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O2 launches TU Go, a VOIP service to compete against Skype

O2 launches TU Go, a VOIP service to compete against Skype | VoIP | Scoop.it

O2 has launched an app which lets users make and receive phone calls and texts via a tablet, computer or smartphone.

TU Go is available for Android, Apple's iOS devices and Windows 7 PCs but limited to "pay monthly" subscribers - so excludes corporate accounts.

TU Go deducts charges from the user's existing call minutes allowance, unlike Skype and other chat apps which involve the purchase of credit.


Analysts suggest this billing innovation could prove disruptive.


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O2 as well, hmmm...!?!
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Facebook quietly rolls out free VoIP | Total Telecom

Facebook quietly rolls out free VoIP | Total Telecom | VoIP | Scoop.it

While the industry was busy digesting Tuesday's launch of Facebook's new search engine, Graph Search, separately it emerged this week that the social network has also added a VoIP feature to its Facebook Messenger app.

 

At the moment, the service is only available for the iOS version of the application, and even then, only in the U.S., according to a report by The Verge on Wednesday. Nevertheless, these users are now able to make free voice calls to one another over either a WiFi or cellular network. Separately the BBC reported that Facebook plans to extend the feature to other operating systems and countries, over an unspecified period of time.

 

While this is not the first free VoIP app that operators have had to contend with, the size and geographic spread of Facebook's membership is such that it has the potential to overcome a key challenge faced by would-be over-the-top (OTT) communication providers, namely requiring prospective users to sign up and create a profile before they can use the service.

 

To counter the threat to voice and messaging revenues that OTT services have come to represent, a number of operators have turned to Joyn, the consumer brand for the GSMA's Rich Communication Suite (RCS), which offers OTT-like capabilities backed up by carrier-grade infrastructure.

 

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Facebook launches voice in iOS and Android Messenger apps, tests VoIP calling in Canada

Facebook launches voice in iOS and Android Messenger apps, tests VoIP calling in Canada | VoIP | Scoop.it

Facebook is continuing to fine-tune and adapt its Messenger mobile apps (iOS/Android), today pushing live updates which include a potentially disruptive feature: voice messages.


The iOS and Android Messenger apps (which will be available later today) have been outfitted with a new option alongside the photo and camera buttons, offering a ‘Record’ toggle that can be pushed and held to record voice messages.


If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, slide it off to cancel the message or let go to send it.


While the voice messaging feature provides a new way of interacting with friends, Facebook has also said it will also begin the beta testing of a new VoIP calling feature within its iOS Messenger app, allowing users to establish a peer-to-peer connection and make calls without making a dent in their call allowance (although it will use existing data plans).


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