Yahoo/Microsoft Deal Off

It seems any chance of a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo is over. The number of billionaire Yahoo investors who are likely furious about this state of affairs which is trashing Yahoo's stock can't be counted on a single hand.... continue reading...

Sipera Looks To The Channel

Expect Sipera, the Texas-based company focusing on VoIP/UC security to look for resellers to sell their products worldwide. Brenadan Ziolo, the company's VP of Marketing Operations visited TMC this week to brief us on where the company is going with... continue reading...

Keep In Touch

If you haven't noticed, there will be more and more touch-enabled devices in your future. The craze seemed to get the biggest boost from the popularity of the iPhone interface which spawned a number of similar interfaces from competing phone... continue reading...

iPhone Adoption and Women

Women love iPhones but not as many as I thought. The iPhone seems the natural phone for women as it is stylish, powerful and easy to use. I would have guessed that more than 50% of iPhone users are women... continue reading...

Build Communities With Google's Help

Let's say your company plays in a few different spaces such as information technology, security and storage. And let's say your company has decided to build a community of interest which is dedicated to a specific subject area as you... continue reading...

T-Mobile Lawsuit Repercussions

Rob Adler has an interesting take on the T-Mobile/Starbucks WiFi lawsuit at his Vantage blog. His point? That the PR hit of winning a lawsuit which takes away WiFi from millions of users will be extreme. I can't help but... continue reading...

Talkswitch Interview: Jan Scheeren

Right now the small business market is the shining star in communications -- plenty of growth is predicted in this space and small businesses for the most part are behind the tech curve -- meaning they need to catch up.... continue reading...

Voice Recognition Alarm Clock

For those of you who can't get enough of speech recognition, you can now wake up to it and go to sleep to it and have it in your bedroom. The Voice Interactive Alarm Clock from Hammacher Schlemmer recognizes... continue reading...

Conflicting iPhone Rumors

There is just so much information being spewed out on the internet regarding the unveiling of the iPhone. The latest bit of news has to do with production problems. Check out this article for insights on conflicting rumors and photos... continue reading...

Will Steve Jobs Wow Us?

It seems that if you do not blog about the iPhone this weekend you will be out touch with the blogging and news gathering communities. It is just that important. On Monday we will have a new Apple mobile device... continue reading...

HTC Touch Pro

The HTC Touch Pro may be the ultimate Blackberry killer. I know the term "killer" is used very often but let's look at this situation carefully... People who type a lot benefit from a keyboard. Sure, an on-screen keyboard works... continue reading...

Mobile Virtual Worlds Emerge

There are so many communications companies pushing products and services revolving around virtual worlds, one wonders if we are about to see a new subset of communications break out and achieve mass appeal like VoIP, the iPhone or Blackberry. Do... continue reading...

Telephony Hardware Community

Be sure to visit TMC's newest Global Online Community (GOC), Telephony Hardware sponsored by Pika Technologies. Why would you visit? Simply because regularly visiting a TMC community is an ideal way to learn about a specific topic such as in this... continue reading...

Headed to Telx CBX 2008

Later this week I will be a video reporter at the Telx CBX (customer business exchange) event in New York. I always like the CBX events and am looking forward to meeting with the companies in the carrier hotel space... continue reading...

Of IP Communications and Broadband Reliability

I came across an interesting article in the New York Times by Randall Stross which discusses consumer VoIP services, the differences in quality between them and the general trend towards multiple services of lower reliability replacing a single service (PSTN)... continue reading...

Vocaltec Sells Patents to Karo Millennium

In a way, I must thank VocalTec because it was companies like them that helped me realize how IP would revolutionize communications and further help me decide to launch a magazine dedicated to the market in 1997. VocalTec was one... continue reading...

SIP Forum Growth

The SIP Forum seems to be making some nice progress in attracting a broad swath of companies to its organization. In case you aren't aware, The SIP Forum is a non-profit IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities... continue reading...

Of Cell Phones and Unborn Babies

Does cell phone use cause behavioral problems in children? A new study is out on the the matter and while it is not conclusive it did find increased cell phone use does seem to lead to children with more behavioral... continue reading...

Being Part of Squawk Box

I spent part of my morning on Alex Saunders' Squawk Box -- a gathering place for industry analysts and thought leaders to discuss important technology issues of the day. Topics today included Ariel Waldman's harassment allegations against Twitter. This conversation... continue reading...

Podcast: Zed-3's Iain Milnes Discusses The GS8

Zed-3 is the company most people have never heard of but it is backed by telecom veteran Iain Milnes who launched Zarak -- the successful testing company later sold to Spirent and Zultys -- the company which made a... continue reading...

Podcast: Starent Networks Thierry Maupilé

As the wireless industry evolves, the level of complexity has evolved with it allowing companies such as Starent Networks to thrive by delivering technology which enables carriers to deliver rich content multimedia services. We all have cell phones and it... continue reading...

Roku: The Apple of TV?

Without a doubt, the new Netflix Player by Roku set top box will become a serious contender for the title "iPod of the world of television." I haven't seen this device yet but based on what I have read... continue reading...

Skype Adding Video Clips

Om Malik discusses how Skype is evolving to show video clips. I have detailed at length many of the ideas Skype should embrace to make money and showing videos makes good sense as it leverages the success of other video... continue reading...

Plaxo Sends a Message

As I mentioned recently, Comcast picked up Plaxo. Just today I received this e-mail to Plaxo users, explaining the company has been acquired and will remain an independent entity, evolving and growing. It is a pretty good letter as it... continue reading...

MindWireless Podcast

MindWireless is focused on the wireless expense management space which as you might imagine is an area of growing importance inside telecom expense management. Just think about how complicated it is to manage wireless gadgets as employees have become obsessed... continue reading...

CBS Picks up CNET

Congratulations to CNET for being acquired by CBS for a 40% premium. I have always admired the company and I am curious to see how it changes as it becomes part of a larger media company which has so many... continue reading...

Packet8 SIP Trunking Rumor

I have heard a rumor regarding 8x8/Packet8 getting into the SIP trunking business. No confirmation yet but this makes great sense as this area of the market is doing well. All trunks will eventually be SIP trunks it seems... Unless... continue reading...

New WiMAX News Site

TMCnet grows daily with thousands of new news items and stories. As the site grows, we are always looking for ways to improve. One of these ways is to develop community pages which focus on a particular subject matter... continue reading...

My Canada Trip and Nortel Wrap Up

I am back from Canada and the first thing I did when turning on my phone was praise the engineers who came up with the awkward-sounding acronym called EVDO. By the way in my discussions in Canada it seems the... continue reading...

Blackberry Thunder Coming to Verizon Stores

H.having experienced touch-screen browsing on the iPhone and even via Skyfire, I can tell you browsing without a touchscreen is a painful experience. Of course this applies to mobile devices. RIM knows this and is subsequently rolling out a new... continue reading...

Virtual Worlds, The Future of Communications

I am here at Nortel R&D headquarters in Ottawa, Canada where the Nortel incubation team is showing us a bunch of the latest technologies they are working on in the labs. This is the first day the media has... continue reading...

UMAThought Leader Steve Shaw on TMCnet

Few people know more about UMA than Steve Shaw... He really lives and breathes this market. This is why I am thrilled Steve will be writing for TMCnet with a special focus on unwired mobile access or UMA. Here is... continue reading...

10 Reasons SPOT Watches Died Out

As one of the biggest advocates of SPOT watches, the wrist-carried devices which allowed you to receive immediate stock quotes, news and calendar updates on the go -- I could not be more sad to hear these gadgets will no... continue reading...

Cablevision's WiFi Network in New York City

WiFi is not new and providing WiFi to a city is not new. What is new and worth noodling on is the fact Cablevision will soon have a WiFi network in New York City -- well over the next... continue reading...

Vonage Record Quarter: Jeff Citron Interview

Vonage has done a great job this last quarter --  posting growth numbers in a slower economy. I just had a podcast interview with Jeffrey Citron where he talked about the company's growth rate and the number of new initiatives... continue reading...

SkyFire: The Cure for iPhone Envy

Do you have iPhone envy? I do. In fact, just this past Sunday I walked into the AT&T store and I browsed TMCnet on the iPhone and was blown away at how easy it was to surf on this phone... continue reading...

Skype as David, Telcos as Goliath

OK, now I have heard it all. Large, incumbent telephone companies are going to launch a competitor to Skype. But before I proceed with my thoughts, as often the case with such amazing speculation, it is good to air out... continue reading...

Google Pushes Verizon on 700 MHz Open Access

Many of us thought the open access provisions of the 700 MHz auction were taken care of and this was the reason Google got involved in the auction in the first place. It seems now that Verizon is saying that... continue reading...

Avtech Software Protects Data Centers

Companies spend incredible sums of money on their communications and technology infrastructure but all too often they do not focus enough attention on protecting the investment in such equipment. As telepresence, unified communications, handheld devices, mobility and IP communications turbocharge... continue reading...

CellPoint Flamingo Music Headphones

A little known fact about me is I love to review products. Of course if you know me well, you know I just don't have the time to test every product I learn about. Moreover many of the items I... continue reading...

Blackberry Outage

If you are having trouble getting e-mail on you mobile device it just could be because there was a scheduled Blackberry outage that ran over by approximately six hours. Engadget has more details and to be honest, I did some... continue reading...

Nortel's Joel Hackney Discusses Earnings

Nortel announced earnings today and to get more detail on the news I had a chance to speak with Joel Hackney, President of the Enterprise Solutions Group at Nortel. Some details worth sharing... The company's net loss widened but revenue... continue reading...

Amazon Fights back Against New York Tax

Amazon, feeling singled out by what New York state officials have dubbed the Amazon Tax has decided to sue the state. According to the New York Times, the state changed the law regarding who has to collect taxes and instead... continue reading...

Communications and the Economy

Yesterday at Interop I asked exhibitors and analysts what they were hearing about the economy. Most said they think the recovery would be U shaped, not a V but some thought that Q3 would be the start of a recovery.... continue reading...

Haptic Feedback May Come to iPhone

Whether the rumors are true regarding Apple working with Immersion to add haptic feedback to Apple's touchscreen devices is true or not it seems obvious to me that every touchscreen device needs to embrace this tactile feedback mechanism. The way... continue reading...

PhoneTag, The New Simulscribe

Jamie Siminoff beams with enthusiasm as he explains to me in this podcast about his excitement regarding his company's name change from SimulScribe to PhoneTag. According to Siminoff, sales have increased dramatically since the announcement of the new name and... continue reading...

Blackberry Voice Search

TellMe just launched a new application which allows people to use their Blackberry for voice search. utilizing the TellMe speech recognition engine and Microsoft Live Search, you can have search results automatically localized if you happen to have a GPS-enabled... continue reading...

SimulScribe is Gone. Long Live PhoneTag

You've definitely heard me go on about voicemail transcription and just how amazing it is to have your voicemails transcribed and e-mailed to you so you never have to dial into your mailbox again. One of the companies leading the... continue reading...

Mobile Banking Heating Up

According to IBM, 21 percent of consumers age 18-34 use their cell phone for mobile banking transactions, compared to about 10 percent of the general population. Like so many new technologies, it is your kids -- or for some of... continue reading...

New Skype Unlimited International Plans

I recently wrote about how I thought Skype should be sold to Google and in response I received a very well-worded response from Skype PR representative Chaim Haas. Here is an excerpt: [On] yesterday's eBay Q1 earnings call, where it... continue reading...

A Slacker Weekend

I just started using the Slacker website to stream music and I remain very impressed at how good the service is. You are able to listen to a number of predefined stations or make your own. You can also customized... continue reading...

Google Quote Finder Launched

Picture this... You say something and you really didn't mean it. Perhaps it was that you can see see US troops in Iraq for 100 years or that snipers were attacking you in some far away country. In the past,... continue reading...

SMS Saves Lives

The only thing better than seeing the world interconnecting with technologies such as SMS, is seeing health care providers taking advantage of the latest gadgets and technology to help curb disease outbreaks and improve prescription compliance. Case in point is... continue reading...

EsnaTech Grows the Google Ecosystem

One of the latest trends I have noticed is integrating disparate solutions into Google's suite of applications. Just this month in fact, two companies in the communications and CRM spaces have decided working with Google more closely makes a great... continue reading...

Why Skype Should be Sold to Google

There are now rumors circulating that Google will buy Skype. These rumors are not new -- I wrote about this as recently as November 20 of 2007. But they did die down for a while and have been renewed. I... continue reading...

Ortiva Wireless Enables Mobile Streaming

Do you remember the past CEO of Cantata, Mark Zionts? He keynoted a past ITEXPO and was head of the company just before it sold to Dialogic. Since then he joined another company which he helped sell and now he... continue reading...

Callwave Fuze, Unified Communications Plus

In the race to provide the best Unified Communications solution, there are just so many approaches. The various ways to achieve UC are staggering in fact. Companies like Microsoft have partnered with many companies to achieve seamless UC - with... continue reading...

New TMCnet Record and New Writer

Thanks to our readers -- once again, TMCnet has hit a new record. In this case, we built a Global Online Community in conjunction with Interactive Intelligence and this community generated just under 600,000 page views in one month according... continue reading...

iPhone Denial of Service Vulnerability

Radware today discovered the iPhone Safari browser is vulnerable to denial of service attack. The specific model being tested was the Apple iPhone1.1.4. In order to experience this problem a user must browse to a website containing malicious Javascript... continue reading...

Target Service Provider Marketing by Pontis

At the recent CTIA show in Las Vegas, much of the talk centered around how service providers need to focus on generating revenue from advertising as companies like Google will be giving away many of the services they hope to... continue reading...

GrandCentral Outage

Today was apparently a bad one for GrandCentral customers as many report the service was out for hours. As mentioned by TechCrunch, if you want to be phone company you can't go dead.... continue reading...

TiVo On the Offensive

It seems TiVo is on a roll as Dish Network has failed to to convince an appeals court to overturn a previous patent win. Dish Network could end up paying from about $100 to $200 million as a result... continue reading...

Next iPhone to Have Bluetooth Stereo, GPS, Nike Integration

What's on your wish list for the iPhone? The obvious addition is a keyboard and faster connection (well that is my personal wish list anyway.) But certainly stereo bluetooth and GPS are on my short list as well. According... continue reading...

Qwest Outage

Qwest is investigating an internet outage which took place yesterday. Apparently internet and VoIP service was interrupted for a number of customers yesterday afternoon. Perhaps not coincidentally, some ISPs were also knocked offline which in turn took TMCnet down for... continue reading...

Unlimited Plans = Unlimited Trouble?

Are unlimited voice and data plans causing unlimited headaches for carriers? More than one person told me at CTIA they think Sprint is going to be in real trouble as a result of the unlimited plan they are selling to... continue reading...

Google Android Running

Here is the good news. You can get Google's Android running on current hardware. In fact the AT&T Tilt is the Guinea Pig of choice for this particular endeavor in the following example. It is a bit early to jump... continue reading...

Sending out an SMS

It is great to see the US Government embracing technology. Recently the FCC said that by 2010 we should have a nationwide alert system capable of delivering timely warnings vis SMS in the event of disaster. Participation in this broadcast... continue reading...

Plantronics HW251N-USB Wideband Headset

Correction... Despite my best efforts to be perfect this device is called the HW251N-USB not the HW351N-USB. Sorry if this caused you any problems. If you are like me you look for ways to ensure your entire team is as... continue reading...

Podcast: Ken Lamneck - President The Americas, Tech Data

Ken Lamneck President The Americas Tech Data Distribution companies are in a great position to tell us what trends to look for in the market. What is hot? What is not and more. It is for this reason I was... continue reading...

Podcast: Dieter Thompson, TAG

Dieter Thompson CEO TAG I had a chance to have a podcast interview with Dieter Thompson the CEO of TAG, an Alcatel-Lucent company specializing in telecom procurement, contract negotiation and vendor management solutions. Thompson shares many things in this interview... continue reading...

Mobile Unified Communications from Verizon

You may recall I have written about the RIM division Ascendant Systems and how the company enables mobile unified communications. Now the company which allows your Blackberry to function as a wireless extension of your communications system has inked a... continue reading...

Communications Developer Call for Papers

Be sure to submit your call for papers entries for the Communications Developer show which will be collocated with ITEXPO later this year in the Los Angeles, California Convention Center. The specific dates of the event will be September 16-18,... continue reading...

Bob Emmerson: TMC's European Editor

Bob Emmerson joins TMC as out European Editor. We are truly proud to have Bob join the team as he is a communications and technology veteran. Previously, Emmerson was a designer of digital control systems, a journalist, and a copywriter.... continue reading...

TMCnet Podcast Library

Sure you have an iPhone or iPod or even a PC where you like to listen to your music. But have you had a chance to listen to TMCnet's high quality podcasts as of yet? ;-) I know many... continue reading...

TMCnet Gets a Redesign

I am very happy to be the first to tell you TMCnet is in the midst of one of its largest graphical overhauls. We are very proud of our new look which emphasizes softer blue colors and shades. There are... continue reading...

ScanSource Wants its MTV

ScanSource, a company distributing specialty technology products in communications, POS and other spaces, has acquired MTV Telecom Distribution, a UK-based distributor of voice and data solutions. Many US distribution companies are looking to expand internationally. This is especially true as... continue reading...

Sprint Pays Klausner

Sprint recently signed a deal with Klausner Technologies to enable them to use visual voicemail without the fear of being sued. This news is interesting as Sprint is one of the companies coming after VoIP providers who the company claims... continue reading...

EU Authorizes Fist Fights on Planes

OK I may be a bit over the top with this headline but allowing a plane full of passengers the ability to talk on the phone -- all in different languages... What is the EU thinking? According to TMCnet's Mae... continue reading...

TMCnet Hits 100 Sponsored Community Milestone

All I can say is thank you to our loyal readers who visit TMCnet frequently and our sponsors who have launched communities and channels in partnership with TMC on TMCnet. Furthermore, thanks for your loyalty and the nice testimonials many... continue reading...

Mossberg: 3G iPhone in 60 Days

Who am I to doubt Walt Mossberg the Wall Street Journal tech reviewer who gets his hands on gadgets before most others. According to Mossberg, we will have an iPhone capable of 3G speeds in less than 2 months.... continue reading...

Deep Packet Inspection Concerns

There are numerous reasons for service providers to engage in deep packet inspection -- the practice of analyzing packets and understanding what type of data is contained therein. One simple reason to do this is to prioritize certain types of... continue reading...

iTunes Tops Others

File this under "I saw this one coming." Apple's iTunes store is now the number one US retailer of music. One wonders if there is an opportunity for the company to expand into consumer electronics beyond their own brands. They... continue reading...

Yahoo's Voice Search Ambitions

Yahoo has just invested $20 million in vlingo a voice recognition company specializing in the mobile market. Yahoo!, leveraging this relationship, announced the launch of a voice-enabled version of Yahoo! oneSearch, a new mobile search client that supports unstructured, open-ended... continue reading...

HD Voice goes Hosted

I have long mentioned there is an opportunity to start using stereophonic, surround sound quality in IP communications as the quality of phones today is just atrocious.Thankfully, Polycom, Skype, Microsoft and others have embraced this concept with their wideband codecs.... continue reading...

The Coming Mobile WiMAX Revolution

Over the past fifteen years the world has become smaller as a result of the internet and more recently broadband connectivity allowing IP communications consisting of voice and video to flourish. As connectivity has improved, entire industries were transformed. For... continue reading...

Plantronics Discovery 925: is it Jewelry?

If you have a doubt that your bluetooth headset is becoming more and more like jewelry, take a look at the new Discovery 925 line by Plantronics. The new headset reminds more of an earing than a headset and... continue reading...

Motorola's Helpful Help Desk Solution

As carriers look to add more and more services to their portfolio of products, it is apparent that support costs will continue to increase in direct proportion to the concurrent services offered. Sure, there are some services which have fewer... continue reading...

Sprint Success

No one could more critical of Sprint than I have been these past months. I must say that the company's new TV ads are compelling and I am impressed with the new business model of pushing the $99 all you... continue reading...

Polycom's Software Play and More

Depending on the era, if I asked people what the name Polycom makes them think of they would give me different answers. In the nineties it was video conferencing and audio conferencing devices. Around 2000 you could add IP phones... continue reading...

Polycom's Durable 8002 VoIP Phone

I have to be frank… I have never been in a meeting where I saw a product launch accompanied by a phone being slammed on a table. So I was a bit surprised when Polycom's Ben Guiderian did just that... continue reading...

OnRelay's Mobile PBX Solution

Years ago I realized that mobile phones would get cheaper and cheaper and eventually cause a threat to the PBX vendors of the world. Of course… trends are generally easy to spot but timing technology adoption is generally very difficult.... continue reading...

Here at CTIA in Vegas

So here I am in Vegas. I had a 45 minute wait for a cab followed by a 15 minute wait to check in to find out that the hotel I thought I was staying at is not the right... continue reading...

Skype+Keyboard Convergence

Everything seems to be coming together -- camera, phones, e-mail devices, etc. It was just a matter of time before a company decided to merge Skype, a keyboard and silicon to develop a VoIP-ready keyboard with microphone and speaker... continue reading...

Tax VoIP Illegally, Get a Raise

It is a sad day when a city government decides it needs to come after a specific technology -- one that has truly helped and empowered its constituents, in order to generate more revenue. The city of Los Angeles just... continue reading...

Disney, Netflix, Blackberry and Disney Outages

You would think the happiest place on earth would have the happiest engineers and subsequently would be immune from power outages that take out the rides and other fun attractions. After all, electricity is one of the happiest inventions around.... continue reading...

TMC Growth Update

Congratulations to TMC's Kevin Kiley who was just promoted to VP of Finance. Great job Kevin. In addition I would like to thank TMC readers and our partners who have allowed us to continue our wave of growth. In the... continue reading...

Plantronics .Audio 480

I just had a chance to test drive the Plantronics .Audio 480 USB Headset also known as the Virtual Phone Booth. While I generally have problems with all in-the-ear headphones, these felt better in my ears than many others I... continue reading...

Cubans Can Now Use Cell Phones

Cuba is slowly opening up as evidenced by the government's decision to allow ordinary Cubans to have cellular telephones. Apparently Raul Castro is slowly opening up the country to new freedoms. Still, while this is a ray of light, most... continue reading...

Real Visual Voicemail on your iPhone

If you are happy with your iPhone but still annoyed that you aren't getting your voicemail read to you, you can now get visual voicemail on your Apple iPhone. How you might ask? Simple... You go to Jamie Siminoff's blog... continue reading...

AT&T Mobile TV

In May, millions of AT&T subscribers will have access to television via AT&T Wireless. Credit Qualcomm's MediFlow whose technology will be responsible for this service and expect it to compete with with a similar service from Verizon Wireless. What sorts... continue reading...

Comcast and BitTorrent Collaborate

In a dramatic turn of events, two companies that seemed to be at each other's throats just a few months back, Comcast and BitTorrent have decided to join forces and work together to advance ways in which rich media can... continue reading...

Motorola Splits in Two

Motorola will split into a handheld device business and another one focusing on broadband and mobility. This decision was made under tremendous pressure from Carl Icaan. Is this a good move for the company? I think it is because Motorola... continue reading...

Plantronics Doing Something Big

Plantronics is planning something big. I have discussed this before and they are staying pretty quiet about what they are working on. Moreover whatever they are doing has been in development for over a year and they aren't close enough... continue reading...

Retail Prices Dead

I never thought I would see the day when the major retailers would tell their salespeople they can allow customers to haggle over prices but that day has finally arrived. Now more than ever, when you are shopping you need... continue reading...

RCP to Replace WiMAX?

I am a student of history which is ironic because when I actually took history in high school, I wasn't such a good student. Other than Teddy Roosevelt hitting someone in the back of the head with a  2x4, I... continue reading...

Kindle Interest Rekindled

Boy was I ever wrong about the Kindle. I said no one wants the device and it sold out in a day and Amazon can't keep up with demand. Wow! I really screwed up. I only wish Amazon would tell... continue reading...

700 MHz Auction Concludes

The FCC 700 MHz auction concluded recently and the major winners were Verizon and AT&T. While this may seem like bad news to those who would have preferred more competition as a result of this auction, FCC Chairman Martin explains... continue reading...

Carriers Need Advertising

I have been saying for over a decade that carriers need to explore ways to deliver enhanced services. To be fair, some companies are doing this. AT&T has done an amazing job partnering with Apple (the way I hear it,... continue reading...

Dan Miller New TMCnet Columnist

As I mentioned a while back, TMC is experiencing record growth and I promised we would maintain our high levels of quality as we grow. TMCnet currently has just under 50 worldwide columnists and most of them write daily or... continue reading...

HTC Shift Vista UMPC does EV-DO

What is amazing to me is just how small full featured devices are getting. The HTC Shift ultra mobile PC or UMPC packs the Microsoft Vista OS, WiFi and now EVDO. Sure it has a weak processor, battery and... continue reading...

Spectrum Auction Concludes

In case you missed it, the bidding is now over for the 700 MHz spectrum. The US governemnt racked up just under a cool 20 billion dollars as a result. I guess we can thank the telecommunications industry for those... continue reading...

Tandberg Integrates Unified Communications and Telepresence

As more and more customers deploy Microsoft's OCS, they are asking videoconferencing companies to help interconnect their products with their shiny new unified communications systems. But it isn't just video integration these companies want… These clients also want interconnection with... continue reading...

Where is the TMC Team?

This week, we have a total of nine TMC team members traveling to industry events. Dave Rodriguez, Erik Linask and I are headed to VoiceCon while Greg Galitzine will be at VON. I am looking forward to an information packed... continue reading...

Avaya's Huge Unified Communications Push

Avaya has certainly made unified communications history today with a suite of announcements that will certainly rattle the competitive landscape. UC will never be the same in my opinion. The New Jersey-based company's biggest news had to do with affordable... continue reading...

Will Backing up Music Soon Be Illegal?

Some of you may remember that MP3.com was a dot-com era company allowing people to upload CDs they owned and then stream this music to various devices. It was a service ahead of its time and in fact Webot... continue reading...

Hot News: Ixia, VPI, Wyde Voice, Google, Spirent, Sangoma, LifeSize, Aculab and more

I try not to play favorites with the news and instead of giving you my picks of the week, I defer to TMC editors who picked the following stories as some of the week's best. This week, we have a... continue reading...

Russell Shaw and Frank Macari will be Missed

This morning I woke to horrible news as I just learned Russell Shaw has passed away. Apparently he died in his hotel room on a business trip. I cannot be sadder. Russell was a fantastic guy… And he seemed to... continue reading...

MacBook Air Problems

Wow... that was fast. Just a  short while after the MacBook Air started to sell, the laptop that fits inside an envelope seems to be less useful than the envelope when pushed too hard. Apparently the laptop shuts down one... continue reading...

Fingerprint Memory Drives Flawed

One would imagine that a fingerprint reader on a memory stick or hard drive was a guarantee of security. Those of us in technology for any period of time know that security in any market is more journey than destination.... continue reading...

Gadget Virus Complaints

It is enough to make you cry. That shiny new gadget you crave, went out and purchased and carried home with the utmost care could be home to a virus living snugly in your device's memory waiting for someone unsuspecting... continue reading...

WYDE Voice Debuts Better Conferencing Solution

A new product was just announced today and I cannot be more excited as it shows innovation is very alive and well in communications. WYDE Voice is a new start-up venture backed by Free Conferencing Corp. founder and CEO... continue reading...

Podcast: Peter Vicars, Newstep Networks

There is a race taking place in communications. Everyone is looking to converge as fast as they possibly can. Service providers want to provide enterprise service. Wireless carriers want to own the SMB and consumer markets. Oh... And I forgot... continue reading...

iPod Nanos Exploding in Japan

If you are reading this while listening to your iPod nano purchased in Japan, it may be time to take a few step back from this popular music player before it shoots flames.  For more information on this  problem,... continue reading...

Microprocessors: The Weakest Security Link

Although there seem to be limitless ways to attack computers, a vulnerability you might not have ever seen coming takes place in the microprocessors. As chips have become more powerful than , it is now possible for a person in... continue reading...

Gigabyte GSmart MS808

Remember last week when I told you what a disaster it would be if Deutsche Telecom was to purchase Sprint as there are just so many wireless technologies to support? Well, I think I may have just found the... continue reading...

Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian

Thanks to Bell Labs, the people behind the transistor, there is now a thriving a tech industry. Moreover, many innovations in telecom are due to the team at this world famous labs team. Having said that, Bell labs hasn't been... continue reading...

Ken Camp is Available

Regular readers of my blog and attendees of TMC expos no doubt know Ken Camp. Ken is very knowledgeable in the field of information technology with special expertise in communications and security. He has written books, articles, spoken at shows... continue reading...

Peter Radizeski Joins TMCnet

TMCnet's latest blogger is Peter Radizeski. Peter is knowledgeable and not afraid to say what he thinks. He is direct and has a long history in telecom. He will will write things that ruffle feathers. His views many not always... continue reading...

Rumor: Deutsche Telecom to Acquire Sprint

I don't want to predict a disaster but having Deutsche Telecom acquire Sprint doesn't make sense from the perspective of all the different network types these companies use. Sprint uses CDMA, Deutsche Telecom's T-Mobile uses GSM and Nextel uses iDEN.... continue reading...

Communications News March 7, 2008

My editorial team has selected the following stories as some of the most important ones of the week. Hopefully some or all of these news items will be useful to my readers. Some of my favorite ones are how green... continue reading...

Jaduka's New Products

Jaduka has a suite of new products/services which allow IP communications to enter the realm of web 2.0. The company has a suite of services in fact and they are worth discussing individually... dukaDIAL lets you make phone-to-phone calls to... continue reading...

Google TV Ads for Adwords

The latest industry where Google hopes to compete and subsequently keep executives at other corporations up at night is TV advertising. I came a cross a great article discussing Google's latest services in this space. In addition there is some... continue reading...

iPhone Gets ActiveSync

Last summer I wrote about by trip to Redmond to visit Microsoft and more specifically my thoughts on when the iPhone will get ActiveSync if ever. Here is an excerpt: As part of the Redmond software giant’s mobility strategy,... continue reading...

NEC, Microsoft, HP Labs and Comcast News

I was traveling yesterday and I didn't get a chance to communicate with my blog readers in the detail I would normally like to give. This morning I decided to share all the news that caught my eye from last... continue reading...

Fred Goldstein on Net Neutrality

Just when you thought you knew everything you need to know about the net neutrality debate and the controversy involving the FCC, Comcast and BitTorrent... There is more. A fantastic article from Fred Goldstein of ionary Consulting sums up what... continue reading...

AT&T's Bullish Investment

AT&T is making a major telecom investment in many areas of its business. The telecom giant cites the explosion of high-speed networks, data consuming devices and the move to IP as the reason for this investment. The money is... continue reading...

Steve Jobs Can be Proud ;-)

How would you like to be responsible for creating something so popular that it actually moves the needle on crime rates. I am sure there are a number inventions worthy of similar distinction such as money, the automobile and the... continue reading...

TMCnet's New Vertical Communities

Over the past decade, TMCnet has become the accepted resource for news, product research and analysis in communications and technology markets - including telecom, VoIP, and contact centers. Moreover, the site has become the defacto location online where companies build... continue reading...

Podcast: Joel Hackney, Nortel

If you want some great perspective on Nortel's recent earnings as well as information on which areas of Nortel are doing best, be sure to check out this podcast interview with Joel Hackney, President of the Enterprise Solutions Group at... continue reading...

Google Gears for Mobile

It is here... Finally here. Google Gears is a middleware program with tremendous potential as it allows web based applications to run, even when there is no web connectivity. Currently, using Google Gears is a bit clunky meaning you have... continue reading...

Top Ten Cell Phone Usage Offenses and Remedies

I really don't get too many e-mails from communications companies that I would put in the funny basket so when I opened my e-mail inbox today and received the SpinVox 10-Point guide to Polite Cell Phone Practices, I felt it... continue reading...

TMCnet Services

In an effort to allow TMCnet readers easy access to the breadth of TMCnet services such as the personalized MyTMCnet and TMCnet Mobile, TMCnet has launched a new TMCnet Services page which will allow you to instantly access the... continue reading...

Microsoft's SaaS Push

There are rumors suggesting Microsoft will soon unveil its hosted/on demand/Software as a Service strategy where many of its applications will be provided via the Internet. If Google is the strongest competitor in this space -- and they are... The... continue reading...

Building IMS Applications

TMC's Erik Linask If you are interested in learning the latest information regarding how you can build IMS or IP multimedia subsystem applications, I suggest you check out this article by Erik Linask which discusses a webinar regarding this... continue reading...

Refurbished iPhones

What could be better than an iPhone in a slowing economy? how about a less expensive, "previously owned" iPhone which will cost $199 for 4GB and $249 for 8GB. The good news is these phones will be offered by... continue reading...

Vonage Spent $1.4 million on Lobbying

Vonage spent $1.4 million dollars lobbying last year but some think this may not be enough to counterbalance the huge telcos who have been at this lobbying game for far longer. More from the AP and Russell Shaw... continue reading...

RIM Patents the HTC XV6800

OK, this one came as a surprise but not really. I have seen many companies patent technologies invented elsewhere and then use these patents to sue companies without patents. It happens all the time -- especially in IP communications. I... continue reading...

Daimler Battery Breakthrough

                                            An S Class Mercedes For over a decade now we have witnessed Moore's Law in action, making microprocessors cheaper and faster. Ditto for hard drives and memory. What... continue reading...

Did Comcast Hire People to Attend the FCC Forum?

There have been a  number of reports that Comcast filled the recent FCC Forum with its employees and people off the street who were paid. By doing so, many claim the company denied access to people who had legitimate concerns.... continue reading...

Some Webinars to Witness

If you aren't aware, it seems like my responsibility to at least mention some webinars worth attending. They happen to all be webinars that are hosted by TMC. I am going to try to attend them all. Some of the... continue reading...

Don't Squeeze the Soft Phone

Many of us think of a softphone as a phone that runs in "software." Apparently to others the term means a phone you could use as a teddy bear. More from Gizmodo and Yanko Design... continue reading...

Thank You Kevin Martin

It seems as if FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is the champion of the US citizen today at the FCC Forum as he seems genuinely concerned that there is discrimination taking place on the internet. Moreover he seems concerned about the... continue reading...

The US Entrenched in the Communications Third World

A year ago I wrote an entry titled Living in the Third World of Communications and boy, I must have been really pissed off on that day because I usually don't tell politicians they need to be sure they... continue reading...

FCC Forum Starts This Week

This week there will be an FCC Forum in Boston where the FCC will be discussing many issues regarding the future of the internet. While the lobbying system of the US is wonderful in that it allows many to have... continue reading...

Pakistan Blocks YouTube

Remember a while back when I suggested we use YouTube as a political barometer in response to Iran blocking the video sharing site? Well, Pakistan is the latest country to join the list of YouTube blockers. More See also: Blogging... continue reading...

Japan's High-Speed Internet Satellite

While some of us in the US may be proud that we are able to surf the web at speeds of 10 Mbps or even a bit more, in Japan they are striving for speeds of 1.2 Gbps or... continue reading...

Twitter+iPhone=Gadget LoJack

Worried that your iPhone will be stolen or want to keep track of someone who has an iPhone? If so, check out this article which talks about software that pings your computer with the location of Apple's iPod Touch on... continue reading...

Jamie Siminoff on The Big Idea

Before I met Jamie Siminoff the CEO of SimulScribe the visual voicemail company, I would get emails from people in the industry telling me I should meet him as he was a great guy. Jamie does come across as a... continue reading...

HotSpot @Home Talk Forever Home Phone

T-Mobile is at it again. They are now starting trials of a new service called HotSpot @Home Talk Forever Home Phone in Dallas and Seattle.  Interestingly this service is actually backwards looking allowing customers to plug their landlines into... continue reading...

Skype Serves up 100 Billion Minutes

What can you say about a company that has generated 100 billion minutes of telephone traffic. Skype has been around for 4.5 years by the way making this milestone an even greater accomplishment. While these minutes were all free, it... continue reading...

Use Your Shirt to charge your Gadgets

The promise of nanotechnology will allow us to easily charge our consumer electronics devices as we walk and move. Specifically, US scientists have developed a microfiber that charges devices as the fiber rubs against itself. This nanogenerator takes advantage... continue reading...

400,000 iPhones Found in China

One wonders what need China Mobile has for revenue sharing agreements with Apple when it seems iPhones are streaming into China faster than Walmart purchase orders. In fact, analysts estimate 400k iPhones entered China last year alone! This is a... continue reading...

The Problem with Triple-Play Providers

I am a cable quadruple customer. VoIP, broadband, TV and the reason I switched from standalone VoIP to cable had to do with dropped packets on my network. After spending days trying to figure out what the problem was... continue reading...

Jon Arnold on Vonage

Jon Arnold has done a great job of analyzing how Vonage is doing and according to the Arnold, the latest quarter had some ups and downs. Jon spells out why Vonage may not make it into 2009 and I for... continue reading...

Verizon Wireless and AT&T Lowering Rates

I have been intentionally staying away from the news regarding Verizon Wireless introducing new unlimited voice plans but now that AT&T has come out and matched Verizon's plans, it seems I have to at least mention it and point to... continue reading...

TMCnet Continues to Grow

Thanks once again to our loyal TMCnet readers. Because of you, TMCnet has broken more online records. In January of 2008 TMCnet experienced 38,368,961 page views (meaning total number of web pages viewed on TMCnet in January alone. The total... continue reading...

Sony's VoIP Headsets

Sony may be a decade or so late to the game but certainly it is better to be late than not in the game at all. So welcome Sony to the world of VoIP headsets. The top of the range... continue reading...

BT Has New Wireless VoIP Plan

Of course this is not the first time a wireless carrier has allowed customers access to VoWiFi but BT's new WiFi telephony service costs only of £5/month when you subtract out the bundled Office Anywhere service which costs £5 as... continue reading...

RIM Sues Motorola over Patents

The sheer nastiness of what is about to happen could become something of legend. The first few grenades have been lobbed back and forth between Canada and Illinois. First Motorola jacked up licensing fees for its patents for things like... continue reading...

Aastra Acquires Ericsson's Enterprise Business

Ericsson has divested itself of its Enterprise communications business and this move reminds me a great deal of Lucent spinning off its enterprise division in 2000 or so. For Ericsson the logic behind the move is sound as it wants... continue reading...

SMBs Embrace FMC

Huge news comes from Nortel as they recently commissioned a survey which found SMBs are more technically savvy than some might have imagined. SMBs seem to be screaming for FMC solutions and unified communications -- especially as it relates to... continue reading...

Better than Free

In the world of VoIP, there is a serious problem... There are so many companies giving away telephony, how do you compete? Vonage sells service which is ridiculously cheap yet Skype gives their service away even cheaper and in some... continue reading...

Regulators Reshape the Internet

It is pretty amazing to see how many separate issues are surfacing that could affect the future of the internet. The FCC and government have their plates full deciding what to do with telcos and their potentially anti-competitive practices. The... continue reading...

Bluetooth at 300 Feet

So what's that you say? You like bluetooth but the 30 foot range is a bid too short for you? You prefer lets say an extension of this range by say -- 10x? If this is your concern your answer... continue reading...

HD Voice Community

As I have written about extensively, the advent of VoIP means that we are able to increase the quality of communications quite substantially. To that end, we at TMC are always looking for ways to educate you on concepts like... continue reading...

Unprotected SIP

Somehow the title "The Dangers of Unprotected SIP" caught me off guard  since today is after all Valentine's Day. Seems like something they should teach you about in geek health class in high school. But seriously, I don't think... continue reading...

Increase Marketing Spend in a Recession

I just couldn't help but sharing this article about how companies who increase their marketing spend in a recession come out of it doing better than when they went into it. I am not advocating that there is a recession... continue reading...

Telco 2.0 - the Microsoft way

The following are comments from Ovum SVP, Brett Azuma on Microsoft and what they are up to in service provider communications. I thought this was worth passing along. Microsoft provided an update on its Telco 2.0 vision. The analyst telebriefing... continue reading...

Verizon's Network Upgrades

If you haven't been paying attention, you will have missed the fact that Verizon Wireless is investing like mad around the US to improve their mobile network. The quality of the wireless network was amazing to begin with and... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Video

If you missed ITEXPO this past month in Miami, you missed a great opportunity to meet with VARS, service providers and many companies looking to purchase IP communications products and services. I am truly humbled by the unsolicited comments... continue reading...

8x8 Patent Reissued

8x8 the parent of Packet8 has been reissued a patent 6,483,532 entitled, "Video-Assisted Audio Signal Processing System and Method." The patent relates to an arrangement for controlling audio signal transmissions for a communications system that includes a microphone and a... continue reading...

Vonage: Good and Bad News

Vonage is doing better than it did last year but with mounting debt and a weak quarter, it may be difficult for the company to operate unless it improves its performance dramatically. On the bright side, the company lost 6... continue reading...

Garmin Nuvifone Review

Tom Keating has an excellent review of the Garmin nuvifone and after reading it I remain very impressed with what the company will be releasing soon. Let's look at the facts. Garmin's nuvi line is fantastic. I like the... continue reading...

Google Apps Get Unified Communications

It was bound to happen... Google Apps have finally become connected to the world of Unified communications. Thanks to Voice Mobility, you can now integrate Google Apps with your unified communications system in your campus or corporate environment. As... continue reading...

New VoIP Security Problem

Tom Keating alerted to me a new phone hack which is for now targeting SNOM IP phones. The big hack involves the ability of some VoIP phones to make phone calls from the Web interface using a simple web POST... continue reading...

What Caused the Blackberry Outage

It seems a single IP address refusing connections brought down the Blackberry network yesterday. Apparently a secondary IP address was accepting connections and those users who got some of their e-mails through were switching between IP addresses. Thanks to Zenprise... continue reading...

DECT Extends the Cell Phone

Here is the challenge with today's mobile devices. They are generally good at some things and bad at others. You need a device and a set of chargers for various functions. For example, on your vacation -- you need a... continue reading...

Phone Vs. Taser: Phone Wins

When a thief wielding a Taser entered the Alaskan home of a grandmnother, she faught back with her phone and eventually chased the thief away. Apparently she thinks she was Tasered but somehow didn't fall down. One wonders about this... continue reading...

UK Threatens to turn off Web Access

Russell Shaw discusses the talks in the UK which center around three strikes and your out legislation which will turn off broadband connectivity to those people who are repeated infringing downloaders. What upsets Shaw most -- and I rarely see... continue reading...

Forbes on Mobile World Congress

Forbes does a good job of detailing the happenings at Mobile World Congress this week. In summary, the Android phone is not ready for prime time (not much of a surprise here) and there are a plethora of devices from... continue reading...

Packet8 MobileTalk Goes Free

Packet8 has done a good thing today by allowing charter subscribers to their MobileTalk service free access. In other words, there are no longer fees associated with signing up to use this service which allows you to seamlessly connect your... continue reading...

Samsung MBP-100

If you were hoping for the day that you could fit a video projector in your pocket, perhaps that day is finally here. Of course this depends a bit on how big your pockets are. From this picture it seems... continue reading...

I'm Talking in the Rain

Quite often people are in places like a bar room brawl, a rain storm or even a war zone and they wish they could take crucial phone calls. After all, it could be an important caller letting you know for... continue reading...

Android Happenings

There are lots of great things happening in the world of Android over at Mobile World Congress. PC World has a good article on the topic and in it they discuss which processors are Android-compatible and why some exhibitors at... continue reading...

Rim Outage Again

Not since April of 2007 have we seen a Blackberry outage this major. Over ten million Blackberry customers are out in the Americas at the moment and this is regardless of service provider. RIM is having consistent problems with this... continue reading...

Intellectual Property, The Other Defition of IP

It's funny... I have been writing about the enhanced services made possible via IP communications for over a decade. To some degree, these services are here and while I think there is a great deal of room to go in... continue reading...

Starbucks Goes AT&T

Great news for caffeineoholics who need internet access and want it for free. Through an agreement between Starbucks, AT&T and T-Mobile the three companies have come up with a way for AT&T to provide internet access at Starbucks locations.... continue reading...

Mobile World Congress Key Terms

As you may know, Mobile World Congress kicks off this week and to get the ball rolling the event has put out some of the key terms you will be hearing more about this week. I have posted them here... continue reading...

Bluetooth on WiFi Steroids

Imagine a world where your bluetooth devices could take some instant steroids which bulk up your file transfer speeds allowing you to transfer at 100 Mbps or more. Ultrawideband was supposed to be the "steroids" allowing such functionality but... continue reading...

Sprint Complaints

Sprint Complaints Last night I got together with my family for dinner and I found that my Aunt was desperate to talk with me about her recent customer service experience with Sprint. She upgraded her phone and it wouldn't work... continue reading...

Alcatel-Lucent Cuts Dividend

Alcatel-Lucent just reported somewhat disappointing numbers for the quarter with a  few bright spots. On the negative side, the company reported its largest ever quarterly loss since it was created in 2006. The loss was 2.58 billion euros ($3.74 billion)... continue reading...

Google Buying Plaxo?

Another day, another Google purchase rumor. This time it is Plaxo, the company that stores online business contact details. This company recently launched something called Pulse which allows you to decide if someone is a business or personal contact. I... continue reading...

Keating Abuzz with Polycom Compliments

Thank you Polycom for eliminating that annoying "buzz" heard so often on conference calls. Caused by a proliferation of wireless devices, there is nothing more annoying in a conference call setting or a keynote speech at a trade show... continue reading...

Gphone Spotted Soon

In a few days a bunch of reporters will be viewing the first Google Gphone and sharing their thoughts with the public. Unfortunately I will not be at the Mobile World Congress so I won't see this phone in person... continue reading...

BT Fusion Gone

GigaOm reports that BT Fusion is going away to be replaced by a new service powered by HTC devices. Fusion is a convergence service that allows subscribers to make cheap or free calls via Wi-Fi into a BT broadband hub... continue reading...

Is AT&T a Runaway Winner?

Is AT&T going to win the IP services wars? I get the feeling they are really doing a fine job in this regard and will only do better over time. Jon Arnold agrees and in a  recent article he talks... continue reading...

LG Viewty Crosses Threshold

We are really at the threshold of a new era of mobile communications as today's cell phones are monsters in terms of capability... Processor speeds are getting faster and memory is getting cheaper. If you want an example of... continue reading...

Big Things, Small Packages

Check out my Publisher's Outlook from the next issue of Internet Telephony Magazine. I didn't post it here because some of the content has been discussed here before and some is new. I focus on mobile VoIP, mobile access points,... continue reading...

Voce Signals Failed MVNO Experiment

Is it safe to say that if Sprint itself can barely make it as a mobile carrier, then companies that have to pay Sprint and others for their network to resell their services will have an even harder time?... continue reading...

Blodget on Yahoo/Microsoft!

Henry Blodget details why the Microsoft/Yahoo! deal will get more tricky over time. He describes an infinite loop of angry Microsoft shareholders who drive down the price and subsequently require Microsoft to increase share dilution as it adds more shares... continue reading...

Apple Doubles Capacity

Out of guilt -- I really don't think it is important news, I need to share with my readers that today Apple doubled the capacity of the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new 16 GB iPhone will cost $499 and... continue reading...

Undersea Cable Cuts

Undersea cables are a weak spot in internet connectivity worldwide and with all the recent undersea outages taking place around the world, we need to be concerned that in the US and Canada that these cables are unprotected. Not only... continue reading...

Podcast Interview: 8x8 VP Marketing Huw Rees

8x8, the company behind Packet8 service has been doing a terrific job running their company with positive financial results and new services which are innovative and unique. Some are video-based, some are mobile and others are in the call center... continue reading...

Foundry Powers XM

Good news for Foundry Networks as XM Satellite radio has allowed the company to go public with the fact that the leading satellite radio company has chosen Foundry's BigIron, FastIron SuperX, FastIron SX 800 and FastIron Edge X series Layer... continue reading...

Government Efficiency

Yeah right... Stopping the work on nights and weekends will make a better work/life balance. It seems the Canadian government is implementing a Blackberry blackout between 7 PM and 7 AM. While this idea seems like it should work... How... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Videos

There was in independent reporter at ITEXPO interviewing yours truly and some of the exhibitors from the show. There are two Quicktime files for your enjoyment... One is an interview with me discussing the consumer side of communications opportunities and... continue reading...

Charlotte Wolter Joins TMCnet

I am proud to announce that Charlotte Wolter is joining our roster of TMCnet contributors and she  will be writing about the service provider space. I have been a huge fan of Charlotte -- her insight and writing and... continue reading...

Garmin and Dell in Cells

As I just mentioned moments ago... Everyone seems to think the cell phone business is a great one to be in. Apple, Google and now Garmin and Dell. A strange time indeed for Motorola to be getting out. Then again,... continue reading...

Motorola Explores Spinning off Handset Business

Word is according to CNBC is that Motorola is looking for strategic alternatives for its mobile phone business. I wonder if this move makes sense for the company as this product line is where everyone seems to want to be.... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Recap

You definitely want to check out Tom Keating's writeup of ITEXPO East 2008 where he talks about the great products he saw. Tom got to see more than I did at the show but one point I agree on is... continue reading...

The iTunes PIA

So a while back... I don't even know when, I somehow downloaded Quicktime. It was back in the days when Apple was the company we all felt sorry for. Perhaps a decade or so ago. Once the software was installed,... continue reading...

Sprint Sues VoIP Firms

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... continue reading...

Big Sprint Changes

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... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2008 Day One - Andy

We are looking forward to the best three days of IP communications excitement this year here at ITEXPO in Miami. I just saw Andy Abramson's post and it reminded me that he won't be able to make it to the... continue reading...

Whitman Departs: What it Means to Skype

Meg Whitman was the person who put the Skype deal together at eBay and over the past year it has become apparent that Skype is not generating the revenue eBay hoped it would. In addition, in the last 12 months,... continue reading...

Fujitsu F705i -- Slim and Waterproof

As you pack to head down to Miami for ITEXPO, you may want to consider an extra accessory. How about for example a new cell phone... One that is perfect for a city where you may end up in a... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Schedule

Here are some of the happenings this week at ITEXPO. My team is already down in Miami, making sure the new Mustang convertible is prepped and ready for the raffle Friday. I wish you luck in winning the car and... continue reading...

Have a Safe Trip to ITEXPO

I hope everyone has a safe trip down to Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. The registration numbers are trending nicely above estimates and we expect a stellar event. As always, we have done our absolute best to assemble the most... continue reading...

Unlocked goes Retail

It is not uncommon to read media reports which criticize domestic cell phone carriers who lock cell phones, preventing them from being used on other networks. While unlocked cellphones are not new, what I find interesting is that Sharper Image... continue reading...

MacBook Air Missing Features

Sure the MacBook Air is missing a few features. No surprise as it is so thin. A slow hard disk and missing FireWire port shouldn't be a deal breaker for the people that want the bragging rights associated with the... continue reading...

White Space Internet Closer

Although we unfortunately will not be able to take advantage of new and exciting internet devices utilizing "white space" technology next week at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami... It does seem that at some point in the future,... continue reading...

Vonage to Follow SunRocket?

When asked for a surprising prediction for 2008, Blogger Russell Shaw answered among other things that Vonage could go the way of SunRocket or potentially get picked up by Sprint Nextel. Actually, with all the negative (rumor)coming out of this... continue reading...

Skype on Apple TV

Good news for those of you who want to purchase an Apple TV but are concerned it doesn't do enough -- like say make VoIP calls. Engadget reports this morning that hacker Brandon Holland will soon have have a plugin... continue reading...

California Broadband Task Force Recommendations

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commissioned the California Broadband Task Force (CBTF) to “remove barriers to broadband access, identify opportunities for increased broadband adoption, and enable the creation and deployment of new advanced communication technologies.” The governor also requested that the... continue reading...

Shoretel Class Action Suit

Kahn Gauthier Swick, LLC (KGS) has announced an initial filing of securities for a class action suit against Shoretel. According to a press release: If you purchased shares of ShoreTel in connection with the IPO or if you purchased shares... continue reading...

Pizza Ordering Goes Mobile

There is a fierce battle to get you to order your pizza more conveniently. The arms race is now coming to mobile devices as Pizza Hut will allow ordering via SMS and the mobile web. The company expects to earn... continue reading...

Top 10 Phone Tricks

If you are looking for the top 10 telephone tricks you need to be aware of, look no further than this post over at Life Hacker. You want to know how to "gracefully" bow out of a long-winded conversation? How... continue reading...

Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go

A disproportionate amount of fraud seems to have taken place in the telecom and technology fields over the last decade. Adelphia, Worldcom, Enron (remember they also had a bandwidth trading division) and many others have been caught and convicted over... continue reading...

Mobile Device Management

Mobile device management is a somewhat new addition to the telecom expense management (TEM) field, but it has exploded in the past couple years as mobile telephony adoption among enterprises has continued at a rapid clip. Moreover, many workers are... continue reading...

ITEXPO - Huge International Draw

As Tom Keating mentioned earlier today we are proud to announce that Internet Telephony Conference & Expo which will take place in just under a week in Miami Florida has registrations from 74 countries, a 15.6% increase over last year.... continue reading...

Important Interviews

Recently I was fortunate enough to be able to interview a number of thought leaders and others who have given me their perspectives on the communications market, the future, the entry of Google, Apple and Microsoft into the space and... continue reading...

Tech News 01/16/07

It has been a pretty big news day so far this early morning. Intel perhaps is responsible for the biggest portion of today's market movement as last night they announced earnings which were not all that bad but the stock... continue reading...

MacWorld Update

Although I am not blown away by the Apple announcements out of MacWorld today the news could still be a massive financial win for the California-based company. In short, the cult of Steve Jobs announced a new thin laptop Macbook... continue reading...

Quantcast Update 01/08

On November 6, 2007 I had a post (see bottom of post for chart) where I showed how TMC compares with other IP Communications sites. I did this by pulling numbers from Quantcast, a web service which tracks web traffic... continue reading...

Ergonomic Phones

A concept you rarely hear about but which is important is ergonomics in telephones. I came across an ergonomic phone white paper from Shoretel and while it is Shoretel-centered it is still pretty useful and worth checking out before you... continue reading...

Free Softbank Calls

Softbank is said to be considering allowing free phone calls between its VoIP and wireless service. The goal will be to increase the stickiness of each service while simultaneously enticing more subscribers. Obviously there is potential for an ARPU hit... continue reading...

Atlanta: Most Wired US City

I have to be honest when I say I was surprised to read that Atlanta, GA is considered to be the most wired city in the US. When you look at the reasons however it begins to make sense. As... continue reading...

Best Buy CRM Challenge

Although I cannot vouch for whether this is true, the story of Best Buy allegedely screaming at someone for purchasing a video game which is rated for mature audiences could get some play on network TV. Apparently the store accused... continue reading...

Sangoma Interview

When you listen to David Mandelstam the President and CEO of Sangoma, you get the feeling you are speaking with a hybrid scientist/entrepreneur. Mandelstam's company is a pioneer in both open source and unified communications and he is a good... continue reading...

Squeezebox Duet

You probably know I spent some time thinking about how best to connect my computer system to my stereo and I ended up with a solution that is not perfect but at least I can listen my phone's music collection... continue reading...

Samsung Bribery News

Samsung has its hands in just so many things and subsequently it is worth sitting back and taking notice when the company is accused of setting up a slush fund and engaging in bribery. Samsung Group is easily South Korea’s... continue reading...

Sprint Layoffs

The bad news keeps flowing for Sprint employees as there are now rumored layoffs coming. Still, with a new CEO, this news is not too surprising. Moreover, for shareholders these cuts will likely be welcomed as sales are slowing and... continue reading...

Google iPhone Upgrade

The latest news out of Google is not surprising as the company decided to choose the week of Macworld to announce that they have improved their iPhone experience. As I wrote about earlier today, iPhone search activity is much greater... continue reading...

iPhone Google Traffic Surge

Back in the late nineties the CEO of Nokia made an interesting prediction at an industry show in his keynote address. The prognostication was that soon more people would surf the internet on their mobile devices than on PCs. Unfortunately... continue reading...

Foot Power for Gadgets

Let's say you read my blog post about turning your Windows Mobile phone into a wireless access point and you are burning through batteries more often than Britney Spears misses court appearances. What is the normal person to do?... continue reading...

SkullCandy Double Agent

I think it was the movie Minority Report where the actors used a headset without a cellphone in sight. This is what I thought of when I learned there is an MP3 player headset without the need for an... continue reading...

Picture Frames need PHDs

After reading Tony Ryb's blog about how it shouldn't take a PHD to get a wireless photo frame working I have to share my story of the Sharper Image wireless picture frame called the MemoryFrame from DigitalSpectrum Incorporated. This device... continue reading...

Striking Writers to Launch New Company

Perhaps the headline of this post should be ended with the he disclaimer "With the help of investors who may or may not pony up $30 million." The worst nightmare of the studios and networks dealing with the writer's strike... continue reading...

Multicore Processors in 3G

As 3G applications and services become more complex, it becomes essential that service providers address the challenge by ensuring they user the proper processors to take advantage of increased device load. One way to tackle the problems of power and... continue reading...

Good Bye Jeff Raikes

Good bye Jeff Raikes. Raikes did a great job at Microsoft and in the unified communications space he should be commended for rolling out a slew of strong products and doing a fantastic PR and marketing job promoting them. He... continue reading...

T-Mobile's Massive Spend

I thought it worth mentioning the absolutely staggering amount of money T-Mobile will be spending to upgrade their 2G and 3G networks. A total of $10.3 billion will be spent between now and 2009 in fact. This could be an... continue reading...

Bose Bluetooth

I have a pair of Bose QuietComfort 3 noise-canceling headphones and for the longest time I have wondered why -- just why, I have to have a separate bluetooth stereo headset. After all for $300, Bose should not only have... continue reading...

Sad, Very Sad

Now I am not one to nitpick but it would make sense to fix this phone -- right? Photo credit: DinSide.no and I have no idea where this photo was taken.... continue reading...

WMWifiRouter

One of the most incredible software packages I have come across in quite some time is WMWifiRouter which enables Windows Mobile devices to become WiFi access points, sharing the EVDO connection with a number of others. Although the software allows... continue reading...

Service Provider Opportunities

Service providers are being extremely creative in using technology and ingenuity to launch new and enhanced services and products to keep customers and attract new ones. Some of the better ideas I have seen lately are the consumer electronics DECT... continue reading...

Death of the Road Warrior

One of the more respected names in the video/telepresence space is Casey King, CTO of LifeSize. I recently had a chance to interview King and you may be interested in reading his views on how telepresence is changing the world... continue reading...

International Calling Alternatives

While perusing the international calling channel on TMCnet I came across an article which details the checklist of items you need to be aware of when choosing an international calling service. While many people are likely to think about the... continue reading...

Alltel Partners with AAA

Years back, many of my colleagues and I waxed poetic about location based services. Now it seems, with the aid of GPS, these services are being rolled out. A really interesting one has been announced by AAA the automobile club and... continue reading...

MP3 Taser Video

Are you concerned the new MP3-enabled Taser holder doesn't still Tase properly? Here is a video which shows it works fine. this reporter was nice enough to sacrifice his electrochemical responses for the good of of his website. Impressive. By... continue reading...

Pocket Internet

I beleive there needs to be a slew of devices allowing us to have web browsing on the go. Something smaller than a laptop and larger than a smartphone is needed. The Wall Street Journal has some interesting points about... continue reading...

Comcast 2.0

In December of 2004 I wrote an article titled VoIP 2.0 in Internet Telephony Magazine which focused in part on next generation devices VoIP service providers need to differentiate themselves. Here is an excerpt from that article: The Device Sells... continue reading...

Latin America VoIP Conference

We are very excited to announce that at the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami later this month, there will be a free session for resellers showing them how to best sell IP communications products and services to... continue reading...

VoSKY Interview

Check out my interview with David Tang the vice president of Global Marketing at VoSKY the company who introduced me to the term Skype trunking a number of years back. VoSKY makes a number of products geared at integrating Skype... continue reading...

Electronic Reminders

If you are constantly forgetting things, you may be interested in finding a site that can help you manage your busy schedule. A short and to the point Wall Street Journal article will help you keep track of all your... continue reading...

12 GB MicroSD Card

I was waiting for a higher capacity MicroSD card as the 8GB card just wasn't enough for my needs. I thought perhaps the Consumer Electronics show would bring us a 16 GB card but I was off by 4 GB.... continue reading...

12 GB MicroSD Card

I was waiting for a higher capacity MicroSD card as the 8GB card just wasn't enough for my needs. I thought perhaps the Consumer Electronics show would bring us a 16 GB card but I was off by 4 GB.... continue reading...

Google goes TV

It is tough to not think of Microsoft when you hear announement after announcment that Google is entering space after space. The latest is TV with news the company is working with Matsushita's Panasonic to develop TV which which will... continue reading...

Taser meets Apple

If your favorite music genre is electronica you may be interested in this new Taser holster which doubles as an MP3 player. Just be careful the music you listen to doesn't make you trigger-happy or you could be in for... continue reading...

Webot Review

It is almost embarrassing to call it a review as getting Webot up and running was almost too simple for words. Once you sign up to the music streaming and photo sharing service you are offered a download of software... continue reading...

Whirlpool Fridge Docks Gadgets

It was only a matter of time before gadgets and appliances got more than friendly  -- they are downright married now as Whirlpool has a new refrigerator designed to allow you to dock iPods, tablets, photo frames and more. Soon... continue reading...

IP Communications News January 4, 2007

If you just can't get enough IP communications news then you are a lot like me and I do feel a bit sorry for you.  Either way, there is lots of great news happening in this first short week of... continue reading...

IP Communications News January 4, 2007

If you just can't get enough IP communications news then you are a lot like me and I do feel a bit sorry for you.  Either way, there is lots of great news happening in this first short week of... continue reading...

Webot Remote Media

While I wait to get my hands on the Nokia N810, I will try Webot's new multimedia interface on my Nokia N800. This is assuming it works on both of these devices equally well. I have been looking for more... continue reading...

Like Bluetooth but Better

Here's the thing. You like bluetooth but you aren't a fan of the power consumption rates of this wireless standard. This is where Kleer and Sennheiser come in as the pair have a new headset based on the 2.4 GHz... continue reading...

I Want a Multi-Touch Screen

I am looking forward to being able to use a multi-touch screen on my monitor at work. I would even like to try it on my laptop. I spent a few minutes pretending my monitor currently has this technology built... continue reading...

Using Phones in-Flight

Lately there has been much coverage of airline broadband connections. Soon we will all be able to talk on our cell phones while in flight. Well really I made that last part up... But I do think there are many... continue reading...

Blackberry Goes Slingbox

What is the ultimate nightmare for corporate tech departments?? How about streaming video on corporate Blackberrys? Well, thanks to Slingbox, we will soon be able to all enjoy the latest episode of Lost on our handheld devices. Let's just hope... continue reading...

Microsoft Paper Clip 2.0

This seems like a 2.0 with week with MC Hammer 2.0 news yesterday and now that famous paper clip in Windows has gone 2.0 as well. You know what I mean don't you? When you are starting a Microsoft Word... continue reading...

Packet8: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

What is not to like about a company that keeps growing its customer base yet stays just under the radar so it isn't sued into oblivion? 8x8's Packet8 service continues to grow nicely and has just reached the 10,000 user... continue reading...

Sharper Image Bluetooth Speakers

When you think bluetooth speakers, you likely don't think of the high fidelity sound these fine speakers produce. In a time when consumer electronics device sales are on fire, it is almost impossible to keep track of all the peripheral... continue reading...

It's Hammer Time… 2.0

MC Hammer is not a name we have been hearing about lately but the once hotter than ever music star who subsequently went bankrupt is back and better than ever. What is the name of his new album you may... continue reading...

Technology News Wrap Dec 27, 2007

It has been a slow news week as you might imagine and there have been a number of stories which have caught my eye. Stories wrapping up 2007 are rampant and one worth reading is from Mae Kowalke and is... continue reading...

Be Careful at Best Buy

For those last minute holiday shoppers – beware of Best Buy redirecting you to a website that is not the real bestbuy.com but instead a site for those people in the store. Prices on this website may be higher than... continue reading...

OnStar Shut Down

For those cars with analog cellular cell phone OnStar connections you have until February 18, 2008 before your service will stop working. Some who have complained to GM about this problem have received a $500 gift certificate towards the purchase... continue reading...

In-Flight Internet Access Update

I think I want internet access when I fly. I really do. Yes, the plane is usually a quiet time to reflect and write compelling content… Still, I can now feel comfortable flying during the business day from the west... continue reading...

VoIP Banned on Some Flights

Perhaps the best holiday gift for people who enjoy peace and quiet on their flights is an all out ban on VoIP in the sky. The AP is reporting on the sorts of things we may be allowed to do... continue reading...

Nortel Sues Vonage

Vonage just can’t catch a break these days and seems to be the target of more lawsuits related to patent infringements than just about any other company out there. The latest patent fight is with Nortel, a company who says... continue reading...

Cell Phone Cameras catch Criminals

It’s funny that when I saw the headline from the Wall Street Journal titled Cheese! Uh-Oh Cellphone Photos Prove Perps' Guilt I thought the article referred to people getting caught in illegal acts by others with cell phones. Interestingly the... continue reading...

Google, Blackberry and Skype News

Two things worth noting this morning have to do with mobility and video. First off, Google Calendar now syncs with Blackberrys. This is big news, allowing corporations to slowly wean themselves off of Microsoft software if they so choose. As... continue reading...

Apple in 2008

It looks as if Apple will release a new iPhone with more memory next year as well as an iPhone which works on 3G networks. I have covered the 3G network news before as you may recall. In general, laptops... continue reading...

SCiB Battery Breakthrough

The biggest problem with mobile devices has been -- and for the foreseeable future -- will be the fact that battery technology is not advancing fast enough to keep up with the power needs of today’s mobile devices. Battery breakthrough... continue reading...

Star Wars Everywhere

Should we be alarmed with the amount of Star Wars content on Tom Keating’s blog? I am not sure. As a huge fan of the Star Wars trilogy (quadrilogy?, quintilogy?, sextilogy?) movies I guess I am OK with it... continue reading...

CompUSA to Close

In the neighborhood near TMC, three stores have recently been wiped away in the past years. The first to go was the hardware store which could not compete against Home Depot. The next was the photo development store because of... continue reading...

Skype Developer Program Change

Andy Abramson reports that Paul Amery (interview) is no longer the Director of Developer Programming at Skype. I liked Paul a great deal and he had tremendous passion and enthusiasm for his work at Skype.   You may remember Amery... continue reading...

Telecom Growing Nicely

It’s a good time to be in telecom. With all the housing gloom and doom it is nice to see that at least the telecom market is doing exceedingly well. Of course you have to pick your battles… Consumer VoIP... continue reading...

Certified WiFi Telephony

Good news for those vendors looking for 3rd-party certification of their WiFi solutions as well as companies and consumers looking for the authentic “WiFi telephony” seal so glaringly absent from the marketplace today.   Russell Shaw’s blog discusses how the... continue reading...

Blackberry 9000: The Real iPhone Killer?

If LG/Verizon can’t come up with an iPhone killer can RIM? Will the next Blackberry due in Q1of 2008 – the 9000 -- be the real iPhone killer? Moreover as a business device will the newest Blackberry have all the... continue reading...

Verizon Voyager Analysis

I had a chance to briefly demo the Verizon Voyager today and it is an amazing combination of technology in a compact package. The question I kept asking myself as I toyed with the device is whether this mobile gadget... continue reading...

Podcast Interview: Oswin Eleanora, Acision

In my travels, one of the more knowledgeable players I have run across in the space of telecom – and especially wireless communications is Oswin Eleonora (Oz) the Senior VP Sales and Marketing North America for Acision. You may recall... continue reading...

Titanium Watches? What about Headsets?

Recently I picked up a titanium watch. In fact I now am the proud owner of two titanium watches. I just love the stuff… More durable than steel and much lighter. What if everything in the world was made out... continue reading...

Laptopless Meetings

I am obviously in the majority in my thinking that a meeting without a laptop or Blackberry is a wasted meeting. How often have you been in a one-hour meeting where thirty or more minutes did not even pertain... continue reading...

Open Communications is the Future

If there is one thing Avaya is doing exceedingly well it is courting developers. Out of all the PBX vendors, Avaya has decided they will be the leader in this space. Cisco and Inter-Tel (now Mitel U.S.) have also done... continue reading...

Consumer Gadgets Eclipse Business Phones

The maddening division between consumer and business mobile devices continues to grow and as the trend picks up steam it is apparent consumers are the winners and businesspeople suffer. This is not to say the problem isn’t in some ways... continue reading...

XV6800: Why Verizon Wireless Opened Up

There could not be a happier person on the face of the earth than I regarding Verizon Wireless opening up its network. And while I thought I pegged some of the reasons for Verizon making this decision in a... continue reading...

Google to Bid on 700 MHz Spectrum

While it is not really a surprise at this point, Google will be bidding on the 700 MHz spectrum auction and if the company wins, it will likely change the business model of many other service providers. The reason... continue reading...

The Second Sprint Merger That Wasn’t

Most in the blogosphere seemed to think a Google acquisition of Sprint was unlikely and although I agree the businesses are very different and Google would have a tough time explaining to Wall Street why the merger makes sense,... continue reading...

Google Maps Simulated GPS

I could not have been more excited to learn I could use Google Maps on my mobile phone to simulate GPS by utilizing cellular tower triangulation. You should have seen my face. Before I shared the information with my readers... continue reading...

iPhone Gets Real Network

Many current iPhone users will certainly say it is about time that in 2008, iPhones will run on a proper 3G network allowing true wireless broadband speeds. The reason the device does not currently support 3G is because the... continue reading...

Sprint Turns Down $5 Billion Offer

Sprint Turns Down $5 Billion Offer CNBC is reporting Sprint Nextel turned down a 5 billion dollar offer (according to RTTNews.com). It is not clear who made this offer as of yet. As you may recall I wrote a blog... continue reading...

FCC: Worry about TVoIP not Cable

As the FCC vs. Cable struggle continues, I can’t help but wonder if Chairman Kevin Martin isn’t spending too much time worrying about a problem which will be irrelevant at some point in the future.   Martin is trying to... continue reading...

Android Sans SIP and IMS

I found some interesting analysis over at the Google Phone blog regarding Android’s missing SIP and IMS stacks. Here is the piece if you are interested in learning more.... continue reading...

Skype High Quality Video

Skype has teamed with Logitech to provide what they call a High Quality Video solution. I had a chance to test this new feature via a videoconference with Tom Keating who heads up TMC Labs.   In order to take... continue reading...

Verizon Wireless Opens Up

In the history of United States communications, this day ranks right up there with the day of the Carterfone (Wikipedia) decision allowing any device to work on AT&T’s PSTN network. Today, almost 30 years later, Verizon chose to tell the... continue reading...

Black Monday For Yahoo! Merchant Services

According to CNBC there is a problem with the Yahoo! merchant services and some merchants haven’t seen a single transaction go through since six this morning. Obviously this is not good news for Yahoo! or the companies depending on... continue reading...

Latest Skype Problems

I had to share this blog post on Skype from J.A. Watson as it is very interesting and points to potentially big problems at the world’s leading IP communications software company. I think some of the points here are valid... continue reading...

WiFi, Autism Link

For obvious reasons I became alarmed when I read an article linking WiFi and autism (article intentionally not linked). I told some friends and relatives about the report and they all seemed concerned and asked for links to the story.... continue reading...

Skype Foiling German Police

VoIP has reduced the cost of phone calls worldwide allowing many the ability to speak with others at a low cost or even for free. Because of IP communications in fact, there has also been a business productivity renaissance. When... continue reading...

Why Verizon Sued Vonage

I receive many questions about patents and why one company sues another. Patent portfolios are like nuclear weapons – if you have them, you are less likely to end up in a war. I was reminded of this idea... continue reading...

Re-Kindle

I may have really screwed this prediction up. You remember yesterday when I said nobody wants the Kindle, the e-book reader from Amazon. Well apparently Amazon has announced today that they sold out of the units in stock. Normally this... continue reading...

Nokia 810 Review

Tom Keating has an excellent review of the Nokia N810 and although I haven’t seen this gadget yet, based on the Nokia N800 experience I have, this could be a real killer device.   I must say that the amount... continue reading...

Google TV

If you think Android and the Open Handset Alliance are interesting, check out this article form TechCrunch about how Google may soon be in the set top box market and by doing so will be have the ultimate platform to... continue reading...

Kindle: Nobody Wants This Thing

OK, I have heard about Kindle and other e-book readers and in my opinion, no one wants one of these things. I could be more eloquent and wax poetic about how this device is not the same as a book... continue reading...

Mobility as Strategic Advantage

It is obvious that mobile device proliferation has had a dramatic increase in productivity for knowledge workers worldwide. In addition it is well known the US government and military functions more effectively because it relies on Blackberrys.   It goes... continue reading...

Ma Google

What will the communications market look like in ten years I wonder? It may be difficult to forecast incredible change and disruptive technologies but it is relatively easy to predict what will happen based on what we know today.  ... continue reading...

Mobile Advertising Grows to $16.5 Billion

I was perusing some articles on mobile advertising recently and was absolutely stunned at how big some analysts think this market will be. According to this TMCnet article, Strategy Analytics predicts the global market for mobile advertising is slated to... continue reading...

China and the Busy Weekend

It has been a busy weekend so far and it is about half-way over and I didn’t even get a chance to blog. Believe it or not there hasn’t been too much blog-worthy material and writing for the sake of... continue reading...

Google in Wireless

More discussions regarding Google getting into the wireless game were sparked today by a Wall Street Journal article focusing on Google’s wireless ambitions.   In summary:   Google will likely bid on the 700 MHz spectrum or lose good will... continue reading...

Vonage Loses Again

If Vonage has been having great luck in terms of mindshare and being top of mind as a pure-play VoIP provider, it has been equally unlucky in the patent wars as evidenced by the recent loss in the US Court... continue reading...

How does he do it?

How does he do it? How does TMCnet’s Tom Keating write posts that can combine the government, VoIP, Skype and e911 while simultaneously offending half the world? I would like to say the views expressed by Tom Keating are his... continue reading...

Skype WiFi Phone Outage Details

Skype experienced its first publicized outage of WiFi phones this past weekend. TMCnet’s Tom Keating broke the news and has been posting a play by play on his blog.   Skype recently put out a statement as to what happened... continue reading...

Android Developer Contest

Question: What is the best way to get your mobile platform to be adopted by developers and subsequently end-users? Answer: Pay off the developers   And that is just what Google is doing with their Android SDK. A total of... continue reading...

Google Database Patent Lawsuit

Apparently today is “Write about Google” day as I thought it worth sharing that the company is facing a patent infringement lawsuit due to the database technology the company employs. Who is suing you wonder? Northeastern University and a start-up... continue reading...

Rumor Mill: Google Acquiring Sprint

Recent news that Sprint is not going to work with Clearwire to build out a WiMAX network only added to the rumors I have been hearing about Google acquiring Sprint Nextel. On the surface it seems like this would be... continue reading...

Pandora Competes Handily With Satellite Radio

In the past I have written about not allowing the XM/Sirius satellite merger take place. I figured it would be bad for consumers. However a single website changed my mind a few months back. That website is actually a streaming... continue reading...

Ballmer on Android

In case you are interested in Steve Ballmer’s response to Google’s entry into the mobile phone market, check this story out.  ... continue reading...

Pen Phone

Would a pen phone sell? I wonder. I suppose having a smaller and smaller phone makes sense but while this is happening I am also noticing a trend towards phones with bigger screens with the ability to check e-mail. While... continue reading...

Encryption Vs. Recording Industry

In p2p sharing networks the latest weapon the file sharers are deploying is encryption. Sure encryption has been around for years but it seems the file sharers are now using the technology coupled with services like BitTorrent.   According to... continue reading...

iPhone Hits UK

It was bound to happen and now it has. Apple’s handheld smartphone has been beamed across the Atlantic and will be sold starting tomorrow evening. And guess what? The lines have started forming already.... continue reading...

ITEXPO East 2008 Brochure Available

I know my loyal readers have been waiting with baited breath to get a hold of the latest ITEXPO brochure. For those of you who have, consider this your very own early holiday season. Here it is… Please enjoy this... continue reading...

Vonage in Settlement Talks with AT&T

Here are the details on what is happening with Vonage and AT&T settlement talks. The New Jersey based internet telephony company may be able to put this whole messy situation behind them for a cool $39 million. It would seem... continue reading...

Symbian CEO Disses Open Handset Alliance

Symbian may be the closest competitor to Google’s Open Handset Alliance and not surprisingly the head of Symbian had nothing flattering to say about this latest open source mobile handset initiative.   Symbian’s CEO Nigel Clifford said, There's 10,... continue reading...

Comcast Gets Beat up

If you haven’t been watching, you may have missed the fact that the telcos are becoming serious competitors to the cable companies. For the last few years it seemed cable companies were invincible but recently the phone companies with products... continue reading...

ITEXPO Discount – Act Fast

Sometimes I think I have the best job on earth as I get to meet with the real thought leaders in the communications market and see the latest products and services in the industry. Then I get the distinct pleasure... continue reading...

Open Handset Alliance Partners and More

Some of the more interesting news as of late has to do with the Open Handset Alliance as it seems everyone wants to be a part of it. That is, everyone except the largest carriers.   For example, Wind River... continue reading...

Productivity Increase

I just came back from root canal part 2. Without getting into too much detail I have this one tooth that has been refilled 3-4 times and then a crown was put on and then a root canal done. Each... continue reading...

IP Communications News November 6, 2007

What are some of the interesting things happening in the wide world of communications today? For one, Excel telecommunications and Allworx have partnered to provide SMBs with SIP trunking and a PBX solution respectively (check out the SIP Trunking channel... continue reading...

Quantcast

You are likely familiar with Alexa, a division of Amazon that measures website traffic. I have written about the site a number of times before. A while back I discovered a site called Quantcast which is becoming a well respected... continue reading...

Apple Tablet PC

Think of it as an iPhone but with more of it to love. ;)   Sure you love your iPhone, iPod and other Apple devices but something is missing. You want a single device which gives you the power of... continue reading...

More Google Phone Speculation

Whether or not Google is coming out with a phone in addition to its work in the Open Handset Alliance is unknown. What is known is the speculation may never cease and the rumors will continue to swirl. It seems... continue reading...

Communications News -- What a day!

The day’s communications news doesn’t stop it seems and it is worth sharing some nuggets since my last report on the Open Handset Alliance where we discussed Google’s mobile strategy. But as we focus on mobility it is worth pointing... continue reading...

Open Handset Alliance and More

Another week and other massive avalanche of news in the communications space. The first item worth sharing is regarding Google shaking up the foundation of the mobile phone market. The funny thing is, editors and bloggers have been looking to... continue reading...

Google’s Free Mobile Phone Software

Can Google pull it Off -- is the question worth asking when realizing the search leader is looking to open up the mobile phone industry. The cellular market is legendary in its ability to lock in customers. In the US... continue reading...

Google Phone OS

CNBC reports Wind River is rumored to be supplying the OS for the upcoming Google phone. On a separate note, some analysts have said the new mobile gadget will be unveiled today.   One would imagine Google would chose... continue reading...

Fluke

In the world of advertising the expression commonly used is “perception is reality.” Moreover companies are often branded by customers. If I say IBM, you will say mainframes. Oracle? Databases.   Sometimes I feel it is my job to help... continue reading...

Voxalot

Obviously getting into the VoIP provider space is a tough proposition with all the competition out there. An interesting approach to entering the space is to partner with other providers. Certainly this is not a totally new concept but I... continue reading...

NBA on your Cell

Say you are in a meeting – like the one I am in now (shh! :) ), and you feel you are out of the basketball loop… What do you do? Well one option is to take out your cell... continue reading...

Keating on Plagiarism

Tom Keating has some interesting thoughts on plagiarism – especially regarding an article of mine that was “borrowed” recently for another site. It is worth a read.... continue reading...

I am Gphone, You are Not

Tom Keating has an interesting blog post about the continuation of the gPhone saga. By the way, is it Gphone? gphone? or gPhone? I don’t know. For those of you who are interested in looking at what this phone may... continue reading...

iPhone as Invention?

Is Apple’s iPhone an invention? I wonder. I would have said it was an invention until I started reading Russell Shaw’s blog where he has the definition of invention spelled out.   Russell says, “The iPhone strikes me as more... continue reading...

Diamond iPhone

Does a phone need to cost more than a car? Certainly the people at Amosu think so as they have just released an iPhone encrusted in gold, diamonds or sapphires. The cost? A sweet $41,225. Where will we see such... continue reading...

Google Negotiates with Sprint Nextel

In what seems to be a never-ending story, CNBC now reports Google is in talks with Sprint Nextel about a possible Google Phone. Apparently Google is talking with everyone but AT&T. Just recently I blogged about Google and Verizon and... continue reading...

Verizon, Google Discuss Partnership

How does Verizon fight back against the Apple iPhone and AT&T network? Simple… They call Google and discuss partnering with the world’s leading search engine in order to come up with a device which will potentially take some share from... continue reading...

Skype High Quality Video

Let’s face it, when you have a paid product and the free alternative keeps getting better, you have to keep innovating. This is the situation many videoconferencing companies are now in since Skype raised the video quality bar. How you... continue reading...

Google Phone

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is close to unveiling the plans for its much anticipated mobile phone. Apparently in the US, T-Mobile will be a likely network partner. What will make the phone different from other devices is... continue reading...

SPIT

Is this one of the first instances of SPIT or SPAM over Internet Telephony? It could be. According this post a call originating from telephone number 1111111111 went into voicemail which lasted exactly five minutes. Apparently the message was prerecorded... continue reading...

SprintSecure Laptop Guardian

One of the more interesting features of mobile devices such as Blackberrys is the ability to have the device remotely wiped in the case of theft or loss. Interestingly, many laptops are filled with much greater amounts of corporate data... continue reading...

Verizon Wireless Settles on Deceptive Marketing

I have extremely favorable ratings regarding Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess. The speed of the system has been great over the many years I have used it. Lately, whenever I am on the service, I feel uncomfortable. Why? Because I know the... continue reading...

Skype Mobile Phone

Skype will soon have a mobile phone on the market and more exciting VoIP news there cannot be. I would imagine it will be a dual-mode device which auto-senses WiFi networks and sends calls on its service. Why would you... continue reading...

Polycom and Ekahau Partner

As the world becomes more interconnected (read: smaller), the need for increases in productivity grows exponentially. The reason is simple. The more countries get into the act, the more competition each company has to deal with.   Thankfully, technology comes... continue reading...

Crowdgaming

Please read this post only if being humbled by technology is not something which will upset you. I must admit when I first heard about croudgaming I was a bit mortified. What has mankind become I wondered?   You see... continue reading...

Ooma Dialog

I wrote a blog entry titled Ooma Hysteria a few months back. A point I made in the entry is that ooma calls can potentially be tapped by users. Others commenting in the blog agreed. The company’s Chief Technologist Jeff... continue reading...

AT&T Sues Vonage

Vonage can’t catch a break. There seem to be companies standing in line to take numbers to sue them. It must be a very difficult time at the New Jersey based Internet telephony leader. AT&T is the latest company to... continue reading...

More Bad Motorola News

You may recall Motorola was a partner with Apple in developing the ROCKR phone which was supposed to be the best of Apple and Motorola technology in one sleek device. The only problem was the device was not the best... continue reading...

Nokia N810

One of the best portable devices I have ever used is the Nokia N800. It was launched earlier than Apple’s iPhone and has many of the features the iPhone has but is better in many ways. It is not as... continue reading...

Skype, MySpace Partner

Just a few days ago I mentioned Skype should be getting more involved in social networking. I also said the company should be streaming audio and video through its client.   Interestingly, 48 hours or so after my post, Skype... continue reading...

Microsoft UC News Update Here is the news you should be aware of regarding Microsoft’s Unified Communications push so far:   Tom Keating   Drag-and-drop Conference Calls = OCS 2007 Success? SAP Duet to leverage Microsoft OCS 2007 Rich Liveblogging... continue reading...

Communication’s Biggest Week Ever

Tomorrow kicks off the biggest week in the history of communications. I have to be honest. After I wrote this statement I had to get up and take a walk and get some tea. I wanted a sanity check and... continue reading...

What eBay Should do with Skype

Please enjoy the unedited November 2007 Publisher’s Outlook column from Internet Telephony Magazine.   ---   OK, I was wrong. Really wrong. Over a billion dollars wrong in fact. Why? I believed eBay and Skype had a solid strategy to... continue reading...

Strategic Technologies for 2008

I was reading an article on Wireless News regarding Gartner’s top 10 strategic technologies for 2008. Here are those technologies with the analysis from Wireless News. Obviously I agree with the first two items on this list and I do... continue reading...

Google Acquires Jaiku

Google is rumored to be launching their Gphone any day now and Jaiku – the company providing mobile presence has just been acquired by the search leader. It seems Google is really serious about the mobile communications market and whether... continue reading...

Vonage Resellers Concerned

I just heard through the grapevine that a major retailer has told a VoIP provider that if there is any more bad Vonage news they will pull the Vonage boxes off shelves and replace them with another company. I haven’t... continue reading...

AT&T’s Alternative Spectrum Buy

As you likely remember, Google was pushing the FCC to ensure the winner of the 700 MHz auction permitted open access to devices. Verizon was vocal about this being a bad idea but AT&T was more quiet. Now it may... continue reading...

E-Mail Miscommunication

E-mail is not the perfect form of communication and there are times when emotion can be misinterpreted by this communications medium. I have dealt with this in the past myself and have learned there are times when it is better... continue reading...

RingCentral VoIP

The folks at RingCentral have had a great virtual PBX service for ages and it was almost a surprise to hear the company still didn’t have a VoIP module. Even if you weren't aware... Fear not as I've got your... continue reading...

Share Music, Get Fined

In case you haven’t heard of the woman who was fined $220,000 for sharing music, here she is with her feelings on the matter. If you feel up to it, this link will allow you to donate to her cause.... continue reading...

iCar

Do I think people would flock to an iCar – a rumored collaboration between Volkswagen and Apple? My answer? A collaboration with Apple and any car manufacturer would likely be successful. But Volkswagen does make a great deal of sense... continue reading...

Will RIM Make your Next PBX?

In July of 2004 Avaya and Motorola explained to me how their new FMC partnership would be great for business users. They even launched a new phone called the CN620 in fact. I haven’t heard much about the initiative between... continue reading...

TMCnet Searches

I thought it would be interesting to see what people search on when they come to TMCnet. It should be noted these searches are on TMCnet proper which unfortunately at the moment does not include blogs.   These numbers should... continue reading...

Nokia Ferrari Phone

60 lucky people will be able to own the new Nokia Ascent Ferrari 60 phone. As is the case with the cars, if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it. Let’s put it this way.... continue reading...

Unified Communications Gaining Momentum

In less than two weeks the communications market will be bolstered by the announcement of Microsoft officially entering the unified communications space in a major way. As a show of their support for the market, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will... continue reading...

Verizon Voyager: iPhone Killer?

With all the hoopla surrounding the iPhone it is not surprising that Verizon Wireless is touting a suite of new phones and one – the LG Electronics Voyager is being touted as an iPhone killer. The device runs on the... continue reading...

Phil Hill

Welcome Phil Hill to TMCnet as a columnist. Phil’s column is titled Hosted Hearsay and his first article is titled Small Business VoIP: Is it an Elephant or Gorilla? Where he discusses the reason why all SMBs are lumped together.... continue reading...

HTC Phones

It is times like this I get jealous of the smartphones the Europeans get. HTC makes a pretty good device in the 6700 and these devices are likely better as they are newer and have better processors and in some... continue reading...

Response Point

For at least a decade PBX manufacturers would speak to me off the record about their trepidation regarding Microsoft entering the phone business. For those companies who hoped the day would never come, they should probably avoid reading this article... continue reading...

3Com and Digium News

If you haven’t been watching lately there has been lots of activity in the IP PBX and networking space from 3Com and Digium. Here is a recap.   3Com was recently purchased and a minority investor was China’s Huawei.... continue reading...

Hyperconnected

About a decade or so ago I ran across Tony Rybczynski (Tony Ryb to those who know him and/or cannot pronounce his last name) at the COMNET trade show in DC and was so blown away by him that I... continue reading...

Wes Hayden

Let’s congratulate Wes Hayden who was just appointed to the role of President, Nuance Enterprise Division. Hayden will report to Paul Ricci, Nuance's chairman and CEO.   As Nuance focuses more on selling integrated solutions I expect Hayden’s skill sets... continue reading...

CommuniGate Pronto Goes Air

I have been using the latest version of CommuniGate System’s Pronto which works on Adobe’s Flash and Air technology. I think it is a great product. Adobe’s Air Platform was formerly called Apollo and provides a much richer interface than... continue reading...

Zennstrom no Longer Skype CEO

I just noticed Greg Galitzine wrote about Niklas Zennstrom stepping down as Skype’s CEO. will become non-executive chairman of the Skype Board of Directors. Michael van Swaaij, eBay's Chief Strategy Officer, will become acting CEO until a permanent successor... continue reading...

Skype Kills Hotel Internet

Looks like Dan York has the same problem with “Skypee” that I had. Dan, don’t you know you need to turn off the “Skypee” to get to the internet? Seriously – if you travel you should read Dan’s post and... continue reading...

Emerson buys Motorola ECC

Emerson recently picked up the embedded computing division from Motorola. This is a good move for Motorola as the company can put more of their focus on handsets and other core areas of their business. Right now Nokia and Apple... continue reading...

Switching to Optimum Voice

This was a big week for me personally as I switched service providers. I should mention I have free VoIP accounts coming out of my ears. I often test them but I haven’t switched to any of them because to... continue reading...

3COM Sold

The Wall Street Journal reported that 3COM will be acquired by Bain Capital and Huawei Technologies. TMC’s Greg Galitzine has a call into 3COM for comments but what we know so far is the transaction is at $5+/share meaning more... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2007 Scores Big in L.A.

Here is my Publisher’s Outlook from the October 2007 Internet Telephony Magazine. It is rough and needs some editing but should give you a good idea of why you should be subscribing and reading every issue of the magazine. :)... continue reading...

Packet8 Win

I have to admit, the press release (see bottom of page) I received this morning from Packet8/8x8 may be among the most unique I have ever received as it details how Packet8 is the service provider of choice for a... continue reading...

Vonage Loses to Sprint Nextel

These are mighty difficult times for Vonage as the incumbent providers have ganged up against them and have decided to compete on patents as opposed to technology. A federal jury has ruled that Vonage has to pay $69.5 million in... continue reading...

Blyke: Free Mobile Calling

I just can’t believe how much cheaper it gets over time to use communications services. When I was a teenager we paid somewhere around 25 cents per minute just to call one state away. Before we had fax machines we... continue reading...

Latest ITEXPO West 2007 Photos

We have had amazing comments regarding the success of the last Internet Telephony Conference & Expo from many attendees and exhibitors. We just recently posted some more photos of the event so you can get a feel for it yourself.... continue reading...

Armani, Samsung, Google and Microsoft

I am traveling today – and most of this week in fact. As I get ready to go, there are a few stories that have caught my eye this morning and may be worth a read. The first is the... continue reading...

Best of Show ITEXPO West 2007

Congratulations to the best of show winners at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week in Los Angeles, CA. A list follows below and here is the detailed press release.   Best Service Provider Solution Comverse (www.comverse.com) CTI Labs (www.ctigroup.com)... continue reading...

iPhones to Fail in Europe?

I have heard a number of analysts explain how the iPhone will face a tough sell in Europe and whenever I hear this news I wonder what substance the analysts may be ingesting to come up with such ludicrous ideas.... continue reading...

ITEXPO West 2007 News

ITEXPO West 2007 News The staggering amount of news and analysis generated from last week’s Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is mind-boggling. Thanks to all the analysts, bloggers, members of the press and everyone else who covered ITEXPO.   Here... continue reading...

iPhone UK

The Apple iPhone has finally made its way to the UK according to the Wall Street Journal. The company said O2, the U.K. mobile arm of Spain's Telefonica, has been awarded rights to sell the iPhone, which will go on... continue reading...

Nokia Siemens Networks Interview

I have a special treat for my readers today; A podcast interview with none other than Harald Braun, Head of Convergence Operators Customer Business Team at Nokia Siemens Networks. I know you remember the terrific interview Harald gave regarding similar... continue reading...

Single Volume Control

I have to wonder with all this video streaming around the internet if we don’t need a new way to control the volume of these various streams. When scanning for news I often will click on a news story... continue reading...

Broadband Speed at Wilshire Grand

I just ran a speed test on the broadband in the Wilshire Grand hotel – show hotel of Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and I found the download speed is 315 kbps and the upload is 821 kbps. I expect... continue reading...

Off to ITEXPO West 2007

I am sitting in the airport this morning on my way to LA and reading Russell Shaw’s coverage of new research which discusses how websites of telecom companies are no good. Russell says this is information we already know. Interestingly... continue reading...

Bloggers at ITEXPO

I have noticed this year more ITEXPO speakers have blogs than at any time in the past. We all know there are more and bloggers each day and I am excited to see how many of them are referencing their... continue reading...

Surf Communications

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ilan Weizman of Surf Communications Solutions about the evolution of the IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   Surf develops a suite of hardware and software products that drives... continue reading...

TeamQuest

I recently had the opportunity to speak with TeamQuest Corporation’s director of communications, Keith Hanna, about the IP communications space, SIP and the overall direction of the company.   TeamQuest Corporation is a provider of IT Service Optimization, specializing in... continue reading...

Business Solutions magazine

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jay McCall, VoIP and Wireless Editor with Business Solutions magazine, about the evolution of SIP-based communications, the future of the market and more.   Business Solutions magazine is a publication geared toward executives... continue reading...

Thanks for Registering Green

The Green Technology conference is doing well so far. Thanks for your support. Here is the full story.... continue reading...

SIP Trunking Course

SIP trunking is one of the most important growth areas in VoIP. It is something every company should be exploring as it reduces cost and complexity while allowing tremendous added flexibility.   If you are interested in learning about SIP... continue reading...

Toshiba

I recently had the opportunity to ask David Fridley, senior product manager of IP Telephony at Toshiba America Information Systems, about the evolution of the IP communications space and the direction his company is taking.   To learn more about... continue reading...

HelloSoft

I recently had the opportunity to ask Allan Johnson, vice president of business development in the wireless group at HelloSoft, about the evolution of SIP communications, wireless mobility and the direction his company is taking.   HelloSoft is a provider... continue reading...

Excendia

It is difficult to start this column without a reference to Wildfire the personal assistant launched in the nineties we all thought would take over the world. Of course by “we” I mean the people attending trade shows in the... continue reading...

Allworx

I recently had the opportunity to ask Sandra Gault, EVP of Marketing at the rapidly expanding communications product company Allworx about the evolution of IP communications in the SMB space, VoIP and the direction her company is taking.   Allworx... continue reading...

Extreme Video Solutions

Affordable Telepresence I recently came across a company offering video conferencing solutions at an attractive price using a leasing model instead of a direct product sale. The company is called Extreme Video Solutions and is based in Arizona. For about... continue reading...

Good Bye Foleo

On May 31st, 2007 I mentioned the Palm Foleo was doomed. Specifically I wrote the following:   It seems doomed to me but perhaps Palm can morph it to be something useful down the line. But then again, I can't... continue reading...

MOBIVOX

I recently had the opportunity to ask Patricia Tessier, vice president of Product and Marketing at MOBIVOX, about deploying Skype, the IP communications space and more.   You may recall I mentioned the company in a post about about wireless... continue reading...

VoIP Supply Thanks TMC

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is working with smaller and newer companies and helping them become larger, more profitable and eventually large. I like to help large companies as well of course but the small... continue reading...

Skype, SIP and Asterisk

As the worlds of Skype, SIP and Asterisk become ever more popular, it was only a matter of time before a company started to converge the three. TMCnet’s Tom Keating has some analysis of a new gateway from Italy-based Skip2PBX…... continue reading...

Robot Mouse

I don’t get to share many of my new business ideas with my readers but I had one today I won’t be patenting or producing myself so it’s yours if you want it. How about a mouse that doubles as... continue reading...

BlueSocket

I recently had the opportunity to ask Mads Lillelund, president and CEO of Bluesocket, about the evolution of the IP communications space, its acquisition of Pingtel and the direction his company is taking.   Bluesocket provides open wireless security and... continue reading...

Unlock iPhone get Sued

There has been tremendous coverage of the New Jersey teen who unlocked the iPhone. Now it seems it is possible that unlocking the iPhone and sharing the secret online can make you a target of a lawsuit. Here is the... continue reading...

Dell, Solio, Provia and More

Today has been a pretty hectic day for me as I was up late at an uncle and aunt’s 50th anniversary party last night (amazing number of years isn’t it?). This AM I had a meeting with the doctor... continue reading...

VoEX

VoEX, Inc., is a VoIP managed-service provider offering global peering infrastructure, network interoperability, industry-leading quality of service, and advanced applications capabilities for top tier carriers, mobile operators, cable operators, voice service providers, academic institutions and enterprises. VoEX maps the world’s... continue reading...

Use Skype, go to Jail

OK, I have been writing about Skype almost continually and this is not intentional. There is just a great deal of news about the company lately. For example, George Ou discusses today how a man in the UK was arrested... continue reading...

Ixia on Skype Outage

You may have seen my recent blog post about what we learned from the Skype outage. I have had much feedback about this article and I found it important enough to publish in an upcoming TMC magazine. I won’t tell... continue reading...

Google Sky

Today Google announced its Google Earth program will allow you navigate stars as well. You can now see constellations and navigate around the cosmos. You can see how planets rotate using an animation tool and more. Here are some of... continue reading...

Skype Retracts Microsoft Blame

In previous posts it was mentioned that Skype blames Microsoft for the recent outage it had last week. More recently Skype has issued a statement saying it does not diectly blame Microsoft for the problem but instead it clarified the... continue reading...

Cell Phone Contract Cancellation

Are you looking to sue your wireless carrier? If you are you should know a full six paragraphs are dedicated to dispute resolution over at Verizon Wireless and ten “fat” paragraphs are dedicated to this topic in an AT&T Wireless... continue reading...

Videoconferencing

TMC is proud to have partnered with SightSpeed to launch a videoconferencing channel on TMCnet which is designed to bring together the community of videoconferencing decision-makers in a single location online.   Expect this channel to be updated frequently and... continue reading...

Skype Outage Article

Jon Arnold and I were both quoted recently in a San Francisco Chronicle article titled Skype reveals outage source, tells customers it won't happen again. The article is extremely well-written, gets perspective from a number of people and weaves each... continue reading...

Parlano

Bob Serr, Parlano CTO, took some time to give me this exclusive interview. In it, he gave some fascinating insight on the impact of industry giants like Google and Microsoft on the telecom world, and also let me know why... continue reading...

Acredo

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erin Bolton, marketing manager of Acredo Technologies Inc, about IP communications, the company’s customer base and the upcoming ITEXPO.   Acredo Technologies delivers hosted IP phone service to the small business market... continue reading...

Arlinx

I recently had the opportunity to ask Patrick Young of Arlinx about the company’s customer base, its IP communications strategy and the direction his company is taking.   The Arlinx IP Elite Security and Media Processing Platforms provide opportunities for... continue reading...

What We Learned From the Skype Outage

As organizations move to VoIP and other forms of IP communications it is imperative they realize the world of IP is far different from the PSTN and circuit-switched networks of yesterday. While Internet Protocol is the protocol of the Internet... continue reading...

Tissot High-T Discontinued

Sadly, the Tissot High-T has been discontinued. This is terrible news as when the watch worked, it worked very well. It connected with the Microsoft Spot network which is now called MSN Direct. It had a touch screen and vibrate... continue reading...

IP Communications Education

Listen, I don’t want to overdo discussion of ITEXPO in my blog but the fact of the matter is this recent e-mail sent by my marketing team is a great document discussing what is important at the show. It is... continue reading...

Skype P2P Problems

By now it seems the whole world is aware Skype had major problems last week. For most people, Skype was down. Tom Keating speculated the cause was a Microsoft patch which rebooted massive numbers of machines. He has a point... continue reading...

Wireless Companies at ITEXPO

I happened upon a great article by Mae Kowalke discussing wireless company representation at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. Companies discussed include a la Mobile, Airwide Solutions, Kineto Wireless, MobiTV and MOBIVOX.   The article reminds me just how big... continue reading...

Skype Working

It seems Skype is indeed up and running once again. As you may recall, TMCnet’s Tom Keating broke the news of the outage last week when he heard many of the TMC team members were not able to communicate with... continue reading...

Fonality

Here is a podcast interview of Chris Lyman the CEO of Fonality. Topics of interest? I asked Chris why he started Fonality, what pains his company solves for customers and we get into a discussion of trixbox Pro and trixnet.... continue reading...

TMC Gets Some Press

Having your cake and eating it too is how it think about this article in the San Francisco Chronicle with a quote from TMC’s Tom Keating and TMC friend Om Malik. Here is an excerpt:   Tom Keating, chief technology... continue reading...

Covergence

Ken Kuenzel, Founder, VP Engineering and CTO for Covergence recently chatted with me about the impact of wireless technology, and the way in which SIP has changed communications, among other topics.   Offering its customers “the edge in SIP”,... continue reading...

Skype Outage

Skype is out and the blogosphere is abuzz. I learned about the outage from TMCnet’s Tom Keating and now it seems both Andy Abramson and Irwin Lazar have written about the outage as well.   I am actually surprised this... continue reading...

Tissot

Here is a long term update on my Tissot High-T watch which when working properly is a technological marvel. My original review which was quite favorable can be found here.   While the watch is certainly state of the art…... continue reading...

Telrex

I recently got the chance to sit down with Bob Cordes, Vice President of Product Management for Telrex. We discussed his company’s business strategy, as well as the future of the IP telephony market in general.   Telrex is a... continue reading...

UK Trains Get Free WiFi

Living on the east coast of the US I am lucky to have access to a rail system which is not the best in the world but definitely acceptable. As a side note I took a Metro North train to... continue reading...

Smoothstone

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jeff Wellemeyer, chairman and CTO of Smoothstone, about the most recent call center solutions and the path Smoothstone is taking to create greater customer satisfaction.   Smoothstone is an IP communications provider... continue reading...

TMCnet New Traffic Record

Thanks to all our readers and visitors who have allowed TMCnet to achieve a new traffic record in July 2007.   Here are the numbers:   Page Views 30,977,147 Average Visit Length 35:45 Unique Visitors 3,078,409   Page Views refers... continue reading...

Grandstream

Grandstream Networks Seeks Growth in SMB VoIP   The SMB VoIP market shows no sign of slowing down and so many companies are vying to get a piece of this market which is projected to grow for many years... continue reading...

NetXUSA

I recently had the opportunity to ask NETXUSA CEO Tom Boone about his business and the direction he is taking the company.   NETXUSA, Inc. is a distributor of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products and services and has a... continue reading...

AudioCodes Interview

Anyone in the IP communications business knows quite well that Alan Percy is one of the most well-connected and knowledgeable players in the space. Alan’s day job is Director of Business Development at AudioCodes and I swear his night... continue reading...

Office Communicator Voice Quality

I had a chance to try Microsoft Office Communicator voice quality for myself on a Plantronics stereo headset and I remain impressed with the quality of the sound. Although the wideband codecs do not support stereo, the voice and video... continue reading...

American Airlines WiFi

For better or worse I spend a great deal of time on airplanes. Interestingly the airplane is the last place where I can work with limited interruptions. Of course this doesn’t include flight attendants telling me to put my backrest... continue reading...

Hughes Systique Corp Interview

I recently had a chance to interview Arjun Roychowdhury, Director, IMS & Broadband Applications Hughes Systique Corp. Arjun will be a speaker at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in September and I thought it worth getting his thoughts on... continue reading...

Jesus Phone

The LA times has a comprehensive overview of Apple’s iPhone or as the article references “Jesus Phone.” In addition there is some focus on security, the FCC and the 700 MHz auction.... continue reading...

Vonage Does Better

Although Vonage is still not profitable it is doing better. In its latest quarter it reported a loss of $0.22. This compares to a loss of $1.16 per share last year. Vonage said it gained about 57,000 net subscriber lines,... continue reading...

T-Mobile VoIP

Andy Abramson really likes T-Mobile’s VoIP plan based on a potential new device the company could be rolling out soon in the US. What is the device? Something which allows FMC for the home and small business market. It allows... continue reading...

Pandora Radio

Without a doubt one of the most interesting websites I have used these past months is Pandora, a site which allows you to rapidly assemble a customized radio station for yourself. Initially, you are presented with a form where you... continue reading...

Voice Peering Growth

Last year I proclaimed it the year of VoIP peering. 2007 is becoming the year of rapid VoIP peering growth. Case in point is the Voice Peering Fabric or VPF who recently stated they have reached a 200 billion minute... continue reading...

Cisco Beat Earnings

Cisco beat earnings by $120 million dollars and they say enterprise earnings are strong.   Scientific Atlanta also produced outstanding results for the company.   Emerging markets are growing at 40%   Here are some statements I just wrote... continue reading...

Apple vs. SP Technologies

Can you imagine a world where iPhones didn’t have access to touch screen technology? Well a company called SP Technologies has a patent on what seems to be the keyboard mechanism on the Apple iPhone. Will this mean Apple is... continue reading...

WiFi not Secure – Clarified

I just received this e-mail from Francois Doremieux, Senior Program Manager, Product Group: Customer Experience in response  to my WiFi is Insecure post from last week. I thought it worth sharing.   ----   Hello Rich It was a pleasure... continue reading...

700 MHz Setback

Just when youthought it was safe to jump into the 700 MHz frequency with your own device along comes the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) who says initial testing of the prototype devices showed they failed... continue reading...

WiFi is not Secure

George Ou has an excellent write-up about how insecure Web 2.0 applications are over WiFi. The problem? Unencrypted traffic which can be recorded, analyzed and used against you. He starts with a basic example of a Gmail account getting hijacked.... continue reading...

iPhone, U-Phone, Everybody G-Phone

This year has been the absolutely most tumultuous ever in terms of wireless communications and these changes can and will have a dramatic effect on your business. You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing Apple’s iPhone in action. Kids... continue reading...

Nokia N800 Question

I received the following question today regarding the Nokia N800:   I'm seriously thinking of purchasing the Nokia N800. Since it is strictly a wireless device is there really enough free public wireless to make the purchase worthwhile. I'd be... continue reading...

Google Phone

Here is the latest on the Google branded cell phone from the Wall Street Journal. Here is a summary:   1)      Google has a prototype cell phone they are shopping 2)      The phone has a keyboard 3)      US carriers don’t... continue reading...

SunRocket and Star Trek

If you like VoIP and Star Trek do I have a blog entry for you. TMCnet’s Tom Keating writes up (turn down your speakers) what is happening with the shut down of SunRocket. Somehow he gets numerous Star Trek references... continue reading...

Microvision

Consumer Electronics devices could become ever-more popular if technology from Microvision which allows a mobile device to become a video projector works. One might imagine airplanes would be a great place to take advantage of this technology. Here is more... continue reading...

ActionTec

Many of us are familiar with VoSky Technologies the company behind the business class Skype gateways allowing a company to leverage the myriad benefits of Skype within their corporate communications infrastructure. If you need to catch up, I invite you... continue reading...

Acision

When a single US phone company, Verizon reports that in one month, they were responsible for sending 10 billion text messages, you may want to stand up and take notice.   In order to learn more about the SMS... continue reading...

Mavenir Systems

Instant IMS: No IMS Required   When I decided on the sub headline for this article I realized it might be viewed as potentially controversial. How, you may be asking can one have IMS without IMS? Well there is... continue reading...

700 MHz

Here is a great article from Eric Broockman on the 700 MHz Spectrum controversy and why it could have tremendous ramifications for the communications industry and the Internet.... continue reading...

Microsoft Pushes into Communications and Beyond

Here is my August 2007 Publisher’s Outlook for Internet Telephony Magazine. It may be one of the longest pieces I have written in a while and it was great fun to put together and hopefully is something you will appreciate.... continue reading...

SunRocket Switch to Packet8

Yesterday I blogged about the SunRocket bankruptcy and I mentioned how although pure-play VoIP is not easy, a company like 8x8/Packet8 is doing a good job. Today I came across an article on TMCnet discussing how Packet8 is the preferred... continue reading...

Samsung to Overtake Motorola

Motorola has been incredibly imaginative but inconsistent in the cell phone business. Samsung as of late has been consistently creative in the same space. Here is an article from CIO Today which discusses how Samsung will soon overtake Motorola in... continue reading...

Delicious TMCnet Stories

Here is a smattering of home made TMCnet stories, just like mom used to make. Mom’s cookies can’t compare to the brand new Tadiran trailer featured below or Cantata’s fax solutions. And you know, even if mom was the best... continue reading...

Voicemail Transcription Patent

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends   Here is a patent on voicemail transcription from one of the founders of SpinVox who I met with some months back. The patent does describe having live operators listen... continue reading...

Voicemail Transcription Patent

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends   Here is a patent on voicemail transcription from one of the founders of SpinVox who I met with some months back. The patent does describe having live operators listen... continue reading...

700MHZ Spectrum

Google and others are looking to ensure some of the 700MHZ spectrum is allocated for broadband wireless and moreover available at wholesale rates in order to help foster new and innovative services. For more on this story see this USA... continue reading...

iPhone Without AT&T

You want an iPhone but you aren’t exactly thrilled about switching your phone network to AT&T. Well a hacker, who seems to be intent on breaking as many “protection schemes” as possible – from DVD to iTunes, has found a... continue reading...

Andy Abramson Gets Married

When tech bloggers get married we blog about it and take photos of the event with our gadgets. Andy Abramson is getting married soon in a vineyard in France. This will be the first wedding at this particular vineyard and... continue reading...

Call Center/CRM News July 6, 2007

Here is the latest in the contact center and CRM space. Interesting topics consist of call center trends in Mexico and New Zealand. I have always wanted to go to New Zealand by the way and just haven’t found the... continue reading...

VoIP News Week of 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,... continue reading...

Unwired Enterprise

Nortel is perfectly positioned to bring the world their Unwired Enterprise vision. The company is a strong player in the enterprise and service provider markets. For this reason it may even be surprising Nortel hasn’t gained more traction as they... continue reading...

One Hot iPhone

If an iPhone is going to get hot enough to fry an egg and then break, you probably don’t want that iPhone to belong to a reporter who happens to work for MSNBC. Here is that story.   Do you... continue reading...

Nokia N800 The Real Story

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... continue reading...

TMCnet Goes Twitter

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... continue reading...

iPhone Problems

  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... continue reading...

Nokia N800 and Free WiFi

The Nokia N800 tablet is an exciting example of what communications technology can and should be. I was sent one from the company to try and to be honest I didn’t expect to be impressed. When I started using it... continue reading...

What’s new in Technology Lately?

Here is some interesting news worth reading about and it spans from consumer electronics to wireless to IP communications. What may be most interesting is the rapid rise of the internet -- it is rivaling TV as a communications medium.... continue reading...

Where Did Rich Go?

OK, Rich has not abandoned his loyal readers. He really values these people as without his readers he would stop blogging and at that point he would have to find a hobby or two. Thankfully, dear readers, I am... continue reading...

Fring on Windows Mobile

Tom Keating has the scoop on Fring coming to a Windows Mobile device near you. Why should you care? Well because Fring could help integrate your disparate communications clients into a single unified application. I am looking forward to trying... continue reading...

John Chambers

John Chambers the CEO of Cisco is getting ready to speak here in Chicago and John is generally one of the more dynamic speakers the industry has. Surprisingly, I haven’t heard John speak as often as I like as I... continue reading...

PhoneGnome

Is PhoneGnome from Televolution the ultimate CLEC 2.0 Enabler?   We know the story all too well. Thousands of CLECs backed by the venture capital market flooded the telecom space in the hopes of all becoming the next AT&T. The... continue reading...

Skype Trunking

VoSKY Technologies Enables Skype Trunking and More Many companies are using Skype in their business but generally speaking these are Skype islands which do not interconnect with the plethora of telephony equipment in the organization. For example the ACD... continue reading...

FCC Protects Consumers

Hats off to the FCC who has scolded some retailers who have failed to advertise the TVs they are selling have analog and not digital tuners. There needs to be a Consumer Alert label.   The analog tuners will... continue reading...

Google and Apple Collaborate

Here is an excellent article from Susan Campbell on the synergies between Google and Apple in their new partnership. The potential for both companies to grow sales is obvious in such a collaboration. Just the YouTube/iTunes synergy alone is worth... continue reading...

Communigate Unified Communications

I just recently demoed a complete unified communications platform based on Flash and Flex2 and all I can say is wow. Pronto! Is a complete communications media center with unified communications built-in. The application has a great user interface that... continue reading...

Kenati

Although my home may look very neat and organized, it is in fact a an absolute mess. I am not talking about the normal objects which create mess -- paper and clothes; I am talking about devices.   I have... continue reading...

Ken Camp

Be sure to sign up for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) now and be part of the world’s premiere IP communications event. World-famous blogger, journalist and author Ken Camp will be there as well (Ken is there anywhere you... continue reading...

iPhone Release Date

The release date of the much anticipated Apple iPhone has finally been set on June 29, 2007. As diehard fans already know the 4 gigabyte version costs $499 and the 8 gigabyte version is $100 more. It will be offered... continue reading...

The Merger Satellite Radio Needs

Talks of XM and Sirius merging seem to be an on and off affair with many groups against and some even for the proposed merger of satellite radio companies. For my part, I think it is bad for consumers to... continue reading...

Tom Wheeler

I would like to personally welcome Tom Wheeler to the TMCnet editorial team. Tom is an industry veteran with experience which is virtually unrivaled. Having been president of both the CTIA and the NCTA he is in the enviable position... continue reading...

Palm Foleo

I love gadgets and I love what Palm has done for the handheld market. I love the concept of Palm rolling out a new laptop-sized device. But that is where it ends. The new Palm Foleo has a fraction of... continue reading...

Saitek Obsidian Mouse

I recently reviewed a Saitek Obsidian mouse. The unit is wireless and works on the 2.4 GHZ frequency. The range of the mouse is 10 meters but I only tested it at 2 and it worked fine. The mouse comes... continue reading...

Dragons at Your Door

How Chinese Cost Innovation is Disrupting Global Competition I just received Dragons at Your Door from the Harvard Business School Press and I was going to put it on the bookshelf but for some reason I started to skim it.... continue reading...

GIPS News

Global IP Solutions, the company formerly known as Global IP Sound is well known as the company providing VoiceEngine technology. Their products enable communications for millions of users each day as their technology is found in Skype, WebEx and others.... continue reading...

Aculab Supports PCI Express

Some developer news of note is Aculab’s move to have the Prosody X DSP resource board support the PCI Express bus. This is not unexpected of course as this new bus is becoming more popular. Announced here in Santa Clara... continue reading...

Communications Developer Show Daily

Here is the first show daily from the Communications Developer Conference taking place next week. Many have told me they are thrilled TMC is sponsoring such an event as there needs to be a single place the communications industry can... continue reading...

Apple Heart Attack

The fierce competition to replace the iPod with a better product has failed so far. Many companies from Microsoft to SanDisk have tried to take on the slim white music player and with all the competition, iPods keep on selling... continue reading...

Office Headsets

I have written a few times in the past about TMC’s channel program and the fact we have built over 100 business to businesses (b2b) communities in the communications and technology space.   The communities are news-based and are designed... continue reading...

Skype for Salesforce

One of the stories which caught my eyes recently was Skype and Salesforce.com coming together to launch Skype for Salesforce. In the article there is a discussion of more and more call centers looking for ways to integrate Skype into... continue reading...

Cable Gets VoIP

Cable companies are feasting on VoIP success by the millions of customers. What an amazing job they are doing taking customers from phone companies. So far however, cable VoIP growth in the SMB space has been slow. Large phone companies... continue reading...

VoIP Stories May 7, 2007

Here are some interesting stories worth reading. Incidentally, I now have a Plantronics CS70N installed at my desk. It is about the same size and weight as the popular Plantronics Voyager 510 with the difference being slightly more weight and... continue reading...

RIM Does Unified Communications

Research in Motion has taken the full unified communications plunge via its Blackberry Mobile Voice System (MVS) solution. The goal of this product is to allow a Blackberry smartphone to become a seamless telephony extension.   Millions of users already... continue reading...

Vulcan Flipstart, Verizon and YouTube

This is a busy news week with announcements and commentary from virtually all areas of communications and technology. Starting small, Gary Krakow has a review of the Vulcan Flipstart which is a company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Gary... continue reading...

Skype Announcements at Communications Developer

I was just perusing an article on Skype development from Greg Galitzine which consists of an interview with head of development for the world’s most successful VoIP software company. The interview is with Paul Amery the Director of the Skype... continue reading...

Ed Whitacre Jr.

Congratulations to Ed Whitacre Jr. for building a great big telecommunications company from an assortment of smaller ones. Certainly in this case the sum was greater than the parts.   Ed is about to retire and he can consider this... continue reading...

Skype Developer Program

There is big communications developer news afoot as Skype announced over 10 million downloads of Skype Extras. These Extras are in fact software programs designed to integrate with Skype. Collaboration software and call recording are examples of products that... continue reading...

TMC Beta Tests 3D stereo HD VoIP

TMC has just started beta testing the Diamondware 3D stereo HD VoIP platform. You may remember I have written about the company recently and Tom Keating had a write up on them as well.   As I have mentioned... continue reading...

EQO Funding

The investment environment for VoIP is pretty hot with news of funding two days in a row. Of course two data points a trend does not make but there seems to be lots of optimism left in certain segments of... continue reading...

Jajah and Iotum

Blackberry users are having a banner day as fist they are able to run their programs on Windows Mobile computers and now Iotum and JaJah are collaborating to allow the power of Jajah’s calling network to be combined with Iotum’s... continue reading...

Vonage Voicemail Transcription

At CTIA a few weeks back I heard Vonage will offer a voicemail transcribing service soon but I was sworn to secrecy. As you may know I have been writing about voicemail transcription a great deal lately. I thought I... continue reading...

Bad Vonage News

Many of my readers have been contacting me regarding recent Vonage quality and customer service issues. Tom covered some of these problems yesterday. There are also reports of potential Vonage bankruptcy related to the Verizon patent issues in case you... continue reading...

InfoWorld on Patent Reform

Let’s hope patent reform gets a great amount of momentum in our government and it actually happens. Large companies are indeed hoarding patents and using them as weapons to crush smaller companies. Patent litigation seems to be increasing by the... continue reading...

Huawei

I recently had a meeting with Huawei executives and they have grand plans. The company is a leading Chinese equipment provider and moreover has a surprisingly large suite of products ranging from EVDO cards for laptops to WiMAX and... continue reading...

TMCnet Goes International

Today is a momentous occasion for me as TMCnet has gone international developing continent-specific editions for Latin America, Europe, Asia the Middle East and Australia. You will find these country choices on a grey horizontal bar at the top... continue reading...

Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite 8.0

One buzzword with legs is mobility. We hear the term everywhere these days. Moreover, it seems workforces are becoming more mobile by the day and knowledge workers are being created in segments previously not considered to be in this category.... continue reading...

A National Holiday For Virginia Tech Victims

I was reading about the Virgina Tech tragedy and was surprised and shocked at the same time. As you may know the worse shooting spree to ever take place on US soil happened yesterday.   This tragic event is... continue reading...

Cisco Invest $700M in China

Cisco Systems plans on sponsoring 40 Chinese companies with a venture fund worth a total of $700 million. Investment in China is not new but this move could have implications as to where tomorrow’s technology leaders will come from. This... continue reading...

Vonage to Focus on Profit

Jeffrey Citron will replace Michael Schneider as CEO of Vonage. It seems Wall Street is happy with this move as the stock price has increased somewhat on this news.   In addition the company has instituted a hiring freeze and... continue reading...

Scala-700

Testing the Scala-700 Skype Bluetooth Headset Behind my desk sits a mountain of boxes containing videophones, wireless headsets and unimaginable gadgets for me to look at, evaluate and consider writing about. My day job is running the largest communications... continue reading...

Dialogic Does Video

When it comes to the world of communications, the development world used to revolve around Dialogic. Ten years ago you virtually had to buy a DSP resource board from this company or one of its smaller competitors if you wanted... continue reading...

Cisco's Real Strengths

Cisco’s incredible strength comes from being able to leverage its strong brand and enourmous salesforce to sell virtually every sort of product in telecom and datacom. This report makes it seem like the outlook for the competition is bleak.  ... continue reading...

Arris

I recently touched base with my contacts over at Arris and asked what was up with the acquisition of Tandberg Television.   Jim Bauer, ARRIS VP Investor Relations said, "As discussed in our press release of March 8th, ARRIS has... continue reading...

MyTMCnet

Thanks to readers like you, TMCnet has been blessed with 1-2 million unique visitors every month and last month over 20 million pages were viewed on this site. We are truly grateful to our readers, sponsors and advertisers who support this... continue reading...

iPhone Update

I have had the opportunity to discuss Apple’s iPhone with a slew of industry luminaries over the last few weeks. Here is what I have heard mixed with some of my own views.   There are a number of companies... continue reading...

TMCnet Sets Page View Record

This past February 2006, TMCnet passed the 20 million page view mark for the first time ever with a total of 20,554,331 page views from a total of 1,169,160 unique visitors. I am personally thrilled with this accomplishment because it shows... continue reading...

TMCnet Search

We are always trying to innovate here at TMC and recently we have been looking for a way to ensure TMCnet becomes even stickier than it currently is. Our goal is not only to be the primary destination for all... continue reading...

Huge News Coming From Plantronics

I recently met with Plantronics executives and they were basking in the glow of being market share leaders in the bluetooth space. They were very happy with this achievement and were further excited to tell me about how they see... continue reading...

Monsoon Day

Today was monsoon day here in Connecticut and we have had our share of cars breaking down and floods. It was a struggle to drive to work as the rain poured down when I got on the highway. It was... continue reading...

Costco Tightens Return Policy

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A Breakthrough Month in IP Communications

Skype, Google, Verizon, Vonage and Other Happenings   Please enjoy the March 2007 Publisher’s Outlook from Internet Telephony Magazine:   The last few weeks have been among the most newsworthy in IP communications since this magazine’s first issue in February... continue reading...

Skype, FCC and Carterphone

The Carterphone ruling is what is responsible for opening up AT&T’s original phone networks to competition. Prior to this ruling AT&T had a monopoly on the devices attached to what it considered its network. AT&T even charged an electricity... continue reading...

Skype Pro: The Ultimate European VoIP Bundle

A few weeks back at ITEXPO there was a lot of buzz about Skype Pro and as it turns out the service goes live on Tuesday, February 19. I had a chance to speak with Skype’s Imogen Bailey and Stefan... continue reading...

Apple, iPhone and the AT&T Power Struggle

Apple’s ability to open the music industry up and now the mobile phone market is amazing. Steve Jobs has more control over the iPhone than any other recent domestic equipment provider has had over their devices. In fact few people... continue reading...

iPhone, AT&T U-verse, Blackberry and Hosted Communications

Edgar Bronfman Jr. a record company exec speaking at CTIA is right on when he says the interface on cell phones can use drastic improvement. On average, Bronfman said, it can take a person 20 clicks to buy a... continue reading...

iPods, Blackberrys Banned

Today the government banned the automobile arguing that by doing so hundreds of thousands of lives would be saved. The logical argument presented by our leaders was that the government needs to protect citizens from themselves.   Could you imagine... continue reading...

TMCnet Mobile

If you are looking for the best communications and technology news on the go be sure to check out TMCnet Mobile which will display very well on most mobile devices. The service is in alpha at the moment but seems... continue reading...

ITEXPO Comments on Video

Since Internet Telephony Conference & Expo last week – TMC has received a steady stream of testimonials unlike I have ever seen for any tech show ever. So many people have told me that ITEXPO in Ft. Lauderdale was the... continue reading...

Toshiba Brian Metherell Interview

Toshiba is a company you think about in just about every area of tech. In fact I recently ditched my old laptop from another manufacturer for a Toshiba laptop and so far so good. When you think of this Japanese... continue reading...

ITEXPO Photos and More

Here is Ari Zoldan from Launch 3 based in Garfield, NJ. His company is in the investment business - they invest in communications companies worldwide.   On this day he walked away with a great education as well as a... continue reading...

Spirit DSP in 2007

Spirit DSP recently announced an enviable portfolio of customers for the 2007 year. They include Adobe, Agere, ARM, Atmel, Compal, Flextronics, Ericsson, HP, HTC, Interwise, Kyocera, LG, Marconi, MediaRing, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, NEC, Nortel Networks, Oracle, Paltalk, Panasonic, Philips Semiconductor,... continue reading...

MSNDirect Problems

As some of you may know, I have a watch that syncs my calendar and receives news via the Microsoft Spot network. I had a problem with the watch and sent it back and I eventually received a new one.... continue reading...

Network Security and Home Based Agents

I am at a good friend's house today and they have a problem with their laptop. My friend is a lawyer and while we debate the merits of the Cisco vs. Apple iPhone case I am also helping fix their... continue reading...

Cisco Lost the iPhone Trademark

So it seems Cisco did not keep the trademark for the iPhone name. Why? No use. If you don’t produce a product with the named trademark you lose it. Makes sense right? Anyway it seems that Cisco may have tried... continue reading...

Musings: Apple, AT&T, Zultys, M&Ms, Ubiquity, Avaya

While the world is going iPhone lawsuit crazy (posts from Andy, Jeff and Aswath) there is a bit of news that seems to be under the radar but crucial. What is it you ask? It is that eBay/PayPal will start... continue reading...

iPhone Vs. iPhone: Cisco Vs. Apple

Tom has done a great job on this article and he is right on here – on many fronts. This is a must read if you are interested the iPhone vs. iPhone case. He cites trademarks and the shell company... continue reading...

Is the Microsoft Zune Toast?

It is very tough to disagree with this honest assessment of the competitive landscape between the new Apple iPhone and the Microsoft Zune. In the real world the Zune is now probably toast. Why? Well the new Apple iPhone does... continue reading...

Tech Musings: CES, Dell, Microsoft, YouTube

The world has gone gadget crazy this week and the media seems to be focused exclusively on MP3 players, video games and phones. But our obsession with toys is flooding the media with news that is taking the place of... continue reading...

CES: Whoops I Forgot

OK this story probably has you thinking what was forgotten at CES. Did Apple forget to deliver a new iPod that is so small, Steve Jobs also used it onstage as a toothpick? Did Bill Gates forget to mention his... continue reading...

Channels

One of the fastest growing areas of TMCnet is the channels program which are micro-communities of interest. These channels focus on so many topics I can’t list them all but a few of the more recent ones are here for... continue reading...

TMCnet Redesign

Today is a pretty big day for me personally. As you know, TMCnet is the world’s leading site for communications and technology information, community building, etc. In fact this past December 2006 saw our traffic reach just under 2 million... continue reading...

Happy Holidays and Thanks!

I would like to take a moment and thank all my readers and wish you all a great holiday season and a Happy New Year. In addition I want to specifically thank you all for visiting TMCnet so frequently as... continue reading...

Fixing DVDs

Tom has gone through enough trouble getting his wedding video back from the land of the lost I thought I would share his escapades with you. I can't fathom how difficult it must have been for Tom to think he... continue reading...

Road Warrior Must Have

What is one of the coolest and simplest products to give a road warrior this holiday season? It is a device that could power up a cell phone or blackberry from any airplane seat without the need for a power... continue reading...

Meaningless Megapixels?

I learned about this article on megapixels from Tom Keating's blog. To sum it up the article says megapixels don't matter and there is proof this is the case. My cousin Terry says the quality of the lens limits the... continue reading...

Cable Companies Vulnerable?

There are some very smart people in the telecom business who are betting on the cable companies as the winners in the service provider wars. Their logic goes something like this. The cable companies have relationships with content providers and... continue reading...

$1.27 Billion in VoIP Support Services Revenue by 2010

A sign of a healthy market is one in which there is lots of money being made. IDC reports that the VoIP services market will be growing at a phenomenal rate. I was blown away to discover they predict VoIP... continue reading...

My Mobile Blogging From ITEXPO

I must admit it is very weird to click on a link and see photos of yourself mobile blogging or moblogging. Thanks to Dan York for pointing out how I was doing this from Internet Telephony Conference & Expo.... continue reading...

Mobile Music in Asia: $9.3 Billion!

From almost nothing five years ago, the mobile music market in Asia/Pacific grew to US$3.3 billion in 2005, and will reach US$9.3 billion by 2010, reports In-Stat. The breakthrough years for mobile music in Asia/Pacific will be 2007 and 2008.... continue reading...

USB comes to AA batteries

If there was ever a product that made me think "now why didn't I think of that?" it has to be the rechargeable AA batteries that use a USB port to charge. This is really cool. Now if I could... continue reading...

iPod Vs. Zune

Is Apple scared of Zune? According to this article Apple has plenty of reasons to worry. What seems most innovative about the Zune device is its ability to support p2p WiFi as pointed out by Mike Elgan, this is the... continue reading...

VoiPod is Coming

Tom tells us that the Apple VoIPod may be on its way. OK this may be a VoIP device but it will have to be eventually. I first wrote about the VoIPod back in December 2004– Now I am waiting... continue reading...

Taking Sirius Aim at iPod

Sure this article explains how XM might lose out to the Sirius Stiletto but the iPod is the bigger loser here. I listen to music exclusively on my phone now and wish I could listen to Satellite radio in my... continue reading...

Nortel’s Future

With the rumblings in the market and out Alcatel and Lucent possibly calling things off, it might be a good time to look to Canada and see how Nortel is doing and what they plan for their future. I just... continue reading...

Samsung MP3 Service

There is so much competition in the market to take out the iPod and it seems obvious that the synergy of iTunes and iPod is a tough to beat with a player or service alone. So while companies like SanDisk... continue reading...

TMC in Stamford Advocate

TMC was featured on the front page of the business section of the Stamford Advocate newspaper today. It was also in the Hartford Courant (at least online – I am not sure if it made the printed version on Sunday)... continue reading...

SanDisk takes on the iPod

I am impressed that SanDisk has come out with music player after music player. Each seems to be a better value than the last. The question is whether the American market and others will care much about the value difference... continue reading...