenues according to a new study. Commissioned by mobile infrastructure solutions provider Mavenir Systems, interviews with 31 mobile network operators around the world found that one-third of carriers are already seeing voice traffic and SMS revenue decline …

‘AT&T Call International’ VoIP app launches for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone

November 8th, 2011

AT&T recently launched its new “AT&T Call International” VoIP application that, exactly as its name implies, allows its customers to place international phone calls from their AT&T’s phones using a Wi-Fi connection anywhere in the world. AT&T’s per-minute VoIP rates are cheaper than its international roaming plans and, judging from AT&T’s product page, calls placed …

Screenshots reveal webOS Skype integration

June 21st, 2011

HP’s webOS is already tightly integrated with a number of services but now it appears that the OS will soon offer Skype integration, too. According to leaked screenshots, users will soon be able to choose to route their calls directly through Skype from the phonebook application, an option that will no doubt save international callers …

Skype service down for some, quick fix available now [updated]

May 26th, 2011

Skype confirmed early Thursday morning that some users may experience connection issues signing into the service or making Skype calls. The company says it has identified the problem and has posted instructions for fixing the issue. The good news is it doesn’t look like the outage will be as massive as the one last December, …

Microsoft to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion

May 10th, 2011

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. The news comes just days after reports surfaced that Facebook and Google were both interested in purchasing, or at least creating a joint venture with the online video chat company. However, sources said Facebook was considering spending $3 to $4 billion …

Facebook and Google eyeing Skype joint venture, possible purchase

May 5th, 2011

Facebook and Google are in separate talks to enter joint ventures with Skype, Reuters reported on Thursday. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also reportedly been in clandestine meetings discussing an all-out purchase of the VoIP service. Skype’s IPO, which is expected to occur later this year, could be worth $1 billion, however, deals with Facebook …

T-Mobile suspends Bobsled service temporarily

April 25th, 2011

T-Mobile announced Monday that it’s temporarily suspending its “Bobsled by T-Mobile” service, which allows Facebook users to call one another for free. Bobsled was unveiled less than a week ago, and it appears that T-Mobile is making the move in an effort to distinguish its own branding. The carrier’s full statement, posted on Facebook today, …