Skype has added a new video messaging feature to its suite of apps. You can now leave video messages free of charge for any of your contacts.
iOS/Android: Free messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Viber are handy for free messaging to other people with the same app installed, but what happens when you want to make a call to someone on a regular number? FooTalk is a newly-launched VOIP app which offers relatively cheap rates for calls.
One argument sometimes used against voice over internet protocol (VOIP) telephone services is that they don’t always identify your location when you make a call to the 000 emergency number. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is taking TPG to court for a more fundamental problem: a six-month period where some of TPG’s phone subscribers apparently couldn’t access 000 at all.
In the last half of 2011, Australian federal politicians spent more than $140,000 on global roaming charges — and shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull alone accounts for 13 per cent of that total, with more than $13,000 on one monthly bill. Why are the sums so high, and how can average Australians avoid running up the same charges? A Lifehacker exclusive analysis reveals all.
The government has extended the period in which Telstra can’t charge more than 22 cents for untimed local calls until June 2014. Pensioners might think that’s good news, but in reality paying 22 cents for a local call means you’re almost certainly not getting a good deal. Here are five ways you could spend less to make calls:
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) continues to bust communications providers whose plans aren’t described clearly. Today it announced a $13,200 fine for TPG over terms associated with its offering of ‘free’ VOIP calls for broadband customers.
The newest Skype beta for Mac OS X isn’t an enormous update, but it does change the (previously very cluttered) call UI into something a bit more usable.