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Google may be acquiring WhatsApp and why it is probably a good move [Opinion]

By Alok Saboo on April 6th, 2013

Rumors have it that Google is negotiating a $1 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a cross-platform mobile messaging app that allows users to send messages to other users without having to pay for SMS and incurring other charges (only data charges apply). In addition to basic messaging, WhatsApp supports group text messaging and multimedia...

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State of VoIP Regulations in India

By Alok Saboo on May 21st, 2012

VoIP, or voice over internet protocol, uses the same principles as a regular telephone service, except VoIP uses the power of the internet to offer low-cost means of communication. VoIP is also referred to as broadband telephone or internet telephony. Telecommunication services typically are subject to oversight by regulatory agency. For example, the Federal Communications...

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Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits caller ID spoofing [News]

By Alok Saboo on April 15th, 2010

The Senate and the House of Representative passed the Truth in Caller ID Act, 2010 that amends the Communication Act of 1934 to effectively prohibits any caller ID spoofing. The Act prohibits the provision of deceptive caller ID information by making it illegal to “transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information.” The law, like most...

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Skype’s next arena – Mobile [News]

By Alok Saboo on February 18th, 2009

Having cornered vast majority of PC based VoIP communication market, Skype is getting ready to extend this domination in the mobile sphere. Skype is trying to liberate its users from the PC and enable them to make calls from mobile devices. Skype already had a mobile version which allows users to make call to their...

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Microsoft finally rings in VoIP [News]

By Alok Saboo on October 25th, 2008

I was always surprised at Microsoft’s lukewarm response to VoIP. They have a (decently) huge user base for their messenger client. Skype has made a big impact using the telephony enabled messenger client, Yahoo also has decent voice offering. Microsoft was still warming up to the idea. In fact other providers like Gtalk2VoIP already offer...

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As predicted, Fizzcall party over [News]

By Alok Saboo on September 26th, 2008

Fizzcall launched its per call VoIP offering recently, offering 25 pence per call to various countries. I was not too enthused about the offering and I went on to say that as an investor I would not be comfortable investing in the company. You can read the earlier post here. I posted the earlier article...

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Wimax cruising along, slowly but surely [News]

By Alok Saboo on September 6th, 2008

Our previous update on WiMAX indicated how things are moving along with WiMAX. Here’s the latest on WiMAX… At one point, when Sprint broke up with Clearwire, things did not look that rosy for WiMAX. However, Sprint with Intel’s support managed to keep things moving. Things are again looking up for WiMAX. Sprint and Clearwire...

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802.11r – WiFi roaming standard approved!!! [News]

By Alok Saboo on September 3rd, 2008

Mobile VoIP, till recently, meant using VoIP over your mobile devices. It was never used as “mobile” VoIP. But, that may be in for a change. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has ratified the newest WiFi standard, 802.11r, which has become the de facto “Wireless VoIP standard”. You may now be able...

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Jaduka launches Dukabar – Automated One-Click dialing [News]

By Alok Saboo on September 1st, 2008

Jaduka seems to be on a roll! Close to the heels of launching dukaDial, the company has launched another browser based VoIP product, dukaBar. Just like the Skype Click-to-Call feature, dukaBar allows you to call any number on a web page by just a click. Some details about dukaBar: dukaBar allows you make the call...

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WiMAX – Quick Update [News]

By Alok Saboo on August 18th, 2008

After the initial hype that WiMAX generated, it seems the interest is waning. WiMAX is a new technology and any new technology adoption takes time. But with Intel putting its weight behind WiMAX, the future may not be that gloomy for WiMAX. The Indian market is already seeing some action on the WiMAX front. BSNL...

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