Big Shoe Drops: California Jumps on Regulation Bandwagon

In what may be the broadest regulatory attack against broadband telephony to date, a staffer at the California Public Utilities Commission has fired off a letter to five VoIP service providers demanding that they register and be certified as telephone companies. One of the five, VoicePulse, does not offer local numbers in the state, but has been given until October 22 to comply with the demand. The action may represent a potentially devastating blow to the … [Read more...]

VoicePulse Opens Service to Softphones

On the heels of last week's announcement by Vonage that it would soon be releasing a proprietary software client for use with its service, VoicePulse will be releasing it's own softphone plan this week, allowing its subscribers to use any telephone software, including XPro, SJPhone and the open-source Asterisk PBX. Unlike Vonage, VoicePulse plans to share previously secret user settings with its customers. … [Read more...]

VoicePulse to Open Service to All Softphones

On the heels of last week's announcement by Vonage that it would soon be releasing a proprietary software client for use with its service, VoicePulse will be releasing it's own softphone plan this week, allowing its subscribers to use any telephone software, including XPro, SJPhone and the open-source Asterisk PBX. Unlike Vonage, VoicePulse plans to share previously secret user settings with its customers. … [Read more...]

New App Linking Cell Phones to SIP Released

One of the more intriguing products that debuted at VON 2003 is a small software app for Symbian-based mobile phones, called Buzz2Talk, which  provides users with SIP-based instant communication over a GPRS network. … [Read more...]