It's all centered around the Facebook app called Bobsled. After downloading the app, you'll be able to call friends on your computer with just a click and can even leave voicemail messages (marking them public or private) if you've missed them. It's all free, and you can call pals no matter where in the world they're located.
This weekend was not pretty for me — I lost my iPhone. Now that the initial panic has subsided, and the pangs of withdrawal are gone, I'm doing OK. I'm getting a new iPhone next week, and unlike my landline- and voicemail-only days, not having a cell phone doesn't mean lugging a roll of quarters and an address book around. Besides email, here's how I'm staying connected:
- Gmail's "Call Phone" feature — Being able to make phone calls from my Gmail account is pretty amazing. The desktop VoIP client is free when calling any number in the United States and super easy to use. You just dial the number on a pop-up keypad and talk right into your computer. I've ordered food delivery, called a cab, and confirmed appointments using the Call Phone feature.
- Video chat — Whether it's Skype or Gmail, I've been all about using video chat this week to call my friends, which is something I've never really done on the regular. This is especially cool when I'm video chatting with a friend who only lives a few blocks away. In the past, I would have just texted and lost out on the face-to-face time that video chat provides.
See what else I'm using after the break.
One of the most exciting features of the new iPod Touch is the introduction of a front-facing camera from which users can access the popular FaceTime feature, chatting with both iPhone 4 users and other iPod Touch users over a WiFi connection. Since the iPod Touch doesn't carry a 3G connection, though, it's impossible to use FaceTime (or other apps like Skype) on the iPod Touch similarly to an iPhone (from anywhere, without WiFi).
For more reasons I think this could happen (including a quote from Steve Jobs), and to share your own thoughts, keep reading.
To try the service, visit bb.tringme.com on your BlackBerry's browser. After installation, a TringMe option will appear in your phone's address book or call log. With close to 500 billion calls expected to be made over VoIP connections in the next five years, this functionality is a welcome addition for BlackBerry users.
After much grumbling from the geek population (including a few gripes from yours truly), Apple has finally allowed 3G voice over Internet calling, which includes using your free Skype App. Hop on your signal to call whomever, whenever, and now you don't have to go searching around town for a free WiFi signal in parts of town you aren't familiar with. If only this would have come up a few weeks ago when I was abroad, it would have made my traveling life so much easier.
We can already post pictures and upload video to Twitter, so enabling voice chatting service seems like the next logical step. The question remains though, would you make phone calls or chat over Twitter?
You're already familiar with Skype —the service that lets you make calls over the Internet for free — so this little gadget is a total no-brainer.
The ooma Core VoIP Phone System ($249) is a hub that allows you to use voice-over-Internet calling like a home phone — without all the monthly charges (except what you would pay for your Internet access, of course). Just hook up your ooma phone to your modem and you'll be up and running in minutes. Plus, ooma tosses in some pretty cool perks for using their phone system: Free call waiting, caller ID, voicemail, call forwarding, and the option to port your current number to your ooma hub. And you can make international calls on the cheap. Cheap, like starting at a penny a minute.
Seriously, in these troubled economic times, cutting out your phone bill could save you some serious dough, and that is never a bad thing.
- In just over a month, the App store has already had 60 million downloads since its launch. — CrunchGear
- The famous Best Buy vending machine located in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport will now be installed in eight other airports including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. — Gizmodo
- On the fence about getting a Mac or a PC? Here's some Optimus Store in New York. — Engadget
- Global IP Solutions has created a new software kit that will enable Voice over IP applications to be made for the iPhone. — CNET
- It's giveaway time! Be sure to log into your TeamSugar account for your chances to win a white Nintendo DS Lite and a Space Chimps game! — geeksugar