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News Archive - September 2007

VoIP gets voice-activated ads
September 28, 2007
In a new online advertising twist, one US-based VoIP provider has created a method of sending ads to the user depending on what they are talking about. — Would this be a Google acquisition target?
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Off-to-jail hacker tells how he stole VOIP on massive scale
September 27, 2007
Robert Moore, a 23 year-old hacker from Spokane, Wash., is to go to prison for his role in a plot to steal VoIP services from some 15 legitimate VoIP providers and then sell them as a separate company.
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Digium Acquisition Shakes Up Open-Source VoIP
September 27, 2007
Digium unveiled plans to acquire Switchvox, one of the many SMB-focused vendors that have cropped up in recent years with products built on top of Digium's open-source Asterisk VoIP software.
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How to Switch to VoIP Phone Service
September 26, 2007
This article talks about how, for small business looking to save money, switching to VoIP can be especially worthwhile if your company spends a lot on long-distance calls to far-flung employees, partners, and contacts.
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8x8 Picks Up Scraps
September 26, 2007
This item is hardly worth mentioning, but it was so funny we could not resist. 8x8 signed an exclusive deal with an unnamed VoIP company that is going out of business to refer its 12,000 customers to 8x8's Packet8 service.
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Vonage Guilty Again
September 25, 2007
Vonage has lost another patent infringement case, this time to Sprint Nextel. The troubled VoIP service provider has been ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 million.
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Nortel seeks revival through 'hyperconnectivity'
September 20, 2007
"Anything that can be connected will be connected." That's the essence of hyperconnectivity, a term Nortel Networks has been trumpeting since the spring and that looms large over most developments at the communications equipment giant.
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Best Buy launches new VoIP services for businesses
September 20, 2007
Did you ever think retailers like Best Buy would be competing with telecom companies for customers? They are now.
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ooma good, or ooma bad? VoIP Experts Express Concerns
September 20, 2007
ooma has introduced and hyped a new VoIP device that that claim to be ingenious, but VoIP experts express serious concern over security and integrity of the company.
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Want a free phone line? Make rooma for Ooma
September 19, 2007
Monthly telephone bills have long been the way of the world. A promising Palo Alto, Calif., start-up called Ooma hopes to make them a thing of the past.
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Lawmakers Float VoIP-Based 911 Bill
September 19, 2007
Lawmakers introduced a bill to try and bring VoIP services into an emergency calling regime that has largely ignored the IP-based infrastructure.
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Comcast says feeling telco, satellite competition
September 19, 2007
Comcast, the top U.S. cable television operator, is feeling increasing competitive pressure from telephone operators and satellite TV providers.
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Jobs Leads iPhone Into UK
September 18, 2007
Apple may have needed a network operator partner to help bring the iPhone to the British public, but it's clear who is calling the shots in the device manufacturer's relationship with O2, Britain's biggest mobile operator with nearly 18 million customers.
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Does VoIP make it easier for scammers?
September 14, 2007
If you're considering switching from the traditional PSTN service to VoIP, you might be wondering whether the change will make you more vulnerable to scammers, help protect you from common scams, or not make much difference at all.
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ITU Produces the AMS Project Description
September 14, 2007
If you thought VoIP was cool and revolutionary, you will be even more excited with the ITU's next leap forward: H.325 (or "AMS"). H.325 enables users to use multiple devices, like a mobile phone with a video terminal and an electronic whiteboard, in order to have a much richer communicate experience. The project description was published today, which is well worth seeing.
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Russian telecom eyes growth in ex-Soviet states
September 11, 2007
Russia's top mobile phone company, Mobile TeleSystems, wants to expand in the former Soviet Union as much as possible and may also consider moves into other emerging markets.
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Fun, sun and a $3,000 bill for hardly using an iPhone
September 10, 2007
It appears that many people are unaware of the extraordinary charges that AT&T charges its customers for data access and, most especially, the global roaming charges. At least one customer got a surprise bill of $3,000.
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Skype Warns Users about Circulating Worm
September 10, 2007
A worm targeting Windows PCs is spreading through the service's instant messenger, making the VoIP's chat software the latest to come under the hacker gun.
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Maryland and the FCC Hang Up on Web Callers
September 9, 2007
The FCC has decreed that VoIP is interstate commerce that states cannot regulate, yet it appears that in Maryland, users are filing lots of complaints with the Public Service Commission and there is nothing they can do with those complaints.
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Tandberg Video Conferencing to acquire Codian
September 7, 2007
Tandberg has announced the acquisition of Codian, with a desire to add high-definition videoconferencing infrastructure products to it product portfolio.
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Palm, Motorola seen most hurt by iPhone price cut
September 7, 2007
Apple's hefty iPhone price cut pits it in direct competition with handsets from Motorola and Palm, which are struggling to convince Wall Street they can turn around their aging brands.
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Cisco bringing TelePresence conferencing to homes
September 6, 2007
Cisco Systems expects to take its TelePresence high-definition conferencing system from the boardroom to the living room within two or three years for about $1,000.
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US VoIP market picking up pace
September 6, 2007
The number of US consumers turning to IP telephony solutions has soared from 6.5 million in mid-2006 to 11.8 million by the second quarter of this year.
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BT sees low videoconferencing demand
September 5, 2007
Demand for videoconferencing capabilities from BT's business customers will continue to be low for now, said a senior executive at BT. He said that customers did not feel that video really added much value to a conference that had audio, application sharing, and a whiteboard.
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Long Distance Is Long Gone
September 4, 2007
In the latest sign that long distance calling business is a old concept that will eventually disappear, the FCC has told the three incumbent carriers in the U.S. that they may consolidate their local and long distance services into one operation.
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