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Rumors of Google Buying Skype

January 27, 2009

eBay is doing nothing with Skype -- they say there is no synergy but there are ways to show ads for products the company sells to people making video and audio calls. I have yet to see the two companies try to integrate their products and services.

The rumors point to Google purchasing the internet telephony leader but Skype doesn't need Google... It has a huge network already and Google won't help to grow what is growing so quickly already.

Sadly, eBay needs Skype more than it realizes. I am not sure how they will replace a product which is growing like Skype.



Come Meet the Thought Leaders at ITEXPO Part 2

January 27, 2009

Last week I posted some links to interviews which I did with various thought leaders who will be participating at ITEXPO next week in Miami.  Since the last post I had a chance to conduct a few more which are worth sharing.

I find interviews are a useful way to get a feel for the people I will run into at events. In addition, by reading through them you get a sense for where people think things are going in the market.

Omg, 2mro's Kybrd 2dy

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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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.

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

Gadgets to Shape More Telecom Decisions

January 19, 2009

It seems both of the major US cellular carriers have decided femtocells are a good idea. First AT&T and now Verizon. What this obviously means for customers is better service at home or in offices with poor coverage. The obvious losers here are pure-play VoIP companies as well as cabecos.

Glowpoint's Aspiring Global Video Community

January 13, 2009

Recently Glowpoint put out the news they had record call volumes and I thought it made sense to learn more so I interviewed the company's CEO Michael Brandofino. The company plays in spaces which have been resistant to the slowing economy - namely videoconferencing, telepresence and contact centers.

I should mention Glowpoint has a market cap of just under $15 million as I write this article but in the last year, its performance has been down 33% which is better than down 36% for Cisco.
 

Why do you think your company had record call volumes?

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