India seeks VOIP ban

Alex Kayle
By Alex Kayle, Senior portals journalist
Johannesburg, 22 Sept 2009

India seeks VOIP ban

India's security agencies have recommended a ban on international Internet telephony, until a system to trace the calls is in place, states Reuters.

India fears that militant groups operating from overseas could use Internet telephony to bypass security systems during the planning and execution of attacks.

The ban could affect thousands of people within and outside India who make cheap phone calls via VOIP services from Skype, Google, Yahoo and Windows Live. This year, 130 million minutes of Internet telephone calls were made in India, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Jajah leverages power of Twitter

Twitter users will soon be able to make short phone calls for free directly through the microblogging service via Jajah, an Internet telephony service, reports PC World.

Jajah has developed a service that allows users to make VOIP calls using a landline or cellphone, branded as @call.

Jajah says its service will work whether a caller is using Twitter directly via its site or is logged on using a third-party client like Seesmic and TwitterBerry. According to Jajah, the person a user wants to call must be following them on Twitter, and both have to sign up for the @call beta.

Asus unveils Skype phone

Asus has rolled out a Skype-certified touch-screen videophone called the AiGuru SV1T, says Pocket-Lint.

The device lets users make unlimited video calls for free to other Skype users without the need for a PC, while landline numbers can also be called with enough Skype credit.

The device offers WiFi capabilities as well as Ethernet connection, a built-in Web cam and also has a mini-jack headset and microphone.