In Nepal, VoIP Is Still a Racket

Map of Nepal

Voice over IP may have already become the worldwide standard for making international calls, but in Nepal the technology is considered a form of racketeering. In a humorously exaggerated news story Friday, The Himalayan Times, an English-language daily newspaper in the South Asian country, reported on an "all-out police crackdown" against "VoIP racketeers" operating in and around the Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts in the southern part of the country. Just who are these telephonic … [Read more...]

Act Fast: OBi110 VoIP Adaptor Featured as Amazon Lightning Deal Tuesday

If you've been waiting to purchase Obihai Technology's OBi110 at a lower price, keep your eye on Amazon on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The powerful VoIP adaptor normally sells for $49.99, but is expected to be well-discounted when Amazon features it as a Lightning Deal beginning at 10 am PST. In past sales, the retailer has offered the device at a 15 percent discount with free shipping within the US, leading to a flurry of posts in deal hunting sites such as Slickdeals.net and FatWallet.com. The … [Read more...]

FCC Buckles to Big Cable, Adopts Watered-Down VoIP Outage Rules

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

The Federal Communications Commission has ruled that VoIP service providers will have to report major service outages to the FCC, but, in a loophole that benefits only major broadband internet service providers who also offer IP phone service, cable and DSL providers will not be required to report broader outages of the actual Internet connectivity crucial to VoIP service. The ruling is an effort to bring VoIP services in line with the outage reporting required of legacy circuit-switched … [Read more...]

AudioCodes Fax-Capable VoIP Adaptor Now Available Through VoIPSupply

Audiocodes Fax ATA MP-202B HTTPSFAX

If you've kept an analog telephone line in your office just for the purpose of sending and receiving faxes, you may finally be able to cut that line. VoIP equipment manufacturer Audiocodes has released the Fax ATA MP-202B HTTPSFAX, a fax-enabled version of its MP-202B analog telephone adaptor that fully supports VoIP use of standard fax equipment and fax-enabled multi-function printers (PDF product datasheet). The device, announced last year and demonstrated in this Sept. 2011 YouTube … [Read more...]