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VoIP News

December 31, 2010

China to block Skype

by Brian Turner
According to Chinese media, the country's Ministry of Information and Industry Technology will seek to block Western VoIP providers. The aim is apparently to safeguard existing Chinese telecoms operators, not least China Telecom and China Unicom, against low-cost outside competition. However, some people have suggested the news is simply part of increasingly aggressive censorship of the internet by Chinese authorities. Last year internet ...

December 1, 2010

fg microtec adds VoIP client for Blackberry

by Brian Turner
fgmicrotec has become the latest company to offer an expanded VoIP client for Blackberry handsets. The fgVOIP app for BlackBerry allows SIP-enabled VoIP calls on all Wi-Fi enabled Blackberry devices running OS 4.6 and OS 5.0, including the BlackBerry Curve 8520, 8900 & 9000 as well as the ...

November 23, 2010

Cloudnet offers free IP handsets

by Janet Harris
In an effort to promote the use of VoIP, and to celebrate its first year in business, Cloudnet is offering free phones to SMEs who subscribe to its Cloudnet Connect Service. The company says the free Grandstream internet phones and Siemens Cordless DECT business phone offer could save a 10 person company between £700 and £2,000 for equivalent VoIP handsets. The Cloudnet ...

November 17, 2010

Skype weddings and divorces – whatever next?

by Janet Harris
It’s only a couple of weeks since we reported the first divorce over Skype and now a gay couple have tied the knot over the VoIP phone service. Gay Texans Mark Reed’s and Dante Walkup’s wedding is believed to be the first to take place over the online communications platform. The pair used Skype to get around ...

November 10, 2010

Skype updates Android app

by Janet Harris
Skype has been listening to feedback from users of its VoIP telephony app for Android smartphones and has now issued an update. A number of bug fixes have been implemented giving Skype version 1.0.1 QVGA support and support for 320×240 resolution screens. This will give full functionality to Huawei IDEOS, LG Optimus T/S, Motorola Charm, and ...

November 5, 2010

Beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac launched

by Janet Harris
Skype has launched a beta version of its VoIP software specially designed for Mac users. Skype 5.0 offers simplified navigation with the app brought together into a single window to make it easier to use. A major addition is group video calling, enabling video calls between two or more people as long as everyone is using either Skype ...

November 1, 2010

Man divorced via Skype

by Janet Harris
A Muslim man who jokingly told his wife three times that he divorced her, while chatting on Skype, has been made to stand by his actions. It was reported in the Telegraph that the man typed “talaq”, which translates as “I divorce thee”, three times in a row. He then asked the advice of Islamic authorities and was horrified to ...

October 26, 2010

Skype to be blocked on Nimbuzz

by Janet Harris
As part of preparations for its planned IPO, Skype has asked rival VoIP firm Nimbuzz to remove support for Skype services. This will mean that Nimbuzz users will not be able to access Skype services from 31 October. Skype is believed to be planning to break from all third party VOIP and messaging services before its IPO, which is expected to ...

October 21, 2010

Vyke iPhone app available on iTunes

by Janet Harris
Mobile VoIP provider Vyke has released a new iPhone app that can be downloaded for free from the iTunes app store. It will allow users to benefit from low cost international calls from their mobile. Free calls over WiFi and 3G can be made to other ...

October 14, 2010

Skype 5.0 integrates Facebook

by Janet Harris
Rumours of a deal to integrate Facebook and Skype have proved to be correct, with the release of Skype for Windows 5.0. The latest software integrates Facebook news feed and allows users to like, comment and update their status directly from Skype, as well as giving them access to their Facebook ...

October 8, 2010

Vopium launches Nokia N8 app

by Janet Harris
VoIP provider Vopium has launched an app for the Nokia’s flagship N8 phone, representing the first VoIP application for the Symbian ^3 Operating System. The app provides free calls to other Vopium or Skype users over Wi-Fi and 3G data networks, as well as cut price calls to local landlines. The Vopium technology is designed to always find the lowest ...

October 6, 2010

The migration to IP-based telephone systems and the death of PSTN

by Brian Turner
A few months ago Panasonic quietly announced a move away from TDM telephone systems to focus on IP-based telephony. TDM - Time-division multiplexing - was an established protocol in digital telephone systems, but has now been superceded by IP-based telephony using a packet-based system. Certainly Panasonic and others are focusing on the IP market, and companies such as ...

October 5, 2010

Skype announces Android app

by Janet Harris
Android mobile users can now access free and low cost calls with Skype’s latest app. The app can be downloaded from Google’s App Market to Android phones running 2.1 or above. Users will then be able to call other Skype users in the UK for free, over Wi-Fi, although data charges may apply to calls over GPRS, EDGE or 3G. The app ...

September 30, 2010

Skype talks with Avaya and Facebook

by Janet Harris
According to All Things Digital, Facebook and Skype are about to form a partnership which will see Facebook users being able to make Skype calls and send Skype SMS messages to each other from their profile pages. The deal will also benefit Skype users, who will gain access to Facebook’s messaging service, Facebook Connect. Facebook has also announced a deal ...

September 29, 2010

Pinger launches VoIP calls

by Janet Harris
Pinger’s Textfree app, which provides free phone numbers and texting services, is being extended to allow iPod touch and iPhone users to use their device as a phone. The service, which works with WiFi and 3G networks, will offer free or low-cost VoIP calls, putting Pinger into competition with Skype. The downside ...

September 27, 2010

Venezualan VoIP hacker imprisoned

by Janet Harris
Edwin Andres Pena of Venezuela, has been imprisoned for 10 year, after stealing over ten million minutes of VoIP calls and selling them again for a proft. Pena is believed to have made $1m through the scam, while the telecommunications companies he attacked lost around $1.4 million. He hacked into the networks of companies such as AT&T; and, posing as ...

September 20, 2010

fring offers international calls for 1¢

by Janet Harris
In direct emulation of SkypeOut, mobile VoIP service Fring has launched FringOut, which allows Nokia phone users to call anyone in the world from just 1 cent a minute. Fring plans to roll the service out to iPhone and Android handsets. Calls to Canada will cost from 0.4 cents and calls to India from 1.1 cents. The launch of FringOut follows the ...

September 16, 2010

Security firms warn of Skype phishing attack

by Janet Harris
Websense is warning Skype users to beware of emails with "Download VOIP Addons for Skype Free Talks" in the subject line, which are being sent out in their thousands in a phishing attack. The emails are designed to trick recipients into buying an upgrade, and therefore revealing credit card and other personal details to cybercriminals. The bogus upgrade tempts users ...

September 6, 2010

Google to expand VoIP service to Middle East

by Janet Harris
Following Google’s US launch of VoIP on its Gmail service at the end of August, the company has now revealed plans to extend the service to the Middle East, according to Emirates 24/7. In a statement issued to the site Google said that localised versions will be rolled out but it has not yet set a date to launch the ...

September 3, 2010

Skype announces 10-person video calls

by Janet Harris
Skype is making it easier for far-flung families to get together this Christmas. The company has announced the Skype 5.0 beta, which allows video-calling for up to 10 people at once through a new vid-chat function. On its website Skype says: "The second beta of Skype 5.0 brings a number of changes both outside and in – most ...

August 27, 2010

One million Gmail calls made on launch day

by Janet Harris
The launch of Google’s Gmail call feature has proved a huge success with over 1,000,000 calls made in the first 24 hours. The new web tool, which allows voice calls to be made from a computer, effectively puts Gmail in competition with Skype. The service was initially launched in the US, allowing free calls to be made nationally, as well as ...

August 24, 2010

VoIP app for Blackberry smartphones released

by Janet Harris
Tring Me, an India-based communications company, has launched an application that will allow Blackberry users to make VoIP calls via Wi-Fi for the first time without using voice minutes. Although users of Symbian, Windows Mobile, iPhone and Android phones have benefited from being able to make calls ...

August 20, 2010

Google moving into Unified Communications?

by Janet Harris
Google’s recent acquisition have led business research & consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, to the conclusion that the search giant is positioning itself as a unified communications and collaboration (UCC) provider, with a focus on the SME and consumer market. UCC uses an internet protocol (IP) network to converge multiple channels of communication including audio, video, web, desktop ...

August 19, 2010

Fringout preview available for Nokia users

by Janet Harris
Fring has announced fringOut which allows users to call any phone, anywhere in the world from 1 c/min. A preview of the service is available for Nokia Symbian users to try out but it will be rolled out to other mobile platforms later. fringOut is an add-on service and fring users will still have access to the usual IM ...

August 10, 2010

Skype announces £63 fundraising in US

by Janet Harris
Internet phone company Skype is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in the US in order to raise around £63m. The company will use the funding for expansion, with plans to attract more customers and introduce new services, including integrating Skype in televisions and mobile devices. It also hopes to develop its business services. The flotation follows eBay’s sale of a ...

August 4, 2010

sipgate launches ‘team’ VoIP for UK SMEs

by Janet Harris
sipgate today announced the launch of a team version of its UK telephone service, which will allow SMEs to save costs through cloud based phone services. sipgate Team offers telephony functions via an online web portal, through which each employee can go to their inbox to access phone logs, recordings, voicemail messages and faxes. Users can also forward, label and ...

July 30, 2010

Cloud Net Gains Accredit UK Quality Standard

by Janet Harris
Cloud Net, the business phone systems company, today announces that it has been awarded the Accredit UK certification and has become the first business/telecoms/VoIP company to achieve the recognition. The Accredit UK quality standard has been developed to prove a supplier’s level of proficiency in their specialist field – giving confidence to purchasers and opening new doors to suppliers. To ...

July 29, 2010

Infrax announces Android VoIP phone

by Janet Harris
Infrax Systems Inc, which provides unified Smart Grid-related products and services for the Energy and Utility industries, has announced an Android-based phone for mobile voice and data applications. The encrypted HTC Desire phone will allow users to securely manage voice calls and data. A peer-to-peer connection provides secure VoIP calls between devices by eliminating ...

July 26, 2010

New SkypeKit Developer Tools

by Janet Harris
MIPS Technologies, Inc. announced that support for the MIPS® architecture is included in new SkypeKit™ developer tools available now from Skype. Through the SkypeKit closed beta program, MIPS Technologies has developed a Skype reference implementation for the MIPS® architecture. Skype is software used by individuals and businesses to make video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with ...

July 23, 2010

ShoreTel 11 announced

by Jan Harris
ShoreTel, the IP phone systems provider, today released ShoreTel 11, the latest versions of its award-winning UC software. With features such as a client for the iPhone and a distributed database, ShoreTel 11 helps large businesses simplify system management, improve reliability, and lower communications costs, and gives on-the-go workers more choice of mobile devices. As ...

July 20, 2010

ipcortex partners with Cohort Technology

by Jan Harris
In response to rapidly increasing channel awareness and demand, ipcortex have announced the appointment of Cohort Technology as a distributor for their VoIPCortex range of IP PBX solutions. Value-added Distributor Cohort will provide the complete range of ipcortex hardware and support services to UK based resellers and dealers as a key part of their strategy to offer converged communication solutions to ...

Shoretel updates Contact Centre software

by Jan Harris
ShoreTel, the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today released ShoreTel Contact Centre 6, the latest version of its award-winning call centre software. ShoreTel Contact Centre 6 makes it easier than ever for organizations to integrate contact centre activities with existing core business processes. New real time APIs and event feeds transform the call ...

July 19, 2010

snom announces XML app development contest

by Jan Harris
snom technology AG, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced voice over IP phones for enterprise and residential markets, today announced the snom XML Application World Cup, where snom users, customers, programmers, fans and aficionados square off to develop the most creative and useful XML application using snom’s feature-rich suite of desktop phones. Submissions ...

July 14, 2010

ProTalk SARK IP PBX interoperable with snom

by Jan Harris
ProVu, the UK VoIP distributor and snom AG, developer and global supplier of snom IP phones, announced today that the ProTalk range of SARK IP PBX systems have gained full snom interoperability approval. The approval process included detailed lab analysis covering the full snom feature set, followed by extensive field trials with live installations. The ProTalk SARK PBX software has been developed ...

July 12, 2010

VIP Communications selects DIGITALK IP

by Jan Harris
VIP Communications, a leading provider of voice communications solutions for consumers around the world, today announced a platform migration to DIGITALK's VoIP switching solution. Migrating from DIGITALK's traditional TDM platform to the SIP Application Server, VIP Communications will increase network efficiencies and provide enhanced services to its customers economically. “We have a long history with DIGITALK and have great confidence in their ...

July 6, 2010

snom m9 cordless VoIP phone launched

by Jan Harris
snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephones, is expanding its product portfolio with the launch of the DECT telephone the snom m9, the world’s first cordless IP phone that can be integrated with the snom OCS edition in a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 environment. The snom m9 offers unified communications features such as; status display of ...

Nokia’s OVI Store Gains Vyke Mobile

by Jan Harris
Vyke Mobile’s latest version is now available via Nokia’s OVI Store to provide an efficient global distribution of its Mobile VoIP application for users with Nokia’s Symbian and Java based handsets, including Blackberry handsets. Vyke Mobile is a FREE mobile application that works with approximate 90% of all mobile handsets available on the market today allowing private and business users to ...

July 1, 2010

Aurix partners with CTI Group to enhance call recording

by Jan Harris
Phonetic speech search technology specialist, Aurix, has signed global call management and VoIP call recording solutions provider, CTI Group, as a new partner. The deal sees Aurix bring its expertise and knowledge of speech search and analytics technology to CTI, which will be used to create a step change in functionality for its recording solution, SmartRecord. The partnership strengthens Aurix’s commitment to ...

June 30, 2010

Cloud Net introduces Virtual Landline Number Service

by Jan Harris
Business phone systems company Cloud Net, today has launched its Virtual Number Service to ensure that important business calls are always picked up and answered by an appropriate person. The service diverts calls from a UK geographic number, selected by the end-user to a mobile or a landline of choice. Cloud Net’s Virtual Number Service is aimed at people or businesses on ...

June 28, 2010

Shoretel named 2010 TMC Labs Innovation Award winner

by Jan Harris
ShoreTel, the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), is pleased to announce that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC), a global, integrated media company, named ShoreTel for IBM Foundations as a 2010 TMC Labs Innovation Award winner presented by its publication Unified Communications. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS * The TMC Labs Innovation Award honours products that have demonstrated innovation, ...

June 25, 2010

Vopium secures $16.5 million investment

by Jan Harris
Vopium's economic foundation is now secured so that the company can keep expanding internationally. The Indian investor, Raghuvinder Kataria, has with his own investment company invested $16.5 million in the Danish company and he now owns the majority of the shares in Vopium. "Vopium has developed its own new market. The ground-breaking technology will reach millions of users all over the world ...

June 22, 2010

Timico boosts portfolio with snom phones

by Jan Harris
snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephones, has announced that leading business internet service provider (ISP) Timico is adding the complete range of snom IP telephones to its portfolio. The snom suite will be available with both the IP phone system VoIPCortex, and the fully hosted VoIP solution offered by Timico as the company looks to expand its ...

June 21, 2010

ASC's EVOip active certified by Alcatel-Lucent

by Jan Harris
ASC (www.asctelecom.com), a leading provider of innovative solutions to record, analyze and evaluate communications, today announced its VoIP recording solution. EVOip active, has been certified by Alcatel-Lucent for connection via the IP DR-Link on the company´s OmniPCX Enterprise R9.0. The certification, provided by Alcatel-Lucent engineers at their laboratory in Brest, France, encompasses the use of ASC’s RIAactive via EVOip Server Software ...

Cloud Net offers back up in case of BT strike

by Jan Harris
Cloud Net has today announced a business phone package aimed to ensure that small businesses have working phone systems if a BT strike goes ahead. In the case of a strike, business owners whose lines develop a fault could be left with no telephone lines or broadband. Cloud Net is offering a back up phone system which can be activated in case ...

June 16, 2010

Grandstream announces small business SIP telephone

by Jan Harris
Grandstream Networks, the leading manufacturer of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, today announced its newest single line small business SIP telephone, the GXP285. The newest member of Grandstream’s award-winning GXP family of business SIP telephones, the GXP285 helps small business users enjoy the high quality audio and rich features of Voice-over-IP technology as well as the cost benefits and ...

June 15, 2010

ASC announces new VoIP solutions

by Jan Harris
ASC (www.asctelecom.com), a leading global provider of innovative solutions to record, analyze and evaluate multimedia-based communications, today announced it will demonstrate its new VoIP recording solution, EVOip 10.0, together with its new quality monitoring solution, INSPIRATIONpro 10.0, at the IT Decisions Show 2010 at the Pavilion, NEC Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK, June 23-24, 2010, at booth #A16. IT Decisions 2010 is ...

Call South Africa for EUR 0.03 with Vopium

by Jan Harris
Vopium, a company determined to drive down the cost of international calls has now expanded its service - supporting a wide array of devices from Symbian, Java, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Apple. Recently Vopium has upgraded its Web IM & Calling service allowing free calls to ...

June 14, 2010

Innovation award for O-bit Telecom's Purple Networx

by Jan Harris
It is celebration time for Loudwater based O-bit Telecom at the Comms Business Awards, when they were presented with the award for Most Innovative Product for their VoIP service, Purple Networx. The award acknowledges the impact Purple Networx has made on the industry, being the true end-to-end solution and the extent to which it has revolutionised smaller businesses ability to offer ...

Calteq adopts Avaya Unified Communications

by Jan Harris
Avaya, a global leader in enterprise communications systems, software and services, today announced that Calteq, a communications solutions provider in the UK, is using Avaya IP Office to improve employee mobility and productivity enabling them to provide customer support 24/7. Calteq’s customers are some of the top telecommunications network and equipment providers in the UK and the company needed a flexible ...

June 7, 2010

Cloud Net steps in after Microsoft cancels VoIP phone system

by Jan Harris
Cloud Net, the small business phone systems provider, believes that Microsoft’s cancelling of its Response Point™ VoIP PBX is further evidence that small businesses are looking for simple all inclusive business VoIP packages with hardware included and the ability to buy directly from the service provider. Microsoft® announced in a post on its website that it would end sales, development, and ...