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What's Hot In Mobile Health Will Be Next Week's News

Call it Wireless Health or Mobile Health, or teleHealth, but next week's news will be full of coverage about what may be one of the most rapidly advancing sectors in the mobile world today as all eyes descend on Washington D.C. and the first ever mHealth Summit with luminaries like Ted Turner and Bill Gates leading the way. HealthCare IT will be covering it live starting on Tuesday November 9th at 9 AM so if you want a glimpse into what's in store for your health future and how wireless and mobile technology plays a part in it, tune in.

Companies like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Qualcomm, GE have been involved in the mHealth world for some time, participating the last few years in the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance's conference here in San Diego. Other new and emerging companies like Toronto based Diversinet (a client) will be there too, providing evidence that this is not just a backyard gathering. mHealth has global implications and paying attention to what will be going down in D.C. is just the tip of the iceberg.

Good News for Hosted VoIP

With Aretta Communications, one of Comunicano's clients being picked up cBeyond this week, this survey points to one of the key reasons for the acquisition. Hosted VoIP is on the rise. It also was my agency's 21st client exit in the last eight (8) years.

Aretta has a deep understanding of UC and Asterisk, working all kinds of back-end tricks to let their customers do a lot more than many other hosted VoIP providers that have been around for longer periods of time. Hosted VoIP reduces the need for on premise equipment, maintenance and upgrades. In essence hosted VoIP is this eras Centrex, but with many more options in the way of service providers, pricing and features.

The survey points to the economy and fierce competition as reasons for growth. My view is somewhat more practical. It's just plain easier to outsource telephony and next generations communications. Companies like Junction Networks, M5, Simple Signal are others in the space with rock solid platforms and a very good idea of what's coming next. My view is HD audio, something that works already with Junction Network's OnSip is going to be one of the key differentiators that separate the old from the new, along with video calling.

Men Are From VoIP, Women Are From Mobile

Well, the Harris Interactive Study about adoption of VoIP tells me one thing. They are masters of the obvious.

But it also paints a picture that the future of telephony is more app and alternative device based, than simply the traditional mobile phone. This will ring especially true as more and more devices come along that make calling possible, ala the Apple iPod touch, iPad and all the new Android Tablets, plus of course your old trusty laptop.

Flat Rate in France = The Vonage Effect

Doug Mohney has posted about France Telecom's move to make the entire country of France one giant calling area, and by doing so, has established flat rate calling all across the country. i'm calling this the result of the  Vonage effect, but in reality it's a way to get calls back off of the mobile phone networks, and remind consumers that a landline still has some value, and can save them money. It's also easy for a telephone company to establish those types of rates, just as we've seen in the USA for some time but to a far greater extreme. Cable companies like Cablevision, Cox and Comcast have been offering unlimited calling, anywhere in the USA for some time, as has Vonage which started the free for all when they first launched.  Rate centers have become meaningless here, and by going flat rate, France Telecom is pretty much conceding that too.

In our era of mobile and VoIP, landline minute plans get competitive with flat rate, as the cost for them has pretty much dropped to zero. By offering one flat rate all across the nation,  FT says we can offer you a better deal to call Calais from Cannes. Next will likely come more bundle deals of landline and mobile, and eventually, one big barrel of minutes, landline, VoIP and mobile, all in one neat "sachet."

Just The Fax

It seems some people still like to receive a fax now and then, so if you have an iPad, eFax has an app for that now.

If anyone wants to ever reduce the expense of faxing, all Google needs to do is add fax receive capability to GoogleVoice. While eFax/Jfax may hold some patents, Google is the kind of company that may just want to have it in their suite of services or inside Google Mail at some point to be able to offer a complete Unified Communications suite.