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Somewhere around 1996 or 1997 Internet Telephony became a monthly section of CTI and eventually spun off into its own magazine.
When I think back on it much of the promise of CTI is being realized today through VoIP. We wrote about lots of leading edge topics such as web based call control and those technologies are now embodied by today’s VoIP service providers.
The one surprise is that unified messaging isn’t more widely adopted. We wrote about UM probably every issue and the productivity increases from this technology were staggering.
What is amazing is that today many VoIP service providers will give you e-mailed voicemail for as little as $15/month. Couple that with Gmail or Hotmail and you have a dirt cheap unified message offering for the consumer. Why business never picked up on this technology is beyond me.
A funny thing happened yesterday as I was leaving. I switched to Verizon Wireless last year and couldn’t remember if it worked in
I scrambled. I charged my ancient GSM phone and noticed that the battery was still good. I then decided I needed a SIM card. I thought for a moment we were in
I asked if the card was good in
When I got back to the office I grabbed my VOX WiFi phone as well as I thought perhaps that would work in the airport at least.
When I landed, turns out I could roam just fine with my Verizon phone on the Telus network.
I tell you the North American mobile market is so confusing. I can’t imagine how the average person navigates the various standards. Life would be easier if we all just had GSM and better