While everyone agrees that VoIP and OTT services have seriously affected telcos and have drastically changed the voice communication landscape, views differ on whether the desktop phone will vanish from business and home tables in the near future. Ovum forecasts that telecoms companies will have lost around $400 billion to VoIP during the coming five years. However, Ovum also claims that the perspective of the death of the telephone is an exaggeration. On the other hand, a new survey carried out among 150 IT managers in the UK showed that desktop phones are likely to vanish from tables within the next decade. For instance, in 2013, the number of SMS messages fell year-over-year, a thing that never happened. This is because many people moved to services like WhatsApp.
You want to talk with someone using voice or video but don't have or want to bother with registration-based services like Skype and the likes. The solution is simple: Choose a number, any number, and ask the person to enter that number on gruveo.com on their computer's browser page. And it is all free. The VoIP industry has seen none simpler. Read more
The interesting thing with this service is the way is uses to have people contact you - a web address instead of a phone number (like with Viber and WhatsApp) and a username (like with Skype). This opens a number of possibilities like using it as a virtual number to protect privacy, using it as a toll free number etc. Besides, it offers free voice calling and texting service. Read review
Despite being short of free voice calls compares to Viber, ChatON, Tango, WeChat and the others, WhatsApp has the biggest userbase of all with 450 million users. It is now announced that this spring, users running WhatsApp on Android and iOS will be able to make and receive free voice calls to other WhatsApp users. This will be a hard blow for the competition. Let Spring come then.
The founder CEO of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, in an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur following the recent acquisition by Facebook, says that the app will keep being independent from Facebook. This autonomy is part of the deal and the company's seat will still be in Mountain View, where it actually is. It is also interesting to note that Koum insisted on the fact that there will be no ads on WhatsApp. He also said that what gave WhatsApp the place it has on the market despite competition are the huge user base, its robustness (it doesn't crash, does it?) and the speed of transmitting messages. So, for WhatsApp users, nothing changes. Let's hope if something does change, it does for the better.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg paid 19 billion dollars for WhatsApp and beleives that it is well worth this fortune. He believes that the benefits of such a deal will be two-fold for Facebook. One is the value of the WhatsApp service itself and what it is worth, and the other is the strategic value that it will bring to Facebook. The 450 million WhatsApp users should have nothing to worry and nothing to change. The app will carry on being the exact same. Besides, it is expected that value will be added to it in the near future.
WhatsApp vs. ChatON
Surprisingly, France tops the Infographics list of leading VoIP countries for 2014, followed, without surprise this time, by Japan and India. Quick adoption of VoIP technologies, large investments and rapid growth are among the factors used for building this list. China and the United States are among the runners up, with the latter having the largest number of total subscribers. Infographics has published an info-rich tableau for these figures. See more
Fingers of network admins are often pointed at VoIP when it comes to security of corporate networks. Job Arnold says so at NoJitter, advancing the fact that VoIP being new and inadequately understood and mastered, it is often the target of hackers. Network audit fail to estimate the risk posed by VoIP to its full measure. Now VoIP is not only telephony; it is data that flows alongside all the other critical data of the organization. It therefore stands as a weak link in the security chain. Jon therefore proposes and new conversation. Read more
Version 4.2 of Viber is out since last week. There are some interesting additions in it. After update, you can block any annoying or unwated number of contact, you can also send multiple photos at the same time, customize notifications and sounds, and some bug fixes. You don't get to update the app from within it, you have to navigate to its page on Google Play or App Store to do the job.
A signification increase in the demand for managed internet; Join Our Cloud replacing BYOD; the viability of companies shifting completely to mobile devices and phablets; decentralization replacing outsourcing; and better customer satisfaction due to cloud computing. My two cents: the potential of cloud computing is inflated here because the company does cloud stuff, but this gives a good general insight of where the industry is going, so we know on which edges to sharpen the saw. Read more