Saturday, September 29, 2007

Huawei and Bain Buys 3COM

Networking company 3Com announced Friday that it will be acquired by private equity company Bain Capital and former joint-venture partner Huawei Technologies in a $2.2 billion cash deal. The transaction, will give China's Huawei a minority stake in the Marlborough, Mass.-based company.

Under the terms of the agreement announced Friday, private-equity firm Bain Capital will take a stake of more than 80% in 3Com, based in Marlborough, Mass., and founded in 1979. Huawei Technologies Co. of China is purchasing the rest, say people familiar with the matter. The deal was struck at $5.30 a share, a 44% premium to 3Com's closing price Thursday, yet far from the heights where its stock traded during the 1990s.

According to WSJ, the 3Com deal reflects a burgeoning trend for Chinese companies: engaging in overseas mergers and acquisitions by purchasing strategic stakes instead of complete corporate control. By leaving majority control to others, the Chinese companies hope they can help mitigate political concerns that have sunk big Chinese takeover attempts before, most notably Cnooc Ltd.'s failed bid in 2005 for Unocal Corp.

Such political concerns are especially significant in the telecom industry, given the advanced technology involved. And the 3Com transaction is expected to get a thorough vetting in Washington, where federal officials are wary of foreign access to U.S. telecom and networking infrastructure.

Huawei has grown quickly since it was founded in 1988 by Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese army officer and the company's current chief executive. The closely held company, which doesn't publicly report complete financial data, now claims some 62,000 employees and says its sales rose 45% last year to 65.6 billion yuan ($8.73 billion) from 45.3 billion yuan in 2005.

Sramana has an analysis on the same deal according to a comment left.

VoIP Measurements with Meaning: Quality Metrics from the End User Perspective, Pulvermedia Webcast

Keynote Systems and Pulvermedia invite you to join Rajeev Kutty, product manager for Voice Perspective(R) on October 3rd at 11am PT for a practical and informative discussion on VoIP Measurements with Meaning: Quality Metrics from the End User Perspective

Voice calls are a mission critical component for Contact Centers and Businesses adopting VoIP. The quality of your voice service is the most important measurement of the success of the implementation. If your customers cannot hear you, no amount of flexibility or cost savings is worthwhile. With VoIP's addition to your technical infrastructure, you have added tools, measurements and reports to evaluate. What are the important metrics for your VoIP implementation and where do you get them?

This webinar will cover the quality metrics from an "outside - in" perspective including:

    -- What are the metrics for VoIP including MOS and PESQ
-- Where should the data come from
-- How to manage service levels

Network traffic is increasing and voice traffic is a growing portion of that increase. The specialty needs of voice as a part of your unified communications plans require extra attention to ensure that the customer experience is only improved by the technology. End to End testing must incorporate the additional measurements from the external client perspective. The call quality can be different if measured outside as well as inside your network. Both metrics are important in order to ensure customer satisfaction. Industry research has shown that overall service levels are improving. During this session, Keynote will share top line results of its most recent industry studies of voice quality.

    What:   VoIP Measurements with Meaning:  Quality Metrics from the End User

When: October 3rd - 11am PT


How: Live over the Internet -- Simply log on to the web at the address
Who should attend: This webinar is targeted for CTOs, Contact Center Managers, Line of Business Managers and technical personnel within service provider and Fortune 500 companies involved in VoIP service development and deployment

Friday, September 28, 2007

iPhone wars begin

Thursday afternoon, Apple released the scheduled update to the iPhone software. And the gadget blogs confirm that it does, as Apple threatened, wreak havoc on modified iPhones. Some phones have indeed been “bricked.” In others, unofficial applications have been disabled. And there are worries that hacking the updated phone will be harder...............
continued at NYtimes Blog

$100 Palm Centro released in two colors

NEW YORK, Sep 27, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Designed for individuals and traditional mobile phone users looking for a better way to manage their professional and social lives, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) and Sprint (NYSE:S) today introduced the Palm(R) Centro(TM) smart device, at $99.99.(1) With voice, text, IM, email, web, contact and calendar capabilities, a full-color touch screen and full keyboard, Centro brings Palm simplicity and organization to customers who want to stay connected with co-workers, friends and family.(2) Centro will be exclusive through Sprint in the United States for 90 days and is available in onyx black or ruby red.

With Centro, Sprint customers can quickly and easily text co-workers and friends, manage email, keep track of their schedules, check stock quotes, watch videos on YouTube(TM), keep current on the latest news, capture and share pictures, browse restaurant reviews on Yelp(TM), and get directions on Google(TM) Maps--all in one small, compact phone.(2) Centro operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network -- the fastest and largest national mobile broadband network -- giving customers a fast and flexible experience with entertainment and resources on the go.

Disney Mobile phone service comes to an end

Walt Disney Co. said Thursday that it would stop its Disney Mobile phone service at the end of the year and also end sales immediately, the second time in a year that the huge conglomerate has orchestrated a quick closing of a cellphone operation. Earlier it shutdown Mobile ESPN another niche offering. illustrates the challenges of competing with national wireless carriers that own their networks.
Disney, like many other so-called mobile virtual network operators, leased network capacity from one of the major carriers -- Sprint Nextel Corp., in Disney's case.
More the reason those upcoming spectrum's be open and sold with requirements set out by FCC. No wonder Verizon does not like it.

The service had been targeted at the communications needs of families and children, offering features designed to enable parents to know where their children are and help youths learn to use cellphones responsibly, and of course to make money with it's popular brand.
The phones were equipped to display the location of a user's handset on a map, limit when and how the phone was used and set limits on expenditures.

The company said it became clear it would have to invest far more in the product to boost sales than could be justified. Exclusive deals cut between large retailers and mobile carriers made it too hard for Disney to get its product in front of customers, the company said.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Not so bright VoIP Hacker goes to Prison

Convicted hacker Robert Moore, who is set to go to federal prison this week, says breaking into 15 telecommunications companies and hundreds of businesses worldwide was incredibly easy because simple IT mistakes left gaping technical holes.

Moore, 23, of Spokane, Wash., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and is slated to begin his two-year sentence on Thursday for his part in a scheme to steal voice over IP services and sell them through a separate company. While prosecutors call co-conspirator Edwin Pena the mastermind of the operation, Moore acted as the hacker, admittedly scanning and breaking into telecom companies and other corporations around the world.

According to DSL Reports, Moore wasn't all that bright -- considering he made only $20,000 out of the more than one million dollars in illegal profit, the majority of which went to 23-year-old mastermind Edwin Pena. Pena, a Miami "consultant," secretly routed some 500,000 calls through compromised Net2Phone systems

Information week

Self install VoIP kits from Comcast

Comcast is testing do-it-yourself kits in San Francisco and will offer them in Boston, Denver and its hometown in the next six months, Cathy Avgiris, senior vice president and head of voice services, said in an interview.

The plan may save Comcast a $200 to $300 service call to install phones for its cable customers, estimates RBC Capital Markets analyst Jonathan Atkin. The company, which has about 3 million phone customers, anticipates 11 million subscribers by 2010. It has hired 12,000 people in the past year and a half mostly to deal with surging demand for telephone service.

The kits may also give Comcast a cost advantage over phone companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., the two largest in the U.S. Verizon spent $880 on average for service calls to install television service last year, according to Atkin, who is based in San Francisco. He rates Comcast and Verizon shares ``sector perform'' and AT&T as ``outperform.''

Comcast tentatively plans to charge customers $250 for three cordless phones that link to their cable modems. The total time from opening the box to getting a dial tone is 30 minutes or less, Avgiris said.
Comcast's Internet-based phone service allows subscribers to listen to voice-mail over the Internet, download copies of messages and forward them in e-mails. The cordless phones also provide limited e-mail access and some Web services including sports and weather, according to Avgiris.
Those may be features Comcast will want to offer if the company decides to expand into wireless
``We want to own the customer's experience in the home and where possible extend that experience,'' said Avgiris.

Bloomberg news

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Franklin McKinley School District goes VoIP with PWT IT and 3COM

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept 25, 2007 — PWT-IT Solutions Inc. a leading IT resource solution provider and 3Com(R) Gold service partner, announced today the completion of a new VoIP system upgrade and data network implementation for the Franklin McKinley School District.

Located in the heart of San Jose, Ca., the Franklin McKinley School District (FMSD) consists of 16 individual campuses including the district's administrative offices. FMSD provides curriculum and classes for its schools serving K through 8th grade and supports more than 9,750 students and over 1,000 teachers, administrators and staff. Leveraging funding from the Federal E-Rate program and utilizing the extensive IT expertise of contract RFP bid winners PWT-IT Solutions, Inc. the district has been able to keep pace with national and state technology standards in-spite of its budget constrained constituency.

"The federally-backed E-Rate, fund was created to ensure that all eligible schools in the United States have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services," said Tim McClary, Deputy Superintendent of Business Services for FMSD. "Economically disadvantaged schools can receive discounts of up to 90% on telecommunications services, internal connections, and Internet access. This is the backbone infrastructure that enables a school to provide the very best in services both for students and staff. Our district has been very fortunate in leveraging these funds to hire excellent support contractors such as PWT-IT to provide the design, technology and personnel to implement and improve our total campus operations network."

FMSD's phone network was based on the award-winning 3Com(R) NBX(R) platform that provides rich call-processing features and a suite of telephony applications for local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs). Working with Delma Jaurez, (Information Technology Director for FMSD) and Michael Nesbitt (Strategic Account Manager for 3Com) PWT-IT upgraded the entire campus network, replacing more than 1,100 phones with 3Com VoIP sets.

"My department is responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of all networks, databases, equipment, peripherals, telecommunication, and associated technology infrastructure at FMSD," said Delma Jaurez. "We have a great relationship with PWT-IT and view them as an extension of our IT team. They designed and implemented our VoIP network and data overhaul in real-time with no disruptions to our daily business. We appreciate their expertise and insight. By contracting for PWT-IT's premium maintenance service program we actually have 1-2 full time network engineers on site every day ensuring optimal network performance, using proactive system monitoring to prevent problems."

To meet internal efficiency and safety standards FMSD now has a phone in each individual classroom and in every relevant staff access area across all campuses. The new phone system enabled PWT-IT to eliminate costly landlines and run the entire network through a consolidated trunk system saving significant hardware and physical line costs.

"FMSD is fortunate to have a board and administrative staff that truly sees the benefits of technology infrastructure. To their credit and the good fortune of their community, they are able to preserver in procuring the very best technology tools available," said Rany Polany, President of PWT-IT Solutions, Inc. "School systems are truly demanding environments and there are enormous challenges in designing and implementing technology solutions that do not require compromise and doing without. We worked very closely with Tim, Delma and their technical team to provide a leading edge VoIP and data network that supports their current operational needs without limiting them in managing future growth."

Account Manager, Allison Darin, and David Ricci, (PWT-IT Technical Project Manager) and their 3Com counterpart, Michael Nesbitt provided technical design insight and support ensuring that the overhaul fit the logistical time parameters for FMSD as well as the work schedule for each of its schools.

"FMSD has been able to use every dollar effectively on this project," said Michael Nesbitt. "Working closely with 3Com PTW-IT was able to purchase the best switches, desksets and networking products to meet current and coming needs for Franklin McKinley with no compromise in quality."

"In addition to the equipment upgrade our engineering teams was able to help FMSD actually repurpose switches with-in their system racks, moving older non-power switches to less priority assignment," said Allison Darin. "We understand the daunting challenges school IT departments face from an equipment need and budget standpoint and are committed to helping them implement the best possible technology and solutions as well as support available." PWT-IT Solutions is committed to providing its clients in the educational sector with the most cost efficient technology and support options available. It features exceptional implementation and support expertise enabling it to fulfill those objectives.

About Franklin McKinley School District
Established in 1913, the McKinley School District has grown in stride with the city of San Jose, Ca. Serving a core of economically challenged families, Franklin McKinley supports an ever expanding community, providing more than 9,750 K-8 grade students with the best teachers, administrative staff and technology tools available. Led by Superintendent Dr. John Porter the district is committed to advancing student achievement throughout all of the district's schools. FMSD schools include: Captain Jason M. Dahl School, Fair School, Franklin School, Hellyer School, Kennedy School, Los Arboles School, McKinley School, Jeanne Meadows School, Santee School, Seven Trees School, Shirakawa School, Stonegate School, Sylvandale School and Windmill Springs School. For more information please visit

Asterisk will forever be part of the history of this ball

It is funny to see Asterisk associated with this drama about Bonds and a ball (that is worth $752,467).

First SIP phone call (VoIP) on an iPhone!


SIPGate Opens iPhone SIP Applications For VoIP.

Oliver Starr of Blognation, writes that he has witnessed the first ever VoIP calls, made using on board SIP stack, from an Apple iPhone. This has been accomplished by TruPhone, a mobile VoIP solutions provider based in the UK.

Starr writes that "To say the application isn’t yet ready for prime time would be a pretty major understatement as it currently requires the use of terminal on the iPhone to tell the iPhone to use its on-board SIP stack to place the call over WiFi instead of via the SIM card. To use the terminal application, in turn requires that you first Jailbreak the phone using an application like iBrickr or iFuntastic. This is not an application for the inexperienced or the faint of heart."

But all is set to change once the company, Truphone, finish development on the application which will include simplifying the activation and adding seamless switching back and forth between VoIP when open WiFi is available and the use of the SIM card when out of WiFi range.

Of course if you don't want to mess with iPhone, you can use your similar looking iPod Touch to make VoIP (Skype) calls!

Of course the same application, IM+ for Skype, also runs on iPhone, BlackBerry RIM,Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian S60, J2ME Phones.

VoIP Service Provider Exiting Market to Migrate Subscribers Packet8

8x8, Inc, provider of Packet8 ( residential, business and video Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone services, today announced it has signed an agreement with a service provider that will soon exit the VoIP market calling for the exclusive recommendation of Packet8 as the replacement VoIP service for its soon-to-be-orphaned subscribers.

According to the agreement, Packet8 will be the only brand presented and promoted to the roughly 12,000 subscribers who will be left without VoIP phone service after the company winds down its VoIP operations over the next three months. In return, 8x8 will offer these subscribers a specially-priced Packet8 monthly service plan along with a free month of service, free activation, free shipping and a free Uniden 165P 5.8 GHz cordless phone to transition to its award-winning VoIP phone service.

"We look forward to welcoming these VoIP consumers to the Packet8 family of subscribers," said 8x8 Vice President of Sales & Marketing Huw Rees. "8x8 has been providing VoIP services since 2002 and, unlike many competitors, has established a strong business model providing subscribers with solid assurance that our service will be operational for the long term and that our reputation for quality and reliability will be maintained."

Just over two months ago, SunRocket, the second largest independent VoIP provider, announced it was shutting down its service and referring its more than 200,000 subscribers to Packet8. 8x8, now the #2 standalone voice and video service provider, was recently awarded its 69th U.S. patent for proprietary VoIP technology employed in the Packet8 service. In addition to residential service, 8x8 provides more than 8,000 U.S. based small businesses with the Packet8 Virtual Office hosted iPBX complete business phone solution.

Real world VoIP testing with IxLoad

IP performance test systems provider Ixia has launched its IxLoad SIP service, a VoIP test platform to provide both functional and bulk VoIP testing. Ixia’s VoIP test solution provides an environment of real-world triple-play traffic that accurately models live network environments. Using Ixia’s test platform and the IxLoad SIP 3.40 solution, a single test chassis emulates millions of realistic call scenarios.
IxLoad SIP emulates user agents that use SIP and RTP. Default configurations and state machines can be constructed for any session lifetime scenario. Message contents may also be customized to test SBCs that perform the deep packet inspections required to enforce QoS policies, thus ensuring that subscribers receive flawless video, high-quality voice calls and high-throughput Internet service.
Following is the press release issued by IXIA;

Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, has announced the IxLoad™ SIP solution, the first VoIP test platform to provide both functional and bulk VoIP testing. Ixia';s VoIP test solution provides an environment of real-world triple-play traffic that accurately models live network environments. Using Ixia';s test platform and the IxLoad SIP 3.40 solution, a single test chassis emulates millions of realistic call scenarios — surpassing the scale of most network appliances.

In the past, network equipment manufacturers and service providers used test equipment to perform either functional or stress testing, but not both. In addition, functional tests were performed on a very low scale for protocol correctness and stress tests used simplistic scenarios — not real-world conditions.

"Problems occur in modern VoIP networks because of stress conditions not directly related to the VoIP protocols," said Jessy Cavazos, senior analyst with Frost & Sullivan. "Witness a recent network outage that was caused by a massive flood of connections to the network following a network update. Real-world VoIP testing can uncover such problems before they become very expensive."
IxLoad SIP provides network equipment manufacturers a test solution needed to perform bulk VoIP testing on a wide range of SIP- and RTP (real-time transmission protocol)-based devices, including SBCs (session border controllers), security appliances and IP-based PBXs. Full state machine and message content control assures complete VoIP protocol testing for all vendors'; devices. Protocol tests are quickly scaled and combined with the other components of triple-play traffic for a real-world VoIP test.
"IxLoad is the complete solution for VoIP and triple-play network testing because it addresses all aspects of voice delivery in a multiservice network, along with the video, Internet data and infrastructure traffic that accompany voice," said Victor Alston, senior vice president of Product Development at Ixia.
Service providers and enterprises will find IxLoad SIP ideal for automated bulk VoIP testing. Regressions are performed easily with real-world scenarios that ensure that small changes do not cause unexpected outages.
"Ixia lets us be on the offense rather than the defense when it comes to network performance and reliability," said Eric Douglas, vice president of Engineering at Deltacom, one of the largest facilities-based competitive communications providers in the Southeast. "In terms of ensuring network stability, Ixia is absolutely paramount. When you have network stability, customers are satisfied and anything is possible."
IxLoad SIP emulates user agents that use SIP and RTP. Default configurations and state machines can be constructed for any session lifetime scenario. Message contents may also be customized to test SBCs that perform the deep packet inspections required to enforce QoS policies, thus ensuring that subscribers receive flawless video, high-quality voice calls and high-throughput Internet service.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Vonage Violated Sprint Patents, Jury decides

Vonage Holdings Corp., an Internet phone-service provider, infringed six patents owned by competitor Sprint Nextel Corp. and should pay $69.5 million in damages, a jury decided.

Vonage shares fell 66 cents, or 34 percent, to $1.30 at 4:32 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. Trading was halted for almost two hours immediately after the verdict.

``Poor Vonage, they can't get a break,'' TeleGeography Inc. analyst Stephan Beckert said. ``I don't think it's any secret that they're not a well company.''

The jury finding today in Kansas City, Kansas, is the second such loss for Vonage this year. After the Holmdel, New Jersey- based company lost a $66 million patent case to Verizon Communications Inc., it said it might be forced into bankruptcy if it lost the use of the technology disputed in that suit.

Besides the damages, Vonage must pay Sprint a 5 percent royalty on future revenue, the jury said today. Vonage will ask the court to throw out the patent-infringement verdict and, if unsuccessful, will appeal the ruling, the company said.

Vonage said it is developing technological workarounds to the disputed patents. The company has also been working on alternatives to New York-based Verizon's patents to avoid paying royalty fees while that ruling is being appealed.

Read more at Bloomberg

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Damaka seek to unseat Skype

I found this application and the company while looking up Skype alternatives. Damaka claims that it's SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based Personal Softswitch™ application empowers the end user with multimedia communication and collaboration capabilities and that Damaka is the first company in the world to offer Softswitch technology to the end users.
According to the website, Using Damaka software, users can make phone & video calls to other Damaka users with PSTN like sound quality. Damaka offers real-time presence, IM and pc-to-pc calling, secure video with more functionality planned for roll out in the future versions of the application.

I am in the process of testing the software and features. Following is a Press release from Damaka.

RICHARDSON, Texas – damaka®, an innovative communications and collaboration software company, announces its latest P2P Personal Softswitch TM application release which would enable users to connect to SIP networks globally. As part of damaka's effort to establish global connectivity to disparate networks and services, users will be able to connect to SIP networks by making simple configuration settings on the application. "We strongly believe that communications and collaborations should be open and seamless, while maintaining high level of security, to all users across different network boundaries", states Satish Gundabathula, CTO of damaka.

This release provides both novice and advanced users to setup SIP connectivity by selecting either simple or advanced configuration options. Enterprises worldwide can now use damaka to connect into their existing SIP infrastructure seamlessly and benefit from the feature rich environment provided by the damaka Personal Softswitch TM application. "damaka just works" with any SIP infrastructure like Cisco ® CallManager ®, Microsoft ® LCS ® and other SIP IP-PBX's.

As part of its endeavor, damaka will continue to Interop with more and more SIP networks in the marketplace to create seamless interconnectivity. IMS connectivity is also part of this endeavor. IMS service providers can now avail of damaka software as it is SIP and IMS compliant to deliver their features.

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Thomson’s Broadband Telephony Platform Grows by 50%

Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE; TMS) today announced that more than 6 million VoIP telephony lines deployed by operators around the world are managed by Cirpack Class-5* voice switches from Thomson. This represents a 50% growth of users in just six months. Class 5 voice switches allow operators to provide primary line telephony with emergency numbers and legal intercept with advanced voice features such as call forwarding and call conferencing to their customers.

With the launch of its solutions for fixed mobile convergence in 2006, clients for the Cirpack switch now include large mobile operators such as SFR, as well as cable operators, ISPs and telcos. The Thomson’s Cirpack voice switching platform is being used by over 85 operators and ISPs in over 35 countries.

“Voice over IP is now a wide phenomenon. In France, for instance, about 25% of all voice traffic use VoIP technologies, according to French regulator ARCEP”, commented Jacques Dunogué, SEVP of Thomson’s Systems Division. “Initiated to reduce telephony costs, it is now entering a second phase with services such as Fixed-Mobile Convergence. Thomson is proud to continue to be a technical leader in this area.”

Thomson's Cirpack softswitch and gateways have been on the market for almost 10 years, helping operators to expand their legacy PSTN infrastructure. The same Cirpack platform can also be used to deploy broadband telephony services with the features and regulatory requirements required for a primary-line voice service.” said Steve Byars of Current Analysis. “This not only allows operators to reduce OpEx and network complexity, it also lets them quickly launch VoIP services that can replace the PSTN. Today, the Cirpack softswitch is powering some of the largest European VoIP deployments and has demonstrated it represents an ideal solution for carriers’ multiple service-delivery needs while they migrate to next-generation networks and IMS." said Byars.

Monday, September 24, 2007

FTTH, Fiber-To-The-Home, 100MB at $48.50 (in Hong Kong)

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (“HKBN”) today announced a revolution in Hong Kong’s broadband market, being the FIRST Internet service provider in Hong Kong to launch Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) residential broadband services, “FiberHome100”.Significantly, HKBN has turned traditionally cost prohibitive FTTH technology into affordable mass-deployed residential service, at US$48.5 (HK$378) service fee for its 100Mbps access service.

After the breakthrough launch of bb1000 in 2004, HKBN is again delivering the future today. Effective immediately, HKBN will offer residential FTTH broadband services ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps, namely, FiberHome100, FiberHome200 and FiberHome1000, at US$48.5 (HK$378), US$88.2 (HK$688) and US$215.4 (HK$1,680) respectively. Living the vision of technological advancement, HKBN will phase out our entry bb10 service (symmetric 10Mbps service), ceasing to accept new subscriptions for this service. As such, our entry service will now be our bb25 (25Mbps symmetric service).

In Hong Kong, as early as 2002, HKBN already envisioned the future need for bandwidth, and invested more than HK$2 billion in network infrastructure, set to offer symmetrical broadband service up to 1Gbps. Enabled by pioneering technologies, FTTH is the art of our advanced network platform with minimal extra investment and upgrade work. With the technology leap from Fiber to the Building to FTTH, end-users can enjoy the full benefits of Future Technology today. Not only does the use of optical fiber allow easy bandwidth upgrade beyond 1Gbps, but the reliability of the broadband service will also be enhanced considering the fact that optical fiber device are passive devices that do not require electricity.

In order to promote the benefits of FTTH technology, 100 users will be selected from 100 different housing estates in Hong Kong and they are entitled to enjoy the 100Mbps FTTH broadband service at special discounted price of US$38 (HK$298). Their opinions on the service will be actively solicited and used enhance our service before our launch to all our household units in 2008. HKBN is delighted to announce yet another technological and market breakthrough. Chairman of HKBN, Ricky Wong, said, “High speed broadband service (FTTH) is a foreseeable inevitability that we had prepared for 3 years ago. Holding onto to the belief that a service provider should deliver the best and most up-to-dated services available to the public, we are pleased to be able to launch the massively-deployed FTTH version of 100Mbps, 200Mbps and 1000Mbps in Hong Kong, which also contribute to further enhance Hong

Kong’s role as Asia’s telecommunications hub.”

About City Telecom/Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited

Established in 1992, City Telecom (H.K.) Limited (SEHK : 1137, NASDAQ : CTEL) provides integrated telecommunications services in Hong Kong. City Telecom’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN), is in the process of expanding its Metro Ethernet from 1.3mn to 2.0mn homes pass. HKBN has achieved an aggregate Voice, Broadband (symmetric 25Mbps up to 1Gbps), IP-TV and Corporate data services base in excess of 640,000 subscriptions. Additional information on City Telecom can be found at For enquiries, please contact: Corporate Communications Investors Relations

Jessie CHENG Peggy CHAN

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Blyk is alive and might let you SMS,Text and roam

After complaining about Ads prompted to user after listening to a conversation over VoIP it's users got for free, I see that another service based on advertisements have come to be alive. Blyk today announced the it's ad funded mobile network mainly targeted towards 16-24 year olds. The service is currently a invitation only and limited to United Kingdom. But it plans to go pan-European during 2008 with the potential to reach over 40 million young consumers.

Invitations to join Blyk will be sent out over the next few weeks via channels targeted to reach 16-24 year olds.

Blyk has built a service around what young people want and need – free communication, ease of use and relevant messages from brands. Blyk has developed its offer by finding out what its members consider most valuable – this will evolve over time as their needs do.
Blyk allows advertisers to reach young people using the only channel that they carry with them everywhere. They can engage them in a dialogue, one that they are uniquely ready for, because they’ve opted in.
Blyk’s advertising products are based on the most dominant pattern of mobile behaviour among 16-24 year old consumers: getting a message and responding to it. Its offerings create awareness, build relationships and drive sales.

Following is the press release issued by the company. is also available on the blog of Blyk.

The world’s first advertising funded mobile network for 16-24 year olds launches in the UK
London, 24 September, 2007 - Blyk, the new mobile network for 16 to 24 year olds today announced the launch of its UK service. The announcement was made by the company founders Pekka Ala-Pietilä and Antti Öhrling at a press launch event in London this morning.
Blyk is an invitation-only mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that links young people with brands they like and gives them free texts and minutes every month.
For brands, Blyk is an innovative, new media channel, providing direct access to the 16-24 year old market; enabling them to create awareness, build relationships and drive sales to this hard to reach audience.
Since its conception early last year, Blyk has been undertaking extensive research in the UK with user group studies and live user trials. These have helped to make the offering extremely compelling for young people and advertisers alike.
Pekka Ala-Pietilä said: “We have spent the last year developing a unique, robust advertising content engine and whilst the technology we are using is incredibly advanced, the main premise of Blyk is driven by 3 basic principles – ease of use, interaction and relevance of the communications.”
Blyk understands the importance of relevancy in communication and has built its system to enable this. By means of profile questions at sign-up and ongoing SMS polling during membership Blyk Media enables brands to target messages like no other medium. Response rates have also been exceptionally high, with some testers reportedly missing the service at the end of the trial.
Further to this Öhrling said: “We found that what is 90% familiar and 10% new leads to the best user experience. So, the Blyk communications formats are based on the most dominant and most familiar pattern among 16-24s: Getting a message and responding to it. Both picture and text.”
Brands will be able to engage Blyk members in question/response type interactions. For members these interactions are free. For advertisers all responses and interactions by members are tracked, giving great accountability to the campaign.
“We found throughout our research that this simple, familiar type of interaction leads to tremendous response rates. “ says Öhrling.
Speaking at the network’s launch in London today, Pekka Ala-Pietilä said:
“Our free offer is 217 texts and 43 minutes every month and this could mean no more phone bills for up to 4.5 million young people in the UK - with no contract. We have the brands that want to speak to them too, with more than 40 already signed up for the launch. This group represents almost every industry sector there is.”
“It’s going to spread because, at the heart of it, it’s got a creative idea. A mobile phone network that’s funded by advertising; that’s something you want to tell people about. Fundamentally it’s the interaction that young people do most on their mobile phone: receiving and responding to a message.” says Antti Öhrling.
About Blyk
Blyk is the new mobile network for 16 – 24s that’s funded by advertising. Blyk links young people with brands they like and gives them free texts and minutes every month. Blyk was co-founded in 2006 by Pekka Ala-Pietilä and Antti Öhrling and has offices in Helsinki, Finland and London, UK. Blyk is now operating in the UK, with other European markets to follow.

For more information, visit

Let me eavesdrop on your calls and I will give you free calls!

According to this article on yahoo news and a subsequent visit to the Pudding makes me think would the pudding might fall on the face. This is a conclusion based on my very own personal beliefs and they have been wrong before!
I do not sit in front of a computer to make my VoIP calls, Not since we tested out an application a couple of years ago. Even Skype is used via wireless phone. So in my case I will not see an ad. So what do I get, just eavesdropping on my conversations and free calls, and the pudding nothing. This is not right. If Pudding is getting paid for displaying ads and subsequent clicking on those ads, it might work in the beginning and when the providers find out that no clicks are coming, they might look else where for ads.
But I was surprised, once to find out how many people are still on dialup Internet connections, and I am sure that this goes to VoIP scene as well. There might be a few million of users still think of tethering them selves when they think of calling someone. So idea might not be far off as I assume it to be.
A test of Puddingmedia's beta software by the AP reporter was a mixed success: Relevant ads appeared when this reporter talked about restaurants and computers, but the software was oddly insistent that he should seek a career as a social worker, showing multiple ads and links pointing to that field.

"Sometimes crazy things pop up. It actually enriches the conversation, which is very cool," said Ariel Maislos, chief executive of Puddingmedia.

You also could beta test (taste) the pudding here. Hello Pudding, Please publish the FAQ and Privacy notice in readable format! I do not like to download documents, specially .DOC files, ODF, I might! ;)

Press release is at Puddingmedia!

Good luck pudding, at least once finished, you will have a good voice recognition system that can be ut to use in many other areas of VoIP IP Telephony!

Who established VoIP? here is 10 of them!

iLocus is concluding "", theme with a write up about Spectralink. The others that previously described are: VocalTec, Level 3, ITXC, Sonus Networks, 3GPP, Softbank BB, Skype, Cisco, NexTone.
I have followed the whole series and have been an eye opening. I have worked with at least three of the ten and never saw the others in the same light until iLocus wrote the series and revealed some gems of information. If you are interest in VoIP (of course you are, otherwise yoou will not be reading this!) read the iLocus series.
iLocus studied the VoIP market from 1995 onwards and selected certain developments within the industry that helped establish it and related those developments with 10 selected companies. The writeup further discusses in detail the contributions made by each of those companies.

OpenSER Training Session for Administrators at VON Europe!

VON Europe! is offering multiple training and education units this year and today is the last day to grab some of the best deals. Among the As last year, one of them are;

OpenSER Admin Training Session!

  • Full Access to OpenSER Admin Training Session on Wednesday, 26 September
  • Full Access to VON Conference sessions on Wednesday, 26 September
  • Full Access to Conference tracks in Italian on 26 & 27 September
  • Access to the Expo on 26 & 27 September
  • Access to Networking Lunch and Afternoon Snack
OpenSER, the Open Source SIP Server, is one of the most innovative and scalable VoIP softswitches. It is a flexible and cost-effective software solution that allows you to implement a large set of VoIP platforms, as size (from SMB, residential or carrier), services or models (end-user services, traffic trunking, application server). The "OpenSER Admin Training" course will deliver the deep knowledge you need deal with the diversity and complexity of OpenSER in order to properly configure and optimize your OpenSER system to speed up roll out and administration procedures. The training course is offered by the actual people designing and developing the OpenSER SIP server, in an interactive way, based on examples and hands-on work, in order to guarantee the best knowledge transfer.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Google a part of multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean?

Google might be planning to be a part of a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009. The Unity cable has been under development for several months, with a group of carriers and Google meeting for high-level talks on the plan in Sydney last week., Communications Day reports.
Google would not strictly confirm or deny the existence of the Unity plan today, with spokesman Barry Schnitt telling Communications Day correspondent Patrick Neighly that "Additional infrastructure for the Internet is good for users and there are a number of proposals to add a Pacific submarine cable. We're not commenting on any of these plans."However, Communications Day understands that Unity would see Google join with other carriers to build a new multi-terabit cable. Google would get access to a fibre pair at build cost handing it a tremendous cost advantage over rivals such as MSN and Yahoo, and also potentially enabling it to peer with Asia ISPs behind their international gateways - considerably improving the affordability of Internet services across Asia Pacific.
Faster Google sync?
Communications Day report

Cacti Script for Asterisk SIP/IAX2 Monitoring and Graphing

If you are using Cacti for you network monitoring, you can add Asterisk to the list of servers/ services that cacti monitors.
Cacti is a complete frontend to RRDTool, it stores all of the necessary information to create graphs and populate them with data in a MySQL database. The frontend is completely PHP driven. Along with being able to maintain Graphs, Data Sources, and Round Robin Archives in a database, cacti handles the data gathering. There is also SNMP support for those used to creating traffic graphs with MRTG.
But the cream here is what created and posted the Cacti script for Asterisk IP-PBX statistics. It's based on Python, works over AMI connection and provides comprehensive graphs like this (more at where IConnection posted it);Astpligg lead me to the news.

VoIP Ranking, VoIP, Broadband access, the numbers game!

One of my previous posts on VoIP Ranking has prompted Skypenumerology to do a recalculation of the numbers and show that Skype is on top!. It is a valid logic that he presents since the data for Skype was based on July 2005 data.
I would not be as generous as Mr Mercier, but even doubling the numbers since 2005 will land Skupe on the top with 3600000 subscribers. I think it is a comfortable assumption. If you are interested more data about broadband access by country (Denmark and The Netherlands leads! Hooray!!) is available at OECD, if your business is based on broadband access, you will know where to take your business.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Gizmo5 (Gizmo for Mobile) is up and running

With last few days being very busy, I missed Gizmo5 launch. But customary visit to Andy abramson' webpage to catch up with few days fixed that. Gizmo5 is focused on providing Voice and IM services to mobile folks, which I am a part of. I am not a person who is always wanted to be connected. But I want to be able to be online when I need to and that turns out to be always ;).
One other thing Andy Pointed out was the lack of communication mediums at ITEXPO. I was at ITEXPO before leaving on another venture and needed to be connected but that forced me to get up early and stay at my friends apartment whole morning to get some work done. I second Andy in requesting good organizers to provide better communications methods to always connected.
Back to Gizmo5, Andy has a press release that I could not find! and the is up. Go explore both!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ITEXPO West 2007 conclusion

Rich Tehrani has listed about news about ITEXPO, under ITEXPO West 2007 News and lists all the news stories about the expo! Although I promoted the event here, I did not write about the expo itself as I was very busy last week! But the collection by Rich is worth reading. Also let me thank the whole IP Telephony team for such a wonderful expo!

Nokia E51 Dual Mode Business Phone (with VoIP)

The E51 is a dual-mode model, working with GSM networks and Wi-Fi hotspots for businesses eyeing or already using so-called "converged" services -- VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) technology alongside traditional phone networks. Slim and elegant, Nokia has taken time to make sure the Nokia E51 looks good yet has all the business features you need for working on the go.
Nokia is hoping to spur businesses to adopt its E-series phones by convincing IT managers they'll save money over the long term by using the mobiles in combination with VOIP software. The unsubsidized price of the E51 will be ,350 (US$485) and should be available in the last three months of the year.
The E51, which runs the S60 series operating system, may be built for business, but it's shiny, slim and attractive, forgoing a fattening QWERTY keypad to keep its figure. It is only 12mm thick with its other dimensions 114mm x 46mm and a nice light weight at 100 grams. Nokia has packed enough business smarts into the phone to make it acorporate buy, but have a few features to make this phone your own. It has an FM radio and of course music and multimedia players, a 2 megapixel camera with 4x zoom and among its business features like Outlook and Lotus Notes integration, the phone will let you runYahoo Go! WidSets, and a number of travel, personal productivity and entertainment applications.

Connecting via 3G, HSDPA, or WLAN connection you can quickly get access to Windows Live services including Hotmail, Messenger and Spaces. The phone integrates with a wide range of business email solutions, including Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email and Mail for Exchange to communicate with Microsoft Exchange Server, but you can also use consumer mail solutions as well.

OOMA P2P VoIP device on sale

As we reported a while ago, the Ooma peer to peer VoIP service and unique device is slated to go on sale today for $399. The device plugs into your broadband connection and uses a peer-to-peer architecture to dodge termination fees and offer free voice calls. Users can buy $39 "Scout" devices that extend the system to each phone jack.
May be because of the co founder and movie star Aston Kutcher's involvement service might get a jump if there is any connection between actors and VoIP. But slated YouTube (utube) promotion will certainly help.
Just like Skype, OOma is based on peer to peer technology and the success of the service vastly depends on the number of devices out on the wild. So far there is about 2250 devices are out there. If the service needs supernodes!, like skype, we are not sure of who is handling the supernode service, Ooma or the users them selves.
More information could be found at Ooma site.
Just to remind you that if you do not care about actors and want to save $300, you might want to look at PhoneGnome, a similar service.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Asterisk wins “Best of Open Source Software” Award
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today announced that its popular Asterisk VoIP telephony platform has won the InfoWorld Best of Open Source Software Bossie Award for 2007. Digium is the only open source VoIP provider to make the list recognizing the best open source software available for the enterprise, ranging from CRM and ERP to middleware to networking, storage and security software. Digiums Asterisk solution was singled out for cost savings and flexibility that are too compelling to resist.

InfoWorld selected businesses that exemplify innovation, functionality, ease of use, implementation, and a proven track record in serving the needs of todays businesses. The Bossie judges applauded Digium for being the most mature and scalable IP PBX currently available and noted that Asterisk has the stuff for enterprise deployment and has proven itself in large-scale implementations. The Asterisk solution was also praised for being immensely configurable and compatible with darn near everything.

Open Source Software has moved into the mainstream, said Steve Fox, editor in chief at InfoWorld. InfoWorlds inaugural Bossie Award winners represent mature, flexible and reliable solutions that increasingly define the segment.

Digium is the original creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the industrys first open source telephony platform. Digium provides hardware and software products, including AsteriskNOW, the complete open source software appliance; Asterisk Business Edition, the professional-grade version of Asterisk; and the AA50, the Asterisk Appliance hardware-based telephony solution, to enterprises and telecommunications providers worldwide. Digium also offers a full range of professional services, including consulting, technical support and custom software development.

Used in combination with Digiums telephony interface cards, Asterisk offers a strategic, highly cost-effective approach to voice and data transport over IP, TDM, switched and Ethernet architectures. Digiums offerings include VoIP, conferencing, voicemail, legacy PBX, IVR, auto attendant, media servers and gateways, and application servers and gateways.

Asterisk is indeed taking the VoIP world by storm, said Mark Spencer, CTO and founder of Digium. Receiving this industry recognition from IDG and InfoWorld is not only a win for Digium, but the entire open source telephony community as a whole. Digium is committed to taking Asterisk to even greater heights and developing new ways for businesses all over the world to experience cost savings and flexibility never before possible with proprietary VoIP solutions.

For more information about Digium Asterisk solutions, please visit

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDGs online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDGs lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at

About Digium

Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, created, owns and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999, Digium has grown to become the open source alternative to the traditional communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less than proprietary voice communication platforms. Digium makes Asterisk available to the open source community under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and uses business-class Asterisk to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The companys product line also includes a wide range of hardware to enable resellers and customers to design their own voice over IP (VoIP) systems. This year alone, more than 12 billion minutes of calls will be made using Asterisk. More information is available at


VoEX is now Intelepeer

Press release;

 IntelePeer Inc.
Rebranding reflects breadth of telecom offerings, peering and inter-network intelligence

FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VoEX Inc., a major VoIP managed-services provider, announced today it has renamed itself IntelePeer Inc. to better reflect the companys comprehensiveness in next-generation communications services.

IntelePeers phone-number-to-IP address registry, global IP peering infrastructure, media transcoding and routing intelligence allow carriers, cable companies, wireless and other voice services providers, universities, call centers, enterprises and eCommunities such as AIM, Yahoo! and MSN to reduce their communications costs dramatically. Its infrastructure allows participating peers to send traffic around the world without making costly interim hops to public switched telephone networks, and to build and run intelligent voice-and-data communications applications from end to end.

We felt we needed to change our name because VoEX implies that were simply a voice exchange service using VoIP, said company CEO F. Terry Kremian. We needed a brand name that better reflects the broader range of our communications offerings and future direction of the company.

We chose IntelePeer because it stands for Intelligent Telecommunications and Peering, he added. Many of our would-be competitors offer voice peering and minutes exchange, or registry services, or gateway functions, as well as long-haul IP trunking services. We differentiate ourselves by offering all of these services combined with the infrastructure to develop next-generation intelligent communications applications. Kremian said he could foresee, for example, such applications as location-aware (or presence-aware) enhanced person-to-person interactions.

Leveraging industry standards, IntelePeers intelligent peering navigation technology assures that every call is delivered in the right format across the most cost-effective, highest quality route possible providing one-stop shopping for state-of-the-art IP services at a fraction of the cost. These services incorporate:

  • Intelligent Least Cost Routing maximizing quality and cost savings across all networks;
  • SIP-based Session Management reducing termination costs and eliminating payments to long distance and local carriers;
  • Any-to-Any Network Interoperability real-time transcoding, protocol translation and media conversion between disparate networks;
  • Phone Number Mapping linking phone numbers to IP-based addresses using ENUM and other protocols;
  • Device Discovery dynamically analyzing network traffic and call statistics to determine the best route and method to deliver calls while reducing the complexity of building device-specific applications.

These are the core services that define IntelePeer and will drive future growth, Kremian said.

He called IntelePeers SuperRegistry capability the addressing database and routing algorithms essential to the peering community -- a key differentiator, because the wide number of destinations it reaches makes the company a one-stop shop for realizing the many cost and Quality of Service benefits of VoIP and direct network-to-network interworking. It also sets the groundwork for support of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and other IP-based applications.

The IntelePeer SuperRegistry combines its open-standards carrier ENUM directory technology with a global carrier-grade IP peering and TDM interconnect routing infrastructure. Together, this enables customers to originate, terminate and share calls or sessions for mobile, fixed and broadband communications.

In addition, the SuperRegistry platform will allow service providers to create new sources of revenue by deploying innovative SIP-based services such as video, presence and location-awareness.

IntelePeer Inc. (

VoIP Ranking Q2 2007 according to Number of Subscribers

ISP Planet has released it's quarterly VoIP service provider ranking based on number of subscribers. There are a few changes to service providers like, Skype, Vonage, XO, and covad. Also some have left the list like, Skype, Vonage, XO,.

Comcast Digital Phone* (circuit switched customers not counted)
[July 27, 2007]
SEC 10-Q
[as of June 30, 2007]
Fact Sheet
Time Warner Digital Phone*

The rest of the list available here and the history of ranking is archived here.

Monday, September 17, 2007

VoIP Inc. Doubles Size of National Network Infrastructure to Accommodate Growing Traffic

News Release;

VoIP Doubles Size of National Network Infrastructure to Accommodate Additional Customers and Growing Traffic

VoIP, Inc. (OTCBB: VOIC) announced today that it has doubled the size of its existing national network infrastructure to accommodate additional customers and increased traffic. Additionally, new expansion includes the further build-out of the Company’s own facilities, which replace and expand uncovered areas in the U.S through adding four additional states. This has enabled the Company to enhance market penetration, improve quality of service and reduce its overall cost of goods for products and services sold by as much as 50% through new vendor relationships and enhanced pricing and terms on existing ones. Additional expansion is expected to continue throughout the year, ultimately enabling the company to offer services in 21 additional states through use of its own network to more than 200 million subscriber and enterprise lines.

“We continue to expand our Network, driving and supporting increased revenue and improved margins,” said Shawn Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of VoIP, Inc. “We have also begun to build new network deployments in four additional states which have demonstrated the next highest volume of traffic, which should further decrease costs once completed and drive new business.”

The Company recently announced that revenue for the month of August, 2007 from its continuing Caerus (VoiceOne network services) business exceeded $1 million. Revenue increased by approximately 17 percent from the month of July, 2007 as a result of increased utilization of the Company's network, and higher margins associated with the revenue. Revenue from continuing Caerus business for the first eight months of the year has now nearly equaled the total revenue generated by Caerus for the entire 2006 fiscal year.

VoIP Inc.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Free SIP accounts Part Two

New Consolidated Updated Free SIP Account List is here.

Following are some of the free SIP account providers that I think worth looking into if you looking for a Free SIP account as noted in my previous article. So go ahead check them out and call some one! has been providing SIP accounts under the name Free World Dialup, FWD. FWD enables anyone with a broadband connection to communicate over the Internet, whether it be instant messaging, voice, or video. get started here.

Sip Phone Provided by SIPPhone
Sign up here to create an account on the SIPphone network. Once you have an account, you will be able to configure your SIP-based VoIP adapter, or software phone to start making free calls!.

SIP Simple Testbed provided by AG Projects(Really check these guys out)
You may use this free service to register a SIP account that allows you to communicate over the Internet using SIP protocol. You may communicate using audio, video or interactive messaging (IM) depending on the capabilities of your SIP software or hardware device. This a free service with no gurantee and no support. Calling to the PSTN is not possible by using this service. Your account has Presence capabilities based on the latest SIP SIMPLE standards (RFC 3265, RFC 3903, RFC 4825, RFC 4827). You may publish data from multiple SIP devices (using SIP Publish method) and you can manage the policy using XCAP protocol.

OSIP also provides Free accounts via, AntiSIP, company created to provide services around SIP and telephony, also I have known OSIP for a long time. Go here for a Free SIP account.

Once you have a SIP account, you can go to IPKall to get a Washington State Phone Number free.

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