Whether you're interviewing rock stars, planning an event with folks from work, or just need to get your grandpa's rants down on (digital) tape, there are plenty of apps ready and waiting to record your calls for you.
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Back in March, Vodafone decided to counter some of the negative publicity it was getting about its network performance by offering free calls to a heap of support services. Today, Telstra has partially followed Voda's example by offering free calls to LifeLine from any Telstra mobile.
If you can use Thrutu on your Android phone, it's pretty neat. When you're on a phone call, the app gives you a sliding drawer on top of your dialer to give you easy access to send pictures, contact info, location, etc. to the person you're talking to. It's quick and painless—just think about how many times you've tried to track down a phone number or explained directions on the phone, none of those situations would be as easy as just directly sending what you need.
Mobile Virtual Network Operators are nothing new in Australia, but the newest one certainly seems to be offering a good deal. Amaysim (it's supposed to be pronounced like "amazing", apparently) has just launched in Australia, and promises contract-free connectivity with all national calls costing 15 cents per minute with no flagfall and SMS messages costing just 12 cents.
Last week we told you that Vodafone were charging calls made to 3 mobiles as if they were Voda to Voda. This morning, VHA confirmed it.
Back in March when Vodafone and Three refreshed their postpaid pricing, they introduced free Vodafone to Vodafone and Three to Three calls, but not from one to the other. According to Whirlpool, that all changed back on June 7, with some customers calls from Vodafone to Three being marked V23 and not actually costing them anything.
Think of Newber as sort of a location-aware GrandCentral call directing service that lives on your iPhone and can forward calls automatically to whatever landline is closest to your location. Other features, like being able to swap phones in the middle of a conversation, making and receiving calls from a "Newber" number and automatically sending all incoming calls to voicemail are super neat, but it's missing a few features that the older and free-er GrandCentral service provides.
Magic Tap, a 99-cent iPhone application, lets you send fake calls to yourself on command, just in case you ever need an excuse to get out of an awkward situation such as a horrible blind date, or having "that talk" with your girlfriend. To make this application more realistic, it lets you customise the caller's name, number and photo I.D. to anyone you choose. However, keep this in mind: setting the caller I.D. to "Shakira" with a steamy photo of the diva probably wouldn't be too convincing, so you better stick with using Jason Chen's sexy mug instead. We've even provided one for you after the cut.
Add Joseph Vaccarelli, of Nutley, NJ to the long list of employees busted for engaging in sex-related activities on the job. A former Verizon technician, Vaccarelli stands accused of making US$220,000 in sex calls using the landlines of some 950 customers. The math works out like this: 900 chat lines, 5,000 calls and a hand-numbing 45,000 minutes of talk time. Apparently he spent 15 weeks over a 40-week span for solid sex chats. Despite its name, it looks like Nutley is off the hook as the horniest town in America.