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News: Skype for Windows 5.1 Out of Beta, Group Video Chat Now Costs

ooVoo has long, in my opinion, been the king of group video chat for anyone who doesn’t have the advantage of having an expensive corporate video telepresence setup.

But with Skype’s latest beta, they’re moving from great video plus group text chat, to great GROUP video calling plus text chat.  It’s really exciting to see this becoming more accessible to the average Joe.

True, it costs a little now, but for an ad hoc $5 day pass or $9/month unlimited (with discounts for bulk buying), it’s not a bad deal.  And of course, with competition comes even better deals so maybe we can look forward to a price war between Skype and ooVoo.  BTW: One on one video chat is still free, it’s just the group video calling that will cost money, much like ooVoo.

I wonder how Skype’s recent acquisition of Qik will play into this all.

[Source Engadget]

January 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm Posted by | Instant Messaging, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: magicJack Plus Offers Free Calling over 3G and Wifi and iPhone App!

I want to hate magicJack.  It reaks of ‘As Seen On TV’ and probably gained a lot of popularity through that channel.  But it seems to be hanging in there and gaining in function and popularity. More power to’em!

Since there was a lot of interest in the ‘magicJack for Android’ article I posted a little while ago, and since this could be used as an official, non-Android based method of having a portable private phone number, I thought it was worth mentioning.

So what you get with the magicJack Plus is a $50 VoIP solution that you can use plugged into a computer, but also.. somehow.. use it via 3G and wifi (I assume with an additional chunk of hardware) as well a a free of local and long distance calling.

The biggest surprise?  Almost as an afterthought, they mention a magicJack iPHONE APP!  Yes, the Android app may be a hacked together affair, but looks like a legit Android app may be a possibility if the iPhone app flies!  Very exciting news for fans of VoIP!

I might have to keep an eye on magicJack and what new products they may have on the horizon. I foresee them renaming themselves and rebirthing much like ValuJet did with AirTran.

[Source LaptopMag]

January 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm Posted by | magicJack, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | 5 Comments