Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

VOIP Calling From The iPhone

April 17, 2008

Fring has announced that they will be offering VOIP calling capabilities to the iPhone.

From Fring’s web site:

fring™ is a mobile internet service & community that enables you to access & interact with your social networks on-the-go, make free calls and live chat with all your fring, Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ and AIM®* friends using your handset’s internet connection rather than costly cellular airtime minutes.

Bringing PC-benefits to the mobile, fring will empower you with mobility and availability as never before, integrating all contacts in to one, searchable buddy list, allowing you to see who’s online before dialing with contact availability indicators, engage in multiple conversations simultaneously, send & receive files and more.”

As an iPhone user/fanatic, I am thrilled about this capability.  It remains to be seen if AT&T and Apple will allow this to be done on a locked iPhone, but it will be pretty sweet if they do.  If they don’t allow this, then I just might unlock my iPhone.

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The iPhone and User Experience

January 5, 2008

I received an iPhone as a Christmas gift from my wife, and after a couple of weeks of using it, I can safely say that it lives up to all of the hype that you have heard. From the effortless web browsing experience to the very effective email and calendaring applications, it’s all there.

Because I had to make the switch from my old provider to AT&T, we decided to move my wife’s plan to AT&T as well so that we could see some cost savings. They are currently running a special on smart phones, and we thought that it would be a good time for her to trade up to either a Blackberry or Samsung Blackjack II. After looking at the phones yesterday, it became obvious just how far ahead of the pack Apple is in regards to the user interface with the iPhone. Windows Mobile 6 and the Blackberry can’t hold a candle to the slickness and ease of use of the iPhone’s interface.

The iPhone might not have every feature that other smart phone manufacturers have, but it delivers extremely well on the promises that it makes. How does it do that? Through an effective, intuitive user interface. If people can effortlessly use technology, they will. Technology must be an extension of logical, normal thought, or folk simply will not use it.

AT&T’s smart phone sales ends in a couple of weeks, and we are trying to talk ourselves out of getting another iPhone. If we don’t get another iPhone, my wife has decided to forego a lesser smart phone.