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BBM brings Wi-Fi calling to BlackBerry phones

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BlackBerry phone owners don't have much to brag about these days, but at least now they can talk to each other with free BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) voice calls over Wi-Fi. The new BBM Voice feature for Research in Motion's chat service goes live in BlackBerry App World today, although...
BBM brings Wi-Fi calling to BlackBerry phones
AT&T's FaceTime move could get it slapped with an FCC fine

FEMA: Avoid Wireless Calls, Use Text Messages And Social Networks To Reduce Network Strain

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With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency took to Twitter with a bit of sound advice: Use text messages or social networks to communicate. This will reduce congestion on mobile networks, allowing for better communication for everyone in the path of Frankenstorm. Hurricane...
FEMA: Avoid Wireless Calls, Use Text Messages And Social Networks To Reduce Network Strain
FreedomPop adds free calls and free texts to free wireless internet to "basically screw AT&T and Verizon"

T-Mobile forges ahead with network upgrade, begins LTE-Advanced trials

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Back in February, T-Mobile announced a bold plan to rebuild its entire network infrastructure throughout 2012 to prepare for an LTE launch in 2013. Nearly half a year later, T-Mobile has issued a status report on the project, saying it has made “great progress.”T-Mobile says that it has signed multi-year...
T-Mobile forges ahead with network upgrade, begins LTE-Advanced trials
Rebtel’s VoIP app hits the iPad, now over 17M users strong

Asus brings voice calls to its 7-inch FonePad tablet, but not likely for the US

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It was just a few months ago that I suggested voice-enabled tablets would eventually replace smartphones. To some degree, they already are if you consider the 5 to 5.5-inch smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 to be small tablets. What I had in mind, however, is exactly what Asus...
Asus brings voice calls to its 7-inch FonePad tablet, but not likely for the US

Newly Published Samsung Patent Points To A Stylus You Can Talk To

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If that microstylus just isn’t cutting it for you, then you may want to see what Samsung has been mulling over. A recently published patent reveals some interesting new tricks that Samsung may be planning to stick in their forthcoming styluses (styli?). I don’t need to tell you that Samsung...
Newly Published Samsung Patent Points To A Stylus You Can Talk To

Virgin Atlantic To Launch In-Flight Cell Phone Service

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Having in-flight access to WiFi is quickly becoming a standard feature on modern airliners, but (thankfully) in-flight cell phone service for voice calls is still a rarity and even outlawed in some countries, including the United States. If you’re flying Virgin Atlantic between New York and London in the near...
Virgin Atlantic To Launch In-Flight Cell Phone Service
Viber expands to PC and Mac as competitors preach 'mobile only'

EE's 4G mobile network: review

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Are fastest download rates in market worth EE's premium prices or do monthly download caps take the wind out of its sails?Jammed call centres, signal problems, breathtaking download speeds, and lots of Kevin Bacon adverts... The UK's first 4G mobile network, EE, is two weeks old and its arrival has...
EE's 4G mobile network: review
Viber reaches 100 million users, exclusive version available for Lumia Windows Phones

Cisco VoIP Phone Flaw Could Plant Bugs In Your Cubicle

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A new study has discovered a very exploitable flaw in Cisco's popular Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones, which could put millions of users in the enterprise and government at risk of remote eavesdropping. Cisco VoIP phones sit on some 50 million businesses and government office desks across the country and around the world....
Cisco VoIP Phone Flaw Could Plant Bugs In Your Cubicle

Still no simultaneous voice and data on the Verizon or Sprint iPhone 5

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Early reports and tweets from Verizon Wireless support staff suggested that simultaneous data usage and voice calls would be possible on the new LTE-equipped iPhone 5. A new statement says that that's not in fact the case: taking a call on the iPhone 5 will cause the handset to drop...
Still no simultaneous voice and data on the Verizon or Sprint iPhone 5

Messaging app Line surpasses 100M users in 19 months

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Messaging app Line surpassed 100 million users in 19 months, according to a blog post on the official Line blog. Line, an app developed by South Korea’s Naver Corp., is the leading messaging app in Japan. The app is now taking off in other regions, but in the grand scheme...
Messaging app Line surpasses 100M users in 19 months
Samsung Galaxy Note review: The smartphone that ‘Samsunged’ Samsung

Video of Huawei's 6.1-inch smartphone: Small pockets needn't apply

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The trend of big smartphones that rival small tablets in size is continuing and Huawei is the latest handset maker to take the leap. The China-based company is expected to show off a 6.1-inch smartphone at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show, but a Huawei executive couldn’t wait for the event:...
Video of Huawei's 6.1-inch smartphone: Small pockets needn't apply
SendHub Expands Beyond Messaging, Now Rivals Google Voices With Support For Calls & Voicemail

AT&T CEO says too early to talk about Facetime pricing

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Randall Stephenson tries to squash the rumor at Forbes conference in a talk about the need for more spectrum and other topics, including voice calls on airplanes and Yahoo's new CEO. [Read more]...
AT&T CEO says too early to talk about Facetime pricing
Sprint says its iPhone 5 won't have HD Voice support

China Mobile suspends registrations for its Skype competitor Jego, less than a month after its launch

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China Mobile has suspended account registrations for its Jego service, less than a month after it was quietly launched as a competitor to Skype. China Mobile International – a global-focused China Mobile subsidiary – announced the suspension of new account registrations for Jego over the weekend, and has also disabled Jego-to-Jego...
China Mobile suspends registrations for its Skype competitor Jego, less than a month after its launch

US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

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The four largest mobile carriers in the U.S.--AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile--have agreed to accelerate the availability of emergency texting, or text-to-911. The four carriers have committed to major deployments of text-to-911 in 2013, with nationwide availability by May 15, 2014, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski...
US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

MetroPCS mulls use of Voice over LTE for CDMA / GSM roaming

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Regional carrier MetroPCS, whose network uses the CDMA standard, is considering initiating roaming partnerships with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, using Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to allow seamless handoff. According to a report from PC Magazine, which cites a presentation by VP for Engineering and Network Operations...
MetroPCS mulls use of Voice over LTE for CDMA / GSM roaming

Microsoft connecting Skype to Lync for business users

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One of the big questions when Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion was what would happen to Lync, the Redmond company’s unified communication service for companies. This morning, Microsoft delivered at least a partial answer, announcing plans to connect Skype with Lync for instant-messaging, voice calls and presence information. The...
Microsoft connecting Skype to Lync for business users

Nokia asserting patent against HTC's distribution of the Google Play store client in Germany

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Nokia's enforcement of non-standard-essential patents is increasingly of concern to Google, especially when Google's closed-source, mandatory Android apps are in the crosshairs. Google has already become an intervenor in at least a handful of litigations initiated by Nokia: an ITC investigation of a Nokia complaint against HTC and at least...
Nokia asserting patent against HTC's distribution of the Google Play store client in Germany

Mobile chat service Kakao Talk launches Facebook Home-style app in Korea, no global plans yet

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Kakao, the maker of popular mobile messaging service Kakao Talk, has taken a leaf out of Facebook’s book by launching KakaoHome, a Facebook Home-style launcher for Android devices, for users in Korea. Kakao Talk users enjoy free text (chat) messaging and voice calls — alongside group chat, games, virtual content and more...
Mobile chat service Kakao Talk launches Facebook Home-style app in Korea, no global plans yet
FreedomPop promises 200 mins of voice calls and unlimited texts on its free plan

Japanese mobile calling app Line passes 20 million users, takes aim at Skype with PC plans

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Japanese Internet firm Naver has announced that Line, it’s mobile calling and messaging application for iPhone and Android, has hit the milestone of 20 million users worldwide, but the company has no plans to stop just there. Naver, which runs a popular search engine and other Web services, is developing...
Japanese mobile calling app Line passes 20 million users, takes aim at Skype with PC plans

Twilio Client iOS SDK Puts VoIP In Any App, Turning iPads Into Call Centers

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Cheap international calls, mobile gaming with simultaneous voice chat, distributed call centers. Developers can create these and more with Twilio’s voice client iOS SDK that launches publicly launches today. The SDK allows any iOS app to send and receive voice calls over 3G or Wi-Fi for a fraction of the...
Twilio Client iOS SDK Puts VoIP In Any App, Turning iPads Into Call Centers

Mobile messaging apps: The threat to Facebook and other social networks

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These days it’s common for most Web firms to be focused on mobile. Facebook, Twitter, Google, you name it, they’re all building their smartphone (and feature phone offerings) in a bid to better position themselves and their user experience to take advantage of the growth of the mobile as a...
Mobile messaging apps: The threat to Facebook and other social networks
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