WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-Plus

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WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-Plus

WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-PlusNow Available for Download

It was only a matter of time before the over-the-top messaging apps got tired of upturning the mobile carriers’ SMS businesses and developed ambitions of becoming carriers themselves. WhatsApp is getting its own prepaid SIM card on Germany’s E-Plus, which combines unlimited WhatsApp usage with a small bundle of traditional mobile voice, data and text messages for €10 ($13.80).

WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum announced the partnership at Mobile World Congress in February, but TechCrunch and German media spotted the launch of the service on E-Plus’s website on Monday. The deal isn’t your typical mobile virtual network operator deal because WhatsApp isn’t supplanting E-Plus’s brand and selling voice and data directly to consumers. But the partnership is unique in that the prepaid service seems to focus on WhatsApp as the primary mode of communication. As WhatsApp rolls out its planned voice services this quarter, that focus could become even tighter.

We’re starting to see examples of messaging and social media companies working closely with carriers around the world. WhatsApp’s future corporate parent has led that charge. In the past Facebook penned deals with carriers like Orange to exempt its social networking traffic from customer’s data plans in its North African and Eastern European markets. And as part of its internet.org initiative, Facebook is working with Globe in the Philippines and Tigo in Paraguay to provide free or subsidized Facebook access to their customers.

In some cases OTT apps are becoming true MVNOs. In the U.S., TextNow started out as an IP messaging and VoIP provider targeting customers with iPod touches and other data only devices. But thanks to a wholesale deal with Sprint, TextNow has become an all-IP mobile carrier.

 


Microsoft Unveils Skype TX for Broadcasters

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Microsoft Unveils Skype TX for Broadcasters

Microsoft Unveils Skype TX for Broadcasters

Today, Microsoft’s unveiling Skype TX, a new version of its VoIP service geared toward broadcasters. The service uses technology developed by Cat and Mouse — a recent MSFT acquisition — to offer the higher-quality audio and video output that media professionals require. (It also supports the broadcast-standard HD-SDI interface.) Skype TX can handle multiple calls at once through a single interface, and it will eliminate distractions such as call notifications and ads. Considering how often radio stations both big and small rely on Skype to beam in guests, TX definitely has a target audience. Microsoft hasn’t addressed pricing or release timing.

From Engadget


WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

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WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

The team of engineers at WhatsApp have just released a new beta version of their Messenger application for Android devices. As expected, they did not provide any information regarding the changes included in this updated iteration of WhatsApp Messenger.

Nevertheless, those who already have the beta version of WhatsApp installed on their Android devices may notice some changes that haven’t been mentioned by developers.

For the time being, we must assume that the new WhatsApp beta for Android brings minor bug fixes and small improvements, but new features may be tested as well.

It would have been nice if developers had released a short changelog for the update, so that Android users who opted for the beta knew what they needed to test and offer their feedback on.

Anyway, those who already have a beta version of WhatsApp Messenger installed on their devices won’t find the newest version on Google Play Store. The application should be fully compatible with all devices powered by Android 2.1 and up.

Keep in mind that this beta version of the application may contain bugs that will affect your user experience, so don’t install it unless you plan on offering feedback.

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Updates to Facebook for iOS

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Facebook iOS Update

Facebook iOS Update

Today’s update to the Facebook app for iPhone includes a new menu at the bottom of the app that makes it easier to get around. The app also has a new look designed with iOS 7 in mind.

Getting around the app

Now it’s easier to switch from News Feed to your friend requests, messages or notifications – just tap along the bottom of the screen. You can also tap on the bottom right to see options like your Timeline, groups, events and more.

The new look

Now if you’re using iOS 7, a translucent bar at the top of the app will change dynamically as you scroll through different photos and posts. If you’ve tapped through a story, you can also swipe from left to right to get back to News Feed.

This update for iOS will be available later today. For more information, visit the App Store.