Skype's New CEO Has a Tough Job Ahead of Him

It's obvious why Tony Bates, the incoming CEO of Skype, was tapped for the gig: The upstart communications company needs a serious player at the helm to help it crack the corporate market. But solving the many problems of wild child Skype won't be easy for the ex-Cisco executive.

HTC Profit Almost Doubles on Smartphone Sales

Phone manufacturer HTC Corp. (HTCXF) almost doubled quarterly profited as demand for smartphones surged. Third-quarter profit jumped to NT$11.1 billion ($360 million) from NT$5.7 billion a year earlier, Bloomberg News reported. The Taiwanese company easily beat the NT$9.2 billion forecast by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Skype Releases Android Smartphone App

Skype released its app for Android phones today. Phones using Google%u2019s (GOOG) Android 2.1 and 2.2 operating systems can download the free app now, Electronista reported. The app lets users make free Skype-to-Skype calls over wireless Internet in the U.S. In Europe, users can make Skype calls over GPRS, EDGE and 3G.

Apple: It's the Software, Not the Antenna

Apple Inc. (AAPL) said it is "stunned" to discover iPhones use a "completely wrong" formula to display signal strength, The Associated Press reported. Many users of the new iPhone 4 have complained that the signal strength drops dramatically if the phone is held in a certain way. Many users of the new iPhone 4 have complained that the signal strength drops dramatically if the phone is held in a certain way.

The Coming Boom in Videoconferencing Technology

The concept of the videophone is nearly as old as the phone itself, and prototypes predate the Beatles by many decades. But while other new modes of communication, from email to instant messaging to cell phones have been adopted at astonishing rates, video has lagged -- until now.

iPhone 4 Shortage? Japanese Stores Selling Out in Hours

Hundreds are lined up outside of Apple stores for the chance to buy the latest iPhone. But some customers may leave empty handed: Just hours after the global launch of Apple's iPhone 4, many stores in Japan are already sold out.

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CenturyLink, Qwest to Merge in $10.6 Billion Deal

Regional phone companies CenturyLink and Qwest Communications plan to get hitched. Under the merger deal announced Thursday morning, Qwest shareholders will receive the equivalent of $6.02 a share in CenturyLink stock -- representing a 15% premium over Qwest's Wednesday closing price.

Best Buy Wants to Help Moms Shop for Cell Phones

In a move to improve the cell phone buying experience (and capture a bigger chunk of the market), consumer electronics giant Best Buy will open up to 1,000 small in-mall stores which will only sell mobile phones. So far, they have 77, and their typical customers are mothers.

Growth Matters: Like Skype? Sipgate Wants Your Business

Is there room in the U.S. telecom market for another Voice-over-IP phone company? Recent European transplant Sipgate thinks so and its low-cost phone service plan offers something many Web competitors don't: a free inbound phone number that anyone can call.

How Google Voice saved the day

On Thursday I left my phone on the nightstand. After sharing this fact with friends a few wished me the comfort of a phone-free day but the rest...

Fonolo cuts phone trees down to size

If the seemingly endless phone menus you get when you call a company these days bother you as much as the problem you're trying to fix in the first...

Cell phone calls cost $3 per minute?

The Utility Consumer Action Network reports that the average cell phone customer pays $3.02-per-minute for cellphone use.UCAN looked at the phone...