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How Not To Market VoIP

Welcome to VoIP Nuke.com! where Keith really sounds off on the big box retailers who I have already deemed clueless when it comes to knowing how to sell VoIP.

It's bad enough that you can't surf the Internet at the computer section to see how the screen looks when you go to your favorite sites, but where as with a TV or Cell Phone, you can try before you buy, one would think that Voice quality demos would sell even more for the players at retail.

The problem is that the relationship with retail is via Linksys, and all their experience has been to date has been with routers, hubs and access type devices, not phones. I plan on talking to the Linksys and Vonage folks at CES, and also will hammer on a few others. This is too easy of a problem to fix.


Techdirt:Does A Mobile To VoIP Bridge Break Any Laws?

Techdirt:Does A Mobile To VoIP Bridge Break Any Laws?

Sometimes one needs to be older to remember things like calling cards and dial around numbers from MCI and Sprint. I don't see any difference bridging to a VoIP line from a cell phone, to call international today, than it was to dial one of the "alternative" carriers back in the 70's and 80's from a mobile or cell phone (80's) to make a long distance call after dialing into an 800 number.

Like they say, history always repeats, but it would be funny if Sprint decided that the action was illegal after all these years.


US Military in Iraq Gets Cybertel Communications' CyberPhone; Cybertel Ships VoIP CyberPhones to Iraq with over 6,000 Hours

US Military in Iraq Gets Cybertel Communications' CyberPhone; Cybertel Ships VoIP CyberPhones to Iraq with over 6,000 Hours

CyberTel gears up with the US Troops. This is really nothing more than a play on the calling card/pre-paid idea. With handsets that connect to a PC via USB and SIP this is not that hard to do. What makes this meaningful is the need is there and this saves the soldiers money.

On the flip side, if a soldier is PC enabled and can download Skype, then this is meaningless, because with Skype and a headset the call is free.


LocustWorld: Swarming over the traditional telcos - ZDNet UK Insight

LocustWorld: Swarming over the traditional telcos - ZDNet UK Insight

Will another way of doing WiFi when coupled with Asterisk change telephony? It will if two inventive types in the UK have their way.

I'm bullish that WiFi or WiMax and VoIP will be a new way to "talk" so this story helps us all understand what may be possible sooner than we all think.


Sprint And AT&T Is More Than About Wireless

While I read this story in today's New York Times, I keep seeing lots of opportunities down the road between Sprint and AT&T.

With Sprint finally having make it work, don't just be best at offering pipe dreams, and AT&T which knows how to develop, deploy and deliver in a way very similar to IBM and Microsoft, I feel that the wireless play plus VoIP means a lot more in bigger ways.

Even though I'm signed up now to VerizonWireless for my cell service after finally feeling that the new offering, though more expensive than T-Mobile would be better, and it is with EVDO, I keep sensing that bundled Mobile, Mobile Data and VoIP play is what is needed in the future and that this combination of Sprint plus AT&T, with the Nextel add on, could be awesome.