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Senao SN 358 Skype - Long Range Cordless Phone Reaches 15 km

November 22, 2010


A few months ago I came across a multi-handset Skype cordless phone product that claimed their phone system worked up to 10km from the wireless base unit. "Great Scott! A cordless phone that works up to 10km," I thought to myself. It supports both Skype and PSTN.

New Solution Enables Microsoft Lync to Talk to Land Mobile Radio users (VHF, UHF, P25, etc.)

November 17, 2010

One of Microsoft’s partners, Twisted Pair Solutions, maker of WAVE software now supports Microsoft Lync. WAVE Lync Communicator extends Lync by adding push-to-talk connectivity between office-based workers and their mobile worker colleagues who use two-way radios and smartphones. WAVE Lync Communicator breaks down the communications barrier found with two-way radio and other proprietary communication systems bringing critical communications workers in the field into the enterprise communications fold.

WAVE enables users of Lync to talk to land mobile radio users (VHF, UHF, P25, Tetra, etc.), group audio channels (hoot-and-holler networks, emergency broadcasts), paging/intercom systems and PC-based applications. With WAVE, all of these disparate devices and communication channels are now available from a single interface embedded within Lync.

Bria for Android v1.0 Launches

November 9, 2010

Bria for Android just launched. It's priced at $7.99 ($8.99 more for G.729 codec support) and is available here. Check out the features:

Bria Android Edition has all the standard telephone features, including:

  • Support for an account on any SIP-compliant server
  • Multi-tasking support for background operation, such as fielding incoming calls while using other applications
  • Call display and voicemail indicator
  • Voicemail support
  • Speakerphone, Mute and Hold
  • A detailed call history pane that displays dialed, answered and missed calls, along with ability to delete entries
  • Contact List – leveraging the phone’s native address book
  • The ability to work with the native dialer (a.k.a. Call Intercept)
  • Ringtones and contact avatars
  • Dial plan support (softphone-side)
  • Multiple call support
    • Swap between two active calls
    • Merge calls (three-way conferencing support)
    • Call transfer (attended and unattended)
  • Audio codecs include G.711a/u, iLBC and GSM
    • Option to purchase with or without G.729 codec
  • Automatic codec selection to ensure optimal call quality
  • Noise reduction
  • DTMF support: the ability to enter number into an auto attendant
    • via RFC 2833 or SIP INFO

Advanced Features

  • NAT traversal
    • Application managed, server managed or user specified
    • Global IP support
    • STUN and ICE
  • Media efficiency and quality
    • VAD (Voice Activation Detection)
    • QoS (Quality of Service)
    • ToS Marking
  • Security and encryption
    • TLS
    • SRTP
  • Logging support for trouble shooting
  • DNS SRV record lookups

Accessories



Time Warner Cable Beefs Up Home Phone Features with VoiceZone

November 3, 2010

Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with  more than 14 million customers today announced VoiceZone, a new web-based portal providing online access to customizable features for customers to control and monitor Time Warner Cable Digital Home Phone service over the web.

VoiceZone customers can change call settings including caller ID, access voicemail, block unwanted calls and set distinctive rings, which can be accessed through the company’s My Services online platform under the MyHomePhone tab. VoiceZone is a free service, but customers must first register for MyServices at http://myservices.timewarnercable.com.

“Time Warner Cable is focused on keeping customers easily connected to what’s important to them.  The introduction of VoiceZone to MyServices, much like our recently added Remote DVR Manager, provides customers with the convenience of managing Time Warner Cable products from outside the home,” said Jeffrey A. Hirsch, Chief Marketing Officer, Time Warner Cable’s East Region.  


Easy2Pick Wireless Luggage Finder System Review

October 22, 2010


You hover over the baggage claim area and claim a good spot close to the carousel door. You wait for your luggage to arrive - popping out through the conveyor belt doors - as your stress hormones and heart rate skyrocket with each passing moment you don't see your bag. Did my luggage make it? Is it still in good shape?

Truphone to Take on Skype & Offer Windows VoIP App

October 15, 2010

Truphone, headquartered in London, U.K. will soon be releasing a VoIP client for Windows PCs, as well as the Mac OS. Truphone is known for their mobile VoIP apps supported on several mobile platforms including Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Symbian, but this will be their first foray into the desktop PC environment. Unlike Skype, Truphone leverages the standard SIP protocol, so essentially Truphone will be releasing a SIP softphone client customized to work with their service offering.



CounterPath Demos iPhone to Nexus One Call Switching from VoIP to Cellular & Back

October 6, 2010


I met with Todd Carothers, VP of Product Management at TMC's ITEXPO in Los Angeles to hear about Counterpath's latest patents and new product offerings. Todd gave me one of the coolest demos of mobile VoIP I've ever seen! I captured the demo in one of two videos that I've included in this blog post. Definitely a must watch!

AudioCodes MediaPack 252 All-In-One Gateway Sweetness!

October 5, 2010



AudioCodes MediaPack™ 252 (MP-252) is a sophisticated, feature-rich, multimedia home gateway for broadband networks with Multi-play support. Launched at TMC's ITEXPO, it sports a built-in ADSL2+ modem, multiple antenna wireless LAN connectivity, DECT handsets supporting HD VoIP, Bluetooth interface for connecting cellular phones and optional battery backup. With its USB ports (3 in one model, 1 in another) , it even has support for being a print server, and can connect to file servers and UPnP AV Media Servers. I spoke with AudioCodes Alan Percy, Director of Business Development in the ITEXPO press room to learn more about this innovative all-in-one gateway for Multi-play services.

More Features Than You Can Shake a Stick At
The ADSL/ADSL2+ modem supports up to 24Mbps. It features a 10/100 Ethernet WAN port (optional connection to cable modem or FTTH ONU) and Four 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports.




Xobni CEO Jeff Bonforte Gives Fascinating Keynote At StartupCamp

October 5, 2010

ITEXPO hosted the 2nd annual Startup Camp where startup companies in the telecom, VoIP, wireless, CRM, and social media industries give a short 5 minute demo of their product or service. Then a few panelists critique their presentation. It lead to some interesting critiques. You'll definitely want to attend the next Startup Camp if you missed this one!

The keynote speaker at StartupCamp was Xobni CEO Jeff Bonforte, who has been actively involved in the future of communications for years, dating back to his involvement in what became the Gizmo Project (Gizmo5), and to his executive roles with Yahoo!’s Real-time Communications Group.

His keynote was one of the highlights of the event and I'm glad I was able to record about 80% of his insightful and funny presentation.



Important ITEXPO Happenings

October 4, 2010


I wanted to share some important highlights for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo happening this week. I should point out that we have over 200 exhibitors participating including Asterisk / Digium, Cisco, Packet8, ShoreTel, Skype, and more. Seems like ITEXPO is the week for important telecom / VoIP news to break, including Skype looking to hire a new CEO. I'm excited for Startup Camp. Now for some important ITEXPO happenings:

Monday at ITEXPO West 2010

The doors open to ITEXPO West 2010 today!




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