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News Archive - April 2009

Rumor: Motorola readying first Android phone
April 29, 2009
Motorola appears to be readying a new smart phone that runs on Android, code-named Calgary. The phone has a slide-out keyboard and will be sold for use on Verizon's network later this year.
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$3 SIM Card Puts Skype On Your Cell Phone
April 24, 2009
Skype's future continues to be prophesied in Europe as U.K. mobile phone operator 3 works to push the VoIP service on its mobile phones, including a new low-cost service that will enable consumers to make Skype calls virtually free of charge
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Tata Communications to offer Cisco's Telepresence services
April 23, 2009
Tata Communications said it would introduce telepresence exchange services for Cisco Telepresence. Communications, a Tata group company, on Thursday said it would introduce telepresence exchange services for Cisco Telepresence.
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AT&T cuts cord on VoIP service
April 22, 2009
AT&T has pulled the plug on its CallVantage VoIP service, a service that operated much like Vonage. Now, AT&T customers that want to have VoIP service must get it through their new service, U-verse.
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Sony Ericsson to lay off 2,000 more workers
April 17, 2009
Sony Ericsson plans to lay off a further 2,000 employees in the wake of deeper quarterly financial losses totaling $467 million.
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Cellcrypt Secure VoIP Heading to BlackBerry
April 16, 2009
Cellcrypt, a British vendor of software for encrypting cell phone calls, has set up shop in Silicon Valley and is getting a product ready for North America's beloved BlackBerry.
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Verizon updates VoIP phone
April 16, 2009
Verizon Communications is trying to keep customers tied to the old idea of a home phone with updates to its new $200 Verizon Hub VoIP offering. Verizon is offering more Widgets for the device and is also launching a new application storefront where users can download applications.
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AT&T looks to extend iPhone pact
April 14, 2009
AT&T is reportedly trying to extend the iPhone deal with Apple. The original deal expired in 2008, but was extended through the end of 2009. Now, AT&T wants to extend the deal for another two years.
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Former VoIP Inc. execs face SEC charges
April 14, 2009
Three South Florida men are the target of a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint filed in Miami federal court, alleging that they cooked the books and lied to investors about the financial condition of their company, VoIP Inc.
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Business-Ready Skype Tools Slash VoIP Costs
April 14, 2009
VoIP calls cost less than traditional phone systems, while adding additional features. Skype says that about 35% of its customers are using the service at work, so the company has tailored features to help that audience manage Skype and save money.
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Growth Expected for Telepresence and Cloud Computing
April 14, 2009
Telepresence and cloud computing are likely to drive enterprise network needs in the short term, according to president and CEO of AT&T Labs - the telco's research hub.
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Shell to Eliminate Desktop Phones
April 14, 2009
Royal Dutch/Shell is equipping 150,000 desktops with Microsoft Office Communicator as the unified communications client, with Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS) hosts in its three global data centers in Amsterdam, Houston, and Kuala Lumpur.
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eBay to launch a Skype IPO in 2010
April 14, 2009
eBay announced plans to spin off its Internet phone and video-conferencing service, Skype, with an IPO in the first half of next year. This is a very good move on the part of eBay and would likely help to propel Skype to achieve an even greater success.
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Founders Plot Buying Back Skype from Ebay
April 11, 2009
The New York Times is reporting that the original founders of Skype are working to acquire the company back from eBay after selling it to eBay in September 2005 for $2.6 billion.
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IBM Sametime Unified Telephony Coming Soon
April 1, 2009
IBM said its long-awaited VoIP application will be available in roughly three months. Sametime Unified Telephony is a middleware solution that delivers VoIP and unified communications capabilities. It also ties together systems from several vendors and IBM technology partners to allow call routing based on location, presence status and role, among a host of other attributes from business applications.
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