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VoIP News Week of July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

Here is some of the recent news in the IP communications space this past week. The ShoreTel IPO is one of the more interesting stories. Also, check out the latest at JAHJAH and the others.   Truphone Now Has SMS-over-IP, Presence and Smart Log-On Capabilities PAETEC, Cedar Point, Sentri Team on Converged IP Net for Colleges What Teleconferencing Means to the SMB JAJAH Announces Mobile VoIP Alternative to AT&T Plan Enea and Kontron Help Drive IPTV Experience Initiative Voice Peering Fabric: The New 'Killer App' for Broadband Telephony ShoreTel Prices IPO Mobile VoIP Provider WiFiMobile Offers Wi-Fi Smartphones to US Consumers and Businesses IPTV Middleware Provider Espial Helping Telcos Lower TV Costs TMC Labs Honors Fonality Open Source VoIP Appliance XO Communications Joins the PAIX VoIP Exchange Interactive Intelligence SIP Interaction Gateway Connects VoIP, T1 Lines

One Hot iPhone

July 6, 2007

Nokia N800 The Real Story

July 6, 2007

What is the world’s toughest job at the moment? It has to be trying to compete head on with the iPhone. But as Om Malik points out, the Nokia N800 does a great deal of what the iPhone does not and did it sooner. A new upgrade enables Skype to run and has Flash support.

Frontline

July 4, 2007

It is Frontline Wireless LLC Vs. AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming 700 MHZ spectrum auction and Frontline co-founder Reed Hundt, a former FCC chairman is aggressively courting public opinion and the current FCC to ensure his small company gets an opportunity to win a portion of the new spectrum allotment.   At the heart of the argument is surprisingly the iPhone which Hundt says is like driving a Ferrari on dirt roads. Hundt’s argument continues by saying consumers want the iPhone but they are forced to use the Slower 2.5G AT&T Wireless network and further, they are forced into a two-year contract which costs three times more than the phone itself.   For a fascinating recap, check out this story.

TMCnet Goes Twitter

July 4, 2007

It seems like if you are under 18 you spend a good deal of time twittering on well – Twitter. Since my typical reader is above 18 you may not be aware that Twitter is a service allowing you to send and receive messages via SMS on cell phones. People spend hours letting their friends know (in excruciating detail sometimes) about all aspects of their life. “I am going to have lunch.” “I am having a snack.” “I am sick,” are some of the things you may see while twittering.   But if you get sick of twittering with friends and are interested in using Twitter to keep up with the latest (and best of course) communications and technology news and analysis, be sure to check twitter.com/tmcnet.

iPhone Problems

July 2, 2007

  For the record, I do not have an iPhone. I may be the only techie who doesn’t have one at this point. I didn’t stand in line for hours or camp on a sidewalk waiting for this device to arrive.   However, I just spoke with Michael Khalilian of the IMS Forum and I apparently was the first caller on his new iPhone. He was telling me the level of complexity to get the device working is incredible.

SimulScribe: Real Visual Voicemail

June 30, 2007

SimulScribe: Real Visual Voicemail

June 30, 2007

Safari for Windows

June 15, 2007

I have been hearing some grumblings in the market about Apple’s Safari release and many are saying Steve Jobs is over-optimistic in thinking there will be one hundred million downloads of Safari for Windows. If this browser is indeed is as fast as Apple says and it has less security challenges than IE, it does have a great chance of being a serious browser contender.   Om Malik has some thoughts on why Jobs and company have released this software. He thinks it is a an ease-of-use play where people will see how easy to use the Apple browser is and then feel more comfortable with Macs and then switch to an iMac.   While this could be part of the reason for this new browser, in my opinion there is a single overriding reason for this browser launch.   In a word, web 2.0 and SaaS. You see the browser is becoming a more integral part of our workday.

iPhone: No Mechanical Keyboard

June 13, 2007

I mentioned a few months back the lack of a keyboard could be the Achilles heal of the Apple iPhone. Now the NY Times has an article on the same topic. Russell Shaw mentions this in his blog today and has a poll asking if people care about having a physical keyboard.   I believe for the casual user the lack of a keyboard is bearable. For the serious e-mail user like yours truly I am pretty sure there is no way I will give up the mechanical sensation of pressing keys.   Then again, I haven’t seen the iPhone yet.
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