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Archive for December, 2006

Voice 2.0 Anyone? (Part 1)

Thursday, December 28th, 2006 Posted in VOIP | Comments Off on Voice 2.0 Anyone? (Part 1)

The coming of “Web 2.0” has ushered in a whole lot of online services that we could only dream of when the World Wide Web was first conceived and commercialized. There were the blogs, where just about anyone can voice out their thoughts. Then there were the social networking sites, where you got to link […] Read more..

Your Telco Might Be Ripping You Off

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 Posted in VOIP | Comments Off on Your Telco Might Be Ripping You Off

VoIP is traditionally thought of as an alternative to the plain-old-telephone system (a.k.a. “POTS” or public switched telephone network). True, it’s usually cheap and would require none of the usual expensive switching equipment that telephone companies usually use. However, users of traditional telephone systems may not be aware that their telcos are ripping them off […] Read more..

Choosing a VoIP Gateway for Your Company (Part 2)

Thursday, December 21st, 2006 Posted in Hardware, PBX, VOIP | Comments Off on Choosing a VoIP Gateway for Your Company (Part 2)

We gave a brief introduction on VoIP gateways recently, and now we move on to factors that businesses should consider in choosing a VoIP gateway. VoIP gateways come in both hardware and software forms. However, for businesses, hardware-based solutions are more widely adopted, but can be more expensive. Many prefer hardware-based gateways as they’re considered […] Read more..

Choosing a VoIP Gateway for Your Company (Part 1)

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 Posted in Basics, Hardware, PBX | Comments Off on Choosing a VoIP Gateway for Your Company (Part 1)

Gateways are essential aspects of any enterprise VoIP system. These transfer voice (and other traffic) between the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and the IP (Internet Protocol) network. This means VoIP gateways should be able to do much more than traditional PBXes that only interface your internal analog network with the PSTN. As such, you […] Read more..

Skype Unveils Unlimited Call Plan for North America

Thursday, December 14th, 2006 Posted in VOIP | Comments Off on Skype Unveils Unlimited Call Plan for North America

North American Skype users have a lot to be thankful for. First, there’s the ongoing free North American calls promo. If you’re anywhere within North America–meaning the United States, Canada, and territories–you can call any landline and mobile phone within the region for free using SkypeOut. This means you can save a lot on toll […] Read more..

Paris Hilton Hacks Voicemail Using Asterisk

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 Posted in Asterisk, Voicemail | 1 Comment »

Sounds like an interesting title, right? Well, apparently it’s an issue that just brought the world of Hollywod closer to geekdom. However, Paris Hilton did not exactly have to know the inner workings of Asterisk to conduct her “hack attack.” Last August, Paris allegedly spoofed fellow celeb Lindsay Lohan’s caller ID to retrieve the latter’s […] Read more..

Back to the Basics – VoiceMail

Sunday, December 10th, 2006 Posted in Voicemail | Comments Off on Back to the Basics – VoiceMail

The voicemail protocol is quite a bit of fun and super easy to use. Let’s just jump right into it. From the Voip-Info respository, here is how the command will go in your dialplan. VoiceMail([flags]boxnumber[@context][&boxnumber2[@context]][&boxnumber3]) You will insert the VoiceMail command after the “exten =>” (as per usual)  then unleash all the excitement at the […] Read more..

Free SkypeOut Calls via VPN? Maybe Not Such a Good Idea

Thursday, December 7th, 2006 Posted in Asterisk | Comments Off on Free SkypeOut Calls via VPN? Maybe Not Such a Good Idea

One great thing about VoIP is that it’s free. Well, usually at least. If you’re calling from computer-to-computer, or from VoIP phone to another VoIP phone (or even computer to VoIP phone), you can usually call at zero cost. Of course, if you have your own VoIP to Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) link, you […] Read more..



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