EU Could Compel Carriers to Support VoIP
The European Union is considering legislature that would force wireless network operators to support VoIP on their networks. Currently, individual countries oversee such legislature, but if it is enacted by the EU, then all operators hosting wireless services in EU member states would be forced to comply. VoIP allows end users to make calls through the Internet that can be less expensive than via cellular networks.
Cablevision Launching FreeWheel WiFi-Based Phone
Cablevision today announced FreeWheel, a wireless service that relies wholly on WiFi networks rather than cellular networks. FreeWheel will offer unlimited voice calls (via VoIP), messaging, and data for $30 per month.
European Union to Ban Roaming Charges
The European Commission today agreed to make cellphone roaming charges illegal beginning in 2017. The change in law means European wireless network operators will not be allowed to charge roaming fees for customers who travel across the 28-country continent.
TextNow to Let Customers Call More than 150 Countries
TextNow today said it is adding support for international calling to more than 150 countries around the globe. Moreover, the cloud-based communications company will let customers earn credits towards their bill or international calls.
Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data
Google today announced Project Fi, which relies on a combination of cellular and WiFi networks to keep users connected wherever they roam. Google partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to provide the cellular component.