Sparrow to charge for push notifications with yearly subscriptions

The last we heard, iOS email client Sparrow said push notifications were coming “with or without” Apple. Apple has decided not to extend the privilege of VOIP apps to Sparrow, which, due to latency issues, are allowed to keep an open network connection in the background for processes like notifications. The alternative forces non-VOIP, third-party apps—such as Sparrow– to send push notifications from its own servers. The company initially said it would not implement push notifications due to security and cost concerns, but confirmed in a blog post today, while announcing Sparrow v1.2, that it will soon offer push through a yearly subscription:

 
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Vonage challenges Skype with new iPhone app featuring 30 percent cheaper VoIP calling

VoIP startup Vonage is determined to continue challenging Skype and other VoIP incumbents, so today it issued a brand new iPhone app called “Vonage Mobile.” Replacing the previous iOS offerings Time to Call and Vonage Mobile application for Facebook, the new program boasts up to 30 percent lower international per-minute calling rates compared to rival Skype. This is based on per-minute rates to the top 50 countries called. Vonage Mobile offers as much as 70 percent lower rates compared to major wireless carriers.

Calling and texting other Vonage Mobile users or Vonage’s VoIP home or business customers is free and outgoing calls are placed using the user’s existing cell phone number. You do not need to be a Vonage phone service customer to use the app. Calling credits are available for in-app purchases through the iTunes billing system in increments of $4.99 and $9.99. Vonage Mobile is a free download for the iPhone and iPod touch in over a hundred countries. Our Android friends can also download the program on Android Market.

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