Daily VoIP News Digest
Sunday 07th of February 2010
August 27, 2009

Vopium launches in 25 new countries

by David Masters
Mobile-VoIP service, Vopium, has extended its services to 25 new countries, bringing its total coverage to 45 countries. The 25 new countries are: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Venezuela. The expansion means Vopium is now available on ...



Jersey chooses 3Com for public service communications

by David Masters
Hospitals, schools, libraries, police, and fire and rescue services on the Bailiwick of Jersey have been connected by an IP communications system installed by 3Com. By installing the system, public service providers on the Channel Island are seeking to reduce costs and increase employee productivity. The system will save public service providers on the island an estimated $1.5 million per year. UK-based 3Com ...



August 25, 2009

Jajah bolted-on to Microsoft OCS

by David Masters
IP communications provider Jajah is collaborating with Microsoft on a new IP service for enterprise customers. Under the terms of the agreement between the two firms, businesses making calls using Microsoft’s Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 Release 2 will be given access to Jajah's cloud platform, with connectivity to 220 countries. Enterprises currently using Microsoft OCS will not require an upgrade to ...



August 24, 2009

Apple and AT&T admit Google Voice deal

by Jan Harris
In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been investigating why Apple has failed to approve the iPhone VoIP application, Google Voice. Apple refused to allow Google Voice to be sold in its App Store back in May, prompting the FCC enquiry, but maintains that it is still reviewing the application and hasn’t rejected it outright. Apple is concerned that ...



August 21, 2009

Vonage $25 a month offer

by Alan Harten
Vonage has been trying to keep afloat in the United States VoIP network business for quite some time now, but with a new package that allows consumers to make unlimited international calls for just $25 dollars a month, the company hopes to get a leg up on its competitors. The new plan offers the unlimited calls to over 60 countries, while ...



VoIP available on O2 Germany

by Alan Harten
O2 Germany announced that it will now let users access VoIP services via their wireless mobile network. In the past, all German mobile providers blocked VoIP applications, but now, with O2 opening the door, this may change. Lutz Schuler, the marketing director of O2 Germany, stated that since O2 is one of the most modern and fastest growing networks in ...



August 18, 2009

Vopium new international calling package

by Alan Harten
Vopium has launched a new international calling package that allows users to get double minutes when they purchase call time to India, Turkey, and Pakistan. The deal includes all ‘reach out’ packages and will double the amount of minutes purchased under each different tier of the package if purchased between Aug 17th and Sept 23rd of this year. Vopium is ...



August 13, 2009

Nimbuzz launches for Android

by David Masters
Nimbuzz this week launched its social networking app in the Android marketplace, with new, unique features added for Android users. "Our Android version is a perfect example of what we do best, integrating Nimbuzz’s award winning service to bring the best out of each operating system and handset," said Nimbuzz CEO Evert-Jaap Lugt. Unique-to-Android features include a new buddy list layout, Skype ...



August 12, 2009

xG could revolutionise telecoms - if it delivers

by David Masters
A new mobile handset operating on unlicensed radio airwaves could revolutionise the world of mobile communications - if its claims prove to be more than snake oil. XG Technology claims its xMax handset will provide a low-cost voice-call service, similar to Skype, with calls made from a fully mobile handset that doesn't require the extra cost of a computer or broadband ...



August 7, 2009

London charity chooses Swyx for UC

by David Masters
A London-based charity has chosen Swyx for its new unified communications (UC) system. Age Concern Westminster (ACW) will use SwyxWare UC to provide the charity's 3,000 clients with better access to its 19 full-time staff and 200 volunteers. The UC system will integrate directly with ACW's client database, and will let staff know exactly who is calling, including name and any disabilities ...



Nottinghamshire NHS installs VoIP communications

by David Masters
Nottinghamshire Healthcare has installed a VoIP system from Proximity Communications. The NHS Trust, which specialises in mental health and learning disability services, deployed Proximity's IP-ready telephony solution across 14 sites as the first step its long-term transition to a fully converged IP network. The trust said the system, which replaces different telephony systems at each of its sites, will reduce operational costs, ...



August 6, 2009

Aastra 5000 VoIP for business

by Alan Harten
Aastra has announced the Aastra 5000, which has a large selection of features and new enhancements that will complement its open sourced IP telephony solution for large corporate businesses. Among the new features to be included in the launch are enhancements to ease deployment and business continuity while enhancing broadened handset selection and additional authentication functionality for trunks and ...



August 5, 2009

Funambol will merge mobile contacts

by Alan Harten
Funambol announced today that it has a new service that will let mobile VoIP users merge contacts from a variety of end points, such as social networks, emails, and phone address directories, to make it easier for mobile VoIP users to make phone calls. According to Funambol, if mobile VoIP users have easy access to more contact information they ...



Apple’s wrist slapped for banning Google Voice

by David Masters
Apple has received a stern letter from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking why it rejected the Google Voice for iPhone app and withdrew related third party apps from the iTunes App Store. The letter asks Apple to clarify the precise reasons behind its decision to remove the applications. It also questions Apple on the differences between VoIP applications which have ...



August 3, 2009

ShoreTel announces 10,000th B2B customer

by David Masters
Unified telecoms provider ShoreTel celebrated its 10,000th enterprise customer in July. ShoreTel, which focuses on the SME (small and medium-sized businesses) market, has now deployed more than 60,000 switches and nearly 900,000 VoIP phones. The firm has also sold over one million end user licenses. Sectors using ShoreTel solutions include government, health care, education, retail, financial services, and entertainment. "Simplicity and customer satisfaction are ...



Skype service under threat

by Alan Harten
Skype's VoIP service may be facing legal problems which might force eBay to shut down the popular service in the future, although eBay officials continue to reassure consumers that Skype will not be closed. The future of Skype was called into question when eBay filed an UK lawsuit that alleged it was unable to end a license agreement with Joltid. ...