Having faced criticism over the weekend for promising premium service fees for 3G iPhone VoIP calls from September, Skype have quietly changed their timetable for charging for the functionality. According to the newly-amended ToS for the app, Skype-to-Skype calls made over an iPhone 3G connection will remain "free until the end of 2010"
Skype have updated their iPhone app to v2.0.0 [iTunes link], which now supports Skype-to-Skype VoIP calls over a 3G connection. According to Skype, the functionality - which routes voice calls over the data network, rather than using your regular carrier minutes - will be "free until at least end of August 2010"; after that point, they will be charging "a small monthly fee" for the service.
Ooma would love for you to ditch your landline and go with their VoIP system, and to try to seal the deal they're now allowing subscribers to use their cellphones and Bluetooth headsets with the Ooma system. The new Ooma Bluetooth Adapter slots into the Ooma Telo base-station and then you pair up to seven headsets or phones with it; when you get a call, every cellphone and headset rings, allowing you wireless freedom to take the call wherever you are in the house.
Sprint's femtocell plans have been tipped by the FCC, with the company's latest model sneaking through ahead of its official debut. The new Sprint Airave differs from its predecessor by adding in EVDO support for higher speed data connectivity, together with throwing in a VoIP phone port, based on a femtocell design by Airvana.
In December of 2009 we heard that the encryption used for GSM voice calls had been hacked. Mobile carriers have a more secure GSM algorithm they can use to secure calls and they maintain that carriers using the hacked GSM encryption are still more secure than we might think. If you are the sort that wants really secure communications GO-Trust has announced the KingCall microSD card.
Skype have pulled support for Windows Mobile, leaving only iPhone and Symbian versions of their mobile VoIP app. According to Skype's FAQ on the subject, the company "felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience"; there are also hints that Skype may be planning a new version to replace it, however.
In a world of over-zealous PR and media-cautious executives, magicJack CEO Dan Borislow is a breath of fresh air. In a recent interview with Laptop, Borislow blows off speculation of the legality of the company's recently-announced femtocell and tips an upcoming Skype-like standalone phone, but saves some choice words - "It’s a piece of sh*t ... it’s run by a bunch of fly-by-nights with no assets" - for recently-launched rival service netTALK.
Skype did a great job of pushing VoIP into the mainstream, but if you've considered graduating up from their closed platform to a more open, flexible system such as the open-source Asterisk project then you may have found it all a bit intimidating. How about a straightforward VoIP system served up by a low-power, super-simple Marvell SheevaPlug instead? The PlugPBX project promises just that: a custom Asterisk/FreePBX VoIP build designed to drop straight onto a SheevaPlug.
Video demo after the cut