Vonage Releases Less-Costly Mobile VoIP Competitor to Skype

Vonage Mobile Dialer

In what seems like an endless uphill battle with Microsoft's Skype, Vonage has just taken steps that may help level the playing field a bit. The VoIP service provider has released Vonage Mobile, a new service for use with a couple of slick new mobile applications for the iPhone and Android smartphone platforms that the company feels surpasses Skype's mobile voice call and text offerings. Vonage Mobile apps are available for free download on both the iPhone App Store and Android … [Read more...]

Qualcomm VoIP Chip Could Signal the End of Metered Cell Calls

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960

Engadget and others today picked up on an acronym and initialism-laden press release from chip-maker Qualcomm about the "first successful VoIP-over-LTE to WCDMA handoff." Qualcomm's marketing folks may not have put it in an easy-to-understand fashion, but they believe this is an important breakthrough. They are right. The problem is that nobody — not even Engadget's usually reliable down-to-earth writers — have gotten past Qualcomm's alphabetic mumbo jumbo (i.e.: 3GPP, … [Read more...]

VoIP Makes Sprint Most Innovative US Cell Carrier

One argument competitive market and consumer advocates have stressed in opposing AT&T's $39-billion bid to purchase T-Mobile in the United States is that the resulting GSM monopoly would stifle innovation in the cellular carrier industry. It turns out that the deal, which is still awaiting regulatory approval, may have been a key factor in one of the more innovative mobile service features introduced in several years. Ironically (or some would say understandably) neither AT&T nor T-Mobile are … [Read more...]

Smartphone Apps Make Calls Through OBi Devices

OBiOn on Android

Dozens of mobile applications for smartphones allow you to make calls from a mobile phone through a VoIP service provider. Some iPhone and Android apps can be configured to make calls through your own IP-capable PBX. But, there has been no way of making a smartphone call directly through a typical consumer-level VoIP analog telephone adaptor. Until now. A recent update of Obihai Technology's smartphone apps gives the company's hot OBi110 desktop analog telephone adaptor the … [Read more...]