Now make international calls at local tariff with Skuku

August 12, 2008

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL/BANGALORE, INDIA: In a breakthrough that can make international telephone calls as cheaper as a local call tariff and eliminate roaming charges, an Israel company has developed a solution with integration of GSM technology with Internet. The technology allows a GSM sim card to be integrated with a USB port or a phone to convert a connected PC into a telephone and make VoIP calls to any mobile or handset anywhere in the world.

This unique solution has been developed by Skuku, an international communications company specializing in network based telephony solutions. After two years of development work in Latvia and Israel the Skuku devices will hit the market world wide in a big way including in India.

Skuku is a USB handset or USB stick which, once a SIM-card has been inserted, allows the user to pay only their local airtime charges when making and receiving calls from their home country. Skuku phone transforms the user’s PC into his personal mobile phone, keeping all of the phone’s features and allowing low-cost VOIP and text messaging.

Skuku Phone

Skuku Phone

The user keeps their own personal phone number and enjoys all the other features of their mobile phone, including contact lists and text messaging. Skuku phone also enables receiving and making of international calls from anywhere in the world at low IP tariffs, while inter-network calls are free between Skuku users.

The Skuku phone now allows users to enjoy the added convenience of using an actual phone-like handset to make and receive calls from their PC. Besides sending and receiving SMS messages is also possible using a Skuku device. “We wanted to make people as comfortable as possible when making calls from their personal computers,” said Lior Tzabari, vice president of marketing for Skuku. The Skuku phone and stick, allows users to totally eradicate roaming costs while at the same time maximizing user comfort.”

Skuku handset device follows the launch of the Skuku stick, Skuku’s original solution to eliminating roaming charges. Skuku stick is a USB device, which once a SIM-card is inserted into it and is placed in the user’s PC, offers the same benefits as Skuku phone.

The Indian launch of the Skuku devices is expected in beginning of the forth quarter. We are in the process of appointing resellers through India and we expect to sell off 1,00,000 devices within 12 moths of the launch date, the Skuku vice president said adding that the devices will be also launched is several other nations worldwide.


Cisco Close to Make Devices Work Across Networks

August 1, 2008

After joining CIOL (Cyber Media Online Ltd) one of my first assignments was to do a story on Cisco’inovations which I feel is set to change the way how the world functions. The company which is a networking giant hopes to make devises work across networks. Here goes how Cisco plans to do all that.

Soon, mobile phone users may be able to get incoming calls automatically diverted to their office numbers when inside the office and vice versa, click pictures of a building and get its history (content) delivered in seconds, order the print of a document on the office network and check its status .
All of this and much more can be a reality as Cisco is working on developing comprehensive mobility solutions that make systems work across multiple networks. To make this a reality, the company is working on incorporating new types of services into the network, and drive interoperability among users, devices applications, and networks.
Mobility services of future will include access to business applications, services, and tools from any location and at any time. The mobility service, once ready, will offer an opportunity to create sustainable competitive advantage. “It will bring flexibility to support innovative business applications and network services. Besides, mobility will make it easier and more cost-effective to manage” said Maciej Kranz, vice president, Marketing Wireless Networking Business Unit, Cisco Systems.
Cisco mobility solutions will serve four primary areas where work happens: campus, branch, home and on-the-go. The networking giant is already working with partners and alliances across verticals to bring about real mobility across devices, service providers and networks to enable greater connectivity, besides enabling businesses to operate at lower costs.
There is a dramatic change in the work environment compared to what it was a decade ago. Employees are on the move both within and outside organizations. The key challenge for companies is to maintaining their productivity and responsiveness. Even on-the-go, employees require access to their critical data applications, and collaborate with colleagues, partners and customers.
Companies like Nokia, Apple, Samsung, HP, etc., and application providers like Adobe, Oracle, Microsoft, etc., are already working with Cisco to make real mobility happen. “It’s all about partnerships. A concrete picture will emerge shortly,” Maciej said.
According to a Forrester study, in five years from now, search will be a key application for one-third of the world’s mobile users. Then, nine of the 10 top banks offer mobile banking and 60 percent of travelers are expected to use mobile data service.
With the future in sight, Cisco sees a $13 billion market in mobility by 2010. Its investments in WiMax, Wi-Fi, RFID/location-based services and MESH provide Cisco an edge to move ahead bringing real mobility, feels the Cisco vice president.

(Original Post February, 2, 2008)