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ITEXPO

Video Stream the ITEXPO Keynotes from earlier today

September 16, 2008

ITEXPO Setup

September 16, 2008

Junction Networks Confirms Aastra IP Phones Compatible With OnSIP Hosted PBX Service

September 16, 2008

Some more good news coming out of ITEXPO. Junction Networks has confirmed that the popular Aastra phones work with their hosted PBX service called OnSIP. Junction Networks' New York lab tested the Aastra 53i, 57i and the 57iCT model business phones for interoperability with the full range of OnSIP features and applications, including call waiting, call forwarding, auto attendant, caller ID, voice mail, do-not-disturb settings, and more.

Is it me or does it seem like Aastra phones are everywhere? They're supported on SIP-based IP-PBX, Microsoft Response Point, Asterisk-based solutions, and more.

Phonevite API released at ITEXPO

September 16, 2008

At ITEXPO I met with John Nahm, CEO and co-founder of Phonevite, an intriguing VoIP-enabled one-to-many broadcasting service that takes the concept of the popular Evite email-centric invitations service and extends it to the phone world.

Calvin Kim is the other co-founder and he actually founded Dialpad, one of the pioneers of VoIP with their Java-based click-to-call application. Dialpad was later sold to Yahoo. Calvin is now the CTO of Phonevite.

John explained he wants Phonevite to be like Evite but for the phone. Phonevite was incorporated in January of last year and has reached profitability with their premium customers.



Microsoft Response Point News

September 16, 2008

I just met with Microsoft to talk about what's new in their Response Point IP-PBX. They demo'ed the Aastra AastraLink RP phone system which works with Aastra IP phones with the Response Point "magic" blue button embedded onto the phones. The magic button allows you to use speech-recognition to perform call transfers, directory lookups, and more. I met with Richard Sprague, Senior Director, Microsoft Response Point and Xuedong Huang, General Manager, Microsoft Response Point to find out what's new and to see a demo of RP SP1.


Microsoft's Richard Sprague & Xuedong Huang (holding a cordless Aastra Response Point phone)

Microsoft gave TMC's Michael Dinan and myself a demo of the Response Point system, which now features a fully-functional click-to-dial software application, and presence integration.




PIKA WARP Appliance adopted by Schmooze

September 16, 2008

Today, as I'm blogging from the ITEXPO press room I learned that the PIKA WARP Appliance has been adopted by Schmooze (aka the Yiddish Asterisk ). If you recall, I reviewed the PIKA WARP Appliance last week. The WARP Appliance can run Asterisk, FreeSWITCH, and now Schmooze.


Schmooze Communications will be using PIKA WARP the Appliance as the hardware component in a new line of its PBXact business telephone systems.

Schmooze president Tony Lewis and his development team are major contributors to FreePBX, one of the top graphical user interface (GUI) applications in use today that provides pre-programmed functionality for users wanting to ease the configuration of the Asterisk open-source platform. While there are a number of GUIs on the market, FreePBX has emerged as one of the industry standards that, when combined with PIKA WARP the Appliance, provides developers with a superior solution for cost-effective, scaleable and customizable business phone systems.




ITEXPO is here!!

September 16, 2008

Live Streaming Video via Mobile Phone Camera

September 12, 2008

Internet Telephony Expo Preview

September 10, 2008

Rich posted the official ITEXPO Show Guide, which gives you a preview of what's happening at next week's ITEXPO. You can check out the 17MB PDF by clicking the image to the left. In Rich's blog post, he previews what's happening at the show and he writes, "All the top names are in the show... Cisco, Avaya, Time Warner Cable, Mitel, Interactive Intelligence and Dialogic.

Buying an iPhone at Best Buy

September 8, 2008

Best Buy began selling the Apple iPhone on Sunday, becoming the first U.S. retailer to do so outside of Apple and AT&T stores. The Apple iPhone will be carrier in 970 Best Buy stores. Rich Tehrani and I decided to take a walk to Best Buy which is just down the street from TMC and take some pictures of their display.
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