20
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?

16
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.

10
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:

09
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".

07
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?

07
DEC 2010

Posted by rob@junctionnetworks.com at 12:22 PM EST

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How To Get A FREE SIP Address

Android officially announced the availability of native SIP support in the upcoming release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This is huge!

With a SIP address, you can make free voice and video calls to your friends and colleagues who also have one. Our company has been doing this for years. In fact, today, we announced our 10,000th account.

Imagine the entire world able to reach one another using a standard addressing mechanism that is based on your name and your domain. If you are thinking that sounds a lot like email, you are catching on. Let’s break it down:

06
DEC 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 03:40 PM EST

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02
DEC 2010

Posted by Nicole at 11:31 AM EST

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5 Things You Didn't Know About The People Behind OnSIP

The holiday season is all about sharing. In the spirit of sharing, here's five things you don't know about OnSIP (for better or for worse):

1. Our office in New York could be mistaken for a greenhouse.

Charlotte (Sys Admin) keeps our office lively. Without her, our office decor would consist of leaning towers of Starbucks trays. I inquired about how she keeps the plants alive when she's on vacation. "I ask someone else to water them... Sometimes it even works. And sometimes, we get new plants," she answered. Here's a plant in the office window - looking out on Broad St:

01
DEC 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 04:55 AM EST

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Microsoft Lync: "The era of the PBX, folks, is over"

Says Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft Lync & Speech Group corporate vice president. This week, Microsoft Lync, formerly Microsoft Office Communications Server, becomes available for purchase. First Kinect, and now Lync. Are we seeing the beginnings of a recurring pattern here? I can't wait for Microsoft Unyte and Microsoft Joyn. To end users, Lync will be an application that combines video, IM, presence, conferences, and whiteboard sessions. To Microsoft, Lync is a project more than 5 years in the making. I sat through the company's lengthy keynote presentation, and thought you might be interested in hearing a little (or a lot) about this new unified communications solution.

26
NOV 2010

Posted by Nicole at 10:59 AM EST

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It's Black Friday: Will You Consider the Cisco Umi?

We've survived the turkey eating comas and made it to today: Black Friday.

Today and (Cyber) Monday, shoppers are considering big gadget purchases because of the discounts and availability. One "hot" gadget this year is Cisco's Umi, a communication product that brings telepresence to HD televisions in homes. Interested, I dug around online for predictions on just how "hot" this item will be.

What Is Umi?

You may have seen the recent quirky advertising for Umi, featuring actor Ellen Page. These ads highlight how the Umi offers a superior communication experience - high definition video conferencing - that brings family members and friends together. Umi (name made from You-mi) is a 1080p video conferencing gadget. Umi requires the following components:

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