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News: Gmail/Google Voice Offers Free Calls Through 2011

If you have a Google Voice account, you can use it to make telephone calls to regular landlines and cell phones via VoIP.  You can also use Google Voice from within Gmail. Google, as a nice little holiday gift (and maybe a way to help people get comfortable with the idea of making VoIP calls) is offering free calls from now until at least the end of the year 2011, maybe longer.  Yes, next year calls to the US and Canada will apparently be free.  Sounds too good to be true, no?  Let’s hope they don’t change their minds.

GMail/Google Voice Calls Free Through 2012

[Source Google Blog via Mashable, Lifehacker, DroidDogs]

December 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm Posted by | Google Voice, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment

Tips: Talkatone Helps You Make VoIP Calls with Google Voice

Lifehacker tips us to an iPhone/iOS app that helps you use Google Voice to it’s full voice-over-IP glory. It works over 3G or WiFi using an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Talkatone VoIP via Google Voice on iPhone/iOS

[Source cybernetnews via LifehackeriTunes link]

December 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm Posted by | Cellphone, Google Voice, iPhone, Tips, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment

News: IM+ 3.3 Available for Android

XDA member vit_ reports that a new version of IM+ is now available on the Android platform.

Some improvements include group chats, easier switching between chat windows and the ability to log into several accounts on the same IM service.

IM+ is also available for iPhone/iPod/iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Java, Palm and a Web version.  More details on their web page.

IM+ 3.3 for Android

[Source xda-developers]

December 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, IM+, Instant Messaging (Multi-IM), iPhone, News, Windows Mobile | Leave a Comment

Tips: Video Calling with Qik and fring

PocketNow.com gave a good rundown a while ago of some of the issues with running video chat programs such as Qik and fring.

fring video call

Read more about it on PocketNow.com’s article.

December 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Fring, iPhone, Qik, Tips, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment