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Google purchases SayNow to bolster Voice service

Over on its website, SayNow says it's "reinventing the phone call." With Google doing its best to reinvent the phone carrier, the two certainly seem like a good match -- which is probably why Google decided to purchase the startup. SayNow made a name for itself by offering to connect music fans with their idols, including artists like 50 Cent, Trisha Yearwood, and the Jonas Brothers -- who have...

Skype for Windows adds group video calls

After a lengthy stay in Skype's beta sandbox, group video calling has finally been given the green light. The new stable Windows version now includes this feature as part of Skype's $8.99/mo premium offering. You can also get a group video calling day pass for $4.99. The official Skype blog post also mentions that the new build includes several improvements to video stability and quality. In...

Zingaya lets website visitors voice call you instantly

Ever since I started working with Olark, I have come to realize the value of real-time customer interaction. Being able to talk to customers and help them out when they need something gives me a very real sense of both what people are looking for on the site and who our customers are. Zingaya takes this idea one step further. You get a "Call" widget for your site. Users can simply click the...

Voice calling coming soon to Gmail?

A while back, I tried to calm Mike Arrington down via a post -- he was quite worked about about Google's apparent scrapping of the rumored desktop client for Google Voice. No worries, I said, it's going to be coming to your browser soon enough. All the necessary bits are there, after all, at least in Google Chrome. Two days later, Alex Chitu seredipitously posted a screenshot of what appeared...

Skype for iPhone gets 3G support, but it will cost you

The good news is that the latest update to Skype for iPhone finally allows you to make calls over AT&T's 3G network. The bad news is that those calls will cost you a "small monthly fee." The fee starts in August for Skype calls to regular numbers, but Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G will still be free until the end of the year. The fee makes some sense, because Skype over 3G will likely add...

Skype considers ads to keep service free

Skype is seriously considering introducing advertising to keep its popular Internet calling and video chat services free, according to the company's CEO. Skype's Josh Silverman told The Telegraph that any advertising the company does take on will be tasteful. That's good, because I don't think users would put up with ads interrupting their conversations with friends and family members on the other...

Skype to launch monthly subscriptions and group video chat

Skype, the app that's famous for enabling cheap voice and video calls over the internet, is about to get even cheaper. Skype is set to introduce monthly subscription plans in 170 countries, bringing the cost of calls down significantly for frequent users. On top of that, there are rumors that Skype's long-awaited group video chat feature might enter beta as early as next week. The plans start...

Google Voice may hit your desktop soon, as a Skype competitor

According to Mike Arrington at TechCrunch, Google has begun testing a Skype-like Google Voice desktop app. The new app uses VoIP technology that was acquired by Google when it bought out Gizmo5 late last year. That means you could soon be taking calls to your Google Voice number, right on your desktop. It's only an internal test so far, so there's no public beta to download. If TechCrunch's...

Skype lands on Verizon's BlackBerry and Android handsets this Thursday

Skype and mobile devices go together like peanut butter and jelly. Why make VoIP calls on a computer when you can make them on a device that's designed for phone calls ... your phone? Until this week, the answer was "because my phone doesn't have a mobile version of Skype!" That's about to change for a lot of people, though, as Verizon customers get a mobile version of Skype for BlackBerry and...

Truphone brings VoIP to Android phones, including Google's Nexus One

If you're looking to make VoIP calls on your Android phone, London-based Truphone might have the app for you. Truphone just released an update to its Android app that makes it compatible with Google's Nexus One. It now works on five Android devices. In stark contrast to the VoIP situation on the iPhone, where developers frequently run into problems with Apple's approval process, Truphone's...

Is Google Voice going to be the next Skype?

Google Voice is great for voicemail and text transcription, call forwarding, and a bunch of other useful phone-related services, but it's not a full VoIP solution like Skype. That could change in 2010, though, especially since Google acquired Gizmo5, a company that develops technology for web-to-web and web-to-phone calls. Owning Gizmo5 doesn't necessarily mean Google's going to compete with...

Make free mobile calls with JAJAH Mobile Web

Today Jajah announced JAJAH Mobile Web, a service made especially for smartphones like the Blackberry, Treo, and Windows Mobile devices. Like Jajah's service that allows for the ability to make free local and international calls with a regular phone, Jajah's mobile service aims to do the same for mobile users. Any device that has internet access with a browser can make free or low-cost calls with...