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Mobile Operators wake up, see the Writing on the Wall

By Alok Saboo on December 27th, 2011

The more things change, the more they stay the same… Theodore Levitt, in a classic article in 1984, argued that companies often fail because they are myopic – focusing too narrowly on current products and not on customer requirements. Railroads failed, not because the need was filled by others (cars, trucks, airplanes, even telephones), but...

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Breaking the Barrier – Call iNums from regular phones in 50 countries [Updates]

By Alok Saboo on January 24th, 2011

Voxbone launched the iNum initiative in August 2006 with a lofty mission of providing a single number with no geographic restrictions. Unlike the traditional numbers that are tied to a particular geography (e.g., country), iNums use a +883 global country code that are not related to particular area. iNums are a great tool and can...

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Skype gone paid? TinyChat and TokBox offer FREE Group Video chat [Review]

By Alok Saboo on January 13th, 2011

Before it went paid, Skype was one of the best FREE group video chat client. You could easily connect up to 5 friends for a relatively smooth five way group video calling. However, the group video calling feature is no longer free. Now, you need to pay $4.99 (€3.49/£2.99) for a day pass or $8.99...

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Zingaya offers FREE Flash based Click-to-Call widget for your website [Video Review and Giveaway]

By Alok Saboo on October 16th, 2010

Whether you own a personal blog or a huge e-commerce website, one of the key objectives is to increase interaction with your visitors. While you can have a contact form or provide an email address for your visitors to get in touch with you, these may not be the most optimal solutions. Most consumers will...

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Skype offers 400 min of FREE phone calls to 34 countries on its 7th birthday [Free Calls]

By Alok Saboo on October 9th, 2010

Wow, after FreePhone2Phone’s unlimited free international phone calls deal, today we have another offer for you to make free calls around the world.   Skype is celebrating its 7th birthday and as part of the celebrations Skype is giving away 400 minutes of FREE phone calls to over 34 countries. That is right, you can...

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VirtualPhoneLine–Get a local virtual phone number (DID) in over 50 countries [Review]

By Alok Saboo on October 5th, 2010

If you are a small business or a SOHO user, you probably know the importance of establishing local presence. Although a website is a great medium to connect with people across the globe, you need some local presence to meaningfully establish yourself in international markets. A contact form on your website is not enough to...

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How to provide pseudo-SIP support to Skype using iNum and Rebtel [Video Tutorial]

By Alok Saboo on August 18th, 2010

In our last article, we discussed how to provide pseudo-SIP support to Google Talk using iNum. Continuing this series, today, we discus how to use iNums to provide (pseudo) SIP support to Skype. We all know and have complained on several occasions in the past about the closed nature of Skype. Despite being a dominant...

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How to call Skype contacts for (almost) FREE directly from your Phone [Tutorial]

By Alok Saboo on June 12th, 2010

Here at TruVoIPBuzz, we are quite happy with Zenofon’s services. As a relatively new VoIP provider, it has introduced some very impressive features.  We have already talked about: How to use Zenofon to save your local cell phone plan minutes? How to make ultra cheap spoof calls? How to get $10 in free international calling...

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Is consumer VoIP under threat from telcos and regulators? [Interview]

By Alok Saboo on January 20th, 2010

In the last part of our discussion with Ruslan Zalata, co-founder of GTalk2VoIP, we talk about the SIP protocol and its possible integration with the operating system and the future of VoIP. So, without further ado, let us get started. The interview extract follows (AS – Alok Saboo; RZ – Ruslan Zalata): AS: In some...

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Ring2Skype provides FREE Skype incoming numbers in 36 countries [Free Calls]

By Alok Saboo on December 11th, 2009

In spite of the numerous issues with Skype (will discus sometime later), Skype continues to dominate the VoIP space. The problem with the closed nature of Skype is that it is extremely difficult or costly to reach Skype contacts from outside Skype. Currently, Skype provides SkypeIN, wherein you can buy a virtual number for yourself...

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