Part 1 of this series covered VoIP basics and introduced the topic of Quality of Service. This time, we look at Traffic Shaping and Power Considerations.
Vumber today announced a new partnership with Paltalk to provide privacy-ensured virtual phone numbers to its user base.
Vumber is a virtual, disposable phone number that enables subscribers to choose an additional phone number that can be linked to any existing phone line.
Subscribers can choose an area code in North America and Vumber will then assign a seven-digit phone number in the area code of choice. Calls can be made to and from a Vumber at any time. Calls made to your Vumber will ring on any phone you select. Customers can also change their Vumber at any time.
Paltalk members are eligible for a free 30-day trial of Vumber's service. A rate of $4.99 per month will apply after the trial expires.
Belkin today introduced its new Desktop Internet Phone for Skype, which has an embedded Skype client for calling without needing a computer. Plug it into an Ethernet port on your Internet-connected LAN and you're ready to go.
Features include speaker phone, speed dial, call hold/release, call pickup/park, mute, redial, hold, call-timer display, and contact list.
The phone will be out in March at an MSRP of $100.
Skype and UK mobile operator 3, have launched a 3G phone that includes the ability to make free Skype to Skype calls and send free Skype instant messages.
The 3 Skypephone is a fully-featured 3G Internet phone with Skype built-in. In addition to Skype calls, the phone makes conventional calls and can be used to access 3's broad range of other Internet services. Unlike previous Wi-Fi based Skype phones, the 3 Skypephone works on WCDMA (2100MHz ) GSM and GPRS (900/1800 MHz) mobile networks and includes text-based messaging capability. The phone has built-in Bluetooth, but not Wi-Fi.
IPEVO earlier this week announced a stand-alone Skype desktop phone that can make and receive Skype voice calls without a computer.
The SOLO has an RJ-45 Ethernet connector for LAN connection and works on any broadband Internet connection. The phone comes embedded with Skype software, enabling users to make and receive Skype voice calls right out of the box, and supports Skype-to-Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut and Skype Voicemail features.
Digitimes today reported that Google will "definitely launch its own-brand handset". Details are still highly speculative, but "sources at Taiwan handset makers" point to High Tech Computer (HTC) as the possible ODM.
The article also says that Google may also try use a "self-developed OS" in the handset.