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Our friends at Software Advice put together a great infographic highlighting the Life and Death of the Analog Telphone.

This pictorial history takes us through time from the humble telegraph to super-speed Voice over IP and beyond.

Designing the Analog Timeline

Craig Borowski, VoIP and telecommunications researcher at Software Advice shares some background:

The most interesting thing we learned while doing our research is the fact that the telegraph evolved into the telephone. It was fascinating to discover how that evolution took place. For example, as soon as the telegraph was invented, there were people all around the world who immediately started trying to improve it. The inventors kept making improvements in a similar fashion until it made the logical evolution into the telephone, and

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Jabra Motion UC Bluetooth Headset

VoIP Supply has added the Jabra Motion UC Series of  Bluetooth Headsets.

What Is It?

Jabra Motion UC is a unique line of Unified Communication (UC) Bluetooth headsets that wants to be the only headset that you will ever need.

For example, a single Motion UC can be paired with your VoIP desk phone, VoIP softphone, cell phone, tablet, and Microsoft Lync system so that no matter where you go or what device you’re working from, you’ll just need this one hands-free Jabra headset.

Right now we’re carrying the following Motion UC and Motion Office headset models for both standard applications and optimized for Microsoft Lync:

  • Jabra Motion UC:  Bluetooth headset for VoIP softphone, cell phone, and tablet.
  • Jabra Motion UC MS:
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Questions about VoIP devices and services are regularly submitted to VoIPSupply.com through a technical support ticket or via the “Ask The Expert” tab on our product pages.

We respond to these requests directly but more often than not, this Q & A would be helpful for lots of other folks.

Below are your VoIP questions answered – Real questions from real people just like you.

Q: I have a Polycom VVX600 phone. Will this headset [Jabra Motion Office] work with that phone? Is there something available that would signal people that I am on the phone when I am talking on the headset – perhaps an optional light or something?

A:   The Jabra Motion Office is a versatile wireless headset that promises to be …

Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad like the fact that Summer has ended, but the kids are out of the house and back in school.

Once in a while though you don’t have to settle for anything, like getting to enjoy the beautiful Fall foliage together with the start of football season.

To help you combine more great things for a win-win situation, we’re offering Instant Rebates on sleek, stylish, and sturdy Aastra VoIP Phones.

Only until the end of September, enjoy an Instant Rebate between $10 and $50 on select Aastra phones that offer:

  • Solutions for small businesses on up to enterprise applications.
  • Open standards that support SIP, Asterisk, FreeSwitch, and Switchvox.
  • HD audio, multiple lines, expandibility, PoE, and Gigabit

This is combination of old news and new news.

Many people have been using Google Voice with Obihai VoIP adapters for some time now to take advantage of free calling with the wireless or corded phones they already own.

That’s why the company has this appropriately titled blog post, The Google Voice Service is Still Working on My OBi! How come?. Google was scheduled to drop the XMPP communication protocol that made this possible.

The new, good, news is that Google Voice is now officially supported on Obihai VoIP adapters.

What This Means

What this means now is that instead of crossing your fingers that your OBi device will still work with Google Voice, which Obihai could not confirm or support, is that …

The news that Apple iOS 8 software is now publicly available is exciting, but try to resist the urge to install the update if you’re a current user of the Switchvox Mobile App.

Digium has announced that their Switchvox app does not yet support iOS 8:

We are working to determine Switchvox Mobile’s compatibility with this new version of the operating system, and cannot guarantee the app will function under iOS 8.

Switchvox Mobile is the free app that allows you to access your Switchvox VoIP network via iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices.

Switchvox iOS 8 Plan

Digium plans on having an updated mobile app available in October 2014 which “will offer much of the feature-set of a Digium desk phone, on your iPhone,” …

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This past week on September 17th and 18th, VoIP Supply participated in the 22nd Annual United Way of Caring in what has become one of the biggest community service events in Buffalo and Western New York.

It’s a great event, with even greater turnout, where companies lend out their employees who get a chance to help their neighbors and gain a some team-building experience.

We were proud to help out Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara with blacktop sealing and another project where a resident was in need of fence staining.

Get Involved, Year of Giving

Visit the United Way of Buffalo on Facebook or their website for more information on their charitable efforts and ways that you can get involved.

We look forward to next year’s …

If you’ve been following the net neutrality debate you know that the FCC is currently reviewing over 3 million comments from the public to find out how they feel about the current Open Internet standard that we’re used to.

So far, public opinion is less than 1% against net neutrality. Most people, it seems, believe that all internet traffic was created equal.

Can the voice of the people be enough to sway the FCC or will service providers be allowed to monetize priority internet traffic?

We’ll have to wait. In the meantime, if you’ve wondered how this will affect your Voice over IP, here’s a helpful infographic from Visually:…

Questions about VoIP devices and services are regularly submitted to VoIPSupply.com through a technical support ticket or via the “Ask The Expert” tab on our product pages.

We respond to these requests directly but more often than not, this Q & A would be helpful for lots of other folks.

Below are your VoIP questions answered – Real questions from real people just like you.

Q: In case that my Internet Provider or SIP provider fail, has the Cisco SPA232D the survival option through it’s FXO port?

A:   The Cisco SPA232D ATA is an FXS/FXO gateway with DECT so that in addition to using your analog phones and fax machines with VoIP you can, with the addition of an integrated DECT base station, also …

IT Expo West 2014 is over but Xorcom has shared a couple great recap interviews that explain two of their solutions:

  • New, soon-to-be-released Xorcom CompletePBX Version 4.5 that will offer stronger security features and an open source endpoint manager
  • Xorcom Orion Video Conferencing for SMBs that’s affordable and reliable

 

Xorcom CompletePBX Version 4.5

 

Xorcom Orion Video Conferencing for Small Businesses

Via Xorcom

Digium Free Shipping

Right now VoIP Supply is offering Free FedEx 2nd Day Shipping* on our most popular Digium Digital Cards.

Need a T1 card with Echo Cancellation? Looking for a PCI Express card that has 4 FXO ports? Or, maybe you just need a Half-Length FXS card?

Whatever you’re looking for to complete your Asterisk® solution, Digium has the card that’s right for you. But act now – this offer is only good until August 29, 2014.

Why Digium Digital Cards?

Digium Digital Cards are the perfect, certified compliment to Asterisk® software in T1 and E1 environments.

But they’re also designed to be compatible with your existing software plus their open source drivers will support your custom API.

For more information, read more here:

We’re proud to announce that VoIP Supply is now a Xorcom Certified Dealer for Complete PBX Solutions.

Thanks to Michael Taylor (pictured above) our VoIP Engineer putting in all the hard work at the Xorcom technical training class.

We’re not sure what was harder for him the three days of in-depth training to learn all the details of Xorcom PBX installation, programming, and troubleshooting or being able to avoid all the distractions of the class location, Las Vegas.

If you’re not familiar with Xorcom the company was founded in 2004 and they focus on business telephony solutions for both VoIP and traditional PSTN. Xorcom products are based on Asterisk®, the open-source communication software used worldwide, for a flexible range of PBX solutions.

Taylor’s hands-on …