Skype Hopes to Change What You Talk About on the Phone

Skype Conversation Ads

Skype's revenues have always depended on your willingness to change the way you talk over the phone. Now the service, recently bought by Microsoft, hopes to make money on what you actually talk about. The company has announced the launch of what it calls "Conversation Ads," large targeted ads that appear on the screen when a non-paying Skype user is talking to another subscriber while using the service's "Skype for Windows" client. Skype hopes that the "Conversation Ads" will actually … [Read more...]

Megapath’s New Speed Test Plus Is a Valuable Free Tool for VoIP Users

Megapath's Speed Test Plus

Every serious VoIP user has at one time or another tested his or her downstream and upstream bandwidth to see if there's a problem. Sometimes (though rarely at today's typical broadband speeds), a bottleneck large enough to affect voice conversations is pinpointed through such a test. But several other internet connectivity factors can have an impact on VoIP quality. Megapath, one of the major independent internet service providers in the U.S., has updated its popular internet speed Speed … [Read more...]

VoIP Provider Callcentric Offers New Plans, Free Phone Numbers

Callcentric

VoIP service provider CallCentric launched a redesigned web site and added several new features over the weekend. Among the changes: Callcentric customers can sign up for free incoming phone numbers that can be used for any purpose. The numbers, from more than 80 rate centers in New York state, incur no monthly or incoming per-minute fees. Two new rate plans have been introduced in addition to Callcentric's unlimited calling plan ($19.95/month), now called North America … [Read more...]

Bill Simon’s Free SIP-to-XMPP Gateway Easily Puts Google Voice on Your VoIP Phone

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Unless you're an adventurous VoIP tinkerer, there is no easy do-it-yourself approach to getting Google Voice to work over an IP phone's unused line. Obihai Technologies series of Obi telephone adaptors allow you to easily use a basic analog phone with Google Voice, but some contortion is required to use an Obi with an IP phone, and even then it may not work. You can follow our guide to rigging an OBi together with Cisco SPA-series IP phones (or Polycom phones as Voxilla member "Priller" … [Read more...]