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How Apple Can Wreck Your Business

March 18, 2009

After $500,000 in development costs, FreedomVOICE has abandoned the Beta test of Newber, an application which blended the best of VoIP and location awareness to allow users to direct calls to various phones. The app even allows you to swap calls from phone to phone mid-conversation.

Newber was submitted to Apple on October 2, 2008 and after 165 days, Apple has not approved the application and worse it won't tell FreedomVoice anything. Interestingly Apple did approve the company's other application IQ Voicemail in about a month according to the company so there is something about the Newber app that Apple doesn't like.

SuperComm 2009 to Possibly Change Dates

March 17, 2009

SuperComm had been the nation's largest carrier event for decades and over the last seven years or so the show split into two and even three events. Some of the other names the show went by (or partially went by) were TelecomNxt, Globalcomm and NxtComm. Recently the two warring association factions the TIA and USTA made up and the show became SuperComm again which took place last June in Las Vegas.

< p>The event was very strong up until 2000 and since it split into two it has steadily decreased its attendance to the point where it is a shadow of its former self. The association wars took their toll on this event and some think the damage that was done cannot be repaired.

Tango Networks Improves FMC and Corporate Texting

March 17, 2009

I scan over 1,000 news headlines a day when I am not traveling and without a doubt the most popular tech topic in the mainstream media these days is Twitter. David Pogue from the New York Times has even devoted TV airtime to the topic on CNBC and it seems everyone is experimenting with using the service. Then there is the talk of leading social network Facebook modifying its homepage to take on Twitter and Google purchasing Twitter to show ads on all those tweets people send regarding their hunger status and other innocent facts which you wouldn't imagine anyone would take the time to share or read about.

It makes you think long and hard about how companies are integrating consumer technologies like Twitter into their marketing.

Apple iPhone OS 3.0 Wows

March 17, 2009

While there likely isn't a smartphone on the planet that does not support cut and paste, Apple's iPhone users have been waiting patiently for years for something most consider entry level. The latest news out of Apple is that you will have to wait a little longer for this feature... This summer in fact when the iPhone 3.0 OS debuts with a host of great additions.

At that time you will not only get the addition of text copy/paste but also the ability to use the keyboard in landscape mode in all applications.

SpinVox Comments on Google Voice

March 17, 2009

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the impact of Google's entry into the voicemail transcription market with their new Google Voice initiative which is based on the Grand Central acquisition of almost two years. The major player in voicemail transcription is SpinVox and theirs is the first service I have ever tested. I have continually been impressed with the company because they have taken speech-to-text in many directions with services which can integrate into blogs, blasts, IM and social networks.

I asked the company for official comments on the news regrading the world's search leader entering their space and this was the response:

Nokia Cuts, HTC Gains New Androids

March 17, 2009

HTC Magic, Android-Based Phone

While Nokia layoffs mount with the news of 1,700 more being let go as well as other requested concessions, HTC acts bullish saying they will release three new Android phones. This on the heels of the fact that the Asian company exceeded its G1 target of one million devices sold so far. Here are some interesting excerpts from a Wall Street Journal article:

SimulScribe/PhoneTag Founder Sounds off on Google Voice

March 16, 2009

After a long 20 months, Google took its purchase of Grand Central and launched it at Google Voice and added a nifty feature, voicemail transcription. When I heard the news I was curious as to what Jamie Siminoff of SimulScribe/PhoneTag thought about the news.

Jamie did not disappoint and came out swinging, explaining that Google can't sustain the business of providing this free service which costs the company $60/year/customer. He argues that ads cannot pay for this service - no way, no how - it is just too much money.

Truphone Local Anywhere Makes Mobile Roaming Painless

March 12, 2009

Truphone Local Anywhere is likely one of the more revolutionary products/services you will see this year and consists of a single-SIM, multi-country mobile service that will make any mobile call within the set of supported countries a local call. It combines technology with roaming arbitrage and as company CEO Geraldine Wilson says is, "The ultimate phone service for people who have an international lifestyle."
 

If you find yourself in a situation where you are carrying around multiple SIM-cards or are getting charged high roaming fees, this service which will be available later this year is worth a look. Wilson tells me this service is about keeping you local and on one Truphone SIM.

Interviews With Taqua, Neustar, Genband, Mera, Dash, Covad, Actelis, Stratus Telecom, TW Telecom, Sprint, Profitec and More

March 12, 2009

The TMC Newsroom has been bustling with activity and lately we have had a chance to interview a number of the leaders in the communications space. Check out the TMC Video News Room home page for the latest and some of the recent interviews are below.

One thought - many of you in the communications space should ensure your CFOs listen to how well some companies in our space are doing in the interviews below. Why?

Google Voice Arrives

March 12, 2009

It took a full 20 months since the Grand Central acquisition but perhaps the wait has been worth it. Google just rolled out Google Voice, a service which expands on the one number for life idea.

I spent a few minutes trying to logon to Google Voice and finally realized the company will let me know when my Grand Central account has been upgraded. If you don't have a Grand Central account you need to wait for the company to allow you to become a free Google Voice subscriber but you can add your email address to a list now to expedite the process.

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