• Carriers flubbing femtocell

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Femtocells have gotten off to a sluggish start so far because carriers have yet to sell customers on their benefits, says an analyst at Infonetics Research.
  • Skype 'rescues' professor stranded in Europe by volcano

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 4:39 pm

    When professors "phone it in," it usually means they're being lazy or dispassionate about the lessons they're teaching. But for Columbia University Law professor Tim Wu, phoning it in was the only way he could teach his classes this week.
  • Interop Planning Guide: Cloudy forecast

    Posted April 12, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    To say that this year's Interop will feature a lot on cloud computing would be an understatement. Of course, cloud computing is only one of the many topics experts at Interop are due to discuss this year. If you're not interested in the cloud, you can always attend sessions on virtualization, mobility, VoIP and more. This Interop Planning Guide should help you pick out the most interesting sessions with the most relevant speakers to match your area of expertise.
  • Google Voice + iPad multi-tasking = no more iPhone?

    Posted April 8, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Steve Jobs announced today that the next version of the operating system (OS) that powers both the iPhone and the iPad would support multi-tasking. Jobs said the iPhone gets the new OS this summer, and the iPad gets it in the Fall. Jobs also said iPhone OS 4.0 would support VoIP.
  • iPad as Giant Phone? Not With Skype

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 9:47 pm

    So you're holding off on the iPad for the 3G version that arrives in a month, dreaming of placing VoIP calls from anywhere as an alternative to your phone. Just don't expect to do so with Skype, yet.
  • Nortel and Avaya Essentials

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 10:11 am

    The full impact of Nortel’s bankrupcy may not be measured just yet. Yet the insutry goes on. Avaya in particular is faced with the daunting task of keeping its own customers happy but also transitioning its newly acquired Nortel base. Here’s a look at the stories around this major shift.
  • Crafting a UC strategy

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 10:03 am

    If you have been putting off crafting your unified communications strategy, we don't blame you. The more you know, the more you realize how much you don't know.
  • Goober promises low rates for VoIP app users

    Posted April 1, 2010 - 10:19 am

    The App Store is crammed with apps offering Voice over IP features. But Goober Networks hopes that its latest app can stand out from the crowd by offering competitive rates on local and international VoIP calls.
  • Innovative wireless products shine at CTIA 2010

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:16 am

    The CTIA Wireless conference brought in larger crowds and more vendors than last year's event, but that probably isn't saying much, considering the recession had begun to hit hard in early 2009.
  • Benefits of Skype Mobile on Verizon

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:56 am

    As of Thursday, Verizon and Skype will make good on the promised partnership announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Using another industry conference, the CTIA show in Las Vegas this week, Verizon announced that Skype will be available for nine different smartphones this week, with more to come.
  • Salesmanship helps Pepsi bottler win over users to unified communications

    Posted March 9, 2010 - 10:13 am

    Unified communications technologies haven't caught on as expected, and even though IT managers report some solid productivity benefits, rolling out such new technologies can take some salesmanship at the IT level with end users.
  • Skype Lands On Nokia Symbian Phones

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    Nokia is embracing Skype making available for free the Internet-telephony (VoIP) app in the Ovi app store. Over 200 million Nokia handsets will now be able to download the Skype app and make cheap calls abroad while away from the computer.
  • Skype Pulls Windows Mobile Apps; No Word of Return

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Skype's VoIP apps for the Windows Mobile operating system, Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones, are no longer available for download, the company announced, claiming the apps didn't offer a good enough experience.
  • The end appears near for minute-based voice plans

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 1:13 pm

    Cell phone users plagued by hefty overage charges can rest easy -- help is on the way, at least in a few years.
  • Skype On Verizon: So Who Needs A Voice Plan?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    Tuesday's announcement that Verizon Wireless will allow its subscribers to make Skype calls on nine of its smartphones is a telling sign where the mobile industry is heading. If you connect the dots, the traditional wireless voice plan appears to be an endangered species. Its demise may not arrive overnight, or even in a couple of years, but its days are numbered.
  • Verizon Users to Get Skype App...Is There a Catch?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Verizon Wireless and Skype yesterday announced a deal that will produce a new, exclusive mobile Skype-calling and -messaging app for Verizon customers with select 3G BlackBerry handhelds, as well as Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS users.
  • Skype on Verizon Smartphones: The Good, the Bad

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Verizon Wireless and Skype seem like strange bedfellows. But a newly-announced partnership between the two will mostly be a boon for consumers with some drawbacks. When Skype Mobile launches in March, select Verizon phones will be able to make free calls to Skype users and cheap international calls over Verizon's voice network. While this will certainly help some people save money without sacrificing call quality, there are a couple of downsides. Here's the good and the bad:
  • Skype Move to Verizon Expected Soon

    Posted February 14, 2010 - 10:37 pm

    2010 is shaping up to be a good year for Skype. A few weeks back, spokesperson Peter Parkes confirmed the company's VoIP iPhone App would soon be able to access AT&T's 3G network. Now it appears Skype could be making its way to Verizon's network.
  • Wireless VoIP benefits being frustrated in healthcare: study

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    Expected benefits from wireless VoIP and unified communications in healthcare can be subverted with a comprehensive view of the needed infrastructure and, more importantly, of what nurses and doctors actually need to do their jobs at the patient's bedside.
  • Skype Security: Is It Safe for Business?

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:21 pm

    According to data released last month from research firm TeleGeography, Skype, the popular software that allows computer users to make calls over the internet, now accounts for 12 percent of all long-distance calls. The company saw its user base grow to more than 500 million accounts in 2009 and is making a run at a new market this year.
  • Hacker admits stealing, reselling VoIP services

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:21 pm

    Edwin Pena this week pleaded guilty to stealing and reselling an estimated $1.4 million worth of VoiP telephone services.
  • iPhone, BlackBerry users can make VoIP calls over 3G

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    Agito Networks says it can dramatically cut enterprise cell phone costs with a new software release that lets iPhone and BlackBerry handsets make VoIP calls over 3G data connections.
  • Skype sheds light on 3G calling, iPad

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    Fans of Skype's popular VoIP application will have to wait a little longer to make calls over 3G networks with their iPhones, according to a post by spokesperson Peter Parkes on the company's blog.
  • 10 Sites and Services That Will Matter in 2010

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    A year ago, I chose ten sites and services to watch in 2009. Of those ten--TV.com, Qik, Boxee, Loopt, Blip.fm, Power.com, Tweetag, Hi5, Tripit, and BlackBerry AppWorld--only Boxee and (to a lesser extent) Blip.fm became well-known names in the past 12 months. So I'll give myself a score of 20 percent for last year. But this year will be different--I've gone for some safer bets this time.
  • Vonage Offers Unlimited Int'l Calling for iPhone, BlackBerry

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    Vonage now offers an unlimited $24.99-a-month international calling plan for iPhone and BlackBerry users, the company said Wednesday. The new "Vonage World Mobile" VoIP service competes with a $12.95-a-month service from Skype.

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