August 04, 2011

Google Lowers VoIP Calling Rates, Puts The Pinch On Skype

Note:  This is good news for us "VoIP" consumers.   Competition is good in these areas so providers don't get lazy and take their dedicated customers for granted.

Google is quietly moving in on Skype's turf, and while users have long been able to call others from within Gmail, Google's making it even more attractive this week: the company has announced that the service is now being offered in 38 new languages, and users can buy calling credit in their choice of four currencies (Euros, British  pounds, Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars) with no connection fees.

 

 

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March 23, 2011

The AT&Terminator: Rise of Ma Bell

To hear tell from AT&T, the company’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA is a boon for Americans and their country. Sure, it removes an innovative, low-cost carrier from the wireless market and leaves America with essentially three big wireless-telecoms. Sure, it raises the prospect of higher rates and fewer choices for consumers. But it will speed and broaden AT&T’s deployment of next-generation 4G wireless service.

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September 30, 2010

Patent Office Says Another 'Worst Patent' Should Be Rejected As Obvious

The latest news in the ongoing effort by the EFF to invalidate ten awful patents looks good, as the Patent Office has given an initial rejection of C2's VoIP patent, claiming that it qualifies as "obvious." The incredibly broad patent (6,243,373) basically covers all VoIP implementations. Of course, this is just the "first office action," which rarely means very much, since the company still has the ability to come back and beg and plead for the USPTO to keep the patent alive (which happens often enough).

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September 23, 2010

AireSpring announces VoMPLS (VoIP over MPLS)

SIP Trunking provider AireSpring (Booth #3016) announced at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo the launch of its new Managed Voice (VoIP) over MPLS product (VoMPLS). Available nationwide across three tier-one networks, AireSpring MPLS-VPN targets multi-location businesses requiring secure, flexible, and intelligent voice and data connections. This solution, the company says, offers maximum voice and data bandwidth and security at the most economical rates. 

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July 01, 2010

U.S. has 21 million VoIP subscribers according to FCC report

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission reports that there are 21 million VoIP subscriptions stateside, and that the vast majority of them are residential customers. But it didn't count Skype subscribers.

These figures were announced by the FCC to accompany the release of its highly detailed 31-page report, "Local Telephone Competition". The report, however, isn't exactly what you might call "fresh" — although it was released just last Friday, its data set ends on December 31, 2008.

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March 26, 2010

8x8 Awarded Virtual Telephone Extension Patent by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

8x8, Inc., provider of innovative business communications solutions, today announced that it has been granted United States Patent number 7,684,554 entitled "Virtual Telephone Extension." The patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 23, 2010.

The patent relates to methods of routing communications to users and associated equipment by utilizing a user identifier that serves as a virtual extension number. By utilizing the invention described by the patent, users can remotely direct their calls to communication devices at various geographic, voicemail and email destinations.

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February 24, 2010

Apple increases iPhone's 3g app download limit

In a move many expect paves the way for applications on the new iPad, Apple has boosted the maximum size of an iPhone app download over 3G from 10MB to 20MB. Previously iPhone users who wanted to download an app that was larger than 10 MB, such as a video or podcast, had to switch over to a WiFi connection.

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December 29, 2009

VoIP racket busted and equipment seized

KATHMANDU: An investigation team dispatched from Metropolitan Police Crime Division raided a well-equipped underground call centre in Ravibhawan and arrested a racketeer for his involvement in flouting telecommunication laws recently.

The accused Anwar Hussein (24), who hails from Kolkata-24 Porguna, India, and his two accomplices were found to be operating VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) from a rented three-storey building, illegally blocking Nepal Telecom’s gateway, thus inflicting a loss of millions. While, the other accused, Bharat Lal Shrestha (27), hailing from Chaugada-3, Nuwakot, and another named Raju are at large. Raju’s details were still sketchy.

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October 30, 2009

VoIP sales top $20 billion in first half; more growth to come

Maybe there is something to this idea that, in a recession, Voice over IP service is an affordable alternative to traditional telephone service.

In the first half of 2009, VoIP services brought in nearly $21 billion in revenue, with both residential and business services looking healthy and poised for even more growth for the second half of the year, according to a report by market research firm Infonetics Research.

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October 06, 2009

AT&T Allows VoIP Over Its 3G Network for iPhone

Editor's Note:  WOW OMG YAY THANK YOU AT&T - Do I really need to say more.  This is a landmark decision and kudos have to go Ma Bell for finally giving your loyal customers what they want.  With the direction the trend is going, people want data in their pocket and they want to be able to do what ever they want if they are paying such a premium for the iPhone.  Hope everyone is happy, because I am, time to get my Skype number ready.

AT&T today announced it has taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T’s wireless network. Previously, VoIP applications on iPhone were enabled for Wi-Fi connectivity. For some time, AT&T has offered a variety of other wireless devices that enable VoIP applications on 3G, 2G and Wi-Fi networks. AT&T this afternoon informed Apple Inc. and the FCC of its decision.

In late summer, AT&T said it was taking a fresh look at VoIP capabilities on iPhone for use on AT&T’s 3G network, consistent with its regular review of device features and capabilities to ensure attractive options for consumers.

“iPhone is an innovative device that dramatically changed the game in wireless when it was introduced just two years ago,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets. “Today’s decision was made after evaluating our customers’ expectations and use of the device compared to dozens of others we offer.”

AT&T allows customers to download or launch on their wireless devices a multitude of compatible applications directly from any lawful Internet website. Additionally, because AT&T uses GSM technology, the most pervasive and open wireless technology platform in the world, we support customers using any GSM phone that works on AT&T's frequencies.

Source: BusinessWire

 

July 30, 2009

Verizon Wireless to slash 8,000 jobs

Verizon, the second-largest US telecoms group, is to cut a ­further 8,000 jobs in response to the recession and the loss of fixed-line business. The cuts, equivalent to 3.4 per cent of Verizon’s workforce, come on top of a similar sized reduction in headcount over the past 12 months and showed, said Craig Moffett of Bernstein Research, that “no company is immune to the severity of the current downturn”.

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July 03, 2009

Microsoft declines to commit to releasing Response Point 2.0 PBX, future uncertain

If you were wondering about the future of Microsoft's Response Point small business VoIP system, you can keep wondering. The system's future has been in doubt for months, and the company declined to clear up the confusion at a meeting with Voice over IP resellers this week.

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July 01, 2009

New Free Phone System / PBX RFP (Request for Proposal) Book Offer for IT Managers & Coordinators

 

Editor's Note:  I want to bring attention to a free book offer "Creating RFP's for IP Telephony Systems" that is being presented by VoiceIP Solutions.  The book covers the process that goes into creating a RFP when getting bids for a new phone system / PBX.  This is ideal for the IT Manager or Telecommunication System Director that has been tasked with getting competitive bids from various vendors.  If you use this book and it does come in handy for your PBX project, please send me a note and let me know.  Enjoy.

Here is what Amazon.com states the book covers:

· What are RFPs and RFQs
· Why use and RFP for IP Telephony Systems
· What are the Key RFP Objectives and Processes
· How to Identify Company Communication Requirements
· Who is involved in the Creation of an RFP
· The Typical Steps in Creating an RFP Document
· How to Issue and Manage RFPs
· Evaluating RFP Responses
· RFP Communication between Issuer and Responder
· Outline Template for a typical RFP 

 Goto the following link and fill out the information form and a book will be send out within 7-10 business days (While supplies last):

VoIP & IP PBX RFPs Book Offer - VoiceIP Solutions

 

June 05, 2009

VoIP Inc. hit with involuntary bankruptcy petition

Three creditors are attempting to push a defunct Fort Lauderdale company into bankruptcy court. An involuntary petition was filed June 2 against VoIP Inc., a voice over Internet provider, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Southern Florida.
 
The company had already said in 2008 that it eliminated most of its workforce and suspended all telecommunications operations. It is also facing a lawsuit, filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in U.S. District Court in Miami, alleging former executives misled investors about the financial health of the company.

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April 20, 2009

AT&T unveils 2009 3G broadband expansion plans for Texas

AT&T Inc. outlined its 2009 wireless and broadband network expansion plans for Texas on Thursday. The Dallas-based company said it will expand its high-speed wireless 3G networks throughout the state, with a focus on rural areas, as well as its U-verse home broadband service.

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March 23, 2009

AT&T Becomes FEMA's Primary Wireless Carrier For Mobile Phones

AT&T Mobility announced it will furnish FEMA workers with RIM BlackBerry mobile phones and laptop wireless devices as part of a $50 million solution award. The smartphones will be powered by AT&T's nationwide EDGE network while its laptop cards will connect to its Wi-Fi LaptopConnect service.

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March 13, 2009

GrandCentral reborn as Google Voice

According to this story at Tech Crunch Google is relaunching their GrandCentral voice/phone service as Google Voice tomorrow.   If you head on over to voice.google.com you can see the new logo and it will even prompt you to login with your Google account.  As of this moment though (About 10pm PST, Wednesday night) it’s giving me an “Invalid request” error.  Looks like it’s a new toy I can look forward to playing with tomorrow.

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March 12, 2009

CounterPath Granted Patent for Handoff Between Cellular and Internet Protocol Telephony

CounterPath Corporation, a leading provider of desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, today announced that the company has been assigned United States patent number 7,502,615 for its technology pertaining to handoffs between cellular and IP telephony.
 
The newly patented technology enables users to roam between mobile and IP networks seamlessly, allowing active calls to be handed off faster between mobile and IP networks.

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January 04, 2009

VoIP Still Isn't Dead - Part Deux

Since the birth of the VoIP industry, the millions (maybe Billions) of dollars of VoIP Telco infrastructure that has been purchased and will continue to be purchased has been meaningful for quite a number of companies. So in real life, VoIP really isn't dead.

For some people, VoIP has become a word associated with "network plumbing."  And in that perspective, I can appreciate why some of my friends no longer believe that VoIP is cool.

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January 02, 2009

VoIP is NOT Dead!

Today is January 2, 2009 and I find it real interesting some of my friends have declared 2008 as the year that VoIP died.

On the eve of 2009 the promise of VoIP is alive and well and living in the hearts of many people who believe in the future of innovation in communications. Ask many of my friends including: Vint Cert, Henry Sinnreich, Joe Rinde or Daniel Berninger and they would agree with me that one day the vision and the promise of end-to-end IP based communications WILL happen. The Internet communications revolution is STILL happening. In fact, we are living in an Internet Communications Continuum.

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December 08, 2008

Nortel Using Verizon's VoIP to Streamline Network

Nortel is streamlining to keep costs down and productivity up. The company is using Verizon IP Trunking service with Burstable Enterprise Shared Trunks to consolidate its U.S. corporate voice infrastructure and save on IT costs. The company has a three-year agreement with Verizon.

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July 09, 2008

Junction Networks' VoIP Service Preconfigured for Microsoft Response Point

Editor's Note:  We have been using their SIP termination service for almost 2 years now and it has been great.  I am really glad to hear MS choice a solid company with good support.  Kudos

Microsoft has selected Junction Networks as a preferred SIP trunking and gateway service provider for its Microsoft Response Point small business phone system (PBX). The Response Point Service Pack 1, generally available today, will feature services from Junction Networks pre-configured for simple account activation and maintenance.

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July 01, 2008

AT&T Sets 3G iPhone Pricing

 

Note:  I will be upgrading day 1.  I can't stand the  EDGE network.  The name serves it right because everytime I use it, I feel like I am on the edge of the network. 

The 8-GB 3G iPhone will only cost customers $199 if they sign up for a two-year contract, AT&T said Tuesday. AT&T also revealed voice and data plans and what customers need to do to be "iReady" when Apple's 3G second-generation iPhone hits the streets July 11. "We can't wait to offer iPhone 3G to our customers, and we want to make sure the buying process is as easy as possible," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T's wireless unit, in a statement. "Considering all the great new features of iPhone 3G, we think our pricing and monthly plans present a tremendous value for consumers and businesses alike."

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June 30, 2008

AT&T moves HQ to Dallas

 
High-quality videoconferencing is the bright new hope for cutting down on air travel, but it apparently came too late for AT&T, which is moving its corporate headquarters to Dallas to be closer to the third-largest airport in the U.S. The carrier, which offers residential wireline service in 22 states as well as a cellular network nationwide and operations in 160 countries, has been based in San Antonio, Texas, since 1992.

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iPhone 3G Plans for Rogers Wireless Officially Announced

We were teased with so-called leaked memos, telling us that there would be unlimited data for $30. It was understandable that you needed to pair with this a qualifying voice plan, but we were given the impression that good times were coming. Today's announcement is a step in the right direction, but at the same time, it's also one big slap in the face.

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