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Plantronics .Audio 480

March 28, 2008

I just had a chance to test drive the Plantronics .Audio 480 USB Headset also known as the Virtual Phone Booth. While I generally have problems with all in-the-ear headphones, these felt better in my ears than many others I have tried.

For example the Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones (currently discontinued) don't fit in my ears well and subsequently I have to resort to the ear plug type adapter that you roll tightly and then let expand in your ear.

The problem with the Shure ear buds is that if your fingers are not absolutely just-washed clean, the buds get dirty and don't work as well -- they then need replacement. This includes the carbon residue from newspapers that you don't even realize is embedded in your fingers.

Another problem is if you take one of these foam ear buds out to speak with someone on a flight you have to take time to roll it again before reinserting it back in your ear.

I am somewhat impressed with the sound quality of the Plantronics headset. In tests of dance, pop and classical music, I thought the range of frequencies transmitted to be good.







Carriers Need Advertising

March 20, 2008

I have been saying for over a decade that carriers need to explore ways to deliver enhanced services.

To be fair, some companies are doing this. AT&T has done an amazing job partnering with Apple (the way I hear it, Verizon declined to work with Apple which is why AT&T had the option) and then they have further offered Pandora radio as a $10/month service.

I got to thinking about these services as I was reading an eComm 2008 wrap up from Jon Arnold where he discusses the future of service providers.

One of the points made by Jon is that advertising revenue pales in comparison to current subscriber revenues and as such carriers need to focus on innovating.

While I agree with this notion, I do believe carriers must consider advertising as a major revenue source. Moreover, advertising revenue models of the old days pale in comparison to what is possible with the web, interactive television and location based services.

I have written before about the potential for mobile providers to supply customers with intimately targeted ads based on location and I am still awaiting the fantastic services of the future.

Perhaps the biggest problem service providers face is cultural.











Dan Miller New TMCnet Columnist

March 19, 2008

As I mentioned a while back, TMC is experiencing record growth and I promised we would maintain our high levels of quality as we grow. TMCnet currently has just under 50 worldwide columnists and most of them write daily or even more often.

TMC continues to look for the absolute brightest thought leaders to keep you up to date and help you make informed purchasing decisions in the communications and technology space.

To that end, TMC's latest columnist is Dan Miller, an analyst at Opus Research who will write a column titled "Communications in Context."

Miller has over 25 years experience in marketing, business development and corporate strategy for telecom service providers, computer manufacturers and application software developers. He founded the highly respected analyst firm, Opus Research in 1985 and helped define the conversational access technologies marketplace by authoring scores of reports, advisories and newsletters addressing business opportunities that reside where automated speech leverages web services, mobility and enterprise software infrastructure.

More recently he oversaw the launch of research practices covering voice biometrics and local mobile search.

I am thrilled to have such a high quality writer as part of the TMCnet editorial mix and thanks again to all of our readers and sponsors who have made TMCnet so popular over these past years.

Dan's first article is titled Beyond UC: Contextual Communications and you are welcome to bookmark his columnist page so you don't miss any of the important things he has to say.











Where is the TMC Team?

March 17, 2008

Avaya's Huge Unified Communications Push

March 16, 2008

Avaya has certainly made unified communications history today with a suite of announcements that will certainly rattle the competitive landscape. UC will never be the same in my opinion.

The New Jersey-based company's biggest news had to do with affordable unified communications… For a paltry $99/user you can get full-featured UC for your workers. This is in my opinion beyond inexpensive for UC solutions from such a premium name in the business.

And we aren't talking about bare bones solutions here… You get a thick or thin client, integration with Microsoft and IBM and best of all you get access to about 700 or so Avaya communications features via your UC client. The thin client support means your new MacBook Air will be allowed to join the Avaya low-cost UC party.



Hot News: Ixia, VPI, Wyde Voice, Google, Spirent, Sangoma, LifeSize, Aculab and more

March 16, 2008

I try not to play favorites with the news and instead of giving you my picks of the week, I defer to TMC editors who picked the following stories as some of the week's best. This week, we have a truly diverse group of stories that range from the economy to open source and even SIP trunking.

Hopefully you will find them interesting as well and if you don't - please don't get mad  at me as I am just the messenger.

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  • Ixia Intros Quality of Experience and Service Validation Platform for Triple Play
  • The Right Tools for Making Bandwidth Management Work for You
  • VPI's Activ! Voice Recording Solution Rated Avaya Compliant
  • Ethernet Extenders: Key Benefits and What to Look For
  • WYDE Voice Launches Wideband Audio Conferencing Appliances
  • BT Partners with RingCentral to Launch Small Business Hosted Phone Service
  • Converging Networks, Converging Channels
  • Hosted PBX: The Next Step in Voice Communications
  • Google Completes Acquisition of DoubleClick
  • Atlas Telecom Leading the IP PBX Charge
  • Broadvox Achieves Interoperability Certification with AdvanceIP
  • LifeSize Software Version 3.5
  • VoIP Usage Pattern Differs from Legacy Telephony
  • Analyst: CEOs Should Remain Steadfast in the Face of Economic Downturn
  • Spirent Picks Telchemy's VQmon for IPTV Analysis
  • VanillaSoft Adds New Features to its Web-based Lead Management System.
  • When Will Telcos Deploy VoIP?
  • Getting the Most Out of Mobile Device Management
  • Sangoma Expands its Presence in Europe and the Middle East through New Partnership with The IP Company
  • Phone System Choices: The Importance of End-User Feedback
  • A Primer on SIP and VoIP CODECs
  • Two BlueNote Networks SOA Products Win 2007 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award
  • Telecom Expense Management Solutions Provider Tangoe Wins UC Product of the Year Award
  • Esnatech Intros Telephony Office-LinX 7.1 with Disaster Recovery Enhancements
  • MOBIVOX's New Say It and Save It Feature
  • Massey University Picks Network Equipment Technologies' VX Series Intelligent Media Gateway
  • Brasil Telecom GlobeNet Hires Nokia Siemens Networks to Expand in North America
  • AOTMP's 2008 Wireless Mobility Market Landscape Now Available
  • Webcasting Helps Companies Save Money, Be Green
  • What the ApplianX Gateway from Aculab Has to Do With Pizza

 







Ken Camp is Available

March 8, 2008

Regular readers of my blog and attendees of TMC expos no doubt know Ken Camp. Ken is very knowledgeable in the field of information technology with special expertise in communications and security. He has written books, articles, spoken at shows and is a recognized thought leader in the blogoshere and beyond.

Ken does all this and is also the State Enterprise Architect for the State of Washington -- with a special focus on security.

Ken has impressed me for a number of reasons and perhaps one of the most amazing things he does is travel to industry events on his own dime. He does this because he seems to truly love the industry, being involved with it and sharing his thoughts with others via his books, internet writings and speaking assignmets.

Having said that, Ken is looking to change roles and I can think of few people who are capable as he is.





Service Providers Get Into Home Security

March 7, 2008

Peter Radizeski Joins TMCnet

March 7, 2008

TMCnet's latest blogger is Peter Radizeski. Peter is knowledgeable and not afraid to say what he thinks. He is direct and has a long history in telecom. He will will write things that ruffle feathers.

Communications News March 7, 2008

March 7, 2008

My editorial team has selected the following stories as some of the most important ones of the week. Hopefully some or all of these news items will be useful to my readers.

Some of my favorite ones are how green Sony-Ericsson is, new patents for i2 Telecom and 8x8/Packet8, RingCentral's $12 million funding and Broadvox and The Amanda Company partnering.





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