Voice Gets Embedded

Since the dawn of VoIP, evangelists have been telling us that it's not the cheap phone calls that make VoIP so compelling, it's the opportunity to do so much more with voice communications.  But let's face it, beyond sending voicemail to email, VoIP still doesn't do much more than make phone calls. Voice communications are still pretty standalone for the vast majority of us. However, developers are starting to take note of voice as an IT "service."  This year's AjaxWorld West is … [Read more...]

CommBytes 7/30/07

A new partnership with services company CSI, Inc. will enable VoIP provider Packet8 to offer customers of its Virtual Office hosted PBX on-site installation, configuration and tech support services.  Last week Polycom launched the new HDX 4000 Series desktop video conferencing system. With the footprint of a flat panel monitor, will the device make video conferencing finally take off?  Infonetics Research's latest report says that smartphone sales are growing rapidly, while WiFi … [Read more...]

New 911 rules on the way, another way to make VoIP calls on cell phone

The FCC is forging ahead with new 911 rules including technology-neutral location ID requirements and automatic location identification for VoIP services that can be used at multiple locations. TCMnet's Mae Kowalke connects the dots between Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Microsoft's software-centric unified communications model. (You've been holding your breath for this, I know). And while we're getting geeky here, motherboard manufacturer MSI is building in a phone adapter for … [Read more...]

The FCC Thinks Truth is Wrong

One of the biggest gripes about cellular service in the US is that the carriers' year-long and longer contracts give the customer no way out if the service is less than adequate -- say, as is often the case, beset by frequent outages. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can go a long way to helping consumers make an educated decision before they agree to a long-term contract. But it refuses to do so. MSNBC's Bob Sullivan reports that the FCC has maintained a detailed database of cell … [Read more...]