Facebook Messenger Adds Free VoIP Calling to iOS

Facebook, the social media giant, has been finding new and improved ways to connect people since its inception. They are always on the forefront of technology and rarely leave a stone unturned. Last week, Facebook announced that it had added free VoIP calling to its Facebook Messenger app for iOS products. Early last year the VoIP calling feature was available for Android users, but now those with an iPhone can join in. The feature is ideal for users that are connected to a Wi-Fi network. … [Read more...]

Are My VoIP Calls Safe from Government Surveillance?

When news broke this month about “project PRISM”, many callers began to wonder if any form of communication was safe from government surveillance. Under PRISM, the NSA (National Security Agency) gathered information on millions of citizens’ phone calls. According to Gen. Keith Alexander, the surveillance has prevented over 50 terrorists attacks since the September 11th attacks in 2001. The American public has been largely dichotomous about the surveillance. Some Americans are … [Read more...]

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...]