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The Best Alternatives to Vonage
Still worried about being a Vonage user? Just because it's not on the front pages this week doesn't mean you shouldn't be looking at alternatives, just in case. And you may be surprised at what other carriers can offer you. Vonage's big advertising budget tends to drown out some of its smaller competitors but that doesn't mean they can't provide a good service....

Microsoft VoIP Phone Announcement Is Serious Business
Keep those blue screens of death jokes coming, but don't be fooled. However funny it might seem to entrust your phone system to the software everyone loves to hate, Microsoft is on track to become a dominant IP telephony player. It surely won't mind if people get the wrong impression about what it can or wants to do. After all, the more clear it is about its plans, the fiercer oppositio...

Watch Out Cisco, Here Comes Telanetix
It’s not often that a feisty upstart attempts to go head-to-head with industry behemoths such as Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard, but Telanetix is doing just that. Putting a hi-tech spin on the battle of David vs. Goliath, the fledglin...

Telepresence: Current and Future
Today’s high-priced telepresence systems may be out of reach for most, but if industry experts are right, it won’t be long before this revolutionary visual conferencing tool is as much a part of corporate America as coffee mugs and staplers.With offerings from major players such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Teliris, TANDBERG and Polycom, a telepresence system &ndas...

Which Mobile VoIP to Choose?
Question: Which mobile VoIP client will end up the winner? Answer: What do you mean by mobile VoIP client? Is it software that lets you make VoIP calls via your cellular data service? That lets you make WiFi calls using your dual mode handset? That lets you initiate cellular calls that end up being delivered over the Internet? Or some or all of the above? You see the problem. At present, mobile...

What’s Google Doing With All That Dark Fiber?
Starting a few years ago, Google began buying thousands of miles of so-called “dark fiber”--fiberoptic communications wiring that was installed in the ground but going unused. The fiber was historically cheap thanks to a fiberoptic building boom that had gone bust, allowing the Mountain View search giant to acquire large amounts of it for pennies on the dollar.

Integration Mania: Uniting VoIP and Microsoft Outlook
For a few years now, VoIP technology has allowed customers to centralize their business communications, from faxes to voicemail messages, in a single Microsoft Outlook inbox. But expanded integration features such as directory dialing and calendar synchronization are proving to be a potential business generator for resellers.Related Articles...

Polycom Podcast From VON Show - Part One
In part one of this special Polycom On Demand podcast, the hosts visit with several Polycom employees during their time on the show floor and review three new announcements made by Polycom during the show, including the new IP phones and softphone enabling solutions.Products and services mentioned in the announcements include:    Polycom HD Voice

Study Reveals Surprising Reasons For ShoreTel's Surge
It's no secret that ShoreTel's success over the past few years has gone hand-in-hand with the growing interest of small businesses in VoIP. The Sunnyvale, Calif. based IP PBX vendor has done a good job of providing products that fulfilled that interest. But a new Infonetics report provides some surprising insights into the pre-IPO company's success. Hint: it's not just due to th...

5 Cool Functions to Look For in VoIP Phones
You may not currently have a huge choice in buying VoIP phones. After all, most companies buy phones that work with their PBXs, not the other way around. You're often limited to your PBX vendor's proprietary or third party vendor-certified models -- at least until session initiation protocol (SIP) is mature and ubiquitous enough to become the standard (that might take a while).

VoIP Resellers: The Big Opportunities Ahead
Today’s VoIP resellers can rest assured that there’s simply no shortage of business opportunities being presented by VoIP. Consider this: Palo Alto, Calif., based Radicati Group Inc., recently forecast that nearly three-quarters of corporate phone lines will use VoIP within the next 3 years. Jumping on board are businesses ranging from mom-and-pop shops to blue chip companies such a...

ShoreTel IPO May Benefit Customers and Investors Alike
Enterprises don’t usually sit around waiting eagerly for their equipment vendors' IPOs. It's investors, not buyers, that typically have trouble containing their excitement. And that’s understandable. Buyers aren't the ones that will get rich, they're the ones that will make investors rich. Still, ShoreTel's planned IPO should make at least some current and prospecti...

Vonage Suspense May End Sooner Than Expected
Vonage may have less breathing room than previously thought as a result of a court's decision to hold hearings on its appeal in 60 days, rather than in the year or two the company was expecting. Ironically, the accelerated appeal resulted from a request by Vonage's own attorneys to expedite the pro...

Vonage Soldiers On After Appeal Victory
Suddenly time is back on Vonage's side. Only yesterday, people were talking about how to find an alternative phone service in case an appeals court ruling today put the VoIP provider on a rapid road to bankruptcy. Today, the court cleared Vonage to continue business as usual while it appeals the pa...

Other VoIP Providers Eager to Fill In for Vonage
If you're a Vonage customer, you're probably worried right now. Originally you may have chosen Vonage because it was the largest independent VoIP operator, which should also have made it the most stable. But its very size made it a fat target for Verizon's patent infringement suit. Now it could conceivably be out of business in a few days, and you could be stuck without phone servic...

Your VoIP Calls are Wiretapped - and Other Legal Surprises
As much as VoIP providers have relished the Wild West feel of the Internet, sheriffs are riding into town in the form of laws, FCC rules and taxes aimed at gradually taming VoIP. Here’s a rundown of the three debates affecting how VoIP providers handle service, the need to include 911 capability in it, and how open your calls are to federal wiretaps.

Coming Soon: Wifi VoIP
Today, traditional telephone companies are scrambling to recover from the staggering loss of subscribers over the past five years, who have migrated to exclusively mobile and VoIP lifestyles. Tomorrow, the cell phone industry will be facing the same challenges: How can a giant corporation expect to make money on calling plans if its customers could just use SkypeOut for two cents a minute to an...

Avaya Gets DECT Out in the U.S.
Sometimes success is all in a name. Once upon a time, GSM, the global system for mobile communication, had a French name: Groupe Spécial Mobile. Imagine the trouble U.S. GSM operators like Cingular would have had getting favors from Congress in recent years if the name had stuck. Likewise, DECT used to stand for Digital European Cordless Telecommunication. Unsurprisingly, the technology ...

Is Vonage Toast?
What with Verizon’s recent court victory against it, Vonage has been getting pounded—on the stock market and in the blogosphere. But the jury’s still out on whether the biggest name in VoIP is toast.Related Articles:Ta...

Taking Precautions Against a Vonage Collapse
The best advice for Vonage customers this week is not to panic. After all, the judge in Friday's hearing on the injunction resulting from Verizon's successful patent infringement suit didn't say the VoIP pioneer couldn't keep serving its customers, he just said it couldn't acquire any new ones. And an appeals court quickly put ...

Taking Precautions Against a Vonage Collapse
The best advice for Vonage customers this week is not to panic. After all, the judge in Friday's hearing on the injunction resulting from Verizon's successful patent infringement suit didn't say the VoIP pioneer couldn't keep serving its customers, he just said it couldn't acquire any new ones. And an appeals court quickly put ...

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