Wednesday, February 22, 2006

VoIP Firefox Extension from WengoPhone

WengoPhone, GPL licensed VoIP client is now available as an extension for Mozilla Firefox. The software makes use of SIP and defaults to the patent free Speex audio codec. Neuf Telecom is offering the optional Wengo call out service to connect users to the public telephone network.

The labeled beta 0.66 version is more limited in scope than the prior, non XUL renamed WengoPhoneClassic. It is available for Firefox 1.5 and later on would be available on Windows and Mac, although closed beta tests are being conducted with Linux.

The framework supports video in addition to voice chat, SMS text messaging to and from public telephone network and XMPP presence and messaging.

Read more VoIP Firefox Extension

Wireless Travel Voice Gateway for VoIP Users

SMC Networks has introduced an innovative all in one travel device which is called the SMC Wireless Travel Voice Gateway.

It integrates the functions of wireless gateway and VoIP technology into a perfect device for the business traveler. Users would now be able to select a number of functions based on their specific needs in different networking environments and also provide the option to use RJ-11 voice interface for VoIP calls and life line function.

The gateway can convert a hotel room into a hot spot where one can receive private wireless connectivity. It also has built in security features like SPI firewall, Network Address Translation and VPN pass through which enables the user to construct a secure network.

Source: Wireless Travel Voice Gateway

Friday, February 17, 2006

US Area 775 Links VOIP to Traditional Phone System

SIPphone has launched a new service called area775. It has emerged as the first service that would give the user one number that would reach on his computer or mobile phone. It would also enable to transfer calls between the two locations.

It is the first VoIP service that combines the PC calling world with traditional phones making it all seamless. One can signup for free from www.area775.com. If a person wants another area code, then one needs to pay $ 3.95 per month.

It works with SIPphone’s Gizmo Project and is more than a phone number. The features which have been included are call screening, dual ring, call transfer and voicemail enabled with an SMS notification system that can be configured to send an alert to a person after one receives a voicemail.

Read more at SIPphone

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

VoIP Capabilities with Nokia New Handset

In a sign that Internet calling may soon move a step closer to the mass market, Nokia Corp. unveiled a mobile phone Monday that automatically switches between the Internet and standard cellular networks.

The technology also can provide reception in areas where cellular networks are weak, the company said.

The few phones that use the wireless Internet standard known as Wi-Fi carry a hefty price tag of $600 or more, and Nokia did not say what the 6136 handset would cost when it hits the market this spring.

More: Nokia New VoIP Handset

Monday, February 13, 2006

Linksys New Wi-Fi VoIP Phone - WIP300


Linksys is launching another VoIP phone. Smaller to the beefier EIP300, the WIP300 will link up to any Wi-Fi connection (802.11b/g) through SIP v2.

However, though by the vibes associated with it suggests that it would couple perfectly with Vonage, it won’t be so friendly with its competitor Skype.

All the standard security measures such as 128-bit WEP, WPA and WPA2 have been integrated into the WIP300. Furthermore, you can access your POP3/SMTP mails, as well as send and receive SMSs.

Other features include:

  • 16MB flash memory
  • 1.8-inch color screen
  • USB recharging

On top of it, some audio enhancement features, like echo cancellation is also incorporated in it.
This phone – the WIP300 is now available only through pre-order. It is slated to hit the shelves on Feb 16 and would cost USD 250 a piece.

Source: MobileMag

Friday, February 10, 2006

Skype Launches SkypeWeb

Skype announced SkypeWeb, a web presence feature that is already integrated into more than 50 Web sites in 20 countries around the world. SkypeWeb allows people to see Skype users’ online status and call or chat with them from any website as well as Skype people from each site with just a click.

SkypeWeb enables the integration Skype seamlessly and into any website. Even your personal homepage can be integrated with SkypeWeb and Skype is more than willing to oblige.
So if you wanna make free calls of a famous and popular VoIP company available to visitors through your website, you know what to do, don’t you?

A very thoughtful move by Skype to popularize Skype even further and extend its user base.

more: SkypeWeb

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Skype Buddy List on The Cell Phone


A solution has been devised by Eqo Communications which enables users to use their cellphone to call members of Skype buddy list.

Their mobile internet phone service does not make use of the Skype network but uses a J2ME app that allows a user to know whether his buddies are online and call them without knowing their phone number.

The person then gets a message on his phone that they have an incoming call and choose whether or not they want to accept the call.

via Cnet

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

VoIP Phone in The Multimedia Keyboard


After the mouse going VoIP, it is now the turn of another computer peripheral – the keyboard to gain VoIP.

The story goes like this: According to gizmag, computer peripheral makers A4 Tech has announced that it will launch a new Talky, which is going to me a multimedia keyboard with built-in VoIP handset at CEBIT in Hanover, Germany on March 9.

The ergonomic layout keyboard is reportedly compatible with not one VoIP service provider like the Sony VN-CX1 or the YapperMouse that works with Skype, but will work with MSN, Yahoo Message, QQ, Net2phon and Skype too. It has an addition Audio In/Out port making it usable with a headset or the built-in handset or in speakerphone mode.

more at A4 Tech

WiFi-GSM VoIP Phone: Calypso C1250i


Calypso Wireless is all set to demonstrate the C1250i WiFi-GSM VoIP Cellular Phone and the ASNAP Seamless Mobility Session Controller at the 3GSM World Congress 2006 trade show in Barcelona, Spain from February 13 to 16, 2006.

The C1250i is one hot phone to own. It runs on the state-of-the-art Intel PXA processors and Microsoft Windows CE 5.0. It's capable of seamlessly connecting to both GSM and Wi-Fi networks. It's in fact the first product to do so. You can connect to the Internet at a blazing 11 Mbps - 200 times faster than any other wireless service available in the United States. Couple this with its video capabilities (30 fps) and you can do real-time phone-to-phone video-conferencing. Amazing! As Calypso says, "This is the mobile phone of the future TODAY!"

The Calypso ASNAP Session Controller, the first Open Source Seamless Mobility solution, enables the seamless roaming of voice, video and data between Wide Area Network access points, such as cellular towers (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA, WCMDA etc.) and short-range Internet access points (such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.). It should receive great interest from mobile carriers and ISPs.

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