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AUG 2010

Posted by Nicole at 04:19 PM EDT

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JUL 2010

Posted by Nicole at 02:53 PM EDT

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Thoughts on a Phone Bill

This blog is by Tim, our SIP Maven. Wired Magazine has an interesting article today called Death of the Phone Call. In this article, Clive Thompson discusses the shrinking amount of time we spend on the phone. Thompson cites a recent report from Nielsen, claiming that the average length of cell phone conversations has fallen from around 3 minutes in 2005 to less than half that today. Plus, people are making fewer numbers of calls. I think the iPhone 4 dropped call antennaegate kerfuffle is even more surprising, considering that many people aren't using their iPhones to make calls (how very 2006 of you to think that people use iPhones to make phone calls!). I asked a colleague what he thought of his new iPhone 4's losing signal strength.

09
JUL 2010

Posted by Nicole at 05:00 PM EDT

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Has Anyone Tried Face-To-Face on Fring with the iPhone 4?

Leo came across this video while perusing the web. We haven't reviewed Fring for the iPhone 4 yet; but I have to admit, this looks pretty cool. I also have to say I like Fring's video series in general. That's one company excited about VoIP! While people can be tough critics on the web, this video has 38,724 views and counting. So, from my perspective in the marketing department of a small business, this has been a successful channel for them to get the word out. Kudos to Fring.

02
JUL 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 11:22 AM EDT

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My Take On the Cisco Cius

Chances are that if you’re reading this blog, then you’ve already heard about Cisco’s upcoming Cius tablet, the miniature (7 inch screen, 1.15 lbs) enterprise version of the iPad, complete with a front mounted 720p camera capable of recording at 30fps. Other specifications and features include an 8 hr battery life under normal running conditions, support for WiFi, 3G, and eventually 4G, a dock with a handset and ‘HD Speakers’, and the Android OS.

Here’s the marketing video.

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02
JUL 2010

Posted by Erick J Johnson at 03:46 AM EDT

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28
JUN 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 11:00 AM EDT

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New Business Mobile SIP Clients and iOS 4 Limitations

A little over a month ago, we wrote up a review of the Acrobits Softphone, a mobile SIP client for the iPhone clearly made for the everyday consumer. It was great for making and receiving calls (with push notifications enabled), but the functionality stopped there. I ranted for a while about the state of mobile VoIP applications, gave the app a ‘good for what it is made for’ review, and called it quits.

A lot has changed in only a couple of weeks.

First off, iOS 4 was released, and the new iPhone 4 came out only a few days later. The most anticipated feature—for me, at least – is multitasking. I’ve been waiting for months for a way to get incoming calls on my iPhone SIP clients without having to rely on push notifications and third party servers.

21
JUN 2010

Posted by rob@junctionnetworks.com at 09:06 AM EDT

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Faking Personal Touch is a Bad Idea

This blog is by Rob, President of Junction Networks I’ve been trying two great hosted services to simplify and improve a business process. So far, the actual services are very promising, but their approaches to making me a customer haven’t been. Here’s what happened:

17
JUN 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 10:45 AM EDT

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Consumers and Businesses Should Look at Mobile VoIP Differently

This blog is by Leo, a member of our marketing team and phone review expert.

VoIP calling on mobile devices is having a serious impact on the telecom industry and it’s showing. Every week, publishers are releasing updates to mobile VoIP apps, or announcing new features to attract downloads. There is a lot of buzz (or noise, depending on who you ask), but with the recent Juniper Research report prediction that there will be 100 million + mobile VoIP users by 2012, all the commotion seems justified.

Here’s what I think.

15
JUN 2010

Posted by Nicole at 10:44 AM EDT

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Google Docs in Salesforce: Small Feature, Big Help

This blog is written by Joe, who handles billing questions and fraud checks here at Junction Networks. Salesforce is an invaluable business tool because it offers many resources to manage a company’s Sales and Support outreach. As discussed in a previous blog post, I rely on its capacity to store and keep track of email correspondence with customers. This blog post is about another small, but helpful, Salesforce function: Opening Google docs directly in Salesforce.

09
JUN 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 12:42 PM EDT

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Open HD Video Calling on the iPhone 4 -- Let's Speculate!

In case you hadn't heard already, Steve Jobs gave a big keynote speech on Monday at WWDC, where he unveiled the new iPhone 4 and the improved iOS 4 to a roomful of developers. He laid out a long list of new software and hardware upgrades, including the integrated antennas, the new 'retina' display, the Gyroscope, the improved camera, and more. Believe me when I say that there was plenty for the audience members (and myself) to ooh and aah over.

The last feature Steve announced, the built in HD Video calling feature, is particularly interesting.

After conducting a live video call demo (an homage to the first public call onstage he made back in 2007 when the original iPhone was announced), Jobs revealed that video calling on the iPhone 4--called Facetime--is based on a 'bunch of alphabet soup acronyms'.

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