Welcome to the latest edition of TMCnet's VoIP Week in Review featuring this week's top headlines in the VoIP industry.
This week, mobile software developer Acrobits announced a new feature that makes it possible for VoIP providers to offer their softphone service on the iPhone (News - Alert), iPad and iTouch.
The new "Provider Provisioning" features were added to the company's Acrobits softphone App.
Also this week, Toktumi (News - Alert), Inc., a San Francisco-based provider of hosted PBX, virtual office and mobile VoIP solutions announced their new VoIP app for the iPhone.
The new app. Line 2, not only offers a better experience with the new iPhone 4G iOS4, but it also now includes the ability for customers to receive calls on their Line2 (News - Alert) number over VoIP when they have a WiFi or 3G connection - even if the app is not active.
In related VoIP news this week, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter vetoed a bill that would "permanently exempt interconnected voice-over-Internet-protocol, commonly known as VoIP, from regulation by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission."
Also this week, Verizon (News - Alert) announced its Digital Voice product will now be a total VoIP solution for 11 states and Washington D.C.
Reportedly, this move "takes advantage of the Verizon's investment in fiber optics and reduces the costs of maintaining old copper lines. Fiber to the Home doesn't come cheap either - with an estimated expense of $650 per Verizon household, but after the initial expense the upkeep costs go way down."
For Sprint (News - Alert), things on the VoIP side were not so sunny this week. According to multiple reports, the company's voice service was down in New York City earlier in the week due to what reports said was a "switch failure" resulting in call congestion for some customers.
That's all for this week, but be sure to check back with TMCnet throughout the week for all the latest headlines in VoIP news as it happens! Until next week…
Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.