June 13, 2011

'Web in a suitcase,' other technology, keeping rebels, dissidents connected

It's no secret that oppressive governments such as Iran's work hard to disconnect rebels and others from the Internet. What might not be known, however, is that the United States is working behind the scenes in these areas to create “shadow networks” of Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use in those cases.

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October 11, 2010

Grandstream Networks Adds HD Audio to the GXP2120 and GXP2100 IP Phones

The Grandstream GXP2120 and GXP2100 desktop enterprise SIP telephones were designed for SMBs, and they feature business productivity applications, HD audio quality, and broad SIP interoperability with third-party SIP platforms and devices. Grandstream Networks, maker of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, has expanded HD telephony solutions for SMB enterprise communications. The company added to its GXP series of desktop enterprise SIP telephones with the new Grandstream GXP2120 and GXP2100 models.

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June 03, 2010

Elektrobit Delivers Its Hardened VoIP Solution to Finnish Army

Elektrobit has announced that its EB Tough VoIP system has been delivered to the Finnish Army, who will commence a series of field trials on the system during 2010 to evaluate its performance in varying military scenarios.

EB Tough VoIP will operate under demanding environmental conditions for the Army branch of the Finnish Defence Forces. It will work with the Finnish Army on various testing phases throughout this year “in order to ensure proper usage and meet system requirements.”

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June 01, 2010

Snom releases the 821 IP Phone that supports gigabit ethernet.

Snom technology AG, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced voice over IP phones for enterprise and residential markets, announced today the launch of the snom 821, a new desktop Internet protocol (IP) phone with all the advanced functionality and interoperability of other snom 8xx series phones, as well as a new integrated gigabit switch.
In addition to the technological advancements to the phone, the snom 821 also comes in both light and dark colors, just like its big brother the snom 870. The snom 821 is expected to be fully available in the U.S. by the end of the second quarter.

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March 17, 2010

Microsoft rolls out three new 720p HD webcams

Microsoft just added a trio of webcams to its LifeCam line, and all three are capable of 720p HD video. The LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-5001 have slightly different styling but their innards are the same, both selling for $49.95. Microsoft's claim to fame for these two cams that will be available later this month? "They're the only two webcams with 720p HD widescreen and autofocus for under $50."

Coming along in May is a smaller version of the LifeCam, the $60 HD-6000 that's aimed at notebooks. It's also rocking that 720p video and autofocus, and has a 360° rotation view so you can swing the camera around to show the world your surroundings. All of these cameras feature TrueColor tech, tracking your face and making you look good even in backlit situations. Our experience with it is that it works fairly well, but it's far from perfect.

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February 24, 2010

Military VoIP-based vehicle intercom system for armored vehicles introduced by Accusonic

Accusonic Products in Bay Shore, N.Y., is introducing an ultra-light, multi-platform voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) vehicle intercom system for the confined spaces of mobile platforms like armored vehicles and military patrol craft.
The military VoIP-based ImP was designed with a software-defined radio infrastructure to enable the system to be customized to vehicle and mission type. Operating with a modular design, it supports decentralized user access to major tactical infrastructure networks.

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October 27, 2009

Aastra Releases 6739i Color Touch Screen IP Phone with Gigabit Ethernet

Aastra launches the Aastra 6739i, its most advanced desk phone to date. The company unveiled the new color touch screen phone today to hundreds of telecom resellers and service providers at the BroadSoft Connections executive conference.

In an increasingly competitive business climate, executives need access to the highest quality communication technology available to facilitate personal communications and collaboration. The feature-packed Aastra 6739i is a market-leading touch screen business desk phone, delivering high quality enterprise communications with advanced features, such as Bluetooth and dual Gigabit Ethernet.

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April 24, 2009

New VoIP Network Enterprise Service Kit From Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks, provider of innovative Network SuperVision Solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks, announces the availability of the VoIP Enterprise Service Kit, designed to ensure successful deployment of VoIP phones over existing network infrastructure.

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April 03, 2009

Grandstream Release the GXV3140 IP Multimedia Video Phone

The GXV3140's extraordinary video quality, advanced telephony features and rich multimedia applications distinguish this product in a unique class of its own. The GXV3140 splendidly blends state-of-the-art real time video conference capability with a number of popular web and social networking applications. It features an advanced 1.3M pixel tilt capable CMOS camera (with privacy shutter), a 4.3” 480x272 digital color LCD, dual Ethernet ports, SD & USB, a stereo headset jack, TV-out, stereo audio-out, and a full duplex speakerphone.

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December 12, 2008

Grandstream releases the GXV 3005 IP Video Phone

Grandstream Networks, announced the GXV3005, a new addition to the popular GXV3000 IP video product line. The GXV3005 features the same design and all of the functionality as the GXV3000. 
it comes with the advanced versatility of an FXO PSTN line port, which enables customers to receive both video telephony service over an IP network and their home land-line. VoIP resellers will benefit by distributing the enhanced capabilities and flexibility that the GXV3005 brings to the growing IP videophone market.

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November 26, 2008

Videophone service coming for $30 a month using Grandstream

An IP-based videophone service called GlobalLinx will launch in the U.S. in the second quarter, offering a $200 videophone and $30 monthly service for consumers and businesses.

The service, from privately held 5Linx Enterprises Inc. in Rochester, N.Y., will rely on interconnection agreements with other carriers plus a voice-over-IP network that 5Link owns and operates with facilities in New York and Atlanta, 5Linx officials said.

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August 19, 2008

Bank of Beijing Adopting VoIP On Its Trading Floor

IPC Systems, a provider of communications solutions to financial services firms, announced today that Bank of Beijing has chosen the IQ/MAX, IPC's voice over IP-enabled desktop tool, for its trading floor.
With its main focus on transitioning to VoIP technology in order to support a technologically modern trading floor over the long-term, Bank of Beijing evaluated numerous vendors after formerly relying on PBX phones. Features of the IQ/MAX turret include call logs and caller ID.

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July 14, 2008

Snom rolls out another HD Voice offering - klarVOICE

snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of IP phones for the commercial and residential markets, announced today the next generation of voice: snom klarVOICE. This wideband handset, which can be adapted to all snom VoIP telephones, captures more than twice the spectrum of voice frequencies than standard phones enabling phone conversations with greater clarity and richness.   

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July 01, 2008

MagicJack VoIP Phone Service Climbs VoIP Ranks

Note:  I have a friend that is using this device.  It does work pretty well.  My main question is if this growth and model will be a sustainable business model.  I will be watching close too see develops in the future or any signs of trouble. 
Telecommunications firm YMax is on track to reach 550,000 subscribers by June through its MagicJack VoIP phone and will begin selling the device through QVC next month, said company founder Dan Borislow.  The VoIP newcomer is selling roughly 8,000 MagicJacks a day, Borislow said. Each $40 device comes with a year’s worth of unlimited nationwide calling (inbound and outbound).

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June 16, 2008

Tandberg releases E20 IP Desktop Video Phone

Tandberg today introduced a new video VoIP phone for mass enterprise deployment. Replacing the standard office phone, the E20 combines CD quality audio with DVD quality video to deliver the desktop video phone for businesses at an affordable price. Designed with the user in mind, the five-megapixel high resolution camera positioned at eye-level provides a head-on image that eliminates the “nose view” typical of currently available video phones. With the 10.6 inch LCD widescreen, users can clearly see facial expressions and read body language.

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June 11, 2008

The iPhone's limits

For the second time in a year, Apple has slashed the price of its coveted iPhone by $200. The basic model now sells for less than the cost of an iPod Classic (not counting the $70 monthly charge for using AT&T's mobile phone and data network, which eventually makes the purchase more expensive than an iMac). 

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June 05, 2008

Toshiba Takes the Wraps off New IP Phone Series

Toshiba has introduced its new IP5000-series IP phones, offering a new design, backlit displays and a built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch that supports high-speed network connections directly to the desktop for enhanced performance and sound quality. The IP5000-series telephones are compatible with the Toshiba Strata CIX family of IP business communications systems, Toshiba’s IP User Mobility feature, and also can function as supported IP stations for Toshiba’s Video Communication Solution.

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May 20, 2008

Snom Brings VoIP DECT Phone To U.S.

German VoIP telephone maker Snom on Monday released its latest IP DECT handset in North America, joining a handful of other device makers and telecommunications companies bringing the phones based on the wireless standard to America.  DECT, short for digital enhanced cordless telecommunications, has been widely used in Europe, but has yet to take firm hold stateside as an alternative to IP voice over Wi-Fi. Snom joins the ranks of others like Polycom, Nortel, Avaya and Aastra that have brought DECT-based devices to North America.  

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March 27, 2008

Digital Acoustics Launches Modular IP Paging & Intercom Hardware

DA announced in advance of ISC West April 2-4, 2008 in Las Vegas, the availability of the IP7 Series, the company’s next generation IP/Ethernet audio solution. The new IP7 series includes five new products offering basic intercom functionality to high-power IP audio amplifiers.

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January 24, 2008

Grandstream Networks Releases 24-Port FXS Analog Gateway

Grandstream Networks, today announced the release of a new analog FXS IP gateway, the GXW4024. This new addition to the Grandstream GXW gateway series features 24 FXS ports with both RJ11 and 50-pin Telco connector, auto-sensing 10M/100Mbps network port, carrier grade G.168 line echo cancellation, strong security protection, and support for RADIUS for billing processing and TR-069 for remote system management and provisioning.

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January 21, 2008

Sangoma Announces First Distribution Partner in India

Sangoma Technologies Corporation, provider of PC-based telephony hardware and software products for proprietary and open source based networking and telephony solutions, announced today that they have partnered with PeopleTech, a provider of open source technology services and solutions, to expand distribution of Sangoma’s premium telephony and data cards throughout India. Through this partnership, PeopleTech will provide a valuable sales channel and first line of support for Sangoma’s Indian customers.

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December 11, 2007

Linksys OGV200 - Network Optimizer for VoIP & Gaming

Note:  Now this sounds like a useful device, with more people having multiple people on one broadband connection and running more services like VoIP and PC / Console gaming machines (PS3, XBox 360 & Wii).  I need to get my hands on one to test it myself.  Price point isn't too bad either for the average some-what broke gamer. 

"We use Vonage for the main Geek.com line and recently we were experiencing choppy audio during some conference calls. In some cases we couldn’t be heard while other times we couldn’t hear the caller. Figuring the drop out was due to my not prioritizing the VoIP traffic on the router, I was about to do some customizing when I decided to give the OGV200 Network Optimizer a go."

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November 30, 2007

Snom Technology Wins Deloitte ''Fast 500 EMEA'' Award


Snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of VoIP phones, announced today that they have received one of the coveted Deloitte "Fast 500 EMEA" awards for the first time. Each year, Deloitte, the international auditing firm, ranks the 500 fastest-growing technology enterprises in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and recognizes them for their entrepreneurial excellence. snomwas ranked first among German communication and networking enterprises.

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October 17, 2007

Polycom and 3Com Partner to Deliver Enterprise VoIP Solution

Polycom and 3Com announced a co-branding agreement for 3Com to OEM and jointly market Polycom's wired Soundpoint IP and conference phones. The companies also intend to include future integration in areas such as voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN), mobility and integration of other popular business applications such as CRM and VoIP security.

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July 20, 2007

Ooma Designed Hardware Offers Free Domestic Calls

A Silicon Valley startup wants to shake up the telecommunications industry with a $399 gizmo that provides free, unlimited domestic phone calls for homes with broadband Internet service.  Ooma Inc. will also offer a free second line, conference calling, voice mail service and an online "lounge" where users may change their preferences or get voice mail in an e-mail format. The company will start selling the devices Thursday with an invitation-only offer to select U.S. residents.

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