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Rob Wolpov

Polycom end-user trade-in rebate program

Last week, we introduced our OnSIP Polycom promotion, which awards $300 OnSIP credit to anyone that buys 5 or more Polycom phones with OnSIP provisioning from Telephony Depot.

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State of SIP development – an intensive three-year study.

Three years running now, I’ve taken family trips to Grand Cayman. As you can imagine, it’s hard for me to “shut off” work while on vacation, especially since we’re selling the tools to help people work anywhere, anytime!

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Google Voice SIP Address No Longer Available

SIP access to Google Voice Numbers is no longer available. As it was reported and discussed by Todd Vierling, Alok Saboo, and Dan York over the past couple of days, access to Google Voice numbers WAS available in the following format:

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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!

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Custom Auto Attendant Greetings with Voices.com

Customers often ask us if we offer voice talent to create customized Auto Attendant greetings, e.g. “Thank you for calling Widget Co. For sales, press one….”

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Free Calling From GMAIL: Ringin’ The Register For Google?

Many people have speculated why Google is giving away free voice calls from Gmail. “SKYPE killer!” “A shot across the bow of Facebook!” “The beginning of the end of every non-Google social anything!”

But maybe it’s just more of the same from Google.

According to Google's First Quarter 2010 10-Q, 97% of revenue comes from advertising. No matter how you slice it, Google is in the advertising business, not the telephone business, or any other business for that matter.

By allowing people to make phone calls out of Gmail, is it possible Google is simply trying to get people to stare at their open Gmail web pages, filled with ads? Consider this:

Math Alert: Google's cost per minute of a phone call = 1.5 cents (assumption) Google's average revenue per Adwords click = $3.00 (giant assumption, but probably not a bad one based on our experience). That means Google is making money if you click on an ad more often than once for every 200 minutes you are on a call using outbound calling from Gmail. A hug for anyone who just realized that Google is attempting to get your eyeballs on ad supported content wherever and whenever possible. Don’t be sad; it’s a fact of life that nothing is free. Here’s more: Consider another possible benefit ($$$) to Google in exchange for “free” calls from Gmail: Let's say you are currently using a free Gmail account, but access your mail via POP or IMAP on your computer mail client (Outlook, Mac Mail, etc.) Now that you can make an occasional free call using Gmail, you might consider ditching the desktop client for the Gmail browser interface. What's that worth to Google? I'm guessing, a LOT! More math: I received 80 emails yesterday. I read them all via Mac Mail. If I had read them in Gmail, how many ads would I have seen? 50? 100? More? Let's say 50 to be conservative. How much revenue is that for Google? Assume an average ad impression generates 1 cent for Google (which is conservative from our experience). That’s 50 cents worth of revenue to Google, or about 30 minutes of outbound calling using Gmail calling. So, if I spend less than 30 minutes a day on the phone and use Gmail, Google is cashing in on me, regardless of whether I click on an ad or not! I’m guessing, someone at Google did this math and concluded a pitch to management with a big CHA-CHING! Smile and dial, Gmail users. (But, please keep your eyes on the screen while talking!)

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This changes everything!

We've hit an important milestone here as depicted in this photo from my office yesterday. I wonder if anyone can tell. A little help with some of the artifacts in this photo:

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For a good time, call SIP: Jenny@call8675309.onsip.com!

Tommy Tutone, I owe you an apology for not calling you back. So many calls, throughout the day and night, every day of the week for years. You have to understand, you SCARED me!

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How I Set Up PhoneTag To Transcibe My Voicemail

I'm really excited about this new feature. I love the idea that I can sit in a meeting and ignore people's talking while reading my voicemail messages on my iPhone. I think it's going to be a real productivity boost!

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Junction Networks Named to the Red Herring Top 100 Companies of North America

This blog is by Rob, President of Junction Networks

We Won. AGAIN! On the heels of learning we were Stevie Award winners two weeks ago, we are honored this week to be named one of the Red Herring Top 100 Companies of North America. We’re pumped!

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