Saudi Arabia opens itself to Skype, WhatsApp and other internet calling services

Lifting a longtime ban, Saudi Arabia will open up the country to online calling services. Apps like Skype and WhatsApp will become functional in the country on Wednesday at midnight local time. The an

The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

Confirming reports from earlier this month that a Google Voice update was in the works, Google today has launched a refreshed version of its VoIP calling service on mobile and the web. Largely, the up

Google Voice is getting an upgrade

Google’s somewhat aging VoIP calling service, Google Voice, is preparing to roll out a significant update, the company has confirmed. Several Google Voice users this week reported seeing an upgr

Apple’s latest foray into the enterprise involves deeper integration with Cisco

Lost in the hubbub of today’s two hour-plus Apple WWDC keynote was an announcement of deep integration between Apple and Cisco in the upcoming release of iOS 10 — yes, you read it correctl

Facebook Messenger launches Group Calling to become your phone

Jump on the party line or hear the voices of your whole family with Facebook Messenger’s latest feature. Rolling out globally over the next 24 hours on Android and iOS for free, users can start

RingCentral opens its WebRTC API to developers

RingCentral, which focuses on providing VoIP services to businesses, today announced the beta launch of its WebRTC-based API and developer kit for developers. RingCentral’s one-year-old Connect

Wi-Fi Calling Finally Comes To The iPhone For AT&T Customers

After being promised Wi-Fi calling for over a year by Apple and AT&T…it’s finally here. It’s available for iPhone 6, 6+ and 6S and 6S+ AT&T customers with iOS 9. You’ll

Creating A Universal Remote Control For Business Communications

In the ultimate paradox, we have spent the last several years untethering our workforces while technically intertwining our personal and professional lives. Yet, for many, the notion of BYOD often res

As Acquisition Rumors Swirl, Free Mobile Service FreedomPop Goes Live In The UK

FreedomPop, the mobile carrier that gives away mobile, data and text services and upsells users on other services, is today announcing its first international launch outside of the U.S. The company

Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome user, chances are you’ve used Google’s QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about half of all requests from Chrom

Windows 10 Technical Preview For Phones Now Available

Microsoft has decided to make my job just a bit harder by naming all variants of Windows 10 clumsily, but if you have a phone that runs Windows Phone 8.1 and you want to try the next generation, &#821

Zip Phone Lets You Make Free Calls Over The Internet…Without Launching Its App

A company known as <a target="_blank" href="http://www.zipphone.com/">Zip Phone</a> is making it easier to place secure, Wi-Fi enabled phone calls, in order to save consumers from using up the lim

Twilio Partners With Google And LiveOps To Launch A Chrome OS-Based Call Center In A Box

Setting up a call center is a major undertaking, and by the time it is up and running, the hardware that powers most of the phone connections is already out of date. Twilio, which has long offered the

Weave, A New Kind Of Telco For SMBs, Rings Up $5M Led By Ronny Conway

Weave, a startup out of Utah that has developed a unique VoIP-based unified communications service for small and medium businesses that it is selling first targeting dentists (more on that below),

Vonage CEO Marc Lefar To Step Down

Home VoIP pioneer Vonage is looking for a new chief after its longtime CEO <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nasdaq.com/article/vonage-holdings-ceo-to-retire-20140407-00590">announced his retirement

Obihai Offers New Low-Cost Home Phone Options As Technology Change At Google Ends Free Service

My free lunch is about to end. I’m one of a few hundred thousand customers enjoying free monthly home phone service.* We use a low-cost analog telephone adapter (ATA) called an OBi, connected to Goo

Google Tipped To Consolidate Communication By Killing Google Voice, Rolling Features Into Hangouts

Google is said to be planning to roll Google Voice features into Hangouts, its cross-platform communication app, possibly in time for Google I/O, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The Hangout

Speek Raises $5.1 Million Series A To Replace Outdated Conference Calling Solutions

Conference calling startup Speek, which offers online and mobile tools that make it easier to jump on calls regardless of which device you have on hand, and then do more on calls once connected, is to

Line To Open Its Sticker Market To All Designers, Launch Skype Competitor

Line announced today at a press conference in Tokyo (covered by TechCrunch Japan) that it will open its sticker marketplace to all designers and companies. The platform was previously available only t

Sold To Telefonica For $207M In 2009, Now-Neglected VoIP Provider Jajah Is Shutting Down

Chalk up another casualty in the consolidation of Internet voice services. Nearly four years to the day after getting <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2009/12/23/confirmed-jajah-sold-207-million/"
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