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The launch of the much-awaited YouView, free-to-air IPTV service backed by the BBC and friends is moved to a later date, but it's getting close. The service should make its long-awaited arrival with a splash during the Summer Olympics in London next month. Now that is not going to happen, a BBC executive lamented.

Most third-party charges are charges for the interconnected VoIP and wireline telephone services were banned, under federal law aimed at shielding consumers from hard-to-detect bogus charges on consumer and business phone bills. By the unlawful practice of cramming, third-party vendors put unauthorized charges - often for undesirable and unused services monthly telephone bills.

Ethiopia has banned the use of Skype and other Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services that offers audio and video related communications over the Internet. The new law passed late last month and breaking the law is punishable by 15 years in prison.
 

New VoIP solutions make landlines less critical

VoIP solutions use already existing home or office Internet connections so you can make cost-effective local and international voice calls.

Popular VoIP solutions like Skype can already use microphones and speakers built into PCs, but a newer breed of IP telephony products offer the same benefits but without the need for a desktop PC.

Dell Canada and Fongo launched, Dell Voice - a free, full feature VoIP phone alternative that may help people save money on their mobile phone bills.

Mobile network Orange has resolved to purchase, by January 2013, 51 percent of the video site Dailymotion it not already own for more than € 72 million, according to media reports.

It should not come as a surprise at all. When Orange got 49 percent of Dailymotion for around € 60 million investment in January 2011, it was described as a "two-part transaction, others to follow shortly."

RACO Wireless and  Enterprise Mobile joined forces to help companies who lack the expertise to get M2M (machine-to-machine) service off the ground, and in the process increase the popularity of the sector, RACO said recently.
The cellular M2M market is expected to grow from nearly 110 million connections worldwide last year to nearly 453 million connections in five years' time, according to ABI Research.

Pervasip Corp’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Vox Communications, a cloud-based voice and video communications solutions, apps and services provider, is now providing fixed price calling plans in Brazil through its Android mobile voice app available in Google Play. The fixed price calling plans include mobile phones in Brazil at a price of only 12 cents a minute, which is significantly lower than the prices charged by other wireless carriers.

HTC warns of decreased smartphone sales

HTC cut its sales targets for the second quarter of 2012, as the U.S. import ban on its products, slow European sales, and a new Apple lawsuit hurt its recovery efforts.

HTC recently slash its revenue forecasts for the second quarter of the year by 13.3%, warning that sales of its newest smartphones aren't what it expected. Though the company is performing well in China, sales are low across Europe. Toss in the two-week delay it faced gaining U.S. entry with the One X and EVO 4G LTE and fresh patent lawsuits, and the company's outlook isn't so hot.

HTC is the world's fifth largest producer of smartphones, but saw its fortunes erode during the second half of 2011 as Samsung's phones eclipsed those made by HTC. HTC has had a number of bad quarters in a row, and decided to reduce the number of units it releases in a given year.

A report from Digital TV Research predicts that the year 2013 will be a very good year for pay-TV revenues in North America. It will also be the point from which revenues subsequently drop off almost US$91 billion to US$88.2 billion by 2017.

In the US, Samsung Electronics Co. new flagship smartphone for the U.S. market will be called by one name – the Galaxy S III. They are saying no to individual carrier brands such as Captivate, Fascinate, or 4G Touch.

The world's leading smartphone manufacturer has revealed plans for the Galaxy III S in the U.S. The rollout is Samsung’s latest effort to challenge Apple Inc at the high end of the smartphone market and reflects the growing clout Korean electronics giant has over wireless carriers and consumers.

Nymgo, a leading provider of VoIP, recently announced the official launch of an enhanced PC applications and new mobile app that offers the lowest rates and best quality Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) call from iPhone, Android phones and desktop computers to mobile numbers and landlines anywhere in the world. Nymgo users can now able to make VoIP calls with the clearest quality possible to their preferred mobile or computing device, with the lowest rates available anywhere.

snom offers free SIP online training for their resellers

snom technology, a developer of IP desktop phones and IP communications solutions, recently announced a new e-learning course focused on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) fundamentals. This training course is the latest addition to snom's new online training programs introduced earlier this year and is available free to registered snom VARs from North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. SIP 101 course will serve as a prerequisite to enrollment in the company's online snom ONE Certification Training course.

Industry-backed legislation may help to prevent agencies from California to further regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service handily won approval this week from the Democratic-led state Senate.

In support of top Senate Democrat, pro tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Senate Bill 1161 advanced Wednesday in the state Assembly, by a vote of 30-6.

More smartphone users are competing for the Google Android operating system in the three months ending in April than Apple iOS and other systems, according to the latest data from comScore.

The market researcher reported 107 million Americans now own smartphones, up 6 percent from three-month period ending in January

Rebtel, which bills itself as the largest mobile VoIP company after Skype, is expanding its emphasis on the mobile with the launch of its first iPad app. The company is looking to ride the wave of growth iPad and get even more people to its free and low-cost calling service.

iBAHN's largest IPTV installation in North America deployed at Omni Dallas Hotel

iBAHN, the worldwide leader in IP-based entertainment and information services for the hospitality and meeting industries, recently announced that it has been selected as a preferred vendor of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) for Omni Hotels & Resorts. Opened with iBAHN's largest IPTV installation in North America in Omni's property, the 1,001-room Omni Dallas Hotel, guests at the brand new hotel can experience an expansive roster of HD channels on any television in their room, including the HD screen embedded in their bathroom mirror. iBAHN completed the installation in less than three months and continues to support the property with ETVi, its IPTV service.

VoIP business phone systems and VoIP service provider, TelcoDepot.com, has launched a special bulk-buying discounts to all businesses in the construction industry which will allow them to access significant savings on bulk orders of the system phone, VoIP equipment/hosted VoIP services, access control systems, monitoring technology, networking solutions, and more, while also enjoying special technical support and additional incentives.

A Florida-based VoIP carrier cites net neutrality and filed a complaint against a Georgia utility and broadband provider, after the utility company was accused of stealing VoIP services using the network to deliver voice services without even paying for it.

L2Networks files a net neutrality complaint at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tuesday, the first formal complaint for the FCC net neutrality rules passed last December 2010.

News has spread that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing a new electronic monitoring technology, including intercepting Internet, wireless, and VoIP communications.

The FBI has recently formed a secret surveillance unit in a grand goal of inventing a technology to let the police easily eavesdrop on Internet and wireless communications.

Sidecar smartphone app lets you share data while on the phone

A San Francisco-based startup called Sidecar is promising to make your phone calls a little smarter. The company recently launched the Sidecar app for iPhone and Android smartphones that lets users make free VoIP calls, as well as share live videos, photos, contact information, and location data. What sets Sidecar apart from other apps is that it lets you share data while you talk on the phone. So, you don't have to end your current phone call, or start up another app to share photos or location data.

Asia Pacific is undergoing a boom in digital TV with a penetration seen in the increase from 36% in 2011 to 83% in 2017, around 440mn new homes added to the digital TV service, according to a new report from the United Kingdom firm Digital TV Research.

China alone is expected to provide additional 268mn digital TV homes, with India adding an additional 82mn. The two countries are described as having a "huge" influence over the region, largely because their population of 1 billion-plus. By 2017, they are expected to provide digital TV home 541mn combined or three-quarters of the total Asia Pacific.

A federal judge sentenced two men to various prison terms for their roles in a telecom fraud scheme that netted more than $ 4.4 million, the US Department of Justice said recently.

New native SDK for Android lets mobile developers easily add voice to a part of their apps. Twilio, a provider of communications in the cloud, is announcing the launch of Twilio Client for Android. The product, which is a software development kit (SDK) makes incredibly easy for mobile developers to integrate voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities to their applications in Android, it is important to any part of an app into a fully functional VoIP telephone. In addition to the recently announced iOS SDK, Android SDK release means Twilio Client is now available for 75% of global smartphones, according to recent data from Gartner.

T-Mobile’s VoIP customers reach 1 million

Before the CTIA Wireless trade show opened, T-Mobile noted that its year-old Bobsled voice-over-IP and messaging app has now reached a million users.

The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier is unique in offering a free, Internet-based calling app that does not require a T-Mobile subscription to use. About 95 percent of Bobsled users are not actually T-Mobile subscribers, the company said in a press release, and 80 percent of Bobsled calls are made from outside the U.S.