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Google Voice comes to Sprint customers, no app or porting required

Google has made a pair of announcements concerning a tighter partnership with Sprint in the U.S. First, the Nexus S has arrived on Sprint's 4G network. Second, the two companies have worked together to deliver a seamless, app-free Google Voice experience to Sprint customers. Current Sprint users can now make a painless switch to Google Voice. No number porting is required -- existing Sprint ...

Skype slowly beginning to recover from massive outage

If you were lost without your Skype connection yesterday, the company's official blog has some heartening news for you this morning. Skype's engineers have been working hard to re-build the network of supernodes -- which had failed due to a software bug -- and have started seeing some encouraging signs. Users in various locations have been able to sign in again, and Skype reports that around 5...

Fring introduces cheap calling to any phone with fringOut

fring, the popular multi-protocol text, voice, and video chat tool has just announced the addition of VOIP calling to their app for Nokia smartphones. Dubbed fringOut (sound familiar?), the new feature allows users to call just about any phone in the world from 1c/min. Don't own a Nokia phone? Patience, frugal caller: fringOut will be made available soon to users of fring's Android and iPhone a...

Outside the U.S. ? Don't try to upgrade Voice in Gmail

Now that I -- like a number of our international readers -- have the voice calling feature in my Gmail inbox, I fully intend to use it at least occasionally. Which is why I'm thankful this handy tip was posted over at Google OS this morning. If you're outside the U.S. do not click the upgrade your account button. As you can see, the results are less than thrilling -- you'll lose access to the ...

It's official: Google Voice comes to Gmail -- phone booths on the way

As predicted, Google Voice has now become a part of Gmail. You'll need to install the Google voice and video chat plug-in for your browser and you'll also need a U.S. based Gmail address. Sorry, everyone else alive who uses Gmail (and tech-savvy zombies) -- we're out of luck for the time being. But there's a twist to the voice calling story. It seems Google plans on giving new users the first ...

Google begins integrating Voice into Gmail

Sure, this is an expected development seeing as Google has been snapping up VoIP companies and expanding Google Voice, but it's still awesome news. Alex Chitu of Google OS has reported that they're in the process of testing full-on Voice integration in Gmail. When I noticed the UI tweaks in Gmail chat yesterday, I suspected something was up. Right now, it's mostly cosmetic. Soon enough, however...

Fring now taps your Android phone's front-facing camera for video chat

As if it wasn't enough that Fring already provided a single app to chat with your friends on multiple IM networks, and make voice calls, they've just released a new update for Android phones which enables video calling. If you've got an Android handset with a front-facing camera like the HTC Evo or Samsung Galaxy. Former Download Squad editor Brad Linder gave Fring a shot on his N1 running Fro...

Apple opens up VoIP via 3G on iPhone, and maybe even iPad

With all the hype around Apple's release of the iPad, other big Apple announcements have slipped by without the attention they deserve. For example, Apple's updated iPhone SDK allows VoIP calls over 3G. That's a pretty big deal for Skype users, who can now use VoIP like a regular phone, without being tethered to areas with wifi coverage. It doesn't work for me on the latest version of Skype, but I...

Introducing the Meebo platform

Meebo has just announced a new platform for their messaging system. This allows for third party developers to create applications based on the growing chat service. The Meebo development platform launched with a set of API's that developers can grab in order to create multi user applications that Meebo users can specifically use to connect with each other. The question users must answer before...

Click the button and call a Jajah user for free

Jajah has made it easier for people to contact each other without giving away phone numbers with the Jajah Button. Jajah lets you make free calls to other users, or low-cost calls to phones using a web-based VoIP service. We have covered them before here with their low cost mobile web service. With the new Jajah Button service, users can place a button on a website, blog, social network or in ema...

Ahoy, mateys! Win a license for CallBurner

Ahoy, mateys! Gather 'round the poopdeck for an important message from yer captains. Today, in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, we be givin' away a full license for CallBurner, a call recorder for Skype that we think is better than a chest full of pirate booty. To enter, all you landlubbers have to do is leave us a note in t' comment section. T' contest ends at 11:59 ET on September 21 (which giv...

Jangl dishes out a phone number for every email address

DLS has the scoop on a hot new Jangl feature that has just sprouted up today, a way for users to call anyone online at anytime without knowing their phone number. If you know someone's email address, but not their phone number, it's now possible to talk to them through Jangl. Michael Cerda CEO of Jangl sees this as a way to virtualize the phone number, making them as disposable as email address...

Could video be coming to gTalk?

Could Google Talk soon be video-enabled? One of the first integrations of the Google acquired Marratech AB could actually be in Google Talk. It really does seem like the logical first step. Speculation is that Google will soon offer a rebuilt Marratech downloadable client for Mac and PC's adding to the Google Desktop and Picasa lineup. However, with the current state of he market -- competition l...

Vbuzzer, new competition for the telephone?

Bye bye Mr Telephone company, the future is arriving quickly with plenty of VOiP providers in the landscape, including a new buzzing sound. (although your Vonage phone may face a lack of dialtone soon) High quality phone calls are what every international caller wants. No pops, cracks or wizzles. VOiP providers have achieved this quite nicely, including Vbuzzer. Upon downloading the Vbuzzer applic...

Jaxtr to blogs: make the call, free

Jaxtr is a way for blogs and social networking sites to offer their visitors a way to make calls to any landline phone or cell phone for free. You might think of it as bringing the old-world telecommunications idea up to Web 2.0 speed. I have seen the many VoIP solutions out there, as you have, and many of them are very good, but few have targeted the social networking sites and made a good way ...