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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

News: Yahoo IM for Android Updated, Adds VoIP Calling

A while ago, Yahoo IM for Android was updated just for the MyTouch 4G, version 1.1 I believe, to include support for video calling using the MyTouch4G’s front-facing camera.  Copies of the ripped app were all over the place, but it was a little tricky to get set up.  Now with versions 1.2 and 1.3 officially on the Android App Market, you’re now able to get the officially updated version of Yahoo Messenger and get the new Voice and Video plugin (installed within the app, even though it does appear in the Android Market).  For now, only the MyTouch 4G and EVO 4G are supported, but hopefully they’ll add more support for other devices soon.  Even without a front-facing camera, you could still take advantage of the voice calling.

yahoo im for android

[Source Droid Life via AndroidGuys]

December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Instant Messaging, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Voice Over IP (VoIP), Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: fringOut Now Available for iPhone

Previously only available for Android and Symbian S60, fring’s phone service (VoIP) has recently become available for the iPhone as well.  This gives iPhone users yet another way to skirt around AT&T’s system to make cheaper international calls or be able to call home when you’re overseas without paying crazy international roaming charges (you still need some kind of internet connection on your phone, but a hotel or airport wifi should work great).

You can check fringOut’s rates here.

fringOut - iPhone Screenshot 1

Remember that fring also lets you make free ‘calls’, audio and video, to your friends who also use fring and is available on Symbian, Android and iPhone currently.  And don’t forget their recent addition of Dynamic Video Quality (can’t wait to test that out!).

[Sources iLounge via PocketNow, and here’s an iTunes link as well]

December 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm Posted by | Fring, fringOut, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment

News: Use Your MagicJack Account on Android

I love those happy little hackers over at xda.  They whip some some great little apps that fill niche needs nicely (but with less alliteration than I make it out to be).

A while back, xda member yozpalang shoehorned a magicJack app so you don’t need that unsightly dongle and can actually use the service in a more mobile sense.  Like other VoIP services, this can be a way to separate your clandestine calling habits from your main landline and cell phone and keep your dirty little secret as secret as it is dirty!

magicJack DongleAndroid xda magicJack Dialpad

[Source xda via PocketNow, magicJack]

December 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, magicJack, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment

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

Tips: Lifehacker’s Tips For Getting The Most Out of Google Voice

I haven’t even scratched the surface on Google Voice and how it can be used as an alternate way of staying in touch with your secret lover, and Lifehacker’s tips just affirm how little I’ve really played with Google Voice.  It’s a great rundown on some of the things you can do if you use Google Voice’s features correctly.

Here are some highlights:

  • Free SMS that’s not logged on your normal cell account
  • Alternate phone number so you don’t have to give out your real phone number (handy in bars too!)
  • Tie prepaid/disposable phone numbers together under a single Google Voice number
  • Voice to Text transcription and email of your incoming voice mails. That way you can silently screen the calls before replying or deciding if it’s an emergency or not
  • Special call filtering/notification settings so not all calls go through to all phone lines connected to your account. This makes it easier to receive secret calls when you want to, but funnel them to voicemail when you don’t including a special “Do Not Disturb” timer setting

Read more at Lifehacker.com

December 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm Posted by | Google Voice, Tips, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment