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All posts tagged "voip"


Friday, May 25, 2012

Comcast Introduces Xfinity Voice 2Go

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/22/...-voip-and-home/

"The end goal is to bring the perks you enjoy with your smartphone to your landline. It all starts with an app that's available on iOS and Android (in both phone and tablet-friendly formats) that functions similarly to Google Voice."

Xfinity Voice 2Go lets you answer or make free calls from a mobile phone or tablet over 3G, 4G, or WiFi using your home phone number. It supports concurrent ring on up to 5 different numbers and SMS messages. It also lets you pick up to four additional phone numbers that different members of your household can use for voice calls or SMS. I didn't see any mention of when this service will actually be available.

I love Vonage but this is starting to sound pretty good. Would anyone switch to Comcast Xfinity phone service for these features?


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Skype for Android Sends Photos and Video

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/13/...-video-and-oth/

"Just in time to really annoy your family and friends with holiday greetings, Skype for Android has updated to version 2.6, bringing with it support for sharing photos, videos and other files with your contacts."

Just in case you didn't have enough options to share a picture of your Christmas tree with mom and dad you can now use Skype for this and more. The latest release of Skype for Android lets you send photos, videos, and even other files to your contacts. They also have improved video quality for Tegra 2 based devices and added support for more devices like the Droid RAZR. Do you use Skype often? If so, what do you think of the new version?


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free VoIP Calling With Viber: Now Available For Android

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/20/...ly-launches-on/

"Hey there, friends. Do you have the voice-calling blues, wishing for a better way to talk to your friends -- without using your minutes? Consider Viber, a free VoIP app that launched for the iPhone last year."

Oh look! It's yet another VoIP service for Android! Having been out for the iPhone for some time now, Viber is now available for the Android folk to use. It doesn't really appear to offer anything more than Skype or Fring or any number of the other VoIP services out there. In fact it really offers a bit less in terms of making calls to those who don't also use Viber. It does offer one unique feature though. Viber does not require you to register for an account or create a username. It simply uses your phone number as your ID. While this makes for very easy setup I'm not really sure I like the idea. For now I think I'll just stick to Skype or our SIP server at work for my VoIP calling. Any of you guys plan on giving Viber a try? Let us know how it works out for you.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Google Voice and Sprint Integration Problems Continue

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/06/...gration-issues/

"You may recall from yesterday that early adopters were having a variety of issues after activating (or attempting to activate) Sprint's new Google Voice integration feature. Well, a full day has passed, and we've had several calls with GV lead Vincent Paquet as well as Brian Smith, Sprint's director of product development. Both executives have said that their respective companies have been hard at work on resolutions to each of the issues we outlined Thursday night, and some customers we spoke to yesterday are now back online."

While I use and love Google Voice I'm not a Sprint customer. I think the idea though of being able to integrate Google Voice with your carrier is great and I would jump at the opportunity. Unfortunately for many who did this it hasn't been an easy ride. There have been a number of problems and it doesn't sounds like either Google or Sprint was quick to respond. Would you want to merge your Google Voice account and your normal cell service? Are you a Sprint customer who has tried this? If so, what has your experience been?


Monday, April 25, 2011

Non-Verizon Skype for Android Finally Gets 3G Calling in the US

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.slashgear.com/skype-for-...calls-20147225/

"The new app, v1.0.0.983, brings the same 3G calling functionality as international users have been enjoying to the US, rather than limiting it to the Verizon version of the Skype app as has been the case until now."

Skype got in some hot water a few weeks ago for a security issue with their Android App. It made it easy for malicious apps to steal your private information. Who knows if this move is to help make up for that or if the timing is just a coincidence but 3G calling is what every non-Verizon Skype for Android user has been wanting since it's release and that feature is now available in the latest version. It still offers WiFi support as well but many should be happy to have 3G available as an option now. Do you use the 3G calling in Skype? How does it work for you?

Tags: app, voip, skype, android, 3g

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Could It Be? Wi-Fi Calling Coming To Select Android Phones On T-Mobile

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 08:30 AM

http://www.tmonews.com/2010/09/is-i...rm-on-t-mobile/

"The last couple of weeks have seen us discuss both on the blog and in our forums the lack of Android and UMA or Wi-Fi calling services and our desire to see it come to Magenta. We've seen our hopes rise with the introduction of a Kineto Wireless service that is capable of bringing UMA to Android as demonstrated on a Samsung Vibrant. Nothing gives me more hope than the following images that I present to you on this fine Sunday morning."

If true, this could be good news indeed. Even if it's not true UMA, the ability to handle your phone calls over Wi-Fi while at home would be wonderful. Of course, chances are still good that Wi-Fi calls will still use minutes from your calling plan but this will be amazing for anyone who lives or works in a poor coverage area and can you imagine the possibilities while roaming in foreign lands? This is all possible now with SIP servers and clients but that isn't very strait forward to setup and leave you with yet another phone number. With this solution a simple flick of a switch and you are up and running. Hey AT&T, you reading this?


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