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Mitel Agrees on Talkument

February 1, 2008

SIP Trunking Interview

January 28, 2008

Sprint Sues VoIP Firms

January 25, 2008

Many in the IP communications industry blame Vonage for going public, knowing full well that the way they run their business, they can never be profitable. They basically spent a fortune on customer acquisition and not enough time finding ways to generate enough revenue to be a healthy company.

Now, some in the IP communications industry blame the New Jersey-based VoIP provider for not effectively fighting the various patent suits it was involved in.

Many of the patents the telcos used against the company were based on technologies that existed before the patents were filed for according to many in the industry.

Now, the next chapter in this book unfolds as the telcos seem to be coming after others after winning their patent suits against Vonage.

The first telco to do so is Sprint, who now chasing Nuvox Communications, BroadVOX Holdings, Big River Telephone and Paetec Communications.

According to Sprint, the company has invested a great deal in its VoIP products and it cannot stand by while others take advantage of their innovations.

Of course this is all BS as hundreds of companies were years ahead of Sprint in rolling out VoIP.

It just so happens that many of these small but innovative companies didn't make it through the bubble bursting and aren't around to help Vonage win these suits. And it seems Vonage wasn't able to find any past employees of these companies to help their case.

Although I am not an attorney, it seems like it is time for the industry as a whole to come together and take on telcos who somehow believe they invented VoIP and a host of related technologies.

Anyone ever heard of VocalTec?

In a torrent of irony, these telcos are the same companies who tried to destroy VoIP for years before they started embracing it.



















Dell/Fonality Phone System

January 25, 2008

ITEXPO: Article in Sun-Sentinel

January 25, 2008

The Sun Sentinel had a great article on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo today and their spin was local. They mentioned companies in the Florida area who participate in the show.

The article was written by Arlene Satchell and she did a wonderful job with it. Here is an excerpt:

South Florida businesses are tapping into the technology that allows people to make phone calls using high-speed Internet instead of regular phone lines.

Known as voice-over-Internet protocol, or VoIP, the technology is seen by some businesses as a cost-saving measure and a way to offer employees telecommuting flexibility.

Thirteen South Florida companies debuted their latest products and innovations this week at the Internet Telephony East Conference and Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is expected to attract 7,000 participants and ends today.







Big Sprint Changes

January 24, 2008

Sprint certainly needs to do something to reduce churn and to become relevant to customers once again. In an increasingly commoditized business they have done little to differentiate themselves from others through either unique handsets which customers want, network quality or anything else.

Unfortunately this means the company has to compete on price which obviously isn't working out to well for the wireless carrier based on its recent financial performance.

The company has just restructured in the hopes of solving its ongoing business problems.

Paul Saleh, chief financial officer; Tim Kelly, chief marketing officer; and Mark Angelino, president, sales and distribution -- will leave the company Friday. The company said William Arendt, senior vice president and controller, will serve as acting CFO, and John Garcia, senior vice president, product development and management, will serve as acting chief marketing officer. Paget Alves, regional president for sales and distribution, will serve as acting president, sales and distribution.

A management shuffle may help but what it really needs are better devices and a really captivating ad campaign promoting these devices and convincing us they matter.







Vishing: Definition

January 24, 2008

According to the IC3 or Internet Crime Complaint Center, Vishing is simply voice phishing, a scheme whereby unsuspecting callers are directed to rogue IVR systems which are disguised as real systems from banks, credit card companies, etc.

These systems masquerade as real banks interactive voice response systems asking for confidential information.

In other words there is a relatively new way to get unsuspecting people to part with their confidential and personal information.

The requests to contact these IVR systems can come via telephone calls as well as e-mails.

According to the Wall Street Journal there is a hacker who even sells a kit which crafts e-mails which look like they come from real banks.

So now, we need to not only be concerned about clicking on web links but also calling telephone numbers.

So why is this good news? Well, there is an opportunity for a developer to come up with a system that checks phone numbers against a vishing database to ensure the number called is not fraudulent.

A second option would be to do a database dip and look up the phone number being called just as you dial. When you call Bank of America for example you expect to see the display say Bank of America.













My Schedule Tonight

January 23, 2008

I am blown away by the amount of people who have reached out to meet with me at the very last second at this particular event. So many people want to meet... I wish the show was 2 weeks.

I suspect many were caught off guard as this show happened so early in the year.

I also think this is a great sign as so many people to date want to tell me about new products, new companies or new ventures.

So if you want to meet I will be at all the receptions throughout the week and the meals.

We have had standing room only sessions all day and the energy and excitement has been amazing.

As often as I can I have been checking e-mail on the laptop or phone to stay up to date.

I even took some photos of a packed reseller session I was moderating. There was a look of surprise on some of the attendees faces as I snapped shots of them.

I must confess I even answered a few e-mails up there.













ITEXPO -- See You in Hall B

January 23, 2008

ITEXPO West 2008 Day One - Andy

January 23, 2008

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