It's Time to Kill the Phone Call

The phone call isn't dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still dial out. Of course, that doesn't mean it's not in the process of dying. And if you have even a shred of decency about you, you'll help take it out back Old-Yeller-style… » 11/11/14 12:00pm 11/11/14 12:00pm

Don't Upgrade to Hangouts If You Use Google Voice on Your Computer

In many respects Google Hangouts is impressive—it brings together Google's disparate chat options rather neatly—but you should think twice about using it if you rely on making Google Voice calls from your computer. » 5/20/13 3:48am 5/20/13 3:48am

How Often Do You Use Your Phone to Make Actual Calls?

Smartphones. The more you think about it, the more the term just seems antiquated. A relic that just stuck around, sort of like the word "rewind." With hulking phablets coming out more frequently and in larger sizes, it seems like the phone part of a phone is increasingly incidental. » 1/27/13 7:00pm 1/27/13 7:00pm

Skype's Giving Away Free Unlimited Worldwide Phone Calls For an Entire…

Time to call that long-lost aunt in the middle of absolute nowhere: Skype's just announced that you can now claim a whole month's worth of unlimited free world-wide landline and mobile calling—but only if you claim it by end of today. » 11/15/12 6:11am 11/15/12 6:11am

Why We Lie More Over the Phone, and Why TV News Pundits Should Watch…

According to research undertaken on the deceit of lying, we fib more over the phone than by email—perhaps because it can't easily come back to bite us, or maybe because of deeper psychological reasons? » 8/18/11 11:00am 8/18/11 11:00am

Mastering The Lost Art Of Actually Talking On The Phone

Look, we all know the phone is scary. But sometimes you can't avoid it. Herewith, a few tips for making calls without sounding like a weirdo.… [ Jezebel » 4/07/11 5:20pm 4/07/11 5:20pm]

Thrutu for Android Lets You Do More than Talk When You're On the Phone

If you can use Thrutu on your Android phone, it's pretty neat. When you're on a phone call, the app gives you a sliding drawer on top of your dialer to give you easy access to send pictures, contact info, location, etc. to the person you're talking to. It's quick and painless—just think about how many times you've… » 3/03/11 10:20pm 3/03/11 10:20pm

Traditional Cellphone Usage Dying A Long, Painful Death (For Carriers,…

Whether you blame it on Twitter, texts, or the inability to make a phone call on a touchscreen phone, the US is moving away from voice calls, with the average length of a call falling dramatically in the last year. » 5/14/10 3:13am 5/14/10 3:13am

Fear and Loathing On a Tech Support Call

A lot of people incurred the wrath of Hunter S. Thompson over his long career, and we can now add the "fools," "bastards," and "idiots" who worked at his local electronics shop to that list. » 2/12/10 3:07pm 2/12/10 3:07pm

A Mommy's Boy Takes His Mother to Court For Calling Him Too Much

An Austrian court fined a woman 360 euros, or roughly $478, for apparently calling her son too much and "stalking" him. Whoa, I guess the mother-son relationship has its limits. » 4/10/09 8:40pm 4/10/09 8:40pm