U.K. startup Movirtu plans to help 3 million or more people in poor countries use mobile services by giving them personal phone numbers, not phones.Working with a U.N.-affiliated initiative called Business Call to Action (BCtA), Movirtu will offer the numbers, which it calls mobile identities, through commercial carriers in developing countries in Africa and South Asia. People in those countries who typically borrow phones from others will be able to log into the carrier's network and use their own prepaid minutes and bits of data. The service is called Cloud Phone, though it operates within a carrier's own infrastructure rather than on the Internet as a classic cloud service would. Having a personal mobile identity can save users money in two ways, according to Ramona Liberoff, executive vice president of marketing, strategy and planning at Movirtu. First, they can use mobile services without buying a phone, which is a luxury even at US$15 or $20 for people making $1 or $2 per day. … [Read more...] about Startup Aims to Get the Poor Online with Phone Numbers
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Even in an era when just about every service is available over the open Internet or through an app, consumers still have to pay for voice service. The "voice charges" line item still pops up on every cell phone bill, and it isn't cheap.Someday in the not-too-distant future--when all voice communications transmit via carriers' data networks instead of a separate voice network--the carriers will bill you just once.Until then, however, savvy phone consumers can keep their voice-minutes needs to a minimum by taking advantage of the many so-called over-the-top services, which provide voice, video, messaging, and more by way of your device's Internet data connection, typically for free or for notably lower fees than the standard voice-minute plans charge. The savings can be even higher when you use an OTT service through your device's Wi-Fi connection, since Wi-Fi services are often free, or at least much more cost-effective than mobile networks are for high-bandwidth applications such as … [Read more...] about Can Over-the-Top Voice Services Free You From Mobile Minutes Charges?
Mobile World Congress, the Davos of wireless technology, is happening next week in Barcelona, and it’s going to be a particularly important year, as the mobile landscape readies itself for a couple of fairly major shifts.Here’s our quick look ahead to next week in sunny Spain and the four main points we expect from the MWC show.There’s been a big school of 5G press releases floating into our inboxes here in tech media just ahead of MWC (i.e., “Verizon plans 5G wireless trial service in 11 cities this year”), and it’s no real surprise – next-generation mobile networks are going to do a lot more than just boost speeds. They’ll also connect large numbers of devices – not just phones and tablets and laptops – to each other.Sure, finalized 5G specs from 3GPP are still years away, but companies like Ericsson, Intel, GE, Mimosa Networks, and many others have announcements around MWC focused on testing, equipment previews and more … [Read more...] about 4 things we expect from Mobile World Congress 2017
Collin Mulliner, researcher at Technische Universitaet Berlin, Group for Security in Telecommunications, believes mobile-service providers are injecting personally-discernible information such as MSISDN, IMSI, and IMEI into HTTP traffic being sent to websites.It started several years ago when Collin read that mobile phones were leaking private data via HTTP headers — but the author provided no evidence. That didn't sit well with Collin, so he took it upon himself to prove or disprove the claims. He explains how he became involved.Mulliner: During 2008, while working with Mobile Web and Wireless Access Protocol (WAP), I stumbled across a forum where people were discussing the possibility of leaks. Nobody could make up their mind if this was happening or not. So I started investigating.I host a website where people can download games for the Java 2 Micro Edition platform. It's popular enough that a mobile-gaming website embeds screen shots of my games. So, every time … [Read more...] about Why are websites getting your mobile-phone number?
I've been working with web views at the behest of a client. To a native app developer, web views can be particularly challenging. One such challenge I recently conquered was including a clickable phone number in the web view. The client's request was more than reasonable. The web page would display a phone number. When the user clicked the phone number, the app would launch the dialer pre-populated with the phone number from the website. According to everything I read, this should "just work" in a mobile browser. As long as the href in your link is prepended with "tel:" the device running the mobile browser is supposed to do the right thing for the platform. In reality I found that, while a fair number of devices from various manufacturers worked as advertised, a fair number didn't. Fortunately, the Android SDK has had a mechanism in place since version 1.0 that allows the app to intercept a loading URL and override the behavior as needed. This tutorial demonstrates how to … [Read more...] about How to include a clickable phone number in Android’s web view
Shutterstock Keeping in touch with family and friends has become easier and faster thanks to our Android smartphones. However, not all people who can contact us through our mobile phones are people that we love and cherish; some are spammers, annoying strangers, telemarketers, and other unwanted callers. You don’t need to suffer these unwanted calls. Block them! In this guide, learn how to block a phone number on your Android smartphone. How to block a phone number with built-in call blocking features Most Android phones have a native way to block specific numbers. There didn’t used to be a generalized way to do this, though, so manufacturers often had to build the feature into their own software skins. This is why the procedure can be unique on your specific device, as it varies from phone to phone. Needless to say we can’t go into detail about the necessary steps for blocking calls on every single phone out there, but we can give you an idea and show you … [Read more...] about How to block a phone number on your Android phone
Virtual numbers are allowing businesses to forget about having a business phone system while still having a phone number customers can call.Virtual phone numbers, programmed to strictly forward calls to other phone lines, offer a variety of benefits, including letting remote employees maintain a business phone line and allowing businesses to have a local presence anywhere in the world, regardless of their location."A virtual number is one that is not attached to a piece of hardware," said Phillip Jones, vice president of telephony services for virtual number provider Vumber. "Calls are forwarded to existing phone lines, smartphone apps or just to a voicemail box." Virtual phone number for a local presenceIn recent years, many businesses have started using virtual phone numbers in conjunction with their regular phone system to give themselves a presence in cities and countries other than the one they call home."A virtual phone number provides businesses with a local presence and … [Read more...] about Virtual Phone Numbers: What Are They and How to Get Them
The iPad may look like an oversized iPhone except that it cannot make or receive phone calls. There are however apps, both free and paid, that can turn your iPad into a phone, sort of.For instance, there’s Skype that lets you make voice and video calls calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world for free. Then there are apps like Fring and Truephone that you may use to call any landline or mobile number from the iPad over Wi-Fi or 3G.Another option is Line2 that practically converts your iPad into an iPhone for a monthly fee. You can make phone calls, send text messages and the app runs in the background so you can even receive phone calls while not using the app.The various apps that I have mentioned above use VoIP calling but wouldn’t it be cool if you could use the SIM card of your own mobile phone to make calls from the iPad without changing the number.There’s a new Cydia app in town called PhoneIt-iPad that does exactly that. It can turn an iPad 3G into an … [Read more...] about How to Make Phone Calls from your iPad
This tutorial describes how to easily get your own US phone number from anywhere in the world for free. Once you have a US local phone number, your friends and relatives in the US will be able to dial you from their landline or regular cell phones without paying international rates. The incoming voice calls can also be forwarded to your mobile phone or desktop based VoIP phones.[*] Skype also offers a service called Skype-In (also known as Online Number) where you can get a local phone number for USA but it costs around $18 for 3 months.Step 1: Sign-up for a free account with CallCentric.com and click continue. CallCentric will send you a confirmation mail to verify your email address.Step 2: Once you’ve verified the email address, provide your city and country code, agree to the terms and conditions and click “Sign me up.”Also see: Make International Phone Calls over the InternetStep 3: CallCentric will now provide you with a virtual tour of their websites. Skip it … [Read more...] about How to Get a US Phone Number
How do you make international calls from your mobile phone? Mobile carriers often charge exorbitant rates for international phone calls but you can Internet based services like Skype or Google Hangouts and call any landline or cell phone number in the world for a low per minute fee.All you need is a mobile phone connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot and some credit balance in your account for making the phone call. You can use these VoIP apps when travelling overseas as well and make significant savings for both domestic and international calls.Now consider a scenario where you have a mobile phone but there’s no Wi-Fi around and the 3G/4G services are either slow or unavailable. Would you still be able to place calls through any of these apps? The answer is obviously in the negative but there’s at least one app that has figured out a unique solution to this common problem.The app, known as Ringo, lets you make international calls from your mobile phone but “without” … [Read more...] about Make International Phone Calls from your Mobile even without the Internet