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

Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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Twitter Search Your Way to New Business

July 14, 2010

Try any search term in the block on the right side of your Twitter page. Here are some I found which have already led to my being able to get new customers for some of our www.didx.net wholesale IP communications service provider members.

I just have to use a POS slide phone from 2002, and the only numbers I have are my My Favs. IT SUCKS! and Sorry 2 hear that!

Venezuelan Expat VoIP Startup and a Canadian ISP with a Vision Merge

July 9, 2010

After recording this interview, Suzanne Bowen had an idea that Max and Jonathan should consider adding another service where they assist Canadian companies to merge with USA companies, especially where each fills service and resource gaps of each other. Download the audio podcast to your mp3 player, netbook, Droid, iPhone or whatever you use and listen too! It's on iTunes too.

Suzanne Bowen: Today we have with us the President of AstraQom Jonathan Sowah and also Max Glucksmann who is the new Chief Technical Officer. Welcome to both of you.

Which Asterisk Server Provider Do You Choose?

July 8, 2010

Yesterday, one friend, a guy whose clients are musicians in the USA and around the world. He does video, PR, and social networking training with and for them. He asked me if I would connect him to different Asterisk Server Providers because he needs that.

I used Facebook email to introduce him to each of them because there I am connected with around 2000 or so (slow accumulation of wonderful, quality, organically-grown relationships since early 2006) friends, most of them some how related to telecommunications.

Here are the responses he received from each and so I was wondering if you were the Musician PR guy, which answer gives you the best first impression? What are the pros and cons of each?



What Do Hairpinning and The Shining Have to do with VoIP?

July 7, 2010

I was remembering my mother in the 60s when she would wet her hair, curl small areas and hair pin in place. When it dried and she combed it out, she looked like an angel. But hairpinning is a term in voice over Internet (IP communications). It is the process of returning a message from a beginning endpoint back in the direction it came from.

Craiglist, USA Phone Numbers, Call Centers, Fraud

July 1, 2010

A friend on Facebook said, "I heard that my call center can make a lot of money using Craigslist. Would you give me advice?"

Answer: Craigslist requires a USA phone number from each person using Craigslist. Craigslist will call the number to verify the person answering has signed up to use Craigslist and agrees to their terms and conditions

A few ways to get bulk number of USA phone numbers wholesale.
Any USA landline or mobile operator.
http://www.voxbone.com
http://www.didx.net






A few ways to get a USA phone number retail. 
Your local USA mobile operator or landline operator.
http://www.jetnumbers.com
http://www.didww.com
http://www.mydivert.com
http://www.tollfreeforwarding.com
http://www.virtualphoneline.com
http://www.ring2skype.com






If the Craigslist member is found to be using Craigslist fraudulently as in human trafficking, drug trafficking, selling fake goods, calling USA phone numbers (call center campaigns) that are on the http://www.donotcall.gov list, making threatening calls to anyone...

Where's that Ring Coming from?

July 1, 2010

Blog content can come from the most surprising locations, people and incidents! This one ... of my husband on Facebook and a cacophony of voice services and instruments' ringing tones.


Michael Bowen has a story to tell.

Let me Tell you about Zong

June 29, 2010

Yikes, I wish I had more time to share my experiences, knowledge, observations of best practices, and other items related to monetizing IP communications... before heading home for the day, I want share a memory of a great mobile phone service... 

Zong is the Tibetan word for county, referring both to the traditional government units and modern counties established by the People's Republic of China. It also is the name of a telecommunications service provider in Pakistan.

I used a Zong SIMM from China Mobile in my Nokia E61i during the month of August 2008 while participating in ITCN Asia and visiting with every voip company, wireless company and phone company I could find from Karachi to Sialkot to Faisalabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and every smaller town possible in between. 

(I remember the China Mobile representatives sitting near the front of the audience listening to the keynote panel which I was a part of at ITCN Asia 2008.

Contact me on Linkedin about Opp for Hospitality Industry Interview

June 22, 2010

Sharing Geek to Teacher and Teacher to Geek Email Discussion

June 14, 2010

From a popular blogger and IP communications and technologies product reviewer
Date: June 14, 2010

Suzanne,
English teacher and Technology - that is an interesting combination!! Guess we have something in common there, I will be a geek turned teacher and you are a teacher turned geek :-)



I completely agree with you that there is a market for everything. However, the problem is information asymmetry.

Wireless Quandary Keeps the Dancers from Dancing

June 14, 2010

A friend of mine's Miami-based company was acquired by another, and now he works for them at quadruple the salary. Party anyone? 

He's a wizard at flash, Asterisk, php, etc. but just learning about the mobile world. After a discussion with him about this, he said, "Suzanne, you are an ex-English teacher with no computer or networking degrees, so you would be perfect to explain why wireless carriers are fighting for the same pieces of revenue and control of networks and what is making it so complicated?

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