FWD Dials Up a New Direction

Free World Dial-Up. The name just breathes a certain anarchy appropriate to the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Which, from The Phone Company's point of view, is exactly what it was when the world's first IP phone network debuted in 1995. Now FWD's founder and sole financer Jeff Pulver — it's not exaggerating to call him the Abraham of VoIP — has decided that it's time for his baby to stand on its own two feet. In keeping with Pulver's vision of "participatory … [Read more...]

Arm Candy Apple iPhone Underwhelms

Apple iPhone

“The Holy Grail of Gadgets” “Shake-Up for the Phone Industry” “Will Disrupt the Mobile Phone Market” These are only a few of today’s headlines heralding the advent of the long-awaited Apple iPhone. In fact the scene at MacWorld, following as it did on Christmas, looked for all the world like the geek Magi adoring the holy child of Cupertino. With a buildup like this it would be hard not to come up short, even if you’re golden boy Steve Jobs. So what have we got … [Read more...]

Pulver and the New America

Jeff Pulver, the closest thing VoIP has to a founding father, took a good long look at the US election results from Tuesday and concluded that, on balance, the country's political change of course is potentially good news for internet and communications innovators. Pulver's optimism is qualified, though, in that he does not expect Democrats, the party which, today, officially gained control of both houses when Congress reconvenes in January, "will be any less paternalistic than their … [Read more...]

IP Communications’ Best Kept Secret

TelTel COO Jack Chang calls his vision for the future of communications the PSIPTN. It's not just cute. It telegraphs Chang's essential axioms. First, Internet telephony needs to be as plug-and-play as POTS for consumers. Second, down the road we're not going to be talking about the merits of competing multi-media IP protocols any more than we're talking about the merits of competing analog telephony protocols. "SIP is similar to the PC world in the early 80s," Chang says. "More and more … [Read more...]