One Phone, Many Identities

TalkPlus CEO Jeff Black's resume demands a new cliché: uncontrollable entrepreneur. Black loves being at the leading, bleeding edge. His history includes launching the first U.S. retail computer store (Tandy Radio Shack), the Alta Vista search engine, and the first Internet maps, just to name a few. And he's been dabbling in VoIP for two decades. At DEC in the 1980s, he worked on an early DECnet phone. "The problem was, there wasn't enough DECnet in the world to ship one," Black recalls. … [Read more...]

Driving Ms. Carolyn

It took almost a century for the telephone to become a platform for doing things that Alexander Graham Bell never dreamed of when he uttered those history-making words, "Mr. Watson come here, I need you." But it's taken a mere decade for Internet telephony to become the mechanism driving a myriad of applications that were unheard of not too long ago. Most of the time we drive new technology by what we want to do with it. Recently, I allowed a new technology to drive me. And it was well … [Read more...]

VoIPing Away on My Cell

Martin Dindos has just filed a comprehensive "How-To" on connecting the new Nokia E-series phones (at least those with Wi-Fi capability) to Asterisk. Before publishing it, I had a chance to follow Martin's step-by-step instructions (I did edit the Asterisk files directly as our installation pre-dates the release of the whizzy-wigged Trixbox by a few years). My verdict: Pairing the new Nokia "fusion" phones (the E61 in my case, this will not work with the brain-dead Wi-Fi-less imitation E62 … [Read more...]

Mobile VoIP Made Simple

Truphone company founder Ed Guy is one of his company's best customers. "I'm a multiple device person. My cell phone doesn't work in my house. So when I'd only need one device I'd have to carry two." Now he only carries one, thanks to UK-based Truphone's long-awaited "mobile VoIP" for the Nokia N80, which was launched today. Currently the service is only available for Cingular and T-Mobile customers because Nokia doesn't deliver WiFi-enabled phones for the other services. Truphone's … [Read more...]