Alongside rumors that Ebay would be selling Skype… to… maybe… Google? Skype, who had a pretty successful first quarter is announcing that starting today anyone can sign up for unlimited calling to landlines in any of 34 countries across the world for $9.95 per month and also includes unlimited calling to U.S. landlines and cellphones.
International cellphone calls are restricted to Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
This is a darn good deal and I expect Skype to do fairly well during the recession, especially if you can get super cheap calling to nearly anywhere in the world. I know Ebay probably doesn’t want Skype but it must be worth something to somebody.
This is the first demo of VOIP on the iPhone that I have ever seen, mostly because no one has done it before. This is amazing, I’m not sure what type of VOIP service that Truphone is using but I’m guessing that it isn’t Skype, in my honest opinion if it isn’t Skype then it isn’t really worth using.
Although it isn’t Skype it does show that the iPhone really is capable of some pretty amazing things, above and beyond what Apple ever wanted you to do.
I mentioned last month that Ooma began accepting pre-orders well now they are officially launching. You can pick up your Ooma Hub for $399 or you can get an Ooma Hub with up to 4 Ooma Scouts for an additional $39.95 per Scout.
I don’t think that this will make any difference to anyone but I do think that it is a little weird that Ooma decided to hire a young boy for the video that explains Ooma.
Ooma is offering a 30-day money back guarantee on the products so you can try without the worry of it not working very well for you and being out $400.
I still want to try Ooma out but I’m not willing to put up $399 just to try it out. Having just a cell phone is fine for me right now.
Packet 8 offers a wide variety of hosted iPBX small business phone services. I don’t exactly have a small business but I don’t think that it is impossible for it to happen, I’ve always wanted to open my own PC shop so I’ll do a little bit of dream shopping and let you guys know what I would get if I was looking for some VOIP service from Packet 8.
I would purchase the Virtual Attendant plan, because then when you called my business you would get a list of numbers and what they bring you to, such as 1 for sales, 2 for support, or 3 for billing. I would also choose it because of its price, $14.99 per month plus $9.99 for activation, not too shabby.
Packet8 also offers video phone services for residential customers. You could always go with something like Skype but who wants to deal with installing software, configuring, software, and dealing with all of that confusion when you could just purchase a Packet8 video phone and phone service and your off and running.
I encourage you all to head on over to their website and check out all of their services, they look pretty cool.