Perfect timing! The release of Beyonce’s single, “Videophone,” from her latest album “I Am Sasha Fierce,” couldn’t have been more perfectly timed with the release of Globalinx’s new WiFi VOIP videophone, the CU-3000. It’s obvious proof of VOIP’s widespread acceptance as a useful technology in people’s lives. I mean, really, what other proof can we get? The #1 Pop Diva of our times singing about the newest tech gadget — it’s the ultimate seal of approval that VOIP technology has finally entered mainstream pop culture!
No longer is the Jetson era an imaginary thing, too. It’s actually here! Videophones and VOIP are a modern reality and as the Globalinx slogan goes, it’s:
The videophone is a technological breakthrough that is really making a major impact in the lives of people. Every area of modern life is being invaded by the advancements of VOIP technology. We see its effect on the everyday lives of ordinary people, regular families, small business sectors, even our schools and government. The videophone embodies the drama of visual calling in a high-tech gadget that not only lets you listen to the people at the other end of the line but also see them.
1. If you’re struck with sudden nostalgia or homesickness and get the urgent need to call the person you’re longing for or family that’s away from home, you can do so quickly now minus the cost of plane fare and the hassle of airport traffic. With just one dial of the videophone, you instantly hear a voice and see a face. It’s just like having intimate face-to-face conversations with people you love when you can’t be physically close by at once.
2. It’s a wonder tool that’s also making a significant change to the education system especially in the sphere of distance learning. If you’re living in a remote area that supports distance learning or homeschooling, the videophone technology can be very advantageous to you. Videophone and VOIP technology has allowed improved communication to access educational fields and other areas of interest that were remotely inaccessible before, thereby taking away the costs of unreasonably high student fees and the stress of relocation.
3. Your small business can also benefit from the versatility and inexpensiveness of VOIP. The affordable solution of Virtual IP trunking allows businesses to make the shift from traditional phone systems to up-to-date IP phone systems. The low-cost transition lets your company keep your existing phone systems while allowing you to gain the cost-saving benefits of VOIP technology.
The benefits on cost-savings which VOIP provides are tremendous. To small businesses who need simple phone systems and economical communication services. To individuals and families who need just the minimal phone devices and easy on the budget call plans. Even educational systems, financial and government institutions that need the complex IP communication systems can greatly benefit from the low costs of VOIP calls and services. VOIP is cheap compared to traditional telephone because VOIP calls do not go through your regular telephone company. It entirely escapes from the costs of an ordinary telephone service. All phone communications are treated in the same way as any internet service with no extra charge. This means therefore that, depending on your service provider, you can make no-cost and low-cost local, long distance, mobile, or international phone calls to anyone who has a phone number.
With VOIP, therefore, it’s all about quality of service. The whole package needs to demonstrate high value to residential and small business consumers, which means low-priced and dependable services that comprise all the features and functions of VOIP products. The Globalinx VOIP service truly exemplifies this value package. The Globalinx VOIP products and services for home and businesses have all the features of IP telephony with low-cost, high quality and dependable calling plans. You have to test it to believe it.
Now, I am not about to put a high definition video stream like Apple did. I give them credit for creating such a big marketing hype on Skype service on the Apple iPhone 4. But, their hype may really be just hard sell if you take a closer look. They give people the impression that their data plans will cover the costs of utilizing the Skype video chat on their mobile phone when, in reality, that information can be, well, misleading. For one, the iPhone does not support video. Globalinx covers videophone products and full VOIP services that can give you the full benefits of low-cost video calling instead of just plain audio calls.
And there’s a lot of hype too on Skype’s so-called free voice calls. And, if you really go around and listen to what others are saying you’ll find out we’re not just the ones exaggerating here.
Ben Patterson, technology writer for Yahoo! News did this actual experiment to really prove Skype’s free voice calls for everyone, let’s see what he came up with:
“The latest version of Skype for the iPhone will at last let you make Skype calls over AT&T’s 3G network —meaning free voice calls for everyone, right? Not so fast, say Skype execs. Charges for (free-for-now) Skype-to-Skype calls are coming, and don’t forget that AT&T is ditching its unlimited data plans.
Version 2.0 of the Skype iPhone app came out Sunday, supporting the long-awaited ability to place Skype calls over AT&T’s 3G data network. Under pressure from federal regulators, AT&T had actually given the green light to Skype calls last year, but the Skype app itself only worked over Wi-Fi until just now.
What’s so special about Skype calls over 3G? Theoretically, it means you can bypass AT&T’s voice network altogether — even when you’re out of Wi-Fi range — letting you place unlimited voice calls with fellow Skype users for the low price of nothing. You can also call landlines and non-Skype users worldwide (about 30 countries are included) for about 2 cents a minute. (I use the for-pay Skype service over Wi-Fi all the time because of the terrible AT&T reception in my Brooklyn apartment.)
In practical terms, the iPhone Skype app has some limitations, though. It still doesn’t support the iPhone’s “push notification” feature, which pops up an alert for an app that isn’t currently running — like, say, an incoming Skype call. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Skype will be able to warn you of incoming calls once the new multitasking iPhone 4.0 software arrives this summer (possibly even next week).
But Skype’s killer feature — free Skype-to-Skype calling — is going away sooner rather than later, at least as far as the iPhone and AT&T’s 3G network is concerned. Skype has announced that it will offer free Skype-to-Skype 3G calls only “until the end of 2010,” after which it will start charging a “small monthly fee.” How small? No word yet. (Skype-to-Skype calls over Wi-Fi will still be free.)
Not only is the free ride ending for 3G Skype-to-Skype calls, there’s also the little wrinkle of AT&T’s bombshell announcement that it’s phasing out its unlimited 3G data plans, starting June 7. New customers will pay $25 a month for 2GB of data, or $15 a month for 200MB, plus any overage charges ($10 for an extra GB in the case of the 2GB plan, or $15 for another 200MB for the 200MB option). If you currently have an unlimited, $30-a-month 3G plan through AT&T, you’ll be grandfathered in.
So AT&T subscribers who end up with new capped data plans will find that 3G Skype calls eat into their monthly data allowances, and overage fees will loom if you’re an inveterate Chatty Cathy.
Theoretically, anyway. What’s the reality? How much data does a typical 3G Skype call consume?
The Skype support site covers this issue in a relatively roundabout way, estimating that if you have 20 Skype contacts, log on for 90 minutes a day, engage in 25 daily minutes of Skype text chat, and make 20 minutes of Skype calls (whether that’s 20 minutes a day or a month isn’t clear; I’m inclined to think it’s the latter), you’ll burn through “just under 1MB” of data a month.
That sounded a little low to me, so I conducted my own experiment. I reset my iPhone’s data usage statistics, fired up Skype and called Moviefone for 10 minutes, occasionally tapping a number key to keep the call going. (No, I didn’t do a lot of chatting on the call; I’m not much of a talker anyway, but the Moviefone guy was nattering away the entire time.)
When 10 minutes were up, I hung up and checked my 3G usage statistics: 388KB upstream, 1.8MB downstream, for a total of about 2.2MB.
So using those numbers, if I were to call Moviefone for 450 minutes a month (that’s my monthly allotment of AT&T voice minutes, only a fraction of which I ever use), I’d use up close to 100MB, or half of the data allowed under AT&T’s $15/month 200MB plan.
How big a problem that is depends, of course, on your monthly calling habits. If you’re like me and you make maybe 30 minutes of Skype calls a month, no big deal. But if you’re planning to hold lengthy daily conference calls over 3G via Skype, well … Skype might not be much of a bargain anymore.
What do you think? Do Skype’s plans for iPhone fees, combined with AT&T’s new capped data plans, drain most of the appeal out of the free-for-now calling service? Or will you keep using Skype despite the upcoming fees and data caps?”
— Ben Patterson is a technology writer for Yahoo! News.
So much for all that build up from Skype now! We all have to really be careful about buying into all that hype! It’s time to look at Globalinx as your trusted VOIP service provider. With Globalinx, you experience true value for your money with high-quality VOIP products and services with your choice of voice or video calls. NO MISINFORMATION, NO HALF-TRUTHS! Simply go check out our website and all the information you want to know is laid bare there. If you have added questions, there is a Customer Care and Technical Support service hotline available from Monday to Sunday via phone or online assistance. The Globalinx CU3000 wifi videophone goes where you go and it gives you value-added calling features, at no additional charge, such as Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Three-way Calling and more. The Globalinx VoIP service plans for home or business includes unlimited calls for one low monthly fee that start at just $24.95/month! And we are so sure you will love all the features and savings that we offer you a 15-day money back guarantee, no questions asked.
CU-3000 WIFI VIDEOPHONE Features
The CU-3000 is cutting-edge VideoPhone technology only available from GLOBALINX®!
Plug-n-play broadband IP VideoPhone with H.264 video codec technologies
7-inch WVGA high resolution LCD screen
Touch screen capability
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11g capability
Internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery
Visual ringer with strobe lighting
Photo frame and web browsing functionality
Docking station and remote control included
Standard RJ-11 phone jack for connecting to a standard analog telephone