Reports keep swirling around that Level3 is making a major push with the cable companies and that many network type executives from both Cox and Comcast have been seen huddling and checking out Level3's new offerings.
If you recall, Level3 was the big player in the dial up to get on the Internet for years in the late 90's. Now, they have all these phone lines and POP's around the USA, plus a very healthy amount of dark fiber running around the USA and the network infrastructure (i.e. Softswitch, Protocol Mediator, Application Server, etc.) to make a cable company's telco service work better.
Cisco likes to get third parties to validate its technology. Why? No one gets fired for buying Cisco these days, and having third parties come along and confirm their claims only makes them look better. So it should come as no surprise that Cisco keeps using their proven model in data networking marketing--announce, announce again, get third parties on board, get analysts on board, sell more--is being used in VoIP.
In the case of VoIP security, a rather hot topic withing IT departments, this report will go a long way in helping the Cisco sales team get beyond the early adopter and into the more mature buying market. Why else would they have done it?
Over a week ago we mentioned that Popular Telephony would be rolling out Peerio, well today they officially did.
Promising a serverless peer to peer platform, the new Skype competitor, the company plans to introduce a separate enterprise application based on this technology at SuperComm 2004, Chicago, IL, June 22-24, 2004.
Their softphone client remains unavailable at this time.
I like the idea of a time zone being added, I just hope the user can define it should they move around the country. Adding a phone book is a good feature too, but the recent Vonage Click2Call with Microsoft Outlook integration may offer more utility. The add more time to personal conferencing is a HUGE addition. One never knows if someone is going to be long winded and having the five minute warning and the add more time feature is a big bonus.
Below is the text of the letter. Changes go into effect on May 27th, with some possible service disruptions in the wee hours of the night/morning, but all finished before 6 AM.
On May 27th, we will be making upgrades to your service. Below is a list of changes you will see that we hope will enhance your experience.
You can get detailed information about all of these improvements on the AT&T CallVantage Service website (your Personal Call Manager) in the Help section.
Dialing *** to Access Your Phone Feature Manager From your AT&T CallVantage Service phone (the phone connected to your Telephone Adapter), all you need to do to reach your Phone Feature Manager is dial ***. This will immediately connect you to your Phone Feature Manager, where you can check your voicemail, record a personal greeting, and turn features like Do Not Disturb and Locate Me On and Off. Simply dialing *** to get to the Phone Feature manager makes it straightforward, fast, and it's easy to remember!
We've added a Phone Book to your feature set. The Phone Book is a way to store names and phone numbers in Your Personal Call Manager. You can get to your Phone Book from your Personal Call Manager homepage.
Here are some of the things you can do with this new feature:
* Use your phone book to store names and phone numbers of the people
you call most. You can store up to 250 entries.
* Easily add new entries, or edit existing entries in your 'on-line'
* When looking up a number, you can click to dial from your Phone
Book. This capability will ring your AT&T CallVantage Service
phone. After you pick up, the number you clicked on will be
* Add numbers from your phone book to Speed Dial.
* Quickly and easily add any phone number from your Voicemail logs or
your Call Logs into your Phone Book by clicking on the 'Add to Phone
* Quickly browse by letter in your Phone Book...just like your cell
* Optional ability to store email addresses in your Phone Book.
New Dialing Capability
When using your AT&T CallVantage Service, it is no longer necessary to dial a 1 on any outbound call. In other words, when placing a call, you can dial either the 10-digit telephone number or 1+ the ten-digit number
Sort Your Call Logs
We're providing the capability to sort the columns in your call logs to make it easy and convenient for you to find a number and track the calls you've placed and received.
Voice Mail + eFeatures Setup
In the Voice Mail + eFeatures Setup page, you now have the ability to forward your voicemail messages to multiple email addresses, or send an alert that you have a voicemail message waiting to multiple email addresses.
AT&T CallVantage Service now uses the time zone of your AT&T CallVantage phone number when displaying time-dependent features like Call Logs, Personal Conferencing, etc.
Search Feature in Help Area
We've made it easier to find the help you need quickly by adding a 'Search' capability in the Help/FAQs section of your AT&T CallVantage Service website.
Personal Conferencing Enhancements
* After you've scheduled a personal conference, you may email the
conference call information to call participants.
* You can schedule weekly or monthly recurring conference
reservations. These calls would be part of the total of 25 personal
conference reservations you are able to schedule.
* While participating on a personal conference call, you will receive
a personal conferencing ending warning 5 minutes before the call is
scheduled to end. You can extend a call while it's active by
clicking on the edit button in the Personal Conference section of
the AT&T CallVantage Service website and increasing the duration of
We will soon be adding Caller ID with Name to your service. The incoming caller's telephone number and name (if available) are displayed on a Caller ID unit or Caller ID-equipped phone, as well as being displayed in your Call Logs and Voicemail Logs. In addition, your name and AT&T CallVantage Service phone number will be displayed to the called party on your outbound calls.
A company in Australia wants to deliver voice service over Wi-Fi, something that could have Telstra shaking in their boots.
What makes this interesting is how much of Sydney will be wireless, so its the mobile carriers and Telstra both who have to start realizing that as new wireless technologies roll out, that their revenues are being threatened.
While the uptake by users won't cause a switch the way landlines are being disconnected, the ability to use free services like Skype, plus as needed termination means for some there is a reason to add the service.
Kids in school who only need to talk to their friends, not call businesses or outside organizations will be big users of the service, once they can afford the devices. But, as handheld game devices and PDAs become endpoints for SIP and all flavors of VoIP, expect more of the Skype like services (i.e. Peerio, Firefly, yPhone) to grow in usage and number of subscribers.