T-Mobile Offers Vanity Numbers Via StarStar Me
T-Mobile today announced a new service that allows customers to pick a phone number that reflects their name or other descriptor. The service, which is run by StarStar Me, costs $2.99 per month, lets T-Mobile customers choose a name, nickname, or other word in place of their mobile phone number, providing, in effect, a vanity phone number that appears when they call others. The service includes an application for Android and iOS devices that lets users manage incoming calls, send text message responses, as well as block calls and view their call log. The service can be initiated directly from T-Mobile's devices or via T-Mobile's web site. Sprint began offering the same service in October 2012.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
T-Mobile Looks to Redefine the Phone Number with 'Digits'
T-Mobile today announced Digits, a new service that will let customers use the same phone number across multiple devices, or multiple numbers on a single device. The service makes use of T-Mobile's LTE network and works with virtually all connected devices, including phones, tablets, wearables, and computers.
Skype Debuts 'Click to Call' On Mobile
Skype today made a new desktop browser plugin available that lets users send phone numbers to their Android smartphone for calling. The Click to Call feature is already available to Skype's desktop apps.
AT&T Debuts Free Spam Call Blocking
AT&T today announced AT&T Call Protect, a free service that automatically blocks and warns about fraudulent calls. AT&T says Call Protect is available to customers who have HD Voice service, and it only works in areas where HD Voice coverage is available.