Monday, January 30, 2006

Earthlink New Hardware-Less VoIP Service

EarthLink is offering a new VoIP service, which is designed to be easy-to-use without the requirement of additional hardware.

Earthlink has collaborated with broadband access wholesaler Covad Communications to offer the VoIP service in Dallas, Seattle and the San Francisco-San Jose area from this week itself.
EarthLink is bundling the new service with DSL broadband access.

Anyway, more cities in Covad’s operating territory are pegged to offer the service later this year. However, EarthLink would not specify which of these cities are in the line.

Currently VoIP services, including the one EarthLink currently sell for $20 a month, the new service wouldn’t require consumers to add hardware. This means that the customers can use their existing phones and plug them into phone jacks like those that they do with any regular telephone service.

The technology, called ‘line-powered voice’, puts all the intelligence and equipment for offering VoIP service in Covad’s central office, where all the gear to provide the DSL service is housed.

For more EarthLink offers new VoIP service

Monday, January 23, 2006

VoIP Wireless Videophone From Philips

Philips is adding an exciting and fun new dimension to staying in touch with family and friends by launching a breakthrough cordless home videophone designed for making live video calls via broadband Internet.

What’s particularly cool about the VP5500 cordless videophone is that it’s powered by Linux, supports VoIP (Voice-over-IP), and allows you to make videocalls directly on the handset independently from your computer.

IP-based telephony is growing in popularity amongst householders making use of their broadband (ADSL) connections for a whole new range of communication options and services.

Key Featrues:
  • Easy choice between making a conventional voice call or a live video call
  • Wi-Fi wireless connectivity
  • VGA video camera capable of rotating through 240-degrees
  • Video calls are displayed on a large high-resolution colour LCD display and TV
  • Built-in hands-free speaker system

Built around established standards-based technologies like Wi-Fi and Linux, the VP5500 contains a network-upgradeable platform. This will enable Philips to enhance the product further in the future with value-added services offered by operators.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

VoIP Phone for Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft has teamed up with Royal Philips Electronics and Uniden to create cordless handsets that work both as conventional POTS (plain old telephone service) and VoIP devices using the Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Windows Live Messenger service, the successor to MSN Messenger.

The docking cradles of the two devices -- the Uniden WIN1200 (pictured above) and the Phillips VOIP433 -- provide both a land line phone connection and a USB 2.0 port to a PC. Users have three options for placing calls:

  • MCI Web Calling service for Windows Live Messenger users
  • Free PC-to-PC calling through Windows Live Messenger
  • Traditional landline phone service

As a hardware extension to the Windows Live Messenger service, these devices display the Messenger contact list and let a user know when a contact is connected to the network and capable of receiving communication through the Messenger interface, according to Microsoft. Moving this "presence technology" to a cordless phone frees users from the need to remain attached to a PC to stay in communication.

The Phillips VOIP433 operates in the 2.4 GHz band using DECT (Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telephone) technology, which is said to eliminate interference with other wireless networking technologies using the same frequency band.

DECT originated in Europe, but is now being adopted increasingly worldwide for use in cordless telephones, wireless offices, and even wireless telephone lines to the home. DECT was recently approved by the FCC for use in the US.The VOIP433 will debut in Europe, Asia Pacific, and parts of Latin America in the spring of this year, according to Phillips.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Sony New Gadget: Mouse Skype Phone

Sony's Skype Phone - VN-CX1 looks like your typical computer mouse. Once opened, this optical mouse is a fully functional Skype phone complete with microphone and volume control.

A blinking blue LED notifies you of any new incoming Skype calls and sound quality is enhanced through echo cancellation technology.

The VN-CX1 measures 45.5 × 23.9 × 89.2 mm and weighs 67g. No word yet on pricing or availability.

Source: Sony - Skype Phone

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Skype PC-Less Wi-Fi Phone: The VoIP Fashion 2006

NETGEAR Skype WiFi Mobile Phone will make mobile Internet telephony a reality for Skype users. Unlike other devices that must connect with a PC, NETGEAR’s Skype WiFi phone will work wherever a consumer is connected to a wireless Internet access point — be that in a home, office, cafe, open public hotspot, or any open municipal wireless access point being deployed worldwide.

The Skype experience remains the same, in that users can make free domestic and international calls, as well as host conference calls and chat, with other Skype users anywhere in the world, and to non-Skype users for a small fee. With this device, headphones or USB phones plugged into a laptop or PC are not required.

The NETGEAR device will combine the best of Internet calling and wireless. The NETGEAR phone is pre-loaded with Skype's software, ready out-of-the-box to use with a wireless network.

All a user needs to do after turning on the phone is enter a Skype username and password. The Skype software pulls up the user's full contact list, displays the connection status on the phone screen, and allows the consumer to connect to any other Skype user for free.

The phone will also allow users to connect to non-Skype users with the SkypeOut feature. More information on NETGEAR's Skype WiFi phone, including pricing and availability, is planned for the first quarter of 2006.

Read more: NETGEAR Skype WiFi Mobile Phone