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Why Spirit DSP Powers Viber's Popular HD Mobile VoIP App

February 15, 2011

SPIRIT DSP, a voice and video over IP Engines provider, today announced that its TeamSpirit Voice Engine Mobile is powering the new Viber application that offers free HD Voice over IP (VoIP) calls from the iPhone.  

"Within three days of launching Viber on the iPhone late last year, we received one million downloads, and seven million within the first month, quickly becoming the No. 1 free app in the Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan, Israel and several other countries, validating the enormous demand for quality, free mobile VoIP calling," said Viber Media's CEO Talmon Marco.  "We're incredibly pleased with this massive uptake and can credit SPIRIT's Voice Engine Mobile for the quality of the Viber voice experience."

Skype Video For iPhone!

December 30, 2010

Skype Video for iPhone is here! You can now make video calls from your iPhone with the latest update from the Apple App Store. Rich Tehrani and I tested it this morning on his iPhone 4 with my iPhone 3GS (only rear-facing camera).

The video quality was pretty good. I estimate between 5-12 fps over WiFi. After awhile my 3GS started going black for a few seconds and then would turn back on.

Apple iOS vs. Google Android

December 28, 2010

There was an interesting discussion of iOS-vs.-Android news that began with this report by Seth Weintraub for Fortune. He explains in the article the downward spiral cost of creating smartphone components and the end product smartphone as well. He also says Apple could be in big trouble as Android activations surpass iPhone because of the lower cost of Android phones. Seth writes:

Cheap smartphones could change the way carriers price contracts here in the U.S.

Skype for Android Update - Supports Samsung Galaxy S & SD Card

December 16, 2010

Skype is on an update roll. Last week they released an update for Nokia/Symbian phones. Now they just released an update for Android devices that allows you to move the Skype app to external storage to free up precious local storage on the phone. This release also adds compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy S. Only catch is that you'll need Android 2.2.

Skype may be on an update roll, but there is NO truth to the rumor that they are releasing a video-enabled Skype app for iPhone or Android for some video chat action.

Obihai Mashes Up Mobile, Landline, VoIP & Social Networking

December 10, 2010

Obihai Technology released their OBiON application for the iPhone. In some ways Obihai is very similar to the very hyped Ooma product, which Rich Tehrani likes, but I was initially not a fan of until they changed their business model. Obihai was started by the founders of the creators of the very first analog telephony adapters, the Komodo Fone 300, which was used by VOnage.  A Little VoIP History: I got one of the earliest prototypes of the Komodo Fone 300 ATA device, which I reviewed for Internet Telephony Magazine back in 2000.

Viber - Another VoIP Mobile App Launches on iPhone

December 2, 2010

Viber, a mobile VoIP app for the iPhone launched today. There are plenty of mobile VoIP apps for the iPhone, but each has its weakness, including Skype, which is a battery hog. Viber's claim to fame is that it doesn't use buddy lists or require registration. Instead, your phone number is your username.

G.722 Now Available on CounterPath's Bria iPhone Client

November 30, 2010

CounterPath has upgraded a number of features on its Bria iPhone Edition client.  (check out my previous demo of the Bria for iPhone client) Some of the top new features include:

- The much anticipated G.722 codec
- Added Noise Reduction
- Added High Resolution Images for iPhone4
- Substantially Improved Battery Life on UDP Accounts over WiFi 

Bria iPhone Edition offers enterprise and SMB users full access to their PBX features, with G.711, G.722 and an optional G.729 codec. A larger announcement from CounterPath is expected tomorrow. I'm out of the office recovering from nose surgery from a broken nose, but I'll try and cover the news when I can.

Major AT&T Outage

November 29, 2010

There appears to be a regional and perhaps nationwide outage of AT&T services. Several co-workers have reported that their Apple iPhones cannot make phone calls or receive texts.

I tested my iPhone and sent some text messages that took over 5 minutes to be received - much longer than usual. According to Twitter, both AT&T and Sprint are experiencing a nationwide outage. Could Cyber Monday be affecting AT&T's & Sprint's network?

Severe iOS 4.2 VoIP Ringing Bug Fixed

November 22, 2010

Time Warner Cable Beefs Up Home Phone Features with VoiceZone

November 3, 2010

Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with  more than 14 million customers today announced VoiceZone, a new web-based portal providing online access to customizable features for customers to control and monitor Time Warner Cable Digital Home Phone service over the web.

VoiceZone customers can change call settings including caller ID, access voicemail, block unwanted calls and set distinctive rings, which can be accessed through the company’s My Services online platform under the MyHomePhone tab. VoiceZone is a free service, but customers must first register for MyServices at

“Time Warner Cable is focused on keeping customers easily connected to what’s important to them.  The introduction of VoiceZone to MyServices, much like our recently added Remote DVR Manager, provides customers with the convenience of managing Time Warner Cable products from outside the home,” said Jeffrey A. Hirsch, Chief Marketing Officer, Time Warner Cable’s East Region.  

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