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Develop VoIP Applications for BlackBerry With the FGVoIP SDK

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The BlackBerry app economy is picking up steam and with the announcement of carrier and credit card billing, we can expect an even bigger uptake in the market. Now is a better time than ever to get started building BlackBerry apps and a company called fg microtech have a VoIP SDK to help you make something new and creative.

There isn’t much in the way of VoIP on BlackBerry and it’s very hot right now in the smartphone space. With the FGVoIP Engine, developers can integrate a third party VoIP technology with high-quality full duplex media processing capabilities into applications they build for the BlackBerry platform

The fgVoIP Engine SDK will be available in early May. For licensing, pricing and further information, head over to their site.

Thoughts on the iPhone OS 4 Launch: Data Crunch and False Multitasking

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Yesterday, Apple announced their OS 4 for the iPhone. We wrote about the upcoming news a couple days ago, and both BlackBerry and iPhone users alike were all over the comments with their two cents. Regardless of what you may think of the iPhone vs BlackBerry debate, it’s clear that smartphone users are very passionate about their devices. So now that we’re out of the rumor mill, I thought I would put together some thoughts on the iPhone’s OS 4 announcements, and put them in a broader context of how they compare to BlackBerry.

It’s important to note that everything that was announced yesterday won’t be available until the summer, and it will only work with the iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation iPod Touch.
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Skype for BlackBerry Coming to Verizon Customers in March

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Skype and Verizon wireless made a great announcement at MWC 2010 about Skype coming to Verizon BlackBerrys in March. We have been waiting for ages for a Skype client for BlackBerry and since Verizon carries so many BlackBerry users, it made sense to go to them first. Even though the logic was sound, I can’t help but be annoyed at my own carrier for not being able to strike a similar deal.

With Skype mobile you’ll be able to:

  • Make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network.
  • Call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates.
  • Send and receive instant messages to other Skype users.
  • Remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence.

It will be interesting to see what the billing arrangement will be. If I’m buying Skype credits, will I be able to allot some through my carrier bill? Or will this all have to be done through Skype? When it launches, Skype for BlackBerry will be available for the Blackberry Storm, Storm2, 8330, 8530, 8830 and Tour 9630.

Sign up to be notified when it launches at verizonwireless.com/skypemobile or follow Skype Mobile on Twitter.

Vonage VOIP service for BlackBerry

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Vonage has released an app for BlackBerry allowing you to place low-cost long-distance VOIP calls. Vonage Mobile for the BlackBerry is free to download and once you’ve installed it you are ready to start calling. They’ll even give you a $1 credit to make your first international call.

Vonage for BlackBerry allows you to dial directly or through your address book. The app knows you’re making an international call and automatically routes it through their low-cost international VOIP network. You pay only their low international rates and use your local cellphone plan’s minutes.

Vonage for BlackBerry Features:

  • Make low-cost international calls:
    Call any landline or mobile phone worldwide at incredibly low rates. International calling is inexpensive with Vonage Mobile for the BlackBerry®.
  • Works on cellular: No matter where you are in the U.S., if you have cellular service, you can use Vonage Mobile for low-cost international calling. (Carrier roaming charges may apply when outside your calling area)
  • Easy to install: Click on “Free Download” on this page and enter your phone number when prompted. We’ll send you an SMS (text message) with a link to download Vonage Mobile. Just follow the simple steps on your device to install. We’ll even give you a credit to make your first international call. (Standard text messaging rates may apply)
  • Simple calling process:
    Making Vonage Mobile calls on a BlackBerry® is easy. When you dial an international number from the U.S., we’ll simply place the call with Vonage Mobile. And you’ll only use local minutes. (Carrier roaming charges may apply when outside your calling area)
  • Pay as you go:
    With Vonage Mobile you only pay for the calls you make. Simply set up your refill amount and credit/debit card information and we’ll automatically refill your account when you’re running low. No worries.

Visit Vonage to download Vonage for BlackBerry
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YouMail customers with VoIP or PBX get a free DropBox service

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YouMail have announced their DropBox service: a free service that allows users to integrate VoIP and PBX voicemail with your BlackBerry voicemail. To use this service, your VoIP or PBX must support delivering voicemails by email as an MP3 or WAV file.

Every YouMail customer has a DropBox at myphonenumber@my.youmail.com (ie. 8881234567@my.youmail.com). To setup this DropBox, change the email address that your VoIP voicemail is delievered to, to the DropBox email provided.

Once setup, all voicemails sent to your DropBox should then appear in the YouMail inbox. Once there in YouMail, you have access to key YouMail features including access from BlackBerry apps, voicemail sharing, spam filtering, and more. You’ll even get full Caller ID from most services.

[Hat tip Shaun C]

VoIP calling for BlackBerry without 3G or WiFi from Nimbuzz

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I haven’t used Nimbuzz before but I’ve been desperate for a good VoIP solution for BlackBerry. While Skype promised to give us an app back in May, they haven’t lived up to this promise. There are a few decent alternatives out there such as iSkoot, which has worked somewhat well for me so far.

Nimbuzz has partnered with Voxbone to provide a unique VoIP solution for BlackBerry. When you launch Nimbuzz, the new “blade” pops out alongside Nimbuzz’s toolset of aggregated IM services, mobile VoIP, social networking, tweets, and file-and-photo sharing.

According to the company, even if you’re out of 3G or Wi-Fi range, you still can make mobile VoIP calls on your BlackBerry.

The company is offering a pretty awesome service in that you don’t have to know the number, carry a card or even realize you’ve stepped beyond Internet reach. The Nimbuzz app, adding 750,000 sign-ups per month and operating in 200 countries, notices for you. It automatically steps in and requests permission to dial the right access number for you, which it knows, and routes the call over the Internet. Voxbone provides numbers and origination services, grabbing the call for Nimbuzz and converting it to IP.

Could this be the VoIP solution we’ve been waiting for? Comment your thoughts about this application.

Download Nimbuzz by heading over to their site and getting an SMS download link.

[ED NOTE: Tried on the BlackBerry Storm and it's not compatible. Looking to try it on a Curve 8900 in a moment but wanted to give you a heads up about the application.]