WiFi calling

Scratch Wireless WiFi-first wireless service opens

Scratch Wireless first arrived several months earlier when they announced plans to fight the other, "too expensive" cellular service options. They are an MVNO style carrier and will be going on the premise of using WiFi first. Well, while the service first launched as an invite-only offering, they have since shifted and are now open for any and all that wish to check it out.

GoGo WiFi to offer in-flight calls, texting

While letting people know your location in real-time is handy, the ability to call and text during a flight would be useful. That’s exactly what GoGo is trying to do, too. In an attempt to make their in-flight wireless service appear necessary rather than kitsch, GoGo is working out a way to let us communicate with those on the ground, or in different spots on the plane, or… other planes, maybe?

Google adds voice calls to Gmail and Hangouts

Soon you'll be able to make phone calls in the US and Canada completely free thanks to Google. Previously we were able to make calls in Gmail from our browser, but when Google Talk became Google Hangouts the feature was removed. Today Google confirmed they've added it back to Gmail, and over the next few days they'll be rolling out phone calling for Hangouts as well.

Facebook shuns Android, launches free calling for iOS users

Facebook has revealed a few new features to their growing social network as of late, but today we're hearing about one of the biggest ones yet. Earlier this month they announced voice messaging for their Android and iOS Messenger app, and were even testing actual VoIP (voice calling) for iOS. Today they've officially rolled out free WiFi calling for all iOS users. Sadly it looks like Facebook decided not to include Android -- at least for now.

NYC payphones being switched into free WiFi Hotspots

Today while browsing the interwebs I stumbled across a neat story from New York City. Since everyone these days walks around with a smartphone attached to their faces or hands, the need for a payphone is steadily declining. With payphone booths set up all across cities in the US we might as well make use out of them. In New York City they are doing exactly that -- making them WiFi hotspots for all.

T-Mobile HTC One S suffers battery drain for WiFi calls – fix incoming

If you recently purchased an HTC One S for T-Mobile, congratulations - you've got one of the best Android phones available in the US at the moment. But as is usually the case with high-profile phone releases, there's at least one fly in the ointment. T-Mobile's unique WiFi calling service is included on their version of the One S to save picky customers from using up their calling minutes. But it looks like this feature is draining the battery unusually fast, and at least some T-Mobile customers must have already complained.

T-Mobile offers Android users and others free WiFi calling

If you are a T-Mobile user who has an Android smartphone and like to use WiFi calling some good news has surfaced today. T-Mobile has finally offered users of Android smartphones, and other devices free WiFi calling. It's really about time since WiFi calls should have never counted against your minutes since the calls were going through your WiFi bandwidth at home or in the office. T-Mobile has now fixed that issue for users.

Rooted NOOKcolor Tablet gets Bluetooth, can make calls

There's a great line in the movie Apollo 13 where Gene Kranz, the flight director of the mission, says "I don't care what it's designed to do, I care what it CAN do!" That couldn't be more true for the Barnes and Noble NOOKcolor eBook reader which is turning into a pretty adaptable Android tablet. The latest hack comes from CM7 Developer "Kmoobs" who managed to bring bluetooth capability to it through CM7 Nightly for Encore which takes advantage of the hidden bluetooth capability of the NookColor's WiFi chip. The capability is turned off in the software and CM7 Nightly for Encore re-enables it.
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