Provider in the Spotlight: DIDforSale

Based in sunny California, DIDforSale is a market leader in business VoIP services. As one of the most popular VoIP providers, DIDforSale is known for the superior quality of their services, and for offering superior prices. Rates are under $9.00 a month, with call rates that drop to as low as only $0.004 per minute. To top this all off, DIDforSale charges no minimums, and offers strong customer service. DIDforSale is partnered with several quality service providers in the US and all over the … [Read more...]

Are Videophones About to Blow Up?

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Are you ready for the coming videophone service revolution? You've no doubt heard the business world is all in a tizzy about the contracting economy, but perhaps you didn't know that some of the more savvy titans of industry have been saving costs by convening through video teleconference for a while now. And the trend may be spilling over into the consumer market, as people find it harder to travel to see far-off relatives for birthdays, anniversaries and whatnot. If you're a videophone … [Read more...]

Are Skype’s Problems Architectural?

Skype has had its share of bad news lately, with a malware attack following close on the heels of a massive outage. Current events raise questions about Skype's technology that won't — and shouldn't — go away. One is the perennial architecture question: proprietary (Skype) vs. open (SIP). Recently I asked SIP application company Counterpath's CTO Jason Fischl to talk about it. Fischl was also the architect of TelTel's SIP-based VoIP system. "When you're trying to design a system … [Read more...]

Skype Gets Lessons from Murphy

The most entertaining explanation I've heard about last week's Skype outage is this posting from Rostislav Siryk in his blog: "Skype‚Äôs outage is ...[a] natural consequence of quantum physics. Because users [are] like atoms." In other words, it's within the realm of possibility that all the world's PCs will download a Microsoft update and reboot at the identical moment. On the other hand, when was the last time you saw an object move by itself as a result of all its atoms just … [Read more...]