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Why Pivot?

In business, a pivot is a strategy change (especially in Lean Startup processes). When you look at brick-and-mortar companies like RadioShack,...

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Thoughts on the Industry Right Now

All the forecasts: have any of them been accurate? Or is it just a way to sell reports? If it is,...

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Hosted PBX Sales Increasing

Blame some of it on the TDM-to-IP transition, but a lot of the reason that Hosted PBX sales are increasing is...

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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to...

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Why the Fax Isn't As Outdated As You Think

I wrote a blog about faxing a few months ago and got an overwhelming response. Got some comments via email and...

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Camera-Phone Opportunity Exists for Samsung

There exists an opportunity for a superior camera with 10x or greater zoom coupled with the traditional things we are used to...

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Tomorrow is Purchase Google Glass Day!

If you are a wearable tech fan, tomorrow is a big day as you will finally be able to (if you are...

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infoUSA Buys @Once

February 1, 2005

Vin Gupta, the Chairman and CEO of infoUSA has been on a tear lately as his company infoUSA grows and grows. Even during the post-bubble era, when times were tough, his company was marketing and promoting itself and has become a stronger and stronger provider of databases for the direct mail and e-mail marketing crowd. infoUSA's purchase of @Once gives infoUSA access to technology allowing for automated polling, rich media distribution, coupon services and more. @Once will be a good addition to infoUSA and as Vin says in the release, "We believe that the email marketing industry is extremely fragmented and ripe for consolidation, and we plan to acquire more companies in this industry.

Quintum VoIP Giveaway

January 31, 2005

VoIP Equipment gets expensive so when you can win $25,000 worth of it it makes sense to slow down and pay attention. TMC teamed up with Quintum to sponsor this giveaway. We sent this e-mail today on how you can win:

This is your last chance to have Quintum Technologies, Inc. and TMC's INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine make your VoIP project a $25,000 reality!

The possibilities are endless - imagine how many offices, call centers or Internet cafes you can VoIP-enable with $25,000 worth of Tenor MultiPath switches!

All entries must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2005.



Nuvio Chases Level3

January 31, 2005

Recently I discussed Volo Communications going after Level 3's old customers. Now Nuvio is using this approach:

NUVIO ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HOSTED IP-PBX OFFERING FOR LEVEL 3 PARTNERS

Overland Park, Kan., January 31, 2005 -- Nuvio Corporation, a leading provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), today announced an offering specifically for Level 3 partners that were selling the company’s (3)Tone Business product, its wholesale hosted-PBX service, which will be phased out in June.  Nuvio is providing a package that allows Level 3’s partners to switch to its NuvioCentrex service, the company’s full-featured hosted IP-PBX solution, offering the same terms and conditions granted by Level 3, along with one month’s free service. 

SBC Shouldn't Buy AT&T?

January 31, 2005

It is obvious that telecom pricing is in a declining state. Credit VoIP and wireless carriers for this. Many analysts say consolidation is necessary in a market with declining pricing. Motley Fool has an interesting article about why the SBC/AT&T merger doesn't make sense.

AT&T, SBC Update

January 31, 2005

I had a chance to speak with Gary Morgenstern over at AT&T and I am told that during the conference calls I missed today there were some nice comments made by SBC management about CallVantage. Gary in no way implied the brand would stay or not but was just passing this along to me. There has been speculation that the AT&T brand might disappear and while it is too premature to dispel such rumors, receiving compliments on CallVantage in an SBC/AT&T conference call is a good sign. Personally I believe the CallVantage brand  is very strong and it would be a shame to see it go.

Broadband Tax: Why I Am For It

January 31, 2005

Many in the VoIP industry are sick and tired of having to deal with every state wanting to tax, regulate, and/or kill VoIP. It is ridiculous. Really. I have long advocated taxing all broadband connections and not discriminating between what applications run on such pipes.

Linksys WRT54GP2 and RT31P2

January 31, 2005

Linksys put out a press release for the London market touting new VoIP hardware. One of these devices is the WRT54GP2 which is a 802.11G router with 2 phone ports and the other is the RT31P2 which is a plain router with 2 phone ports. Without question, this is the exact sort of announcement that the VoIP market needs. I say this because having VoIP and WiFi used to mean having 2 devices which means 2 layers of NAT and 2 administrative interfaces.

VoIP Inc. Interview

January 30, 2005


VoIP Inc. is a conglomerate in VoIP. They are in retail, wholesale, wireless and business communications systems. If you really want insight into the future of VoIP, you would do well to get these insights from the CEO of such a company.


Democracy in VoIP

January 29, 2005

While I watch the historic election in Iraq I wonder to myself if we realize the same thing is happening in the communications world. VoIP providers are really providing democratic communications by bypassing the "monarchies" of incumbent phone companies throughout the world. Even with deregulation, if you didn't own the pipes you couldn't really get full access to customers. Sure, wireless networks allow ways around this limitation but many of these companies are still owned by incumbents.

Mesh Networks

January 29, 2005

Mesh networks make a great deal of sense to me. The ability to drop wireless nodes into any environment and set up a fully functioning network is something that seems so logical that  I can't imagine doing it any other way. Here is a release from a company that claims to have made a mesh networking breakthrough via the use of three radios.

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