VoIP

Republic Wireless teases new and better hardware

Those of you who jumped on the chance to join Republic Wireless, a hybrid VOIP/mobile service with eye-popping low rates, are probably receiving your beta invitations now. Republic's unlimited WiFi calling and mobile data for just $19 a month is tempting - but their sole phone, the 1.5-year-old Android-powered LG Optimus One, isn't. As part of the survey for its latest Beta wave, the service provider has added a few details for its plans to expand its Android offerings.

Vonage gives free VOIP calls and texts via Android app

Vonage has become a veritable player in the home phone industry in the US, thanks to ultra-cheap rates for its Voice Over Internet Protocol calling system. Now it's making that service mobile via Android, and making a real case for VOIP-based service, if not VOIP-only phones. Customers who subscribe to Vonage at home can make domestic calls to anyone else with the app for free, and even those without an existing account can use the app to make calls to regular cell and landlines on a per-minute basis, Skype-style. The best part? It works on WiFi or mobile broadband, making Vonage a true mobile VOIP provider with no restrictions.

Verizon rolling out Voice over LTE in 2013

New reports have recently appeared regarding Verizon and their VoLTE services. What this offers is voice over their 4G LTE networks, something that currently isn't available. Verizon's ever expanding 4G LTE network is for data only and all voice calls are placed on their extremely wide 3G cellular networks.

AT&T introduces Call International VoIP app

Android users have been able to use Skype and other popular clients to make Voice-Over IP calls for a while now, but AT&T customers now have a more official option. AT&T Call International allows for native VOIP calls to international numbers. Prices for international calls start at 4 cents a minute, and AT&T users can download the app from the Android Market now. Blackberry and iPhone versions are also available.

Republic Wireless launches VOIP network: $19 a month for unlimited everything

We took a look at Republic Wireless' pre-launch buzz a while back, and now invitations to the service are going out to those who signed up for notifications. The WiFi-assisted phone network will charge just $19 a month for unlimited voice, texting and data - with a few caveats. The hybrid connection system requires new hardware, and the first phone being offered is the original LG Optimus at $199 contract-free, though early adopters can get it for just $99.

Republic Wireless tries to change the game with VOIP and Android

Raise your hand if you love your wireless carrier. Anyone? Consumers fed up with spotty service and limited terms have been complaining for years about lack of transparency and competition, and on November 8th, they might just have a next-generation alternative to the likes of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Republic Wireless is a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator that uses a combination of conventional cellular lines and Voice Over IP via Wifi.

T-Mobile Bobsled VoIP service comes to Android

T-Mobile has a VoIP service that has been in use on Facebook for a bit now. Bobsled has been extended to cover more platforms with the service on the iPhone and more important available on Android now as well. The service is used via a free app that you can download and the app allows calls to me made to Facebook contacts at this point.

Skype v2.5 adds video calls to Galaxy Tab 10.1, more

Skype has updated its Android app to add video calling to more  smartphones and tablets, with v2.5 adding support for 14 more models. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Google Nexus One and Motorola DROID 3 are notable models, though the ATRIX and LG Optimus 3D also make an appearance. In addition to the new devices, Skype has also added the ability to switch between portrait and landscape orientations while within a call, as well as zooming by tapping the display. Bluetooth headset support has been improved, and the app as a whole should be more bug-free and faster.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • HTC Nexus One
  • HTC Shooter
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • LG Optimus Black
  • LG Optimus 3D
  • LG Optimus 2x
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Motorola Bionic
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Atrix
  • Acer Iconia
On the downside, Skype has introduced advertising with this release, just as on the desktop versions for PC and Mac. You can bypass the adds if you have some Skype credit, however. Skype for Android v2.5 is a free download from the Android Market.

VoX to launch new Android VoIP app for Android devices

VoX has announced that it is offering a new VoIP app for all Android smartphones that allows the user to place VoIP calls. This is the first time the company has gone direct with their VoIP service. Previously they only offered VoIP via other apps from providers like Nimbuzz and fring. This is the first direct app to allow the Android user to directly access the VoX service.
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