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
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May 2009

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8x8 Freedom Unlimited Price Increase, Still Great Deal

May 29, 2009

How do you continue to monetize IP communications in a tough economy? Raise the price?

Rate increase effective June 1, 2009, as follows: 8x8 Freedom Unlimited Plan - $24.99/month ... still not bad, when you compare the complimentary features that usually incur extra charges from traditional phone services:   Voicemail to Email Notification
Caller ID with Name
Caller ID Blocking
Anonymous Call Blocking
Call Waiting
Call Waiting Disable
Call Waiting ID
Follow Me, Find Me
Simultaneous Ringing
7-Digit Local Dialing
Network Unavailable Forwarding
Call Return
Call Forwarding
Three-Way Calling
Online Account Management And Billing
Do Not Disturb
Phone-Based Call Management   I keep hearing of this one company who is advertising their digital Internet phone service on one bill with broadband, cable tv, and voice where it offers the largest local calling service area. Local?

















Set of Printer Cartridges or Open Silicon Valley Forum?

May 29, 2009

Forget the cartridges and attend the Social Media Academy and other great sessions at Open Silicon Valley Forum in Mountain View on June 13th, 2009. Listen and mix with the experts from RockYou, SlideShare, Zoosk, Sharethrough, and Eduify. A miniscule entry fee of $55 for the full conference right now will place you in an inspirational circle of movers and shakers at the forum's venue the Computer History Museum.

The main categories set for this event include cleantech, global affairs, and tech and media. See the full conference schedule.

Making your Website Accessible to Mobile Surfers

May 28, 2009

Let's make more of the web accessible to mobile phones, okay? Some companies don't make sure that they are delivering valid XHTML. I discussed this with Jessica Zhu, an expert in XML and XHTML*, at ISPCON last year. World Wide Web Consortium can help your company check to see if your websites are mobile-friendly. Check their best practices published in January 2009. W3 is also looking for your feedback

Come hang out with more experts on mobile applications and technology at the following conferences. I'll see you there.

Sept 1-3, 2009 ITEXPO and 4G Wireless Evolution

Sept 15-18, 2009 4G World

Oct 6-9, 2009 CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment®

* Check Surfin' Safari for the relationship among XML, XHTML and HTML.

BlinkMind Video Conferencing Reviewed, Love it

May 19, 2009

Video conferencing... what are the first thoughts that come to mind? It's too expensive, it takes too much bandwidth. We don't need it. On the flip side, I have come to the conclusion that it is a must in the mix of plans businesses have for staying in touch with competitors, suppliers, clients, and business partners along with audio telephony, instant chat, email, and conference face to face.

Russian Government Buys 20% of Indian Telecom Provider

May 14, 2009

Will this be good or bad for Russian consumers and businesses and the rest of the world?

"The Russian government is to buy a 20% stake in Sistema-Shyam, an Indian telecom service provider. The total value of the deal amounts to RUB 34.3bn ($1bn).
Sistema is the major shareholder in Shyam Telecom and operates under the Rainbow logo."

Original source where I copied this information is http://www.itandtelecompoland.com/next.php?id=71360. This was predicted in the middle of March 2009 in the Reuters UK news.

Apply for MySpace Vice President of Business Development

May 14, 2009

I was checking out IP communications companies that are using MySpace to implement voice plugins and applications and then checked my Linkedin network to read the latest from some of those same companies, and noticed the job opening at MySpace for Vice President of Business Development... job entry number 687227.

I'm copying here the details. If you believe you are qualified and would love a career with MySpace click on "job opening."

Location: Los Angeles, CA (Greater Los Angeles Area)



URL: http://www.myspace.com

Mobile Excellence Awards 2009

May 11, 2009

I have so many friends in the mobile everything industry, and I hope they all apply for the Mobile Excellence Awards 2009. I'd love to see any of them win.

Submit your application at http://www.mobilexawards.com/ for the 2009 Mobile Excellence Awards. Mobile Monday will present the awards. Award submissions must be postmarked by August 31st, 2009.

Monetize your IP Communications for a Net School Group

May 5, 2009

I feel certain that the readers of this blog are the real telephony experts, early adopters, think tank types, not me, so that is why I am asking you to check this request from a school on the web group. 

They are looking for a system where people can call in from a cell phone line in El Salvador. Their call would be answered by inputting a PIN #.

Then they could have an option to listen to voice mail prompts--questions or multiple choice, respond and playback their recording. If these files could be saved as .wav files that would be best.



We asked and Inc.com answered

May 1, 2009

Inc.com has extended the deadline to May 22, 2009 to apply for the Inc.com 5000 list. Many of us asked them to do this because some of the most qualified companies need more time to gather their financials and fill the registration form. Good luck!
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