We have been using Skype Voip phone service on our smartphone while traveling overseas and whenever we have had access to a reliable Wi-Fi hotspot. There are many other scenarios that make it worthwhile to learn the ins and outs of phone calls via the Internet because you can save plenty of money that way. Fortunately, a new service called Vox Mobile is aiming to reduce the friction between ordinary mobile phone and Voip call plans.
We don't know about you, but we have a constant shortage for new ringtones that reflect the music that we've lately been listening to. There are many ways to create new ringtones from MP3 tracks saved on a PC, but an alternative method is to use an Internet service. Mobicious is an online store for ringtones, wallpapers, videos, and games, but it also lets you create new ringtones for free from the songs you own.
When you are traveling overseas and your mobile phone rings, can you resist the temptation to answer the phone, knowing that it can be a costly conversation? We can't – and that's why our phone calls are notoriously hurried and brief. United Mobile is a mobile phone service that lets you answer phone calls on a trip without wasting a considerable sum of your travel budget in one phone call. The service requires a GSM phone with the best prices for calls made within Europe, Australia, parts of Asia, Africa and South America.
Accessing email on the go is one of the most useful, time-saving things available on a mobile phone, but it can be somewhat painful to set up. It's true that many service providers offer a pre-configured email account with the phone subscription, but who wants to activate yet another email address? Momail offers a free, well thought-out concept that lets you use your existing email account with automatic delivery of new messages to the phone.
Have you ever downloaded a ringtone only to discover that it really was a subscription to a service that will charge a monthly fee? Often, it pays off to be careful when accepting offers for free stuff. We tried out MyxerTones that didn't charge anything and didn't require a subscription. The service provides free ringtones and better yet, makes it possible to mix new ringtones from MP3 tracks.
Instant messaging is a frequently accessed application on PCs, because it allows friends to keep in touch practically in real time. The moment you leave your PC behind, or stash the laptop into a bag, the instant messaging connection is lost. Not anymore. The popular Windows Messenger program is available for PCs, Windows Mobile, and Nokia smartphones for connecting friends on the go.
Most GPS solutions designed for mobile phones require constant connection to a server that provides maps and routing instructions to the phone as the trip progresses. It's an excellent idea, because we don't have to worry about loading maps in advance. On the other hand, if we are traveling overseas and our phone is constantly downloading new information via mobile network, huge roaming charges maybe waiting us back home. We discovered a solution that works smoothly and won't break anyone's travel budget.
It's a joy to discover an increasing number of new telephone services that all aim to save money for us. The services we have tried really offer reduced-cost long-distance or international phone calls. But many of the services are so difficult to use that they don't pass the Winnie the Pooh test. Manifone offers a low-cost service for international calls that can pass the Pooh test, but only if you have taken the effort to properly set it up.
Many mobile phone owners take their beloved communication devices along for every local and international trip they make. Why not? There's no better way to keep in touch or to get help in emergencies. Nonetheless, mobile users tend to be cautious when using their phones overseas because of excessive fees networks may charge for roaming on another network. Fortunately, there are many solutions for low-cost or even free overseas phone calls.
Perhaps you have recorded music videos from TV on your computer that you want to take with you on a smartphone, iPod, PDA, MP3 player, or Web tablet. A variety of software products are available for turning videos into a format that can be played on a mobile device, but the easiest technique to make videos compatible with a small-screen device is to use the Movavi Online service. It is an Internet site where you upload your videos, wait for the servers to reformat them, and then, download videos that you can play on your mobile device.
It's really easy to capture videos on a camera phone, but when you want to show the flicks to the world, you have to know a couple of tricks. Pocketcaster system makes it easy to upload videos from a camera phone to YouTube and popular blog systems. The Pocketcaster application on the phone transmits live video from the phone to the Internet where it can viewed and automatically uploaded to YouTube.
Twitter is a global community of people who want to let other people know what they are doing and also want to follow the whereabouts and activities of their friends. You may sign up to the service, post a brief note about what you are doing, and let other people follow your thoughts and actions through the service. The Twitter system can be accessed on a PC, via text messages, from AIM, Jabber or Gtalk, and now, using the Internet browser on a mobile phone.
Sure, it's fun to watch flicks on video sharing sites like YouTube, blip.tv, Vimeo, or Dailymotion. It's even more fun and exciting to upload own videos, live video images, and photos to Kyte and have a chat with people who are also watching them. Kyte makes camera phone an easy-to-use tool for uploading videos, photos and for broadcasting live video to the Internet. It's a killer feature.
Even when you are on the go, it is easy to read news published on the Internet. You just have to know the Web pages that are readily accessible on a phone. It is also possible to post new entries to a blog if you have installed an application on your phone that can connect to the blog system. Mdog.com offers a free service that lets you access a number of news sources and update your blog directly from your phone without having to install any new software.
These days, it's good to be a smartphone owner. New, exciting and useful services are being introduced one after another. Now, Microsoft has made available a handheld edition of Windows Live Search. The downloadable application is intended to be used for finding places, not as a generic Internet search engine. Its extensive range of features work well in the US, while travelers in other countries can still enjoy its useful maps. >
The irresistible lure of getting something for free convinced us to try out several new Internet telephony services that allow free or low cost phone calls on a mobile phone. We are ready to go a long way to get something for free; but this time, it wasn't always worth it. Find out which services worked, which didn't, and which ones were easy to use.
It is possible to find good deals on low-cost or free phone calls, but it requires some effort. The old and trusty landline desk phone, the new and fancy mobile phone, and the computer let you make phone calls over a telephone network or over the Internet. But there are other options. You can find even better deals on services that are built on a mix of these technologies. We took a close look at how the new phone services work and how much they really cost to use >
Sometimes, the wonders of the digital world make perfect sense to all of us. Sometimes, a revolutionary product is introduced that is easy to understand and adopt. Sometimes, after reviewing a number of useless products, we get excited about a useful and fun product. We are talking about Orb. The Orb software lets you access the music, photos, and videos from your home computer over the Internet on your mobile device. Orb can also redirect TV channels from your home computer for you to watch on your mobile device >
Reading news on a phone? Viewing small text on a small screen? Endless scrolling up and down the page while waiting for the information to download? Yes, we want it, and we are not alone. In fact, we have craved it badly ever since the newsfeed technology was introduced. Newsfeed is a perfect for phones because it delivers essential information, always fresh, where and when we want it. Finally, we have found a newsreader application for phones that we are happy to review: Tiggdo >
Skype users have learned to appreciate the easy and free (or reasonably priced) phone calls they can make from their PCs. A new product, SoonR, introduces a way to use any mobile phone with Internet access for phone calls through Skype. That's not all. SoonR also allows you to access photos and music stored on your home PC from the phone. Let's take a look at how much this free system really costs and what is possible to do with SoonR >
There are so many fabulous photos saved on our megapixel camera phone that we simply have to share some of them with the world. Fortunately, photo-sharing services on the Internet provide us with exactly what we want. But what if we wanted to post photos, view, and comment on them using our camera phone alone - without using a PC or a Mac? Which online photo album provides the best service for a camera phone?
When the urge hits us and we have to find a piece of information about life, universe and everything, we must get it right there and then. Maybe it is the name of the UN Secretary before Kofi Annan, or the address of the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot, but we want to know it and fast. Since we always have a phone with us and it can connect to the Internet, we decided to give it a test and see if a phone can be used to find information >
Even if all the music in the world was packed in your MP3 player, there will be moments when you want to listen to something else than the beat thumping on your earphones. For a change, it might actually be nice to listen to news or experts talk about topics that you can learn from. You don't have to listen to radio or watch TV to pick up the latest talk shows, just download a podcast or two into your MP3 player and listen to the shows wherever you want >
Choices have been few for mobile phone users who'd like to make reasonably priced overseas phone calls. Mino is a new system that aims to change this. Mino promises cheap mobile phone calls, regardless of where you are and where you want to call. We tried it out and discovered that there are situations when you can save money; but the system could be easier to use >
Finally, record companies are giving online music seekers what they want: digital music. The kind of music that can be purchased and downloaded to a computer over the Internet and then listened to on an MP3 player or on the computer. Even Napster and iTunes have opened shops in Europe, but they are not the only places for MP3 downloads. Advice on shopping for MP3 music >
Camera phone owners have quickly discovered novel ways of using the advanced functionality of their devices. In addition to sending photos by MMS (multimedia message) or by email to friends, photos can instantly be shared on the Internet. Review of moblogging services >
Is it possible that a mobile phone could bring something extra for online dating? Many people are already trying out new mobile dating services that allow access from mobile devices and computers alike, or they may be participating in events organized in bars for flirting by text messaging. Advice on mobile dating services >
A fast growing trend among people who own camera phones is the willingness to immediately show friends and family what great photos they have snapped. New services on the Internet, moblogs, are offering these people free, personal photo albums they can share with the world. Full story >
Downloading music doesn't have to be difficult or risky business. Our brief guide to digital music services on the Internet finds the places where you can conveniently shop for songs for playing them on a computer or on a portable player. Full story >