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magicJack - New VoIP Player launches

March 8, 2007

magicJack, a new VoIP service provider, allows cheap phone calls from a computer using a USB device that connects on one end to your PC and your home analog phone on the other.  It has an interesting pricing model that is reminiscent of SunRocket's $299/year one-time fee - though much cheaper. The MagicJack sells for between $29.95-$39.95, and then there's an annual license fee of $19.95 for unlimited calls in the U.S., Canada and portions of Europe. Compare that with Vonage's $24.99/month for unlimited U.S.

Skype tops 500 million downloads

March 7, 2007

Skype today announced that its software has been downloaded more than 500 million times by users around the world, "extending its mark as one of the most popular free downloads of all time." Yes, well, McDonalds has served more hamburgers than Skype has been downloaded, so nah! You gotta love these download benchmarks that are almost meaningless since they don't tell you the actual number of users. Nevertheless, congrats to Skype for reaching 500 million downloads. What does that equate to for the eBay buyout of $4000 million (4 billion)?

Plantronics .Audio <strike>910</strike> 920 headset

March 6, 2007

The Plantronics .Audio 910 (replaced by the new 920) Bluetooth VoIP headset was recently released. It works with Skype and other VoIP softphones, so I'll have to get my hands on one to review. Looking at the Plantronics .Audio 910/920 features, it looks very similar to the Plantronics 510-USB headset I reviewed. Just look at the product photos to the right, including one from my Plantronics 510-USB review.

Gizmo marries Yahoo, MSN Messenger (Live), Jabber, and Google Talk

February 27, 2007

Om has the news on SIPphone's Gizmo offering free VoIP calling to most of the major IM clients. While Yahoo! and Microsoft already offer instant messaging interoperability, as far as I know, you can't do VoIP between these two IM networks. The interoperability agreement between Microsoft and Yahoo is IM only. But with Gizmo, you CAN do voice over IP calling from Yahoo to Microsoft MSN Messenger.

Dan York Reviews Skype 3.1 beta

February 22, 2007

Accutone USB500 Skype Ready VoIP Headset

February 16, 2007

I just discovered an interesting new USB headset specifically designed for Skype called the Accutone USB500. On the headset's USB cord it has an in-line controller that lets you dial Skype, page up/down through Skype contacts, adjust the volume, popup the Skype client, mute Skype, and hang-up Skype - all without touching the keyboard!

It's also a stereo headset with good-sized 40mm speakers, perfect not just for Skype, but gaming with lots of bass as well.

It has an MSRP of $56.00

Here's a closer product shot:

Here are the features:

• Comfortable leatherette ear cushions
• Noise canceling microphone with built-in wind screen
• Digital stereo sound with high fidelity 40mm speakers
• Echo Cancellation & Digital Signaling Technology
• Exclusive compact Skype in-line digital control unit
   Activates Skype features without touching the keyboard
   Digital volume and muting controls
   Answer incoming calls
   Disconnect call upon completion
• Digital volume and muting controls
• Online and muting status LED indication
• Comes in black or PC blue
• Acoustic shock protection circuitry
• Accutone Sound Experience & Skypemate software
• USB plug-&-play, Windows & MAC compatible
• Single-side cord for a tangle free binaural headset

Skype for Mac 2.5 Goes Gold

January 31, 2007

Skype for Mac 2.5, as I previously mentioned back in November, has now gone into public release and can now be downloaded

This from their PR rep...

As you know, the beta version of this beautiful piece of software has been available since mid-November. Since then, Skype has worked hard at ironing out the beta wrinkles and is pleased to release a public version into the wild. Skype has even added a nifty little birthday reminder feature, to help you impress your Skype contacts (and secure an invitation to the party).

Skype for Mac 2.5 features the ability to send SMS messages to any mobile phone in the world, bringing friends, family and colleagues yet another step closer. Also, Mac users can now use Skype to hold conference calls with up to nine other people.

Skype Pro launches

January 28, 2007

Skype for Business enhanced

January 25, 2007

Skype today announced a new version of Skype for Business that extends its features to make it easier for businesses of all sizes to install and manage Skype across their networks.

This includes new support for the Microsoft Windows Installer package, an enhanced online business control panel, new enterprise controls and new Skype Extras – business productivity plug-ins from third-party developers. Also available for download is Skype’s Guide for Network Administrators, which details how Skype works and how to manage Skype in an enterprise environment.

Here's the news release:

Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced that it has extended its Skype for Business offering in response to continued demand among businesses around the world that use Skype™ to communicate with customers and colleagues.

Business users have always been part of the Skype family and make up more than 30 percent of Skype’s global community of users. In a recent survey of 250 businesses using Skype, 95 percent claimed to have saved on their telecommunications costs and 80 percent shared that using Skype had increased employee productivity. The survey also revealed that 62 percent of the companies using Skype communicate better with customers and 76 percent said they work more closely with colleagues because Skype is so easy to use.

Skype for Business builds upon Skype’s rich calling features including Skype-to-Skype, Video Calling, SkypeOut™, SkypeIn™, conference calling, file transfer and chat.

Skype's free ride is over

December 13, 2006

According to Skype today announced that it is offering U.S. and Canadian consumers the new Skype Unlimited Calling plan, a paid annual subscription service that allows registered users to make 12 months of unlimited SkypeOut calls to any phone within the U.S. and Canada. This is the first time that Skype is making an annual subscription calling plan available.

The Skype Unlimited Calling plan is available for a flat rate of $29.95 per year.

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