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Are you an ePhone user? Make sure you update your BlackBerry PlayBook!

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By Ryan Blundell on 13 Dec 2011 12:57 pm EST
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Back when the weather was warmer, we looked at an extremely versatile alternative to the Video Chat on the BlackBerry PlayBook. This alternative comes in the form of ePhone Anywhere by Comwave. In case the name is new to you, ePhone gives you free voice and video calling between ePhone users. “So what” you say? Well ePhone users can also call those who are on a Mac or PC! The service is available in nearly 60 countries and for a low cost as well. Since the BlackBerry PlayBook OS update a few weeks ago (to version 1.0.8.4985), BlackBerry PlayBook users haven’t been able to enjoy ePhone as much as they would like to. Comewave reached out to us to give everyone an update. Here is what they had to say:

Comwave has identified and RIM has confirmed a bug in the current release 1.0.8 with respect to flash rendering.  An OS patch is required but we have no ETA from RIM.  That being said, Comwave has produced a patch that works around this bug and it will be available in the next 24 hours.  Users simply need to launch ePhone and the patch will be pushed to them automatically.

It turns out that the OS release for BlackBerry Playbook causes ePhone to crash after it launches a SECOND time.  RIM has acknowledged the issue is with the latest OS and they are working on it. Since the latest version was released (1.08.6067), things seem to be back to normal.  If you are an ePhone user, let us know what your experience has been like recently.

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"Users simply need to launch ePhone and the patch will be pushed to them automatically. "

I think the app is simply opening a webpage, which is why the patch is "pushed to them automatically"

Could people please stop saying "reached out to" when explaining that one party has made contact with another party. Ungh. How did this stupid fad even get started?

This app allows you to make voice calls to phone numbers as well. You do not have to call another ePhone user and you do not have to call someone's tablet or computer. Interesting that this description of the app's functionality was left out in this post, considering it is pretty much the app's biggest feature. Maybe the author of this post really isn't familiar with this app.

Cool! Serious? So if I get ePhone I could use my playbook to place calls? International calls? Now all we need is bluetooth headset support :)

You can place calls to anywhere in the world. But you only have 200 minutes (a month i think) for outgoing calls.

However, you have unlimited incoming calls. The great part is that you can pick the area code for your own phone number...

I really like the tool but my only question is can the video portion be enlarged in any way? I tried to contact comwave support but never got a reply. It's nice to have the ability to make video calls ... what would be nicer is to better see the person one is conferencing with.

I tried it just after the update last week on the 6-7th of Dec. It was having a bit of trouble starting up, and then had a lag afterwards, so I had to go back to my phone for the us to Canada call. will try a local one tonight to see if the update made it right

I tried it just after the update last week on the 6-7th of Dec. It was having a bit of trouble starting up, and then had a lag afterwards, so I had to go back to my phone for the us to Canada call. will try a local one tonight to see if the update made it right

I have yet to try it, but i have been told that faceflow also works on the PB for free cross platform video chat. I don,t believe it can do voice call to phone numbers though. Has anybody tried it?

Thanks for the post. ePhone allows you to make and receive calls on your Playbook. "Turns your Playbook into a giant phone" some say. You get a phone number of your choice where any land line can call you and you can call for free to 57 countries. Available on PC & Mac as well. Video chat in full screen possible. Demo video available at www.comwave.net/video.

Download the free 100 minute free trial.

Thanks Comwave for clearing up what I've been trying to say. I frequently use and thoroughly enjoy your product. It's a shame that the author of this post would write about something he was so unfamiliar with and spread misinformation.