The big news today is the Skype announcement about supporting SIP for business users. With this launch, it appears Skype will have a product similar to the Junction Networks PSTN Gateway service. With a single Skype ID, an owner of a SIP-capable IP PBX will be able to leverage Skype's In and Out services, making and receiving calls to and from landlines and mobile phones. Calls to Skype users seem to be out of scope. As a long-time proponent of open standards, it is great to see Skype recognizing SIP as the de facto VoIP standard.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 03:18 PM EDT
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The LA Times is reporting that cell phone users are being charged, on average, $3.02 per MINUTE of cell phone use. They arrive at that figure by taking the number of minutes charged vs. the number of minutes actually used. Basically, it comes down to an issue of trying to predict something that is nearly unpredictable - the exact number of cell phone minutes you will use NEXT month. This number seemed high to me, so I looked at my own cell phone bill over the last two months. I'm not at $3 per minute, but I'm no where near even 10 cents per minute. I'm at just over a quarter ($0.26) per minute. And that's just taking the cost of my minutes divided by my minutes used. When you look at my entire phone bill, it's over 50 cents ($0.55) per minute.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 04:54 PM EST
TMC's blog pans the broadband stimulus package. Yes, Junction Networks is a technology company and yes, we would, in theory, benefit from comprehensive broadband access. However, I think that the post misses the point. The post states: "I just don't think broadband is that vital that we need to spend billions of tax payer dollars when we are a fiscal crisis, the stock market is imploding, and the deficit is shooting through the roof." He goes on to say that only a few companies will be helped by spending on broadband. I disagree. Not only will a very wide range of existing companies be directly helped by widely available broadband, but a whole set of products and services run by new companies that don't even exist today will be created which will, in turn, create more jobs and opportunities for US citizens.
Posted by Charlotte Oliver at 11:10 AM EST
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Junction Networks' OnSIP VoIP Services Named Winner of Coveted Small Business Computing Magazine Award
Thank you. To our customers, friends and fans: Thank you. The Small Business Computing Magazine's 'Excellence in Technology 2008' award was selected entirely by its readers, and Junction Networks and our OnSIP Hosted PBX won in the VoIP category. Thank you for voting for us. Winning an award like this when faced with such incredible competition from the likes of Microsoft and others shows that a small, highly-focused group of people can make a great product at a great price that absolutely fills a business need. In business, you rarely get the Big Game feeling of hoisting the trophy over your head in victory, but wins like this are pretty close. Our press release is here.
Posted by Charlotte Oliver at 12:23 PM EST
Okay, not really, but Tina Gasperson is claiming at LinuxPlanet (with her tongue firmly in cheek) that Open Source software saves the lives of cows, since it can be developed at home. You see, you'll buy fewer shoes. But is open source really greener? Gasperson makes her most serious argument in that open source tends to be developed to require less in hardware resources, while proprietary software frequently isn't. Some Linux distributions, like Knoppix, can be stored and run off a USB key fob. That is pretty cool, but I don't really hear a lot of people rushing to the store for computers without hard drives as a result. So, is it really greener? One of the big problems I have with "greenness" is that it's such a vague concept, without a lot of concrete metrics.
Posted by Tim Cleves at 02:13 PM EST
The sales call started of normal enough. Me: "Junction Networks this is Tim, how can I help you?" Caller: "What do you do? Can you get me a phone number?" Me: "Mmm...I guess. We provide phone services and phone numbers are a part of that" Caller: "I don't care what the area code is, just the next seven numbers." Me (light bulb going off): "I don't suppose those seven digits might start with an 867 by any chance?" Caller: "Yes. Can you get the number?" Me: "Sorry, I'm afraid we can't search for the last seven digits." Caller: "Do you know who can?" Me: "Sorry, I don't. Goodbye" So after I hung up I started thinking. Maybe I can find my own version of 867-5309 to sell on eBay (for those of you who don't know the background story this is posted on the NPR website: "Tommy Tutone was a one-hit-wonder in 1982 with the song "867-5309 (Jenny)". Now a New Jersey DJ is selling his phone number — that number — on eBay.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 09:46 AM EST
1/27/2009 - Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll 'Twas billing, and the DTMF tones Did ping and poke in the net All mimsy were the landline phones And those iLEC customers upset. "Beware the iLEC, my son! The dinosaur with rates so high! Beware the H323 and shun The codec near to neigh. He took his SIP phone in hand; Long time the LandLine foe he sought-- So rested he by the INVITE tree, And stood awhile in thought. And as in uffish thought he stood The iLEC, with bills so long Came dialing through the wire-strewn wood, And pulse dialed as it came! One, two! One, two! and through and through The OnSIP blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went un-SUBSCRIBING back. "And has thou slain the iLEC? Come to my network, my SIPish boy! O frabjous day! U-law and A-!" He chortled in his joy. 'Twas billing, and the DTMF tones Did ping and poke in the net All mimsy were the landline phones And those iLEC customers upset.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 01:30 PM EST
It took us a while, but Junction Networks is finally on both Facebook and Twitter. Click on either or both of the above links to see the Junction Networks' OnSIP Hosted PBX site on Facebook and Twitter feed to join as a fan or to follow our feed. Enjoy. If you're not on Facebook or Twitter, never fear, we will always update our blog posts, especially network alerts, as well as update our social networks whenever there are issues, or when we have something important to convey. (Added 2/16/2009) Just so it's all in once place - how to get our RSS feeds is found here.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 07:46 AM EST
VoIP Calling on the iPod Touch with Junction Networks and TruPhone
On Saturday, a group of kids burst into my house looking for me. They were led by my 12 year old son telling the rest of the group that I could 'hook them up.' So far, the scenario sounds like a bad after-school-special. As it was, Maddie handed over her new iPod Touch that she had just received for Christmas. The active application was TruPhone. She stated that she could make phone calls with it and proceeded to call our home phone. The phone rang, I answered the call, but there was no audio. There is no external speaker or microphone on the iPod Touch like on the iPhone. I thought for a second and then grabbed my iPhone headphones and plugged them in. They have four segments on the connection; ground, right channel, left channel and microphone. Worst case, I thought, was at least I could hear the person talk on the other end.