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Talkplus Skype demo

November 14, 2006

If you recall, I interviewed Jeff Black at ITEXPO back in October and discovered that Talkplus had reverse engineered Skype and built their own Skype gateway so you can dial Skype usernames. Specifically, I wrote:

One final interesting thing we talked about at ITEXPO is that TalkPlus has built their own Skype gateway. In fact, when pressed further, Jeff mentioned they actually reverse engineered Skype's protocol. Although the Skype gateway isn't part of TalkPlus's launch today, Jeff explained that they have tested it in their labs and it's working very well.

Mobile Phones Were Meant To Be Free

November 13, 2006

Krusell Gets My Treo Stuck ...

November 9, 2006

NTP Says 'Hands Up' Palm

November 8, 2006

Linksys CIT310 Phone for Yahoo Messenger

November 8, 2006

Linksys has partnered with Yahoo! to offer a new dual-mode cordless phone called the Linksys Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice (CIT310). Linksys sent me a review unit to check out and put through the paces. Similar to the Linksys CIT200 Skype phone I reviewed, the Linksys Yahoo Messenger CIT310 gives you low-cost PSTN Outbound calling using VoIP and FREE voice calling to your Yahoo Messenger buddies.

Globe Dialer mobile app enables cheap international calls

November 7, 2006

Globe Dialer is a proprietary software application that you download directly onto your mobile phone. Their software allows you to make convenient, low-cost, 'one-click' international calls, which no doubt uses VoIP termination. Of course, as I have reported, Jajah offers something similar, and they even offer free worldwide dialing, though there is a catch. Talkplus also offers a mobile app to download, but its primary purpose isn't inexpensive mobile dialing, though that is one of its benefits.

Globe Dialer has no "catch" and it's sole function is inexpensive international calls.

Bridgeport Networks receives funding

November 4, 2006

BridgePort Networks is a leader in mobile VoIP convergence and a company I've been following for quite some time. On Monday, BridgePort Networks will announce a new investment of $13 million in Venture Capital financing in the company by its current investors.

Including previous financings of $3 million in seed financing, $10 million announced in January 2004 and $25 million announced in September 2004, the new financing brings the total capital raised by the company to $51 million.

Existing investors TD Capital Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners and BCE Capital all participated in the financing.   Funds will be used for working capital in the support of the many channel partners and integrators currently working with BridgePort Networks on market trials at major telecom service providers of the company’s NomadicONE™ core network convergence software.

According to Bridgeport Networks, "Whilst the company remains the leader in the emerging Voice Call Continuity (VCC) market for seamless voice handover between cellular and Wi-Fi technologies, the new funds will also be used to broaden and deepen applications for its MobileSTICK USB-SIM solution which transforms personal computers into voice, multimedia messaging and presence terminals for mobile operator services, leveraging standards-based VoIP technology."

“BridgePort Networks has largely completed its product and solution development phases and is mid-way through channel development and enablement, with several major relationships already in place”, said Mike Mulica, President and CEO of BridgePort Networks. “As the FMC market transitions to commercial deployment, this new funding positions the company well for the scale-up phase that will occur during 2007 and 2008. 

QuickOffice Does the Symbian Shuffle

November 3, 2006

For anyone going mobile, the less gadgets the better. (Rather than the more the merrier.)

Why carry a separate cell phone and MP3 player when you can carry a single gadget that does both?

For that matter, why carry a cell phone and a notebook computer when you can carry a single gadget that does both?

(Good questions, aren't they?)

Cingular Starts To Sing

November 1, 2006

Jangl powers dating site Anonymous Voice Chat

November 1, 2006, a powerhouse in the online dating scene today announced matchTalk, a system that assigns the couple a unique number that they can use to talk to each other without giving out their real telephone number or other personal details. Anonymity - or at least protecting your private number is certainly key in online dating. What the news doesn't disclose is that Jangl powers this matchTalk system. People with Caller ID will see the matchTalk number instead of their actual phone number.
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