Why Google Killing Google Voice Would Be Fantastic

Brace yourself Google Voice fanboys, your treasured service is probably not long for this world. But don't you worry; the sooner it's dead the better we'll all be. » 3/18/14 10:04am 3/18/14 10:04am

​WhatsApp Is Getting Voice Calling

Facebook's new messaging service is about to turn into Facebook's new voice service. Today at Mobile World Congress, WhatsApp announced it's branching out into phone calls. » 2/24/14 9:15am 2/24/14 9:15am

The FCC Is Beta Testing the Future US Phone Network

We already knew that the FCC had plans to rewrite the technology that supports the nation's ageing landline phone network, and now its decided to start beta testing new infrastructure to ensure it can deliver. » 1/31/14 3:45am 1/31/14 3:45am

The FCC's New Chairman Wants to Rewrite How Phones Work

Tom Wheeler, the newly crowned chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has ambitious plans. He's already on a crusade to get carriers to allow cellphone unlocking, and now he plans to rewrite the technology that supports the nation's ageing landline phone network. » 11/20/13 4:30am 11/20/13 4:30am

The Technology You Need to Protect Against Mass Surveillance

In the past several weeks, EFF has received many requests for advice about privacy tools that provide technological shields against mass surveillance. We've been interested for many years in software tools that help people protect their own privacy; we've defended your right to develop and use cryptographic software,… » 7/18/13 4:40am 7/18/13 4:40am

PSA: Your Skype Messages Aren't as Private as You Think They Are

Most people think of Skype as a secure means of communication, with messages kindly delivered using end-to-end encryption. But a new report by Ars Technica suggests that's far from the case—and Microsoft is often dipping into your communications. » 5/21/13 3:37am 5/21/13 3:37am

You Can Now Skype From Within a Browser

Microsoft has finally decided to roll out web-based Skype calling. Over the coming weeks, users will be able to make Skype video and voice calls from within Outlook.com on their browsers. » 4/30/13 3:41am 4/30/13 3:41am

Facebook Is Launching a Numberless "Social Calling" Service

TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is teaming up with carriers to provide a "social calling" service. Initially striking up a deal with French carrier Orange, it seems the service will allow friends to make voice calls without knowing each other's numbers. » 11/21/12 6:50am 11/21/12 6:50am

Is Skype Snooping on Your Conversations?

Since launch, Skype has been regarded as secure and private, with its strong encryption and complex peer-to-peer network connections making calls almost impossible to intercept. Since Microsoft bought it out, though, things have been changing—and the Slate suggests your privacy may not be what it once was. » 7/23/12 3:44am 7/23/12 3:44am

Delta Calls Cops on Viber Exec for Using His Own VoIP App In-Flight…

Talmon Marco, founder of the VoIP app Viber, was met at La Guardia airport this evening by a waiting posse of port authority cops. What did he do? Well, it's not quite as outrageous as Alec Baldwin getting in trouble for playing Words With Friends, but it's still a bit ridiculous. » 5/09/12 1:00am 5/09/12 1:00am

Skype for Windows Phone Available in Beta

Good news, WinPho lovers: you can now use Skype on your handset. The software's currently in beta testing, but the official release is due April. » 2/27/12 4:13am 2/27/12 4:13am

Republic Wireless Will Offer an Unbelievable $19 Unlimited…

GigaOm is reporting that Republic Wireless, a new hybrid VoIP/carrier, is planning on introducing a $19 unlimited data, voice and text plan on November 8th. $19! How is this possible? How does it work? Where do I sign up? » 11/02/11 10:46am 11/02/11 10:46am

It's Crazy Just How Much Free Calling T-Mobile Is Giving Away With Its…

Remember when T-Mobile launched Bobsled back in April, which enabled free VoIP calls between Facebook users? I didn't either, but now that it's added mobile apps, browser apps, and the capability to call regular phone numbers, it's way more memorable. » 10/11/11 12:01am 10/11/11 12:01am

Vonage Extensions Lets You Use Your Android Phone As a Vonage Phone

Vonage Extensions is a great little app for Vonage users: It gives you unlimited international calling from your Android phone (if your Vonage plan has unlimited calling, that is). So anywhere you go, you get the same deal as you get for Vonage at home. [Android Market via Phandroid] » 9/02/11 3:59pm 9/02/11 3:59pm

Free Gmail Voice Calls for Armed Forces Personnel

If anyone deserves free phone calls to their loved ones, it's the men and women that serve our country. Google has announced that U.S. service personnel with a valid US Military (.mil) email address can now place free Gmail voice calls to the United States from within Gmail. » 8/30/11 3:01pm 8/30/11 3:01pm

Legally Dubious Aerial Drone Records Your Wireless Conversations

A model airplane hobbyist and an Air Force vet decided to put their combined skills to use by creating a spy drone. But it's not just any spy drone—it's designed to record private phone conversations. Great. » 8/01/11 1:00pm 8/01/11 1:00pm

Document: FBI Surveillance Geeks Fear, Love New Gadgets

Can't wait for 4G to become the ubiquitous standard for mobile communication? On the edge of your seat for the unveiling of Microsoft's secret Menlo Project and Greenfield application? » 7/29/11 9:20am 7/29/11 9:20am