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.
US Carriers Agree to Sell Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung today announced that the five largest wireless network operators in the U.S. will sell the Galaxy Note Edge beginning this month.
Silent Circle Debuts Secure Global Calling Plan
Silent Circle today announced a new calling plan to accompany the Blackphone, its secure Android-based smartphone, that allows owners to make calls to non-Blackphone users. Silent Circle's "Out-Circle" plans cost $13 per month for 100 minutes, $20 for 250 minutes, $25 for 500 minutes, or $40 for 1,000 minutes.