Gmail users can make free calls within the U.S. and Canada through 2013, Google said today. Using a plug-in available for Mac, Windows and Linux, users can make voice or video calls from the Gmail interface.
Blueface, a Dublin based internet telephony provider has just released a new iPhone app that gives iPhone users a virtual landline number, thereby allowing them to save upto 90% on call charges.
In-Stats a market research firm expects that mobile VoIP users will grow to nearly 139 million by 2014, thanks to the need of social media services to have a VoIP component for voice or video communication. This has resulted in a catch 22 situation for mobile operators, who are falling hand over fist over competitors in order to launch location and social media services in order to gain new subscribers. But in order to provide these social services they would also have to enable VoIP features, a road that they have resisted travelling for so long as it had the potential to eat away the traditional revenue base of mobile operators i.e. revenues from mobile cellular calls.
With so many smartphones available in the market right now, somehow I could understand why there still many users who would stick with the old and trusty Nokia handsets. At least Nokia is exerting all its effort to make their mobile devices, specifically smarthphones to be at par with other brands.
Nokia’s latest effort to spike interest to its smartphone product line is through the integration of Skype. Both Skype and Nokia are announcing the new Skype for Symbian app which is available for download from the Ovi Store or direct from Skype – for free. Read more
Jajah is the latest to create a VoIP application specific for the iPod Touch. All you need is an iPod Touch and a decent WiFi signal, along with the Jajah application and you’re good to go. The appeal in such an application is the fact that there is yet one less difference between the iPod Touch and the iPhone. Granted the 3G network on the iPhone still reigns supreme when there’s no WiFi available (and when you actually have a 3G network signal). But having the option to make phone calls using your iPod Touch is certainly a benefit to those that would rather not sign their lives away to AT&T or hack their iPhone to work on another network.
Jajah isn’t the first VoIP service to create an application for the iPod Touch. Others, such as Truphone, have taken to the iPod Touch in order to extend their functionality across a myriad of devices. And that’s Jajah’s ultimate goal here as well. From PCs to cell phone integration, and onto the iPhone and the iPod Touch, Jajah is expanding the number of devices on which you can access one of its many services.