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IP Communications Insights Portal Launches

Jon Arnold and I finally got it all together and are proud to announce the launch of our new portal, IP Communications Insights. I'll let the announcement we sent over the wire this morning fill you in on the... Full Story

Posted on March 11, 2008 1:56 PM


Cisco on the Hunt for VoIP Marketing Experts

Hi everyone! I'm baaack, having been traveling the last few weeks, and haven't had much time to keep the blog posts coming. For those of you with deep VoIP experience and backgrounds, there are a bunch of new job... Full Story

Posted on April 5, 2007 4:20 PM


Off to VON Tomorrow

I'm off to the VON show in San Jose, CA tomorrow morning, and I'm interested to see if there's any truth behind Thomas Howe's brave post today about why he's not attending the event. I'll be meeting with other... Full Story

Posted on March 19, 2007 9:02 PM


GotVoice Helps Usher In A New Era for Voice Mail

Just when people started dissing voice mail, saying how they don't check their messages all that often and you should just email them (or SMS or IM them) if you want them to get back to you -- and... Full Story

Posted on March 19, 2007 7:50 PM


It's "Prime" Time for Skype

Josh Lowenstein, over at the Webware blog from cnet.com, recently posted about a new paid-by-the-minute service from Skype called Skype Prime. According to the post, Skype Prime is aimed at consultants and other professionals that need to monetize their... Full Story

Posted on March 11, 2007 5:10 PM


Radio 2.0 Under Assault

I just received a troubling message, sent by Pandora CEO Tim Westergren to the Pandora user community, about the fact that the Copyright Royalty Board has just dramatically increased the fees Internet radio sites must pay to the record... Full Story

Posted on March 7, 2007 7:16 PM


More on the Time Warner Wholesale Interconnection Decision

Greg Galitzine just blogged about the recent FCC order “reaffirming” that wholesale providers of telecommunications services are entitled to interconnection and related items under sections 251(a) and (b) of the Communications Act.   As Greg reports, this order means... Full Story

Posted on March 6, 2007 1:06 PM


My Vista Experience, Part Two

Well, it's been a rather disappointing couple of weeks in Vistaland, as it seems one disappointment (read "performance issue") after another rears it's ugly head. I've been trolling the message boards to get a sense of Vista-related problems, and... Full Story

Posted on March 5, 2007 4:13 PM


Second Life Trials Voice Chat

The popular, virtual reality site "Second Life", run by Linden Labs, will shortly unveil a new limited service beta trial in which they will give users the option of chatting up other avatars with voice instead of text. Prior... Full Story

Posted on February 28, 2007 8:06 PM


Costco Amends TV Return Policy

I was sorry to hear that Costco recently ended their amazing 2-year, no-questions-asked return policy for a bunch of electronics products, including TVs, computers, cameras, camcorders, cell phones, MP3 players and iPods, It was a wildly popular, if occasionally... Full Story

Posted on February 27, 2007 2:12 PM


Where Art Thou, Cheap Compact Candelabra Base Fluorescent Bulbs?

When I first blogged about the amazing energy savings -- and competitive pricing -- of new compact fluorescent light bulbs, I wrote about 2 common versions of the twist type bulb -- 60 and 100 watt incandescent replacements. Easily... Full Story

Posted on February 26, 2007 11:40 PM


Skype Spam

I've recently noticed an alarming trend: I've been receiving a growing number of spam Skype chat messages recently -- a sign that people are farming the Skype database to send promos and other distracting stuff. Here's the latest one... Full Story

Posted on February 16, 2007 2:17 PM


Great New Web 2.0 Mashup

Rafe Needleman, who contributes to the excellent Webware blog from cnet.com, recently posted a review about a new Web 2.0 mashup site called FindNearby.net. In a nutshell, the site mashes up Google Maps, Amazon, eBay, Craiglist, and WalMart.com. Once... Full Story

Posted on February 14, 2007 1:22 PM


My Vista Experience, Part One

In dire need of a new laptop, I decided to make the plunge into Vistaland. I shopped around for "the best value for the buck" deal and after  much debate -- and after discovering a 20% off coupon on... Full Story

Posted on February 13, 2007 1:11 PM


Cable Cos Set to Expand Beyond Residential Market

Word on the street is that two of the country's largest cable companies, Time Warner Cable and Comcast, are gearing up to introduce new SMB VoIP packages in the next few months. After winning large numbers of residential customers... Full Story

Posted on February 13, 2007 11:40 AM


Trouble in Bangladesh

While VoIP services continue to gain traction around the globe, it's easy to forget that in some backward parts of the world, it is still considered a major criminal offense to engage in the VoIP business. Recently, I was... Full Story

Posted on February 5, 2007 2:14 PM


Back from Sunshine and IT Expo

I just returned from travels south, to Fort Lauderdale and Internet Telephony EXPO -- and arrived in Winter in New York. It was bound to arrive at some point (although I thankfully missed the deep freeze, eight-degree temperatures of... Full Story

Posted on January 29, 2007 6:32 PM


Robins Consulting Group (RCG) and J Arnold & Associates Announce New Partnership

Jon Arnold and I figured that since most everyone else was making some sort of announcement, issuing press releases and generally making noise  -- especially to pull in the crowds at Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO East going on... Full Story

Posted on January 22, 2007 10:24 PM


Calling On A Stranger

The evolution of IP communications technology has wrought profound changes in the way communications networks and systems are architected and designed -- and is surely well on its way towards completely replacing our legacy, TDM infrastructure.But aside from the disruption... Full Story

Posted on December 20, 2006 10:40 AM


Statistics on FMC and Dual-Mode Handset Adoption

A new market survey, conducted by BBDO Consulting and commissioned by Outsmart Ltd., a provider of network convergence, IMS, and IN-based solutions, reveals that over 65% of fixed and mobile operators plan to implement Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) services into their... Full Story

Posted on December 14, 2006 3:46 PM


It's Been a Skype This, Skype That Kind of Day

Skype seems to have dominated the VoIP news and blogosphere today, with their announcement of a new $29.95 annual, "all you can eat" calling plan today. What makes it even sweeter is they are offering a 50% discount to those... Full Story

Posted on December 13, 2006 5:20 PM


I've Been Tagged, Too

Thanks Greg...much appreciated Hmmm, ok, here goes:Five Things You Don't Know About Me:1. I'm much better looking than the picture of me that's posted on my blog (and other TMCnet.com pages that contain my words of wisdom) -- at least... Full Story

Posted on December 13, 2006 1:54 PM


A Ten-To-Watch List

The folks at blog VoIP Lowdown have come up with a great list of ten leading-edge VoIP, VoIM, IP and mobile applications we should all be keeping our eyes on -- apps that go WAY BEYOND plain vanilla VoIP calls.... Full Story

Posted on December 11, 2006 6:50 PM


One Million IPTV Users In China Next Year

According to People's Daily Online and China Daily, the market for IPTV is expected to take off in China next year as fixed line operators look for ways to grow.In an interview with China Daily on the sidelines of... Full Story

Posted on December 11, 2006 1:54 PM


Luggage-Free Travel

Or at least while traveling through airports or getting through customs in a foreign country. A new service called The Luggage Club will ship your goods, luggage, skiis, surfboards, golf clubs -- or whatever -- to anywhere within the... Full Story

Posted on December 9, 2006 3:40 PM

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