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WSJ on Voice IM

Talk about a story that's late. The Wall Street Journal has a story about Voice over IM clients, focusing on Yahoo and MSN, omitting Skype and AIM.

The write pans Yahoo Messenger and seems to give the nod to MSN Messenger.

It would have more interesting if he had reviewed Skype and GizmoProject.

Drunken Sailor Spending @ Vonage

Ted Shelton draws attention to something I've pointed out before. The spending to the point of excess that Vonage seems to be doing.

The kind of numbers which Ted alludes to numbers that are out of the stratosphere and one would think that Vonage was Coca-Cola.

First off Vonage only has a million lines. I say only because a spend at the rate they are dolling out the cash makes it almost impossible for a profit to be made until Vonage customers acquisition starts costing them less.

Vonage is a company now looking for an exit that missed the right one along the financial hiway. Now they are trying to find the next off ramp, or worse may need to make a U-Turn to get the value they feel the company is worth, or close.

Given how the FCC keeps layering in added costs and requirements Vonage's low cost operations model is starting to look more and more like old news. Their relationship with Level3 for E911 isn't free, and while they still pass calls over the public internet, they can only survive so long on the mantra of only offering cheap calling.

Why Is Level3 Having Major Outages?

Last week Level3 had an outage that was at the root level, disrupting all types of Internet traffic and putting some customers, like AOL, off the hook for 20 minutes or so.

While their SLA's require them to provide an answer, the real explanation has yet to surface beyond some comments about an edge router. My call to their usually very responsive PR folks yesterday went unreturned. That's a sure sign that spindoctoring is at work.

Rule number one in crisis management is to be candid, especially with the press. Sadly this seems to not be the case here.

CALEA Opponents Unite

Jeff Pulver is really good at being a catalyst for change. He has largely been the torch bearer for VoIP, SIP and now to help make sense out of the FCC's CALEA interpretation as to how it applies to VoIP.


Check out Flock.

While I'm trying to get to work I do see some very cool features. It's software like this which is kicking Microsoft's butt.