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Skype - proprietary voice-over-IP service and software application. Allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet.

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VOICE-OVER-INTERNET PROTOCOL (VoIP) is a methodology and group of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. Other terms commonly associated with VoIP are IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband (VoBB), broadband telephony, IP communications, and broadband phone service.

The term Internet telephony specifically refers to the provisioning of communications services (voice, fax, SMS, voice-messaging) over the public Internet, rather than via the public switched telephone network (PSTN). The steps and principles involved in originating VoIP telephone calls are similar to traditional digital telephony and involve signaling, channel setup, digitization of the analog voice signals, and encoding. Instead of being transmitted over a circuit-switched network, however, the digital information is packetized, and transmission occurs as IP packets over a packet-switched network. Such transmission entails careful considerations about resource management different from time-division multiplexing (TDM) networks.

Early providers of voice-over-IP services offered business models and technical solutions that mirrored the architecture of the legacy telephone network. Second-generation providers, such as Skype, have built closed networks for private user bases, offering the benefit of free calls and convenience while potentially charging for access to other communication networks, such as the PSTN. This has limited the freedom of users to mix-and-match third-party hardware and software. Third-generation providers, such as Google Talk, have adopted the concept of federated VoIP—which is a departure from the architecture of the legacy networks. These solutions typically allow dynamic interconnection between users on any two domains on the Internet when a user wishes to place a call.

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  • FRING - free peer-to-peer mobile service enabling live chat, audio and video calls from mobile phones.
  • ICQ - since 1996. "FREE calls from any device. Call your ICQ contacts free of charge and stay in touch wherever you are." Instant messaging computer program.
  • OFONO - since 2009. "Open source telephony." A place to bring developers together around designing an infrastructure for building mobile telephony (GSM/UMTS) applications.
  • Project Fi - "A new way to say hello." Project Fi is a program to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and our users.
  • SKYPE - since 2003. "Free calls to friends and family." Skype keeps the world talking. Call, message and share whatever you want for free. Freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client that is currently developed by the Microsoft Skype Division. "Do amazing things for free: voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype; conference calls with three or more people; instant messaging, file transfer and screen sharing; call landlines and mobiles worldwide."
  • Skype Translator - "Speak another language without learning another language. Simply set up a Skype video or voice call with someone who speaks another language to you and start talking. Your conversation is translated into their language in real time. And what they say is translated back in your language.
  • Tango - "Free calls and messages everywhere. Connect, Get Social, Have Fun!" TTango automatically locates friends who also have the free app; just click on a name to place a voice or video call. The app doesn’t need to be open for you to receive calls.
  • VIBER - "Free calls, text and picture sharing with anyone, anywhere!" Initially launched for iPhone on Dec 2 2010, in direct competition with Skype. Proprietary cross-platform instant messaging voice-over-Internet Protocol application for smartphones. In addition to text messaging, users can exchange images, video and audio media messages.
  • Vonage - "Crazy generous." Free International Calls in iPhone & Android." Free Talk, Text and Video Worldwide. Download and make FREE high-definition phone calls and video calls and send FREE texts, video messages and photos to Vonage Mobile users worldwide.
  • VOPIUM - "Reach the world for less." SAVE up to 94% when making international calls on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia or sending SMS from your mobile phone in your home country.
  • Wire - "Simple, beautiful conversations on your phone, tablet and desktop." A team of more than 50 people from 23 countries, supported by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, is launching Wire, a communications network for messaging, voice calling, sharing pictures, music and video on your phone, tablet and desktop. Wire is available on iOS, Android and OS X. It offers communications with an emphasis on high fidelity paired with elegant design. People can use Wire for personal and group messaging, voice calling, sharing pictures, SoundCloud music and YouTube video sharing. Wire conversations are kept in sync across all your devices. It is engineered to take advantage of today’s devices, including iPhone 6, iPads and the latest Android devices.
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