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January 26, 2009

 


Oh My God, Tomorrow's Keyboard Today!

Without a doubt many of us wear different hats when we communicate. For example many in business do not use SMS abbreviations but kids do. When texting with businesspeople, SMS abbreviations seem to be acceptable at times but of course this depends on your situation.

Thousands More ATAs Get Landfilled

January 26, 2009

 


Verizon is about to shut down its VoiceWing service and in the process leave thousands of orphaned and locked ATAs, Most of these devices are probably old by consumer electronics standards but as Tom Keating points out it is too bad they have to end up in landfills now as there is no way to unlock them.

Although not great news, I for one will accept the drawbacks of this announcement when contrasted against the positive news of the new Hub product coming to a store near you around the time of ITEXPO.

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Using Gadgets to Sell Service

January 23, 2009

For years you have heard me rant about how the future of telecom is in CE or consumer electronics. Specifically I told VoIP providers we need to integrate SMS and other cool services we have in our cell phones so our home phones can be as desirable as our mobile devices.

Here are my exact comments from a post titled VoIP 2.0 in 2004:


The Device Sells The Service

There are at last count over 100 VoIP service providers out there and counting.



IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Google and Intel, The Real Earnings Story

January 23, 2009

You may have heard Intel and Microsoft missed their numbers but Google, Apple and IBM did well. Most people are trying to make sense of what is happening here. After all, to most financial analysts, these are all tech companies and subsequently they should all do the same.

Here is the real story.

The New Mobile VoIP business Opportunity

January 23, 2009

A simple test to determine who is a true telecom veteran is to ask them simply have you heard of Harry Newton. Harry was the ultimate character and the most polarizing figure I knew in telecom. The man was responsible for launching the magazines Teleconnect, Call Center, Computer Telephony and others. He was an incredible businessman/competitor to TMC and we became a better company because f him.

Don't Buy That Palm Stock Just Yet

January 22, 2009

Skype's Growth Staggering, Challenges Ahead

January 22, 2009

Om Malik does a great job analyzing the Skype earnings numbers hidden within eBay's quarterly results. Here are some of the numbers/details worth sharing. 

  • $145 million in sales for the quarter
  • 26% greater sales than prior year
  • SkypeOut minutes go to 2.6 billion from 2.2 billion in the third quarter of 2008.
  • Superioor Growth in Asia is noted by the company
  • Skype-to-Skype minutes go to 20.5 billion from 16.5 billion in the third quarter of 2008.
  • 35 million new users were added this past quarter

Om also points out in an intelligent fashion that the growth at Skype is slowing. He focuses on paid growth of course - the free user growth is staggering.

Come Meet the Thought Leaders at ITEXPO

January 21, 2009

One of the most important parts of any conference is the networking... The potential to meet and speak with thought leaders in numerous markets at one time in one place. This year's ITEXPO has more thought leaders than any prior TMC event I can remember.

Although I cannot duplicate the actual conversations you might want to have with people at the show, I did try to come up with a way for you to get a feel for many of the speakers and exhibitors at the show by asking them questions I think are of interest.

Truphone Does it Again

January 21, 2009

Pandora Adds Ads

January 21, 2009

It had to happen eventually -- Pandora -- the web-based music service which allows you to play the music you like to listen to, has recently started adding 15-second advertisements .

But wait a second  I run a media company -- and that means I know advertisers pay the bills.

Gizmodo says users get 15 seconds of advertisements for every two hours of music. This seems like a great ratio to me.

I must say this news seems coincidental as it comes at the the same time Clear Channel, the nation's largest radio company is laying off nearly two thousand workers.

According to sources familiar with the matter, many of the layoffs will be in ad sales meaning Pandora should have a large number of salespeople to choose from.

Personally, I think Pandora and similar services are the future of music -- consider it Radio over IP or RoIP.









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