Providers fight over Sunrocket carcass

July 24, 2007 by Garrett Smith

In the wake of Sunrocket shutting down operations and orphaning thousands of customers, there has been a mad scramble amongst independent VoIP providers to gobble up Sunrocket’s customer base. Below is a summary of a few current offerings targeting ex-Sunrocket subs:

TeleBlend, a recently launched service provider, reportedly headquartered in Singapore, offering free activation and number porting for Sunrocket subs.

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Vonage 2 Months free service and waived activation fee for Sunrocket subs

With a reported 200,000+ customers at the moment of their untimely demise, many of these smaller providers could see a nice uptick in subscribers if they are successful in wooing jaded ex-Sunrocket users, many of whom likely signed up for Sunrocket’s multi-year prepaid VoIP phone service offering.

Snom 370 IP Phone Now Available!

Latest Snom IP Phone is Their Most Robust Offering to Date

snom 370The Snom 370 has recent reached VoIP Supply’s docks and all indications are that it will in fact live up to the all of the hype as the best Snom IP phone to date. The 370 features a large graphical, high-definition display offering an improved and extended presentation of call lists, address books and caller information. The phone is sturdy to the touch and not too bad on the eyes either, making the phone perfect for upper level executives. The SIP-based Snom 370 offers with its expanded memory capacity in addition to all necessary office functionality such as choice of trunk line, status indicator, group lines, transfer, call-pickup or conferencing (3-way conference bridge) more scope for individual functions and applications. The expanded memory capacity also enables the depiction of graphics and high resolution pictures to show the status of contacts (e.g., busy, on-line, off-line) similar to Instant Messenger. It is also possible to play music and media files.

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The Apple IP Phone

June 27, 2007 by Garrett Smith

What If Apple Made an IP Phone?

With the release of the Apple iPhone just two days away, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the next great Apple product; the Apple IP Phone. The Apple IP Phone combines the style, simplicity, and usability that Apple is known for with the next generation of business class features and functionality that tomorrow’s business person will demand. Let’s take a closer look at the Apple IP Phone.

An IP Phone + an iPhone

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The first thing that you might notice about the Apple IP Phone is that it integrates with the Apple iPhone; acting as a docking station for the cellular phone, which will allow for all of your mobile calls to be managed through the main IP Phone console while you are sitting at your desk. The Apple IP Phone does not have a handset, as those are old school. It features a full duplex HD speakerphone, and supports Bluetooth headsets, as the business person of tomorrow need the flexibility hands-free calling provides.

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VoIP Supply Named One Of WNY’s Fastest Growing Companies

June 15, 2007 by Garrett Smith

Company named sixth fastest growing company in Western New York by Buffalo’s Business First newspaper.

BUFFALO, NY June 15, 2007 — VoIP Supply, LLC (www.voipsupply.com) a leading provider of Voice over IP hardware, software and services, today announced their selection by Buffalo’s Business First newspaper as the sixth fastest growing company in Western New York. In 2006, the company took the number one spot, as Western New York’s fastest growing company, based on their growth in total sales and number of U.S. employees over the previous three years.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in our area,” stated Benjamin P. Sayers President and CEO of VoIP Supply, LLC. “We are proud of our hard work and this award is a testament of the consistent team effort put forth each day by the entire VoIP Supply staff.”

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Sangoma A500 BRI Card

June 11, 2007 by Garrett Smith

Sangoma A500 BRI Card For Global Open Source Telephony

Leading provider of connectivity hardware and software products including VoIP, TDM voice, WANs and Internet infrastructure, Sangoma, has released their new A500 BRI Card. The Sangoma A500 BRI card fully supports the ISDN S/T bus as either an NT or TE device using a reversed module design that avoids jumpers. The A500 supports the same digital processing and highly-compatible PCI/PCI Express interfaces as the AFT series. It provides the benefits of hardware-based echo cancellation and voice enhancement for scalability for various installations.

Sangoma A500 Additional Features

The Sangoma A500 has the following distinctive features:

  • Expandable from 2 to 24 ports of 2B+D interfaces for a total of 48 ISDN channels
  • PCI or PCI Express bus support
  • Optional carrier-grade echo cancellation
  • Support for all open source telephony projects

The Sangoma A500 will be available this July.

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New Linksys One Products and Services

June 8, 2007 by Garrett Smith

New Linksys One Products Rounded Out Product Line

At their annual Connected Office Day, Linksys released a number of new products and services within their Linksys line. The two products that stood out among the rest, where the SVR200 Wireless-G Services Router, and the SVR3500 Services Router. These two services routers form the foundation of the Linksys One product line and customer premises communications solutions. These Linksys One Services Routers support connections to the Internet via DSL, cable or T1/E1. Integrated services include SPI Firewall, SIP Proxy, QoS, VLAN, SIP ALG and IEEE POE. SVRs provide auto-discovery and auto-configuration of Linksys One devices. The Services Router also offers cascaded expansion to other Linksys One Ready (or traditional Ethernet) Switches, Network Storage Systems and application servers.
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Sangoma Reports 24% Quarter Over Quarter Growth

May 29, 2007 by Garrett Smith

Sangoma Continues Rapid Growth Fueled By Industry Leading PCI Card Solutions

Leading analog and digital PCI card vendor for open source PBX based solutions, Sangoma has reported their Q3 financials and they are good – really good. The company posted all time high’s for both sales and net earnings in a quarter, showing a 24% increase in revenues over Q2 and a 69% year over year increase in net income.

According to Sangoma CEO David Mandelstam, “Sangoma’s revenue grew 24% in Q3 relative to our previous record Q2 numbers as our new products gain traction in the marketplace. It is gratifying to see that we are increasingly meeting customer needs, resulting in our long-standing growth trend where we are growing faster than the VoIP adapter and VoIP systems market itself.”

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Nuclear Scientists Baffled By VoIP

May 24, 2007 by Garrett Smith

News Like This Makes Me Feel Pretty Smart

He has 25 years of IT experience. He works with nuclear scientists (the ones who make bombs and stuff). He has a Government budget. He is Scott Pinkerton. He can’t get VoIP to work and he has no one to blame but himself.

While the story of Scott Pinkerton and his follies with implementing VoIP at the Argonne National Labratory located just South of Chicago is getting quite a bit of attention due to a Network World article, the story is less about the “poor performance of VoIP” and more about the “lack of preparation and education” of the individual who was leading the VoIP deployment, Mr. Pinkerton

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Polycom Releases SIP 2.1.1 For SoundPoint IP Phones

May 23, 2007 by Garrett Smith

SIP2.1.1 RevC Adds Support for the IP 330/320

Polycom has released the latest version of their SIP software for the complete line of SoundPoint IP Phones. SIP2.1.1 RevC adds support for the SoundPoint IP Phones 330/320 products. In addition the release includes one fix for an issue that was experienced by a customer on the IP 430, 550, and 650 products (Issue 35913: SoundPoint IP430, 550, 650 phones may reboot while in a call under certain network conditions.) The images for the SoundPoint IP 300, 301, 500, 501, 600, 601, and 4000 products are unchanged.

Polycom’s next SIP release (SIP 2.1.2) is targeted for release in June 2007.

This Week In VoIP

May 18, 2007 by Garrett Smith

Stories From Around The Net That You Might Have Missed

  • Is Skype a Telco? – Martin seems to think so. I disagree. Skype is much more than just a way to make a call. Sure there are issues with third party interoperability and their closed system, but just because a company wants to keep their technology in a “black box” does not mean they should be classified as a dinosaur.
  • Sony PSP Now With JAJAH – JAJAH is everywhere these days, and Andy points us to a story on how Sony is now shipping PSP units with JAJAH pre-loaded. This is sure to open the technology up to a whole new generation of users.
  • Communications Developer Conference a Huge Success – Kudos to the folks at TMC for what looked like (and from what those who attended have told me) to be one of the best conferences of the year. Sorry that I missed it. If only they would unchain me from my desk…
  • How to Start Your Own VoIP Provider – This is a great story by VoIP Now on how to get into the VoIP game. Don’t forget your VoIP Equipment or if your looking to become a VoIP affiliate, this VoIP Equipment Affiliate Program.
  • Ten Best VoIP Widgets and Mashups – Awesome compilation of the best of the best when it comes to VoIP widgets and mashups. My favorite? GizmoCall!