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February 22, 2008

VON.x Here We Come

VoIP is becoming XoIP at the VON.x convention in San Jose.

Among the conferences my partner and I had high on our list to attend, VON.x in San Jose was one of the most important. Due to scheduling, spring break, and cost, we sadly came to the conclusion we just couldn’t attend. When your work is focused on a particular area and you have to miss a key event, it’s a deflating feeling.

 

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September 23, 2007

The New iPods Are That Good

phone ipod touch Too bad the iPod doesn't include a microphone for VoIP.

Second, the iPod Touch doesn’t have an audio input jack. That means you can’t use it for Skype, or other VOIP services. You can do IMing through web sites, though the Business Week article argues that it’s pretty awkward.

 

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September 21, 2007

In Europe, They Like Their VoIP

A look at some of the underlying reasons for VoIP growth in Europe.

Voice over Internet Protocol is a fast-growing business in the United States, but it’s growing even faster in Europe, and its traction in the old world is only going to increase. With competitive broadband service providers (such as France’s Free and Talk Talk in the UK) offering flat-rate voice plans over their high-speed pipes and wireless carriers embracing triple-play offerings, Europe is poised to emerge as one of the regions where VoIP has a major impact.

 

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April 12, 2007

VoIPbusters.com

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Ok we all have heard of Vonage and the other VoIP providers that will give you unlimited Phone services over your broadband connection using your regular old phone. But there are other services that are similar but have a few extra fun options. Let's cover one of the services I have started playing with www.voipbuster.com.
 

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March 21, 2007

VoIP Regulation Ruled A Federal Task

VoIP providers should be happy to have one master.

Court backs FCC over states in VoIP case

 

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February 08, 2007

Imified

Switching IM clients from Adium with VoIP to imified.

As a Mac user, I long ago became addicted to Adium, an all in one IM client that allows me to combine AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Googletalk into one application. No integration with skype and VoIP yet, but hopefully one day.

 

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January 15, 2007

XXX Gewerbe Pusht VoIP Telefonie Im Internet?

VoIP anonymity service.

Es gibt einen VoIP Dienst. Für alle die, die via Handy Flirten, oder andere Angebote im TK Bereich nutzen möchten und Ihre Nummer dabei nicht preisgeben wollen. Die Firma Shadownumber (Tochterfirma von TalkPlus) ist eine Art “Firewalldienst” für Ihr Mobiltelefon und führt ein “NATing” Ihrer Rufnummer aus. Somit ist Ihre Nummer nicht nach zu verfolgen und erscheint auch auf keiner Liste eines Dienstleister. Der Dienst schützt Sie also vor unangenehmen Stalkern und bewahrt Ihre Anonymität.

 

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Arris Snaps Up Tandberg TV

phones iptv screen Big moves in the VoIP and IPTV world.

Cableco VoIP and IP application infrastructure supplier Arris today snapped up Tandberg TV1 for $1.2 billion. The deal, expected by analysts, adds Tandberg’s IPTV smarts to Arris’ arsenal, to better compete with Cisco and Motorola, who have both made similar moves2 recently to beef up as the world of service-provider triple-play grows and grows.

 

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December 12, 2006

AU-100 USB Phone

phones voip au-100 usb phone It is a great time of year to get a cheap VoIP USB phone.
What could be the most favorable time to sell a product in the market than the Christmas? To lure the customers, the market players are coming up with attractive features and prices to sell their VOIP phones. However, I can bet on AU-100 VOIP USB when I came to know that the latest phone would be available for just $6 during the Christmas.
 

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December 07, 2006

Sunrocket

If you're looking for VoIP phone service, this link explains Sunrocket's service.
Sunrocket, Inc is a Residential VOIP (Voice over IP) company that provides local, long distance and international calling. They have many different price points for anyone to choose. They even have an India Calling plan that lets you get a rebate of what you paid at the end of the year. Not to bad, and not expensive at all.
 

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October 18, 2006

300,000 New Free WiFi HotSpots

If you're traveling in France, you can make free VoIP calls from these hot spots.

French ISP Free opens all 300,000 WiFi hot spots of their users to be used by any subscriber to Free. If you have signed up with Free you can from now on roam anywhere you find a Free hotspot and make free VoIP phone calls (roaming is restricted to 64kbps). Frees set top boxes will have this feature turned on by default, all other users need to switch this on to be effective.

 

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October 14, 2006

The Danger Phone For Skype

phones voip danger phone I thought this was pretty good.

The Danger Phone is a USB VoIP telephone handset that works with Skype, or with any VoIP application that recognizes a standard USB handset and supports the SIP standard.

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October 07, 2006

Latest Mac VoIP Software

Nice article on Mac VoIP applications.

I wrote a piece for Download Squad comparing Sightspeed 5, Yahoo Messenger 3, and Skype 2.0 Beta. Check it out.

 

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August 11, 2006

Modem Swap

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Swapped the modem from the Carter’s with ours and we all have internet again! So we’re going to have to buy a new modem for our house. Because we are going to get VOIP as well we’re going to get a modem, router, wireless access point and voip adapter all in one. Make cabling easier and much better value. Hopefully will have up and running within the week!

 

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July 20, 2006

Trying To Save $40.00 A Month?

Some simple math on landline phones versus VoIP and cell phones.

Have you looked at your bills and said “God I hate paying so much!?!” Well if you have a regular landline phone get either VoIP or just cancel your phone service and use your cell phone. VoIP is a lot like your regular phone service but is MUCH cheeper. Only catch is you need to have high speed cable internet. Consider this MCI current unlimited calling plans start at $49.99; while Vonage.com is offering the same plan with more features for $24.99! That’s twenty five bucks by just switching to VoIP and you can still keep your old phone number. Do the research and you will see the value. Save your money for something like a down payment on a new car or even better put it in your online savings account!

 

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June 24, 2006

Wiretaps And VOIP

Wiretaps and VoIP don't mix well.

Wendy Grossman's net.wars column this week is all about how security things that work just fine in the traditional PSTN don't exactly work in the new VOIP world. She links to truly fascinating paper by a selection of the Internet's great and good who explain how wire-taps are almost impossible in the VOIP world.

 

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June 13, 2006

VOIP Phishing

From a list of four new kinds on fraud to expect with VoIP.

VOIP Phishing. This is going to suck. There is actually a blackhat talk or two about this. Combine misleading (let alone spoofed) caller id plus a slick Asterisck IVR plus unlimited free calling and you get a cheap system that will sucker a lot of people out of all kinds of thins, including credit and calling cards. Worst of all, people TRUST the phone way more than they do email.

 

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June 08, 2006

VoIP Taxes

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Ahhh, taxes. This post on Techdirt got me thinking. Much like the USPS’s plans to charge Internet users for email, the FCC might really like to charge VoIP providers for the same thing: nothing.

 

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May 05, 2006

Introducing Telekommunisten

Over the next five year, the SOHO market will migrate to hosted VoIP solutions like this one based on Asterisk.

Some hacker friends of mine released a new Asterisk-based phone system on May Day. I've just now had a chance to post about it, but it looks fantastic! Highlights include: $145.00 per month for up to 89 extensions and 3 conference bridges -- 2 cents/minute to call most international land lines, free calling anywhere within the global system. Telekommunisten.net is a peak into the future of telecommunications.

 

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April 28, 2006

Badass Program

A game podcaster on Gizmo:

So then Van calls while I was producing Snarfcast number 5, says he’s downtown with his PSP. We took forever establishing a non-working Burnout challenge…but we chilled at the mall and shit. I bought 50 blank dvds for 14.99 and came home to create show notes for the podcast to end all podcasts. That’s right, I got a badass program called Gizmo that allows free VOiP calls to be recorded. Expect myself and a co-host to test the waters on the new Snarfcast.

 

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April 21, 2006

Hard-hitting Apple iPhone Analysis

VoIP on the iPod seems difficult given current hardware constraints in the processor and RAM.

One final gem: “It also discusses the possibility of the iPod getting VoIP functionality and what the implications would be.” Yeow. Really, though, if the the iPhone is such a certainty and is “imminent”, why bother putting VoIP in the iPod? Seems pretty counter-intuitive. Or even more so than having VoIP in an iPod at all.

 

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Loving VOIP

phones linksys adaptor Using a Linksys Phone Adaptor to enable VoIP.

The picture is of the Linksys Phone Adapter which is what we use to make our VOIP work. It is a mysterious little box that you just plug your DSL connection into along with your phone line and it all just works. In case you were wondering, the sound quality is very good. Neither Carol nor I can tell the difference from a regular phone. If you were thinking about going VOIP don’t hesitate. I think it really has arrived.

 

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April 02, 2006

Safe To Go VoIP

From a list of changes at the new house, the new phone service:

2 - Phone Service - Dropped MCI Neghborhood and switched over to Optimum Voice. Yes, I know we’re late to the party. Now I can kiss my $70 MCI bill goodbye and pay only $29.95 for Optimum Voice. Plus it’s one less bill to pay. The install was last week and for the few times I’ve used it, its sounded fine. If you’re still paying for a regular landline, I’d say it’s safe to go VoIP now.

 

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March 17, 2006

Fixed-Mobile Convergence

Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) is the convergence of cellular voice and VoIP technology.

It’s an astute observation, for certain, but to dismiss FMC simply because of this wouldn’t be wise. When talking about FMC or mobile VoIP, the impact of the technologies as a disruptive force may well overshadow their actual use. Mobile operators, as slow-moving as most of them are, don’t operate in a vacuum. They’ll respond to competitive threats, and won’t let new entrants simply waltz in and steal their markets (well, their close-minded approach might make that happen, but that’s another post). One example would be Germany, a pretty ruthless telecom market, where operators have found a great deal of interest in their home-zone calling plans, where users get discounted calls made from the cell that covers their home. These plans came as retaliation to cheap fixed calls and have served as a buffer against VoIP.

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March 08, 2006

Mañana Por La Mañana Empieza El CeBIT

Look for news on VoIP and other new consumer gadgets on this European blog.

Según El Mundo la feria de este año va a estar muy enfocada a entre otras cosas la VoIP, la verdad es que ya nos hacía falta un nuevo empuje en las telecos.

 

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March 07, 2006

Shaw Taxing VOIP

Interesting VoIP development in Canada.

Shaw wants its high-speed net customers to pay a $10 “quality of service enhancement” fee if they use a VoIP phone service. Shaw argues that its fee is necessary to maintain the quality of independent VoIP services.

 

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March 06, 2006

Grandstream GXP-2000 Ring Tones

phones grandstream gxp-2000 This post explains how to create ringtones for the Grandstream GXP-2000.

One of the great features of the Grandstream GXP-2000 VoIP phone is that you can create and upload custom ring tones to your phone. The sad part is that the utility to do so on their web site only exists for Solaris and Linux.

 

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February 22, 2006

Telefonate Gratuite Via Web

In Italian, some info on Jajah.com.

Alessandro segnala in questo post un altro interessante servizio di telefonia VoIP: Jajah fornisce telefonate via internet senza la necessita’ di installare software sul client.

 

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February 04, 2006

Using Linux

If you're interested in whether you can substitute Linux for Windows and run all your apps (including Skype), click through.

Among the tools that I haven’t used yet are “Crossover Office,” which allows Xandros users to run Microsoft Office stuff (it’s a time-limited trial, after which you have to buy); and Skype, the popular VOIP telephony tool. I won’t be bothering with Crossover — OpenOffice is just fine, thanks, and I’ll probably grab AbiWord for lighter stuff — but I’ll let you know how Skype works out after I upgrade to high-speed Internet.

 

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January 22, 2006

Land Line Phones

This blogger advocates free long-distance from the telcos.

Think about it. You can call anyone anywhere in the world via computer using Skype and other free voice over IP technologies. Then there is Vonage, Road Runner and others that have free or next to free VoIP technologies. What about cell phones? Most plans allow you to make long distance calls for free. Other plans charge maybe $5/mo to allow you to call anywhere you want.

 

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January 13, 2006

Asterisk

phones voip asterisk handset Once it's up and running, the Asterisk system is a great way to save money.

I got approval to go ahead and work on connecting our existing PBX at work with an asterisk server. So…I ordered up another T1/E1 card for the PBX and a T1/E1 PCI card for my asterisk server. The two systems will be cross-connected by an E1 [1] crossover cable, essentially giving me the ability to have 29 simultaneous conversations routing between the two systems. It should be quite a fun project, and in the end should save the company a healthy chunk of money. Our hope is to use the additional VoIP extentions for our employees out in the Vancouver office, as well as travelling users.

 

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December 23, 2005

GoogleTalk For Everyone

Some important additions to alphabet soup at Google.

Over on the GoogleTalk blog today, they announced that their extension of XMPP to include voice has become a public standard. They are encouraging the community to develop and connect to their systems so that they can handle voice between the GoogleTalk client and other Jabber/XMPP clients like Psi, gabber, Trillian and GAIM.

 

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December 18, 2005

Talk To The Hand, BellSouth!

The telcos are waking up to the fact that they have competition. Slowly.

I ranted at BellSouth a while ago and now it’s time to do something about it. It took me 4 months to get things almost straight with BS and I have begun a solution. (These things take time.) VoIP, Voice Over IP, or “Internet Phone,” may be my solution. Nicky Smith, CEO of Carolinanet, brought a VoIP phone for me to try out for a few weeks. They’ve been selling VoIP for a couple of years, methinks. And I like personal delivery.

 

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VoIP

VoIP saves our office oodles, and oodles is a big number.

VoIP has become the hot topic for businesses and individuals alike. Many people are switching to this technology as an alternative to long distance communication. I know in our office we are looking to install this feature in order to cut down on cost of communicating with offices that are outside of our region.

 

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November 22, 2005

Quality Of Self-service

Some good info if you're down under.

My home Internet access is via Optus Cable. For a long time, Optus Cable has been a speed champion in Australian ISPs with downlink speeds that sometimes approach 6.5Mb/s. The only problem with the service is the anaemic 128kb/s uplink speed. This poor uplink speed is significant if you’re running certain types of forbidden “server,” multiple VoIP lines, or if you spend hours uploading your family photographs to Flickr.

 

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November 09, 2005

Microsoft Wish List

Lots of bloggers commenting on the recently leaked memo from Bill Gates.

Telecom Transformation: “How can RTC [Microsoft's VoIP technology] begin as an individual phenomenon, growing into a small business offering with a level of function that they’d never imagine possible, growing into the enterprise?”

With SIP pretty well entrenched and PBX products based on Asterisk, it seems like Microsoft is late to the VoIP party.
 

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October 18, 2005

VoIP, IPTV, And Internet For $50 A Month?

I expect lots of infrastructure technology announcements like this over the coming 3-5 years.

In the interview, Mr. Wittenschlaeger says that Raptor's distributed network architecture, which provides very fast service at affordable prices, could have a huge impact on the video, voice and high speed access industries. "We offer performance and price that could cut bills by up to 50 percent while more effectively serving new technologies such as IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and Voice Over IP (VoIP)," said Raptor Networks CEO. "We believe we can change the competitive landscape of this entire industry."

 

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October 12, 2005

Linksys CIT200

phone linksys cit200 You knew a wireless Skype solutions was coming.

Overall, the Linksys CIT200 is a great wireless Skype solution that is a perfect alternative to your typical Skype headset solution. It has excellent range, very good battery life, and most importantly you can access your Skype contacts from the phone itself so you’re not chained to the PC for dialing or taking calls. It’s worth mentioning that most people are not using Skype as a landline replacement though many are using broadband VoIP providers such as Vonage to replace their landline. Part of the reason is that Skype requires your PC to be on all the time and you have to be at your PC to initiate dialing. However, if you take the Linksys CIT200 and add in a SkypeIn PSTN number along with pay-as-you-go SkypeOut minutes, and the ability to make outbound dialing away from the PC, then the CIT200 could be the perfect home landline replacement.

 

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October 08, 2005

SIP Voip Phone Grandstream GXP-2000 Review

phones grandstream gxp-2000 Good review of the Grandstream GXP-2000 here:

I got my first real Voip phone a week ago. I two ATA boxes to connect my old wireless phones, but I wanted to try out a real IP-phone. It’s a nice enough phone, feels a bit cheap (which it is), but I guess you can’t get everything for $100. Connecting it to my Asterisk server was a no-brainer. It has a web interface for setup, but you can do basic setup like ip-numbers from the phonepad. It’s great to have an message-waiting led on the phone. Then you just press the MSG button to listen to your voice-box messages. There’s support for up to 11 line indicators (with an additional key-module) but I think I’ll do fine with four. The only thing I haven’t got working is the Conference button, but it’s easy to just transfer the calls to a conference number. You also have 7 quick dial buttons. To configure them, just go to the web setup for the phone and enter the name and number.

 

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IPTV

Click through for a good post on IPTV.

Of course we will listen to the same people mutter the same old constraints as with VoIP. Bandwidth, saturation, the network is not ready. The cable companies won’t let it happen. Nobody wants the content to be distributed in that way.

 

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September 19, 2005

New Toys

I didn't realize Skype didn't have SkypeIn numbers in Canada.

Inspired by my new monkey powers, I also sprang for Skype voicemail. Now, if they’d just offer Canadian numbers with SkypeIn, I’d be a happy happy guy. Skype’s not the best VoIP service I’ve ever used, but the mobility and productivity it gives me is awesome. (Y’all can call if you want - I’m ThrustLabs. No guarantee I’ll answer, but hey! Voicemail!)

 

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eBay And Skype

Some good analysis here of the eBay deal to buy Skype.

Well, in my stupid opinion, if anyone wants to “buy it”, we’ll have to look at this deal as “Let’s buy it before Microsoft does” or “Skype is better than Google Talk, so let’s buy it”. These are stupid, yes, but it has some logic. At this time, we have four variables in the IT Universe that might change the “balance”: Apple, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo. And now eBay wants to play big.

 

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August 31, 2005

More On Google Talk

All worked up, then the big let down.

So, Google has screwed me. They got me all excited about this Google Talk deal, but now I’ve found out that only the GT program itself (which is Windows only) has voice chat. There are a bunch of non-Windows chat clients that can connect to the GT protocol, but none of them have voice chat. Come on Google, when do I get VOIP?

 

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August 29, 2005

VoipBuster

VoIP pricing is hitting the basement quickly with services like VoipBuster.

It’s a service that uses VoIP technology, but can connect to the telephone network. Not that different from Skype? The difference is, this is free. It’s skyware free, and you don’t need to give any personal information. The catch is, to prevent telelmarketers from using the service, calls are limited to one minute in the free service, and to get rid of that limit, you just have to pay a Euro. One time. A one-time, one Euro fee.

 

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August 05, 2005

Project Gizmo Ate My Money

An unhappy Gizmo user.

You may think I’m jumping to conclusions very quickly, and that it’s only $10, I can quickly get over it and carry on. But for god’s sake, it’s a whole 100 minutes of talk time! The reason I’m using VOIP to chat abroad is because it’s cheap. I could’ve used that same ten dollars and talk to my relatives for 30 minutes, perhaps less, but in this VOIP world, even a dollar is a lot to lose. Now, please, if you belong to the Gizmo project, do something about this. If you use the Gizmo project and have previously succeeded in your refund, tell me about it (comments below or sid@rev2.org). If you’ve read so far, I take it you like hearing people whine, whine, and whine. ;-)

 

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VoIP Bad For Telcos

I think the marketplace will work out the problems discussed here.

Erik Lagerway pointed on his blog (www.sipthat.com)today to his interview by voxilla about his comments on P2P SIP. I read the article and found it quite interesting but it rose a couple hairs on my arms. It makes me nervous to see VoIP people talking about completely denuding telco's of their business model. One thing that P2P SIP really has an opportunity to do is destroy the commercial viability of telephony. It was ok when it was just Skype, a proprietary technology based mainly on hype and "enhanced" numbers. But the telco's have been getting bonked on the head repeatedly over the past few years; first they lost the internet to cable, and long distance, then they had to share their infrastructure with clecs, then this voip thing.

 

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July 10, 2005

Just Add Beer And Tobacco

Thought you'd like this one:

Yesterday's VoIP-a-thon at S Witham was interesting. A collection of many different ATAs, IP phones and Skype over bluetooth headsets. Basically it all "just worked" via Tom's wireless network, which runs on beer and tobacco.

 

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July 05, 2005

Plazes Social Site

Another attempt at society on the 'net.

and this is all coming together - virtual social networks like openbc, orkut or linkedin, the blogosphere, instant messenger, wikis, voip, foaf and geo-information systems like "plazes":

"Plazes is the first global location-aware interaction and geo-information system, connecting you with the people and Plazes in your area and all over the world. It is the navigation system for your social life."

 

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July 04, 2005

The Echo Project

Great concept!

The Echo project is the contemporary implementation of an idea that a friend and I had a few years ago. We thought it would be neat to buy a toll free 800 number and hook it up to a computer that would act as an answering machine. We’d make the computer limit the calls to a minute or so and then create soundfiles for each of the calls that were made to the number. The soundfiles would be put on a website and made available for download to anyone who wanted to use them.

 

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July 02, 2005

Gizmo Takes On Skype

Another VoIP product to check out: Gizmo.

Project Gizmo is a new VoIP client that seems to target the same audience Skype does. I was amazed that Gizmo sports SIP peerings and it turned out the client was written by Sipphone.com people and thus I should already be able to make free calls to them via Freenet (I had to add a small advertisement here :)).

 

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June 13, 2005

Another Linux PDA with VOIP!

phones unication linux pda I really like this concept:

Unication was showing off a Linux OS PDA at Computex Taipei that had some very interesting features. Built-in VoIP phone capabilities (via 802.11b), an FM radio transmitter (for broadcasting your favorite MP3s to the nearest radio), rotating screen with Tablet style input and of course all the typical PIM applications you’d expect in a PDA.

 

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June 07, 2005

Gee, I Wanna Live in Provo!

Internet providers generally offer slower uplink speeds because most consumers use more bandwidth downloading than uploading.

I happened upon a link to this article on municipally-owned broadband, with Provo, Utah as an example of a successful fiber rollout. Wow, 3 Mbps symmetrical up-and-download speeds! I’d love to have that. Right now, I’ve got 3 Mbps down/256kbps up (Charter Cable), and wish I had a more-symmetrical connection. With VoIP and other home server applications becoming more popular, cable and DSL providers are getting pressure from consumers (well, some of us) to provide more upload speeds. Comcast just announced upgrades to 384 kbps upstream...

 

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June 04, 2005

VoX Communications Debuts At SuperComm

Should be lots of good product announcements at SuperComm, this one in particular:

I'm actually intrigued by the offerings from this VoIP startup. The reason? They are about to beat Vonage out of the gate with a Starcomm WiFi phone and have pricing that seems to be very low.

 

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June 03, 2005

Linux-Based Internet Tablets From Nokia

phones nokia tablet I wonder if this product line will do any better than the N-Gage.

"Linux is a logical choice for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet as Linux and the Open Source development platform provide us with fast and efficient solutions to build products for this new, Nokia product category. This is the first step in creating an Open Source product for broadband and Internet services. We will be launching regularly updates of the software. The next software release planned for the first half of next year will support more presence based functionalities such as VoIP and Instant Messaging", continues Janne Jormalainen.

 

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May 31, 2005

First Video Plugin For Skype

How cool is this:

Slashdot reports the availability of the first video plugin to be released to work with Skype for providing video calls over the popular VoIP service. Dialcom's video4skype ( clever, huh?) is available for free to be downloaded from their web site. Dialcom states they are working on versions compatible with other VoIP programs for future release.

 

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Dialcom Offers Video for Skype VoIP

Another report on the Skype video plugin:

Digital Media Europe is reporting that Dialcom (Spain) has released a video plugin for Skype VoIP users which enables users to make video calls on the Skype service. The call is encrypted, and Dialcom claims the capability is firewall and proxy friendly.

 

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May 27, 2005

European Regulation Of VoIP

Extensive post on possible European regulation of VoIP.

But much of the regulatory power in Europe remains on the national level, and the situation differs dramatically among the 25 EU countries. Some national regulators have welcomed VOIP - Britain and the Nordic countries are most often mentioned. Others seem to see their role as protectors - of both consumers and incumbent phone companies - as more important.

I written this before: regulation makes sense for monopolistic utilities, but not for competitive services.
 

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May 26, 2005

CableVision Doing Things Right

More VoIP competition:

This is what I call doing things the smart and right way. Cablevision is upgrading their customers and making them VoIP ready.

 

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Heading Back From Speech-World

This blogger has some good points about VoIP reliability:

Then there is the issue of third world country broadband connections. If VoIP has an Achilles heel it is that it relies on broadband providers. Eventually service providers will provide better broadband service but in the mean time companies need to protect themselves by having redundant systems in place so when there is an internet problem with one connection, switching over to another is seamless.

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Forbes: Raising VoIP's Costs

Those VoIP companies that got in before the FCC 911 mandates had much lower cost of entry into the market.

Forbes believes that the E911 VoIP mandate is a clear entry barrier and instance of raising rivals' costs.

 

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Setup A Cisco 7960G With SIP

Here's a good tutorial if you're working with a Cisco 7960G:

I purchase the 7960G from VoIPSupply.com about a week ago, and just got time to mess around with it yesterday. Ironically the system comes with zero documentation, either hardcopy or a pdf on a CD. Zip, nil, notta, nothing… not even a CD period.

 

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Setting up E911 sounds painless:

The one thing I was a little worried about was all the recent hoopla about VoIP 911 capabilities. Well, I set mine up just fine. 10 minutes after I registered the service (which only took 5 minutes), the line was working. I logged in and setup 911 (1 page form, took all of 30 seconds), and a few hours later I got notification that it was working. I'll probably call tonight and do a line test to make sure it's functioning properly, but I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about.

 

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May 24, 2005

School District Moves To VoIP, Linux

Companies like Microsoft usually give huge discounts to educators. It they're switching, I guess the discounts aren't large enough.

This case study demonstrates how a school system saved by making the transition to VoIP and migrating 50 servers to Red Hat Linux. The effort represented a significant overhaul of existing intrastructure. I believe we'll be seeing more and more of this type of story.

 

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May 23, 2005

Radicati: VoIP Poised to Change Consumer Calling

VoIP is the new killer app. It's official:

Radicati says adoption of Internet telephony was slow until recently, but the research firm believes that the technology is about to hit the mainstream thanks to its incorporation into instant messaging applications by AOL, MSN and Yahoo!, and the efforts of independent service providers like Skype and Teleo. Radicati's 12-page report reviews and compares these five services.

 

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VoIP Finding A Problem

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After assiduously avoiding damage that would have been done to emerging Voice over Internet Protocol by labeling it as a telecom service, the FCC requires VoIP to clean up its 911 act. As Jeff Pulver pointed out in his blog a couple of days ago there were always 3 non-technical hurdles VoIP would have to leap to pass muster with DC plutocrats - numbering, surveillance by the good guys and location awareness for use with public safety networks.

I'd say the FCC 911 action is good politics and paid for by the incumbents.
 

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May 22, 2005

XTen contemplating Sony PSP VoIP Softphone?

VoIP will be running on anything that has Internet soon, it seems:

XTen CEO on his blog is wondering if it was time to develop a softphone client for Sony PSP. “Since we can browse the web on this thing, and it has a USB port, Wi-Fi and a TCP stack you would think we should be able hack together a softphone for VoIP. Video will come later, camera attachment. I will keep you posted.” Yo Erik…. this is a slamdunk, don’t wait too long. How about one for Symbian phones as well? via"

 

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May 17, 2005

Is VoIP Service the Next Big Target for Hackers?

Yes!

“As VoIP is rolled out en masse, we’re going to see an increased number of subscribers and also an increased number of attackers,” says David Endler, chairman of the VoIP Security Alliance VOIPSA, a recently formed industry group studying VoIP security.

 

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Nightmare On Phone Street

Good to have a sense of humor about these things:

Who knows where Covad Communications will land after the inevitable voice over IP telephony shake out. But in the meantime, we're getting a kick out of the San Jose company's latest TV spot touting its enterprise and small business VoIP service. Conceived by GJP Advertising in San Francisco, the horror movie-themed ad (it's called "The Ringing") features a group of office workers that are terrorized by their current phone system. The 30-second spots just launched in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago. But the full-length version...

 

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May 15, 2005

Application Development Advisor

Application developers are bringing all kinds of innovation to VoIP:

There’s a couple of rather good articles on SIP and how it’s not just for VoIP. My only client running VoIP at the moment is on H232 which works fine, so I’ve no plans to suggest changes to it yet - but after reading the article on SIP presence it’s clear that a VoIP system could be tied into the Windows logon procedure. We could have a user’s SIP presence set to online at logon, offline at logoff and perhaps even busy when the screen is locked. Such a system would vastly improve the current system of the receptionist...

 

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May 14, 2005

LivePhone Adds New Categories

More and more from LivePhone:

Power Warsaw website Live Phone has expanded their webpages to include video phones, free IP to IP phones, and a larger selection of free VoIP (SIP) softphones. Live Phone is the “Voice over the internet knowledge center” and is located at LivePhone.us - although their free phones can be used world wide.

 

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"Peer-to-Peer" Labor Arbitrage?

Interesting way to look at the economics of P2P and VoIP:

Chris Selland, ex Yankee and Aberdeen CRM analyst strongly believes VoIP will "disintegrate" the contact center. Stay-at-home moms and dads can effectively do many tasks as Jetblue has shown around its reservations over the last few years.

 

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May 13, 2005

VoIP is killing Deutsche Telekom

VoIP is biting profits at telcos worldwide.

James Enck on why things are getting really ugly at Deutsche Telekom. He describes that things are “messy, confusing, and not terribly inspiring. Management were frank in admitting that DSL unbundlers are pressurizing the voice market, as I expected already. Sipgate’s 100k, plus maybe 300 - 400k on Freenet/United Internet VoIP products, plus another c.1.4m Skype accounts (and whatever number may be using DT’s own VoIP product). Whatever double-counting may be involved here, I think it’s safe to say that we’re probably...

 

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Florida Removes VoIP Tax From Books

If states start trying to tax VoIP, what a mess! How would a provider really know where a call initiated?

Lawmakers in the Florida state Senate voted on the last day of the legislative session, Friday, to repeal a portion of the Substitute Communications Systems tax law. The tax could have been applied to companies that run their own VoIP networks as well as to commercial services from providers such as Vonage.

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Florida removes VoIP tax from books | CNET News.com:

 

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StreamEngine Net Accelerator Prototype

As Internet traffic increases, so will the need for bandwidth shaping products.

Apparently, this is something new called a "net accelerator". It is a kind of QoS-in-a-box that analyzes your internet connection and the traffic on the link, and configures itself. Supposedly it detects all kinds of applications on its own. This is so that you can do games, VoIP, file sharing, video, etc. on the internet at the same time and they don't clobber each other. The guy said that it shapes traffic into "streams" that share the connection. It has a special chip from a company called Ubicom that was designed to identify each stream...

 

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May 11, 2005

Skype Hype

These are valid concerns as the VoIP market grows.

What I'm more concerned about is compatibility with other VoIP standards. When will Skype do a SIP gateway, for example? That could be accomplished (maybe as an another add-on service) without jeapordizing Skype's ability to "just work." The downside, of course, is that such gateways would introduce a whole new set of security concerns.

 

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How To Create A Video Blog

Some simple steps on making video interviews.

While we are polishing up this feature for a future release of eyeBeam I will be posting some video interviews with some key people in VoIP, Video Blogging, IM and some key individuals involved in IETF standards regarding the same.

 

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Telmex Blocking Skype, Vonage In Mexico?

Another monopolistic telco block VoIP. It won't last long.

Not that it should come as a surprise, since I have written about it in the past, but looks like there is more proof that Telemex is giving the VoIP providers a “club bouncer” treatment. A major daily has picked up on the problems VoIP users are having over Telemex. Even US trade office has become involved. via

 

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IP Telephony Has Security Issues

Click through to get the pdf briefing.

It's no surprise to most security pros, but ZD.Net notes that VOIP has security issues too. A US industry group, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), today released a briefing (downloadable as a pdf) that sets out several reasons why VoIP is insecure, and the issues these weaknesses raise to industry.

 

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May 08, 2005

Using a Bluetooth Headset with your PC

phones stereo bluetooth headset bluetake Bluetooth headsets are a great way to get rid of wires.

If you use your computer for Voice over IP (VoIP) applications, chances are that at some time you’ve experienced frustration with the cords associated with traditional PC headsets. Imagine being able to roam throughout your home whilst talking to people around the world using a PC headset unencumbered by the constraints of wires. Whether you use a headset for PC to Phone conversations, instant messaging, gaming or video conferencing a Bluetooth solution may be just the ticket for your wireless cravings.

 

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May 06, 2005

Skype Tweaks Belong To Skype

This licensing term actually is not uncommon in open source software.

Kudos to my fellow VoIP blogger Ted Wallingford for pointing us to a Skype API end-user agreement that would seem to reserve all rights to anything tweaks you create with the Skype API to the company.

 

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May 05, 2005

Chip Makers Roll Out VoIP

With residential use of VoIP skyrocketing, chip makers have jumped into the fray.

Until now, the bulk of VoIP installations was for big business. Last year 67% of all VoIP ports delivered to the market was for business applications. According to research group In-Stat, it is expected that by 2008 those numbers will reverse with 67% going to residential subscribers.

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VOIP Devices Reviewed

Click through for this New York Times review of VoIP devices.

With recent VOIP proliferation, operators as well as manufacturers are trying to come up with easy-to-use devices that anyone can set up and use. The New York Times provides an overview of the VOIP devices currently available, including Wi-Fi-enabled handsets and video-over-IP devices.

 

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May 03, 2005

VoIP: More Than a Less-Expensive Replacement for Copper Wire

Service offerings are the huge value-add of VoIP, especially with companies like Skype providing APIs for their service.

Serious demand for the technology, vendors have said, will kick in when users discover that the real value of VoIP is more than just a way to make less expensive phone calls. According to the telcos and service companies pushing the technology, it is an enabler of a myriad of voice-integrated, software-based services.

 

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April 28, 2005

Consumer Complaint Roundup

This blogger checked around on websites to investigate consumer complaints about VoIP service. Click through to read what he found.

Although my reason for doing this involved a broader scope of technologies than just IP telephony, I’d like to share some of the VoIP-related complaints I managed to dig up.

 

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April 24, 2005

VoIP, Mobility & Port Blocking

There are some simple workarounds for port blocking a little later in the post:

Much of the discussion about VoIP has been centered around the challenges of port blocking, an increasingly common practice among Internet service providers. For those of us conversent in firewalls and router configuration, it is relatively simple to block VoIP traffic - as long as we know which port that traffic is using. In the U.S., this dialogue has been centered around VoIP provider VONAGE, but VoIP companies like Skype are also susceptible to port blocking. More pernicious is the practice of dropping packets and reducing performance to make VoIP an impractical alternative for enterprise applications.

There is currently no legislation on the books in the United States - or any other country for that matter - that protects VoIP traffic on an Internet connection from a public access provider. This holds true for home office workers using xDSL or cable modems; traveling workers accessing the Internet over a public Wi-Fi hotspot or a hotel broadband connection; and workers using a wide area packet data service like GPRS/EDGE, EV-DO or any other 3G offering.

 

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Posted on April 24, 2005 05:29 PM by voip429.
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April 21, 2005

K-12 Education and VoIP

School administrators take note!

Budget constraints and other factors often keep the education sector behind the technology adoption curve, but migration to phone systems based on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is proving the exception. Read this white paper to learn how VoIP is helping the education market become more efficient while reducing costs.

 

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April 17, 2005

VOIP CheatSheet

We'll be hearing more about this:

VOIP (Voice Over IP) is taking root everywhere. As a VOIP developer and provider for a few years, I would like to provide my knowledge to Blogger people or for that matter to anyone. Let's sound off and see if we could hear it!

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The California Public Utilities Commission Gives Up Fight for VoIP Regulation

Regulating VoIP will be nearly impossible since it can be operated from anywhere in the world. More importantly, state utility commissions were set up to regulate utility monopolies and VoIP could hardly be considered a monopoly.

VCalifornia's was the first of several state utility commissions to appeal the FCC order, leading to the combining of the cases in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Its decision to withdraw is likely to cause delays and a move to another circuit.

The state Public Utilities Commission voted 3 to 1 behind closed doors late last week to pull out of its appeal of a Federal Communications Commission rule designating so-called voice over Internet protocol as an interstate service beyond state control.

 

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VoIP 911

This is a strange way to bundle 9-1-1 service with VoIP service.

, TELUS, Verizon, SBC, etc.) emergency telephony comes with it. Should you wish to purchase from them an emergency-only telephony service, you are politely forced to take the local telephone service that comes with it as well.

 

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April 14, 2005

8x8 Cuts Videophone Price

phones picture phone Either the price is too high or no one wants to be seen while they're on the phone!

We suspect it’s mainly because they haven’t selling very well in the first place (do you know a single person who has one?), but 8x8 has cut the price on their Packet8 Broadband Consumer VideoPhone from $250 down to $99. That is with a two year service agreement, but they’ve also cut the price of their monthly VoIP and video calling plan from $29.95 to $19.95. Apparently that strategy of paying for placement in Alias and Will & Grace wasn’t the huge subscriber bonanza they thought it was going to be—or...

 

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April 13, 2005

More Comcast DNS Woes - Second outage in six days

I've been experiencing these outages, too. Is it a coincidence that I just started using Skype?

Comcast broadband has really been shitty for the last 2 weeks, lot's of outages. With the growing popularity of VoIP (indeed, Comcast itself is a VoIP provider) this is a serious issue, not only can't you use the web/email, but you can't use your phone when your broadband connection goes down.

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50% of New Business Phone Lines This Year Will Be VoIP

I knew businesses started using VoIP long ago, but I didn't realize the penetration.

50% of New Business Phone Lines This Year Will Be VoIP

VoIP broadband phone service is catching on with business and residential customers. Voice Over IP (VoIP) allows you to make and receive phone calls using your broadband internet service instead of traditional copper wires. The VoIP service is cheap and the quality is as good as traditional phone services. Additionally, there are many advantages to VoIP broadband phone service to include the ability to video conference, plug in your broadband phone anywhere in the world,...

IT Facts.biz posts 10% of US business lines are VOIP. A Yankee Group survey of 231 business VOIP usage found that 39% of US businesses were using IP telephony in some form. Of those, 9% were testing, 25% were partially deployed and 5% were fully deployed. Of the 113 mln US business handsets in use today, only 10% use VOIP. Yankee Group estimates 50% of new lines shipped this year will use IP.

 

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Oprah on VoIP?

oprah biking Oprah should have a show on VoIP! It's growing so fast and lots of people want to know about. But Bluetooth? Blah!
What if Opra invited Harry Potter and Pokemon on to her show to explain how to use a Macintosh, an iPod, Voice Over IP, Bluetooth, Skype, and Vonage? SURELY it would be a hit episode?
 

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April 12, 2005

VoIP Quality

Lots of good VoIP info here:

As I reported here about a month ago, the packet loss and latency issues that we were having with our VoIP provider have been resolved. Call quality has been excellent (better than what we're used to with the PSTN) and we were all feeling extremely confident about rolling this technology out to customers. We've done a few installations and things seemed to be going smoothly until this week, when we had some reports of intermittent call quality issues with one of our customers. Upon further investigation, it seems their 4MB ADSL connection provided by a national ISP called Group Telecom (GT), has some packet loss issues. I must say that I'm very concerned, not about our technology or this customer in particular (as I'm sure we'll be able to fix this). What I'm concerned about is the quality of the Internet Connections for small business that ISPs have been installing..

I wonder if DSL as a technology is going to be able to provide us with the line quality that is necessary when dealing with IP Telephony. My plans for this coming week are to attack this problem in an aggressive way, utilizing the infrastructure of TechSupport.ca and our clients to see if the packet loss is specific to this customer (or this provider), or if this is a symptom of using DSL technology. My feeling is that we'll find a wide range of different quality, but that it should definitely be possible to get 0% packet loss over DSL if it's been provisioned right. I think the ISP's have had a pretty easy time of it up to this point, because no-one has been testing the speed and quality of the links that they are providing. With a real-time protocol like VoIP that is so sensitive to latency and packet loss, I believe customers are going to start demanding quality links and switching if the quality is not there. I know we'll be working with GT over the next week in an effort to resolve this issue, and if it cannot be resolved we'll be looking for another carrier to provide internet service to this particular customer.

I'll have more information on what we should be able to expect from DSL later this week. Most of our customers are on DSL of some kind, whether it be ISDL, ADSL, SDSL, etc.. If it turns out that DSL technology doesn't provide the quality links required for VoIP, that will seriously harm our ability to roll this out to small business customers here in Canada where DSL has been so popular. In the US, T1 and fractional T1's are the most prevalent internet access technology and this might bode well for their adoption of VoIP.

What we've learned here is that it's critical to do a detailed network assessment prior to rolling out VoIP, not only on the Local Area Network (LAN) side (switches, routers, cabling, etc..) but also a quality check on the ISP which is providing the Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity in most cases for small business. The speed of the connection doesn't seem to be an issue (so long as it's broadband). What people should be investigating is the packet loss, latency and variation of the link.

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Don’t get me wrong, you do have options but it may not be as simple as blaming DSL. POTS failover? A connection to failover to? Both of these should be possible, the second even might make sense for internet reliability but both will add to the cost of you VOIP solution.

 

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