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

VoIP Supply is proud to do everything we can to contribute to a sustainable future.

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Our company has taken initiatives to cut back our carbon footprint by allowing employees to work from home one day a week (or occasionally more), recycle all the shipping material we receive, recycle as much trash and paper as we can separate, host our warehouse as a drop-off site for SunnKing’s E-Scrap 4 Camp, and participate in the Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper Shoreline Sweep every spring/fall to pull pounds of trash out of one of the many waterways in Western New York. We’ve even made B-Corporation company status through our sustainable efforts. Working to create a better tomorrow is the heart of our company, and with that, we wanted to …

10.  RCA VoIP Phones. Name brands you have come to know and trust in your home have begun to emerge in the VoIP market. RCA VoIP phones for instance, along with Panasonic and AT&T, have begun to offer SIP phones that bring the consumer-friendly look and feel to your office. The most popular model, the RCA IP150, runs on an Android O/S and brings the Smartphone user experience to your desk.

 

9. Cisco SPA112 and SPA122. So long PAP2T and SPA2102! The new Cisco ATA’s are smaller, sexier, and more robust!

 

KX-TGP5508. Panasonic KX-TGP550 and KX-TPA50. With the passing of the Aastra CT Phones, the demand for a corded IP deskphone and a cordless DECT satellite handset was more focused …

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Note: This is a guest post by Rachel Greenberg from VoIPReview.org. VoIPReview.org pioneered the concept of comparing VoIP service providers and is an information resource for both consumer and small business VoIP providers.

Lots of small businesses love VoIP service because VoIP makes it easy for a small company to put forward a highly polished and professional appearance. For example, a simple hosted PBX service with an auto attendant can give a small company the same outward appearance as a high-powered enterprise.

One of the biggest advantages for any business that switches to a VoIP system is in the easy-to-use conference calling functionality. VoIP conference calling services allow you to hold phone conferences with anywhere from 3 to 50 people depending on the …

Jim Kander2Note:  This is a guest post by James Kander, North American Sales Manager for Polycom KIRK, and the 1st installment in a three part series.

Polycom has two great wireless VoIP solutions to increase mobility in your workplace; the Polyom KIRK (DECT) line and the Polycom SpectraLink (Wi-Fi) option.  Both scenarios employ wirless handsets that will:

  • Eliminate paging delays and improve operations.
  • Enable faster responses to problems and emergencies.
  • Improve employee mobility, responsiveness and productivity.

What’s the best way for users to distinguish the true differences between DECT and Wi-Fi?  With that question in mind we decided to ask the authority themselves, Polycom.  Jim Kander, the North American Sales Manager for the Polycom KIRK line, gladly agreed to clear up the confusion.  Below is his response.…

The U.S. government’s National Broadband Plan aims to stimulate the economy by mandating universal broadband and mobile broadband access.fcc-national-broadband-plan

Criticism of this plan is growing explains Phil Britt of the Heartland Institute “as private businesses are already finding ways to provide quality wireless broadband without government intervention through partnerships between industry and telecom carriers.”

The birth of the U.S. railroad system, the engine of economic opportunity of its day, was largely funded by private interests focused on supplying transportation in areas that expressed demand.  Even the mighty New York Stock Exchange was founded not by government mandates but by private, opportunisitic merchants and brokers.

Recently I was asked by Britt if business should be left to develop broadband as the demand arises, rather than any mandates for broadband before …

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Microsoft, Really?

Months before Skype was scooped-up by Microsoft for $8.5 billion dollars there was tons of speculation as to who may ultimately purchase Skype.

Would it be Google, who could bolster its Google Voice offering? Or maybe Apple, who with Skype could be come an even more disruptive force in the wireless communications space.

Others still speculated that Facebook should buy Skype. Given that Facebook aims to transform the way we communicate, adding Skype would only further that aim.

Almost no one thought Microsoft would buy Skype. Yet that’s exactly what happened.

Weeks after the announcement many are still wondering why exactly Microsoft shelled out $8.5 billion for Skype. It’s a lofty price to pay for a low cost service that …

Note:  This is the final segment of a two part article that examines a switch back to traditional phone service from VoIP and other user’s experiences. Part I is here.

Part I was a look at reasons users might take a step back from the growing VoIP usage and return to a traditional, analog phone system.

Admittedly, VoIP isn’t for everyone which is why there are still other options but after having read Renai LeMay’s story, “Why I’m Ditching VoIP for the PSTN,” I wanted to know if this sort of technological backtracking was a trend or an isolated occurrence.

To get a sense of whether or not VoIP service represents a burger grilled to perfection for some or is still undercooked for others (Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!), I sought the opinions …

Note:  This is the first of a two part article that examines a switch back to traditional phone service from VoIP and other user’s experiences.  Click here for Part II.

While VoIP Supply will undoubtedly sing the praises of switching to a Voice over IP telephony system we do realize that there can be hurdles when you’re trying to get the best call quality and the most reliable service.

In fact, a recurring theme that you’ll notice in our “how to” articles under our article categories like VoIP Education, VoIP Gateways, or VoIP systems is:  Be Realistic.

There’s considerably more upside to VoIP than just cost savings but at the same time we understand that the technology can be a little temperamental and as noted previously, VoIP technology will be the fastest growing U.S. industry in the next five

I wanted to bring attention to a very extensive article written by Gary Audin over at No Jitter titled “8 + Ways to Save on Communications” that looks at ways for an enterprise to save money in their communications budget. 

These cost savings ideas are based on panel suggestions from the 2011 Enterprise Connect Conference and as Audin explains, there are two distinct angles to work from when trying save on communications:

  • One-time costs
  • Continuing/on-going savings

He goes on to add that:

“Some of the recommendations appear to be modest in their savings but can add up if applied across the board in a large enterprise. Small enterprises may benefit even more because the IT staff is stretched thinly and may not have found