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Ooma Hysteria

July 19, 2007

I received e-mails from a number of bloggers this morning linking to their stories about ooma, the latest p2p VoIP scheme promising free long distance to the masses. The difference between ooma and other p2p solutions like Skype is the ooma solution utilizes phone lines of existing customers to terminate calls in local areas.   A call placed on the ooma network from San Francisco to the 203 area code would be terminated on an ooma box in someone’s house in the 203 area code. The question worth asking (and I have not had a briefing from the company as of yet) is what security measures are used to ensure I am not listening in on other callers.   If that caller from San Francisco is calling their broker they most likely won’t be thrilled to have me listening to their phone call.   To be fair, this is pretty obvious and I imagine the company has a solution to this problem.

iPhone Meets Asterisk

July 18, 2007

Delicious TMCnet Stories

July 13, 2007

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 cook around, try connecting her savory linguini to Microsoft OCS or Microsoft Office Live. Dialogic and RingCentral can do this and their products don’t even need to be refrigerated and reheated overnight!   Everyone loves great cooking. Especially the small business.

Voicemail Transcription Patent

July 12, 2007

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 to and correct voicemails which are transcribed to text. This does not mean all voicemails are sent to live operators but one of my readers sent me this link and it is worth sharing. The text of the patent is below.   ---   Voicemail is received at a voicemail server and converted to an audio file format; it is then sent or streamed over a wide area network to a voice to text transcription system comprising a network of computers.

Voicemail Transcription Patent

July 12, 2007

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 to and correct voicemails which are transcribed to text. This does not mean all voicemails are sent to live operators but one of my readers sent me this link and it is worth sharing. The text of the patent is below.   ---   Voicemail is received at a voicemail server and converted to an audio file format; it is then sent or streamed over a wide area network to a voice to text transcription system comprising a network of computers.

Latin America Unified Communications

July 12, 2007

Voicemail Transcriptions Analysis

July 11, 2007

Unwired Enterprise

July 6, 2007

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 offer a great suite of products and services.   The leading Canadian communications company has been doing an impressive job of branding via it’s hyperconnectivity campaign and now it’s adding “unwired enterprise” to the mix. Personally I am not a fan of the term hyperconnectivity but I can't think of a better term and at the same time I admit I understand immediately and exactly what the term is meant to convey.

ShoreTel IPO

July 5, 2007

ShoreTel hit it big with an IPO which jumped 27.5% on it’s opening day. The IPO was derailed last week as a result of a lawsuit filed by Mitel. The company closed the day at $12.15, after the company priced 7.9 million shares at $9.50 a share.   Many comments circulated the blogosphere recently about how in the PBX space, Cisco owns the high-end and open-source owns the low end – with only scraps remaining for the companies in-between.   I agree with some of these comments but at the same time there is a massive opportunity to continue upgrading the world’s enterprise phone systems. Scraps could equate to billions of dollars each year.

Frontline

July 4, 2007

It is Frontline Wireless LLC Vs. AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming 700 MHZ spectrum auction and Frontline co-founder Reed Hundt, a former FCC chairman is aggressively courting public opinion and the current FCC to ensure his small company gets an opportunity to win a portion of the new spectrum allotment.   At the heart of the argument is surprisingly the iPhone which Hundt says is like driving a Ferrari on dirt roads. Hundt’s argument continues by saying consumers want the iPhone but they are forced to use the Slower 2.5G AT&T Wireless network and further, they are forced into a two-year contract which costs three times more than the phone itself.   For a fascinating recap, check out this story.
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