• Forfone wants to take on mobile telcos and Skype with €500k in the bank

    Mobile VoIP remains a hot space with a plethora of startups trying to conquer behemoth Skype. Typically these offer the ability to make international calls over 3G or Wi-Fi on a smartphone in a bid to circumvent existing mobile telcos who generate large revenues based on high roaming costs. And although the European Union is pushing hard to reduce the cost of roaming in Europe, it’s… Read More

  • Ooma Unleashes "HD Telephone Calls" With PureVoice Technology

    Ooma, my secret weapon when it comes to reducing the price of overseas calls, has just announced PureVoice, an “HD” voice technology that offers a “superior home telephony experience.” Essentially the system uses redundancy and compression to transmit voice packets at higher quality than you’d find in normal telephone conversations although, presumably… Read More

  • C2Call closes a $2m series A round for its browser-based VoIP phone

    C2Call, the free browser-based Internet phone solution, has just raised an additional $2 million in Series A funding from Draper Investment Company, High-Tech Gründerfonds and Mr. Klaus Wecken, co-founder of KHK Software AG, for international expansion of their their VoIP offering, FriendCaller as well as their mobile apps. The big difference compared to Skype or Jajah is that you… Read More

  • Ooma Has New Cheap International Calling Plans

    Ooma is stepping up their offering in the international calling game. The VoIP service providers latest plans are about as competitive as can be. Watch out, Vonage, Ooma has your mom’s number. Read More

  • MagicJack Femtocell delayed, but still coming this year

    You may remember at CES this year we had a chance to meet with MagicJack and see the prototype for their Femtocell technology, which they said would be coming out in the first half of the year. Well they missed their projected launch date, but it’s looking like the Femtocell product may still be coming this year. Read More

  • VoIP company Vopium raises $16.5 million in bid to challenge Skype

    [Copenhagen] Danish VoIP technology company Vopium has received a $16.5 million capital injection, expanding its group of owners with telecom investor Raghuvinder Kataria, one of the early backers of what is now Bharti Airtel (one of the world’s largest telecommunication service providers). With the investment, Kataria now owns the majority of shares in Vopium, which will use the funding… Read More

  • Verizon and Skype make sweet music together with new mobile app

    No surprises here today as Verizon and Skype partner up and announce Skype Mobile at Mobile World Congress. This news is so exciting that I’m tempted to dump my current carrier and sign up with Big Red today. But are there any catches or caveats? Read More

  • Verizon Wireless and Skype slated for a duet at MWC

    I’ll admit that I love me some Skype. I get to call and video chat with all my buddies from overseas without hefty fees, except I was accustomed to doing it only where Wi-Fi was available. While AT&T and Apple have made some recent policy changes to allow VoIP over 3G, it looks like Verizon and Skype are partnering up do to a little of the same. Read More

  • Why carriers didn't want to allow 3G VoIP before. And why they're now setting it free

    I’ve used VoIP apps on the past few iterations of of the iPhone as well as a number of other devices including some from Nokia, HTC, and Samsung. Those apps always only worked over WiFi and have mostly worked as advertised. Experience shows that if there’s one thing cellular companies are good at it’s ensuring a call can get from point A to point B (although AT&T has… Read More

  • Rumor: DSi to have voice chat channel soon

    The inclusion of both Wi-Fi and a microphone on the DSI made it a favorite for rumors about phone functionality — and while we’ve seen voice chat in some games, there hasn’t been an official channel for that that I know of. But if new rumors, based on a support page mentioning a DSi Speak Channel, are true, then the most popular handheld in the world will be joining the… Read More