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February 2014 and I still can’t do a phone call on a moving train

At 10pm I had a call with San Francisco. I write it like that, because it sounds cool. In point of fact, the chap I was due to speak with is the height of cool. One of the Valley’s uber-connected dudes. I phoned him at 10pm as I boarded the train and sat down. Firstly, […]

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Operators

The death of roaming fees in Europe: Bring it on!

The Telegraph is today reporting that roaming fees (for voice, text and data) will be abolished by the end of next year if not earlier. About flipping time. Almost half of people traveling abroad deliberately switch their phone off to avoid unexpected and often ridiculous roaming charges. In recent years, if you’ve spent enough time […]

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News

DEMO Europe: MD.Voice detects voice health problems

MD.Voice is a service for mobile devices that analyse the user’s voice to detect health issues.

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Services

Video: Jeff Lawson, CEO/Co-Founder of Twilio

Late last year I managed to pop by the Twilio offices in San Francisco to meet with Jeff Lawson, the company’s rockstar CEO and co-founder. Twilio’s brilliance has been enabling anybody to use their telecoms infrastructure API to do almost anything you need with a telephone — and also with SMS. So, for example, if […]

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Operators

Freephone cross network voice shortcodes: Not so fast!

You could be forgiven for assuming after the recent announcement from MIG, that free or zero-rated voice shortcodes are now fully available in the UK. At least, that’s what I thought when I read MIG’s news (which we featured on our press release news site, Mobile News Today). Alas I hear from various sources in […]

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News

Part 4, Andy Munarriz of HulloMail

The Future of Voicemail I’ve been getting emails from people wondering when the next episode in the Future of Voicemail Series was going live. Tah dah! It’s here. Episode 4 features the co-founder of HulloMail, Andy Munarriz. Andy’s no stranger to Mobile Industry Review — indeed we first interviewed him on camera about two years […]

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News

RIM’s BlackBerry Mobile Voice System: Voice over WiFi, PBX, SIP

I put the keywords SIP, PBX and WiFi in the above title to make sure that anyone interested in the subject gets stuck into this release. RIM are getting very serious about supporting voice over WiFi properly. Indeed today’s announcement of Mobile Voice System 5 introduces quite a few stimulating features sure to raise exciting […]

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How Facebook friends can get you free calls

In the US and want free minutes? Time to install a new Facebook application. It’s called Fund My Phone and it’s part of Virgin Mobile USA’s Sugar Mama service, which lets customers rack up free minutes, usually by sitting through advertising. Fund My Phone works slightly differently: it gives you free minutes if you encourage […]

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T-Mobile switches on US 3G network – without data?

According to a number of reports, T-Mobile is finally – finally! – launching its 3G network in the US from today. The 3G network will be switched on across 20 cities this year including Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with New York being the first to get the third-generation nod, and those hungry to test […]

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Microsoft’s TellMe comes to BlackBerry first

More doom and gloom from the handset people. After Nokia said it though the worldwide mobile phone market might shrink next year, Sony Ericsson has reported its profits have nosedived over the last quarter, its market share has dropped (enough to see it slip behind LG to number five in the biggest device makers) and […]

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IBM kicks off universal translator, mobile soul removal

IBM has been touting the latest initiative to come out of its Research Labs, aimed at building a slew of services for the developing economies where mobile phones are the de facto web access device. There’s a lot of fluff around the initiative (social networks go mobile – who’d have thought it?), but some potentially […]

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Vlingo lands $20m and a spot on Yahoo

Bored with text input for mobile search? Yahoo has taken the wraps off voice enabled search for its oneSearch product for the BlackBerry users in the US, with more devices and countries coming soon. The base of the service is Vlingo’s speech recognition, which grabs the spoken search terms and enters them into oneSearch. Yahoo […]