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Sharing Broadband and More

While tethering on the iPhone in the USA remains a bit of a challenge (especially if your updated to the latest version of firmware on the Apple iPhone) there are other options emerging.

For years Apple Macintosh users have been able to turn a Mac that is hard wired to an Ethernet connection into a hotspot, but now the new Windows 7 OS from Microsoft has been turned into both a hotspot and a wireless bridge via Connectify. is where you can find it.

Another way to share wireless broadband is Joikuspot, and now their new Boost (Beta) allows users to combine wireless broadband signals into one, giving the user really fast bandwidth.

Of course, Sprint doesn't want you to tether.

Ribbit, Ribbit

After a year not much is really new at BT and Ribbit other than some shuffling of the deck chairs on the Titanic, despite the title changes and some granting of authority in new places, my sources tell me that BT is still trying to figure out how to get the Ribbit assets into the channels beyond what was already there, specifically Silicon Valley based companies like, Oracle and Google (via the Wave Beta.)

For new ideas to succeed inside of BT requires sponsorship of the sales concept within some part of the company, and right now, other than with the group the company falls under, a recasted BT Design, not much is really new other than some titles from what I can see.

This is also not an empty category, as other companies are out there cutting into the market with actual sales, like client IfByPhone, Voxeo (with Voice XML and the purchase of Adhearsion), CloudVox as well as the companies Om pointed to--notably Twilio.

What BT needs is some outside thinking (like most big companies) which comes from the consulting and integrator ranks that can work around the internal process of getting things done, so adoption occurs. When that happens Ribbit's chances of success will go up, but for now, it's just a big purchase of things already on the drawing board, that were bought, not built. Ergo why BT should go outside again to buy, not try to build sales and adoption.

New Click To Call From Voxygen Rocks

Client Voxygen took the raps off something I've known about for quite some time at eComm yesterday. It's a Voice 2.0/next generation "click to call" application that has the all the trappings of a winner according to pal Alec Saunders.

What makes the app so special is how the application gathers up data from the web site and mashes up that information, triggers a call and then presents it to the call center agent. That's one smart app.

When you look at the direction voice and actual informational data are heading, you start to realize how limited most of what we have being deployed today is. This app from Voxygen and others along the same lines from Mr. Mashup Thomas Howe, client IfByPhone, Ribbit and others shows me that the surface is just being scratched and that in 2010 we'll begin to see a whole lot more.

Real Video Recording Comes to Skype With VodBurner

A few weeks ago one of my favorite video experts, David Spark, was asking me what application or plug-in would work with Skype well. My reaction was "not much."

Then the very next day, into my inbox came a note from longtime Skype application/Extras developer Jeremy Hague, letting me know about his new app called VODBURNER.

Well the app is now out and TECHCrunch has the details.

Conceptually, this is exactly what Skype needs to have. Based on the stats revealed yesterday at eComm from Skype, more and more video calls are happening every day. With better web cams coming to market every day, recording and being able to share a video with others who may not have been on the call is big benefit. Back in the day when we worked with SightSpeed, one of the most useful features of SightSpeed for Business was their video recording capability. With VODBURNER now live and available for $9.95 or so, it means Skype becomes closer to being the ultimate video platform. All that's missing is multi-party, something already offered by ooVoo and SightSpeed.

Who Said Voice Is Dead? Not Infonetics

To all the nay-sayers who were quick to pronounce that voice was dead, the rumors of its demise were clearly premature. According to Infonetics Research, and a post from Om Malik, the market size is $20.7 BILLION dollars.

This is before you add in all the non-revenue minutes from services like Skype, Gizmo, Yahoo Messenger and the rest of the no-cost to talk services that are making ancillary revenue off of things like dial in DIDs and other services.

What the report also points out is that US cable operator Comcast has become a very big player in voice, which means that both Level3 and Sprint are seeing lots of traffic at the wholesale level, while AT&T, now a dead on competitor to Comcast via Uverse, likely is losing their share of business from not only Comcast, but all the major cable operators.

Boingo Goes Blackberry-A Huge Boon For Voice

My agency has represented Boingo for 18 months or so now, and long before that I was a Boingo customer, a happy customer, who found that using it on my Nokia N & E Series devices and my laptops was always something that allowed for easy connectivity.

One of the missing pieces, more due to RIM's SDK, was Boingo on the Blackberry. As a Blackberry user with T-Mobile I've always enjoyed logging on to WiFi at home (via Hotspot @ HOME) or at a T-Mobile Hotspot, and having my mobile number from the USA anywhere in the world accessible to me.

That worked great in the past at places like Starbucks, some airport lounges like those from American Airlines and at some airports. But as T-Mobile has been exiting the WiFi world in dribs and drabs, the most reliable and broadest reaching aggregator has been Boingo. Now, with Boingo on the Blackberry, UMA Voice will work as well on the Blackberry as client Truphone does on my iPhone, iPod Touch and Nokia E71 virtually anywhere Boingo connects.

This is a huge step forward as the business market end user which needs connectivity now can get connectivity in more places, where T-Mobile's footprint doesn't go. With Boingo, as with WiFi of your own or within the enterprise or campus, means you can get connectivity for voice coverage higher up or farther away. Currently, AT&T in the USA doesn't have a VoIP client for their users, nor is there one with Verizon or Sprint on the Blackberry's that has any traction, as access to the SIP and WiFi stacks on the RIM devices has never been really offered.

Blackberry users though should not just take my word for it, or the insight above that I've linked to. They should also read some of the insider's viewpoints as well.


BlackBerry Insight


Blackberry Sites



New Counterpath Bria Softphone Adds SMS

If you ever wondered why you can't SMS easily from your laptop without going through hoops, it's time to forget all about that.

If you're an SIP based softphone user, you'll be rejoicing, as Counterpath just announced at the Broadsoft Conference SMS within Bria for Broadworks users.

Good move as this adds a very useful bit of functionality that many a laptop road warrior like me wishes was there all the time, within one application. In reality, it puts the Bria SIP client now in the peer group of Skype in many ways, and in others, surpasses that.