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Top Stories of the Week - July 23, 2011

Viber delivers free VoIP service for iOS, Android phones

Currently, the best solutions for free calls are voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services. And we already have VoIP services from Skype, Nimbuzz, Fring and so on. The all-new Viber App for iOS and Android offers free voice calling and texting over 3G and WiFi networks. So the only charges you will incur are data costs. It doesn't matter if you are making a local or an international call as long as the receiver on the other end is using Viber as well. The new Viber App for iOS and Android is a cross platform instant messenger without any exact notifications about the number of messages opened or read.

Kerio releases Operator 1.1 IP PBX

California-based software development company, Kerio announces the first upgrade, Operator 1.1 after the company launched itself into the VoIP market with the release of Kerio Operator 1.0 six months ago

Bucking the current trend toward cloud-based services, Operator is designed as an on-premise solution and is available as a software package bundled with server licenses or as a hardware/software appliance, the Kerio Operator Box.

Skype ban in UAE only for PC to phone calls, experts say

Telecommunications authorities in the UAE have yet to make any concrete declarations as to whether the new Skype-powered internet calling services offered by Facebook could lead to the social media giant being banned.

Standalone Skype software has been banned for years in the country, but questions remain whether the same ban applies to internet calling offered within the Facebook platform.

North America’s Top Hosted Voice Providers include MegaPath

MegaPath Inc today announced that their company was listed as one of the Top 10 hosted VoIP providers in Infonetics Research’s North America Business VoIP Services Leadership Scorecard. Infonetics recognized the company for its financial stability, support options and go-to-market strategy in the report.

The North America Business VoIP Services Leadership Scorecard is part of Infonetics’ annual VoIP and Unified Communications Services and Subscribers Report. The report identifies the leading service providers in the hosted VoIP and IP connectivity markets based on several leading measurements including client install base, financial stability, market strategy, service capabilities and support options.

Warwick Valley Telephone Company acquires Alteva of Philadelphia

WVT Communications/Warwick Valley Telephone Company has bought the Philadelphia-based firm, Alteva LLC, for $17 million in cash and stock by the close of the third quarter of 2011. They said the deal is expected to increase consolidated revenues by 30 percent annually.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. It will be paid for with approximately $11 million from cash on-hand, $4 million worth of common stock and $2 million in performance-based payments over the next one and a half year.