JAN 2011

Posted by Leo Zheng at 09:19 AM EST

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JAN 2011

Posted by Leo Zheng at 01:56 PM EST

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Our evaluation of Android Gingerbread's native SIP calling with the Nexus S

This post is now outdated. Please check out our follow-up to this: Android SIP update, published 05/11/11.

About a month ago, I wrote a blog post Google announces native SIP internet calling with Gingerbread. We were excited to see the announcement, but I couldn't suppress my inner skeptic when I read that support for the platform's SIP and internet calling features on devices would be determined by manufacturers and associated carriers.

DEC 2010

Posted by Nicole at 04:47 PM EST

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iPhone, Skype

DEC 2010

Posted by Nicole at 09:50 AM EST

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Working At Home With Web Apps - Snow Days Are For Kids

On Sunday night, we were hit hard with snow in NY, NJ, and surrounding areas. Outside my door in Westchester, we got 25 inches or so. My beagle can hardly hop through it, and my car was absolutely buried in it. Once upon a time, this wintery wonderland meant no school and no work, but not today. For those of us at Junction Networks who couldn't make it into the office, we can bring our office to our couch. This is because we use a variety of hosted applications to communicate and work. In fact, there is almost nothing I can do at my desk that I can't do at home. Here's a quick overview of tools that make virtual working a cinch:

DEC 2010

Posted by Nicole at 11:16 AM EST

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DEC 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 01:33 PM EST

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Highlights of our 2010 phone reviews: desk phones

The new year is just around the corner and that means it’s time for a quick look back at our favorites out of all the phones we reviewed this year.

Entry Level

In the not-so-distant past, entry-level VoIP phones were—well, to be honest—not all that great. Oh how things have changed. We reviewed and loved the Polycom 335 at the end of 2009, but this year we were impressed by an even more affordable solution from Aastra, the 6730i. This relatively new addition to the Aastra lineup features programmable keys, up to 6 line appearances (which is a lot for an entry level phone), and wideband audio. The paper key labels that came with the phone threw me off at first, but where else are you going to get 6 line appearances and wideband audio for around $70?

DEC 2010

Posted by Nicole at 11:19 AM EST

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Web Wireframing Tool: Mockingbird Is a Good Choice

Every once in a while, I come across an innovation that makes a task in my life much easier. It's that feeling of clarity when the clouds open, sunlight shines down, and I wonder how I ever got along in life without it. Some examples: Google Maps/Docs/Mail, keyless pushbutton car ignition, Shazam, PetFoodDirect.com, SeamlessWeb, HopStop.com, Kindle Mobile App, Alarm (any, on mobile phones), and now Mockingbird.

DEC 2010

Posted by Nicole at 01:23 PM EST

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New OnSIP Office In Doylestown, PA and Employee Banter [Funny]

This blog is by Mike S, a member of our Support team here at Junction Networks. A few of us at Junctions Networks recently moved into some new office space in Doylestown , PA. For those of you not familiar with Doylestown, it's a borough in Bucks County that is about 25 miles north of Philadelphia. Doylestown's origins date back to 1745, but I think most people know it as the hometown of famous pop stars Pink and Justin Guarini. (you know, the American Idol runner-up) Our co-workers in New York were curious about our new digs here in Doylestown, so they've been asking us to send pictures of the new office space for a while. We didn't have any real pictures of the office to send them, so, naturally, here's what I sent:

DEC 2010

Posted by Larry at 12:38 PM EST

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VoIP Support: Who Ya Gonna Call?

When firefighters, police, and EMS respond to an emergency, they do so with the help of trained people in the 911 center who know how to get as much information as possible from the caller reporting the emergency. The more precise the location, description of the incident, and caller's contact information, the faster resources can get to the scene with the proper equipment and trained personnel. Lives can be saved or lost in the seconds it may take to find victims. As a volunteer firefighter and friend to many 911 dispatchers, I know how important it is for them to get as much information as possible. It's a very hard job, trying to get someone involved in a life-threatening event to calm down and tell what the street name is. You're probably wondering what the heck it has to do with OnSIP, other than the phone part. My wife tells me that every conversation I have, I find a way to interject "fire nonsense".

DEC 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 03:54 PM EST

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Use your free SIP address with a free soft phone

I'm going to follow up Rob's post, How to get a FREE SIP address, with a tip of my own.

Let’s say your New York City office building is being treated for bedbugs or that you’re working from home because some guy ran over your foot with his car last night. You’re enjoying lounging on your couch with your laptop on your stomach when you suddenly remember that you forgot to bring your VoIP desk phone home with you, and that your favorite client is going to call you at work at 1 pm.

What do you do?