Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
32 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

February 2009

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Who's Taking over UK's 087 DIDs?

February 27, 2009

Did you notice who's taking over? I did on Newsweaver.co.uk site.

What is the Universal Service Fund?

February 26, 2009

Check Wikipedia's definition and description of Universal Service Fund and Systems.

True... because of this Universal Service Fund my Dad who lives in a small country town in Florida, USA now has DSL for the first time.  

Dreaming of Being One of the Inc.com 5000 List?

February 25, 2009

As you may know, Inc.com is accepting applications for the 2009 Inc. 500|5000 fastest-
growing companies award. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2009. But the Inc.com network of elite private companies is alerted to a special "Inc. Insider" opportunity: Companies that apply to the Inc. 500|5000 before 11:59 pm, E.S.T., on February 28 will be entered in a drawing to win one FREE INC. 500|5000 CONFERENCE AND AWARDS PACKAGE, which includes airfare, admission, and hotel accommodations for the Inc. 500|5000 Conference and Awards Ceremony, which will be held September 23, 24, and 25 near Washington, D.C.

FYI, Moneybookers' Pay In Policy

February 25, 2009

Looking for an alternative to Paypal and other online banking services to receive payments from your customers? Any international customer can make a payment to your company.

The only countries that they do not support are: North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran,
Myanmar, Nigeria. (I thought they are international? Just asking...)


Please note that your US customers have to pay you through your Merchant Gateway because currently they do not accept new registrations from US residents. The reason for this, they say, is that they are currently improving their services and products for the US market.

Be Fair, Suzanne! Ok, so it's a Commercial, Sort of

February 25, 2009

While traveling the planet, I meet many wholesale companies who are involved in IP communications. Many are into adding video, mobile, DID/DDI, etc. The problem is... who to consult with when they can't afford to hire a full-time technical support staff to leverage these technologies.

ITEXPOs Mix IP Communications with Everything

February 25, 2009

I'm always pleasantly surprised at the ability of TMC to bring together every piece of the puzzle of monetizing IP communications. There is less talk of VoIP is dead, where is the innovation, and mash-ups. Instead, it's all about reality and encouraging a variety of entities to meet each other and do business.

Example 1: Miami Herald is at ITEXPO East the past few years, and this year, the group informed me that they are buying from other exhibitors and their own sales of the paper online and offline subscriptions increase at each show.

Eavesdropping on Barcelona's 2009 GSMA Conference

February 19, 2009

What have I seen? What have I heard in a few discussions both as part of and ... our favorite... eavesdropping.

Skype will come pre-installed on Nokia cell phones that start with an "N."

Complaints about the same things: mobile pricing needs to be easy and transparent to understand for the consumer.



Who Would Want to Use Quickbooks on a Blackberry?

February 9, 2009

Yes, you can! I was thinking about Omar Chohan of SACS International, a DIDX partner, who I recently interviewed on their smart use of Blackberry RIM with their IP PBX. 

I opened Quickbooks online because it is time to settle 2008. I see that you can use Quickbooks view only on a Blackberry. Might come in handy if you're in the middle of an elevator speech to an angel investor and want to impress them with your balance sheet.

How to get started

You can browse and agree the beta agreement at  https://sc.accounting.quickbooks.com/Update/index.cfm?id=40

Open your Blackberry browser.

Select Go To... from the browser menu and enter: https://accounting.quickbooks.com/m

What CAN you do with it?
View read-only versions of: 
  • Accounts receivable and payable
  • Vendor, customer and employee lists
  • Bank account and credit card balances
  • Balance sheet and Profit & Loss reports
  • QuickBooks Online contact information, which works with your BlackBerry to make calls, create emails, and even look up addresses using GoogleTM Maps

Some advice given includes...
  • Enable style sheets in your browser settings
  • Set your browser font to 6 or 7 points
Happy monetizing.












Jon Arnold - Biggest Competition from Outside your Industry

February 3, 2009

Listen on Qik to some of Jon's presentation on 2009 Technology Suvival Roadmap, SIP Trunking and Beyond during SIP Forum's sessions at ITEXPO East 2009.

Steven Johnson, President of inGate Up and Atom Like Me

February 1, 2009


I've been working in the lobby of Royal Palm Resort in Miami Beach since 5:30 AM. Love the free wifi and my trusty Starbuck's grande coffee of the day with 2 packets of natural sugar. A second person, a gentleman in a long-sleeved black t-shirt sits down to work on his laptop. I ask him, "You wouldn't happen to be here for a conference, would you?"

"Yes, ITEXPO," with a nice smile...


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