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TMCnet Goes Twitter

July 4, 2007

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 send and receive messages via SMS on cell phones. People spend hours letting their friends know (in excruciating detail sometimes) about all aspects of their life. “I am going to have lunch.” “I am having a snack.” “I am sick,” are some of the things you may see while twittering.   But if you get sick of twittering with friends and are interested in using Twitter to keep up with the latest (and best of course) communications and technology news and analysis, be sure to check twitter.com/tmcnet.

Vonage Left for Dead?

April 6, 2007

While much of the world is celebrating Good Friday, at Vonage it could not be a worse day as a judge has issued an injunction against the leading pure-play VoIP firm barring it from signing up new customers. Lawyers from Vonage likened this action to cutting off oxygen to the company instead of putting a bullet in its head -- which refers to shutting Vonage down altogether.

The future for Vonage looks mighty bleak as the dollars it spends on current ads are being wasted. Imagine the millions of dollars of ads that have run recently and those in the pipeline prompting people to call the company to sign up.

Verizon Vs. Vonage: Round II

March 24, 2007

This has been a strong news month for the VoIP market and perhaps the biggest news of all has been the Verizon Vs. Vonage patent case. While it is too early to know whether Verizon will ultimately be victorious, it is important to note the ruling may have ramifications for other VoIP providers.

If you play out this situation to its conclusion you realize what Verizon is doing may be illogical if it helps the cable companies. Why?

Voice Peering is Hot

March 8, 2007

At the Voice Peering Forum event here in sunny Miami Florida, the message is simple – voice peering is growing by leaps and bounds. Stealth Communications is the company who runs this event and attendees generally are people who have joined the Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) or who are thinking of joining.   Simply stated the VPF allows interconnection of voice calls and services. The founder of Stealth Communications is Shrihari Pandit and he kicked off the day’s meeting with his usual optimism which was backed up by staggering growth numbers.   For example the VPF carried 139 billion minutes last year and has seen 750% growth for the last three years.   In addition, Shrihari mentioned upgrades to the VPF such as the ability to utilize IPV6. Shrihari made a point to mention IPV6 is needed as the current addressing scheme IPv4 will run out of IP addresses in a few years.   In addition the VPF ENUM Registry will offer CNAM or Caller Name which will be a valuable service for CLECs or VoIP providers looking to match caller names with calls.

FCC on Rural VoIP

March 3, 2007

This morning I was scouring the TMC FCC news page and I came across an FCC ruling which is helpful to the VoIP market. The story was written by InfoWorld Daily. Don’t I have something better to do on a Saturday morning? Apparently not.

Attention Inventors

March 1, 2007


Thanks to many of the inventors and entrepreneurs out there I get exciting ideas to write about on a regular basis. Think about it… If there are no new ideas and products I would just wax poetic about my personal life– and believe me you don’t want that, you really don’t.

So when an opportunity comes along for me to help new entrepreneurs become successful and sort of give back to all of you nice people who invent things I can pontificate about – of course I am going to tell you about it.

Venture2 is sponsoring the Venture2 (seems redundant )Spring 2007 Inventor Search at The Launching Pad, an innovation incubator located in Delray Beach, FL. The contest is designed to find experienced and new entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, who are looking to commercialize their products or concepts with leading consumer product companies.

Inventors must submit an application by the required date of March 9, 2007; accepted applications will be invited to present their product on Thursday, March 15, 2007 between 1pm – 8pm. The four (4) finalists during the competition on March 15, must be prepared to return to The Launching Pad for the final judging on Friday, March 16, 2007 from 10am – 1pm.

The Grand Prize Winner of the “Venture2 Spring 2007 Inventor Search” will receive recognition and publicity, as well as 60 days of support from Venture2 (at no cost) in refining the concept and presenting the idea to leading companies for potential license or launch.

Both the grand prize winner and 2 runners-up will receive recognition through Venture2’s website as well as publicity.

OK so no promises to become a gazillionaire through this contest but what the heck.












Costco Tightens Return Policy

February 28, 2007





A New Electronics Return Policy Spells a Terrible Day for CRM   I frequently hear people talking about Costco’s amazing return policy and how they only purchase their electronics from the warehouse club. In addition I usually hear these comments as people simultaneously complain about terrible experiences they have had at other retailers. Usually these stories revolve around a product that quickly becomes defective and is subsequently unable to be returned.   Apparently many people were taking advantage of the extremely generous return policy and were subsequently returning products to buy a newer or cheaper version of the same product.   This is unfortunate as a few people have now ruined it for the rest of us. Costco has a new return policy.   Costco has until now allowed customers to return items at any time for a full refund, except for personal computers, where returns were limited to six months.   The new policy will give customers only 90 days to return televisions, computers, cameras, camcorders, portable music players and cell phones.   To put a silver lining in this consumer electronics cloud, Costco plans to extend the warranties on televisions and PCs for a total of two years.



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