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Fascinating WebRTC Demos from WebRTC Expo

WebRTC has been described as the most disruptive communications technology of the decade. It has also been described as overhyped. Well, I...

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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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IBM Misses

April 15, 2005

Tehrani Speaks at Gold Systems Webinar

April 14, 2005

Where is Rich Tehrani speaking? Everywhere it seems. And I love it. I can’t wait to discuss the growth of the speech market. What many people don’t realize is that speech technologies are changing the way business operates.

PRSourceCode Webinar

April 14, 2005

Videophone For $99

April 14, 2005

Perhaps the biggest news in the VoIP space, ever is this announcement. I have been saying for a while that these devices need to be under $100 for consumer adoption. 8x8 did a very smart thing with this announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8x8 SLASHES PRICE OF PACKET8 VIDEOPHONE TO $99

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  – April 14, 2005 -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of  Packet8 broadband voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications services, announced it has reduced the price of the Packet8 Broadband Consumer VideoPhone from $250 (after rebate) to $99 and decreased the monthly service fee from $29.95 to $19.95, effective immediately.

Available direct to consumers at www.packet8.net, the newly-priced Packet8 VideoPhone is being sold with a two year service plan which includes unlimited voice and video calls worldwide to another Packet8 Videophone as well as unlimited local and long distance voice-only calls to any phone number in the U.S.







TMC Labs ITMAG Innovation Award

April 14, 2005

Average VoIP URL Day

April 14, 2005

60 is about what I am seeing for VoIP URLs during the week. What caught my eye this week were the following:

voip911callcenter.com
voip911dispatch.com
voip911service.com
voip911system.com
tucowsvoip.com
tucowsvoip.net

The 911 names above are registered to:

Gaines Enterprises












6691 South Marion Street
Littleton, Colorado 80121
United States

The tucows registrations are hidden but I assume they aren’t being registered by tucows, the popular shareware download site.

Here are the rest:

acs-voip.com
acs-voip.net
acsvoip.com
acsvoip.net
advertisingvoip.com
basin-voip.com
bestvoipsolution.com
bestvoipstore.com
fr-voip.com
igovoip.com
livevoipata.com
parsvoip.com
philippinevoiptel.com
philvoiptel.com
sitvoip.com
thevoippages.com
thevoippages.net
tucowsvoip.com
tucowsvoip.net
ukvoiptel.com
usevoipnow.com
voiceoveripvoip.com
voip--800.com
voip-developer.net
voip-development.com
voip-softphone.com
voip-uk.org
voip001.net
voip4000.com
voip911callcenter.com
voip911dispatch.com
voip911service.com
voip911system.com
voipcallsnow.net
voipcm.com
voipct.com
voipervoi.com
voipervoi.net
voipexchanger.com
voipnettech.com
voipnettechnologies.com
voipphonehome.com
voippy.com
voippy.net
voippy.org
voiprefill.com
voipreload.com
voiptec.net
voiptelefonie.biz
voiptelefonie.org
voiptide.com
voiptide.net
voiptransit.biz
wanadoo-voip.biz
wanadoo-voip.info
wanadoo-voip.org
wanadoovoip.biz
wanadoovoip.info
wanadoovoip.org
wantbestvoip.com
worldvoipconnection.com
ywvoip.net




































































VoIP 911

April 14, 2005

Here is a great post from Tim Denton on how we can solved the VoIP 911 problem. Excerpt:

Today, when you purchase a local telephone service from an incumbent local exchange carrier (i.e. ILECs, e.g. Bell Canada, TELUS, Verizon, SBC, etc.) emergency telephony comes with it.

TeleCONSENSUS

April 13, 2005

From Marketwatch:

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced the creation of a new coalition to push for a re-write of the nation's telecommunications laws.

The group, called TeleCONSENSUS - includes roughly 60 companies, local Chambers of Commerce and trade associations.

The group also includes three Baby Bells - Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), SBC Communications Inc. (SBC) and BellSouth Corp (BLS) - as well as the National Association of Manufacturers and Time Warner Inc. (TWX).

"The Telecom Act is almost 10 years old, which is an eternity in the high-tech world," said Thomas Donohue, chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking at the launch of the new trade group, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, said he will "start with a clean sheet of paper" on telecom reform and hopes to have legislation through the House in the spring or summer and then "see if we can't come together" with the Senate.

Reform backers say the 1996 Act, which didn't even mention the Internet, is woefully outdated at a time when new technologies like Internet telephony, known as VOIP, and video over broadband are breaking down the walls that once separated different types of telecommunications services.

The Chamber estimates that reforming telecom laws would add 212,000 jobs over a five-year period and lead to $58 billion in new investment.

Donohue said the Chamber is prepared to commit between $100,000 and $500,000 annually on telecom reform advocacy.

Asked about reform prospects, Donohue said he doesn't expect it this year but hopes telecom legislation can be enacted during the current two-year Congressional session.

















Senator Ford On My Blog

April 13, 2005

I just came across this post on my blog about Indiana telco regulations from The Honorable David Ford, Indiana State Senator of District 19. You have to scroll down to see the comments. I am not sure how I missed this before and am extremely humbled to have my blog be a forum for this crucial dialogue between the government and the people.

I have to admit that after the Warren Buffet letter to TMCnet, this may be the most important thing that has happened to our site. Oh yes, there was the time when Al Gore keynoted one of our events and we were told he was monitoring our site from time to time.

I wonder if George Bush ever gets a chance to check out TMCnet. Does Air Force one have VoIP?



Death Of The Exit Strategy

April 13, 2005

Recently two service provider execs had conversations with me where they told me they hate the mentality of today’s VoIP market. Everyone it seems is talking “exit strategy.” Now I am sure everyone wants to be the next company Cisco picks up but what concerns service provider executives is -- how do you run a company if your goal is to be retired on a beach in Hawaii in the next few months.

After all, is an exit strategy what you should be aiming for? What about a customer acquisition strategy? A profit generating strategy or even better, a success strategy?

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