How to use mobile VoIP softwares

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VoIP software has been available for the iPhone since its June 29 debut, courtesy of companies such as Skype. One drawback is that consumers pay for the calls -- even the Skype-to-Skype connections, which are normally free.

But that could change as early as next month when Luxembourg–based Skype, a division of online auctioneer eBay, is set to unveil the latest version of its software, which is tuned to work with a new lineup of "high-quality video" Web cameras from Fremont, Calif.–based Logitech. The companies gave a preview Tuesday of what's to come at a New York City press conference, where they demonstrated their software and hardware working together to produce video VoIP that looks more like watching TV than grainy home movies for phone power reviews.

Truphone said one advantage of its software is that unlike some software companies that are trying to hack into Apple's iPhone operating system or firmware, Truphone doesn't need to unlock the SIM in order to operate its service for the iPhone.

The goal, the companies say, is to alleviate some of the frustrations that video VoIP users must contend with, in particular the choppy, pixilated images of loved ones that freeze and jump during VoIP conversations. The upgrades in software and camera equipment are designed to "make people feel like they're together during a conversation," even if they are separated by hundreds of miles, Don Albert, vice president and general manager of Skype North America said at the press conference.

As a peek at what's to come, Tagg also showed how his VoIP software could be used with other Web 2.0 aspects such as social networks. The executive demonstrated a Facebook-to-iPhone call using SIP.

The mashup, which is still in development, will allow Facebook users to drop a Truphone 'Call Me' button onto their friends' sites and also embed it into Facebook messages. The setup also allows Facebook users to keep their actual number confidential.

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