The Broadband Phone Investigator

Reports by Jim Davis on who has the best deals and who has the worst steals in the broadband phone market.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Everyone is giving away something.

 
Packet8 Broadband Phone is now offering Free Equipment and Free Activation so the total start up cost is now only 19.95 which is simply the fist months billing.
 
iConnectHere VoIP Service by Delta3 is now offering free shipping to ANYWHERE in the world so that is great for folks, well, just about anywhere.
 
Broadband Phone Services list of insider VoIP Articles contines to grow and expand with the latest one The Best VoIP Phone Companies Offer Unlimited Calling and Features giving a great breakdown of Lingo, Packet8 and SunRocket.
 
 
 

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Some Cool Stuff to check Out

Been bouncing around finding all types of stuff to check out and play with. 
 
If you are still in the land line world but want to get Discount Long Distance CutThatBill.com is a great tool to check rates from a bunch of providers at one time.
 
I have been working hard to track down a good Dallas Web Site Optimization Firm and have found a few and think I have to say DFW Based MasterLink is probally the best top ranking web design company I can find.  They certainly have a staff of real experts and even offer free SEO Seminars if you happen to live close to DFW.
 
VoIP Hunt Continues to roll out new resources the most recent is a City Specific Search for 600 Texas Cities for VoIP and Cell Phone Services.  Right now it is just a list but I am sure the project is on the way to make it as functional as all their other tools. 
 
Broadband Phone Services has brought back Lingo Broad Band Phone into their good graces so visitors can once again get Free Calling to Western Europe.
 
That's all for now I will see what else I can manage to dig up
 

Friday, November 04, 2005

Microsoft Gets Into the VoIP Wold with a Bang!

Bang?  Well via buy out as per usual I just got this from Fierce VoIP,
 

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Microsoft acquires VoIP developer

Microsoft said it has acquired Media-Streams.com, a 23-employee Zurich-based company that develops VoIP business applications. The software giant says it plans to incorporate Media-Streams' technologies into its corporate IM platform, Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (LCS) and its Office productivity tools. Media-Streams' software is already integrated with Microsoft Outlook and Exchange. The deal's financial terms were not disclosed. The move follows Microsoft's acquisition of VoIP startup Teleo this summer. Microsoft is incorporating Teleo's technology into its consumer IM service, MSN Messenger. The company's latest purchase will help it add VoIP to the Office Live platform, which already supports real-time communications via IM.

For more on Microsoft's VoIP strategy:
- read this CNET News.com
article
- and this InformationWeek article

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I personaly think this is another example of these boys showing they have more money then brains.
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Great Cell Phone Site

This looks like a great cell phone site with offers from the big providers for each state.

Cell Phone Offers by State

 

 

Saturday, August 20, 2005

On the Net On the Road!

 Here is a little tip when I am on the road I use Remote Internet Access  from ProvideTechnology that can get me online from just about any place I ever find myself in.  It is dial up but hey it is a lot better then no connection or dare I say AOL

 

Another Cool Article

Unlimited Broadband Phone Service Options - Who's the Best? – You may want to give this one a read.

Friday, August 19, 2005

2.7 millionn Americans paid for VOIP in Q2 2005

TeleGeography found 2.7 mln US VOIP subscribers nationwide in Q2 2005, compared with just 440,000 in Q2 2004. The revenue generated from consumer VoIP services remained relatively small, at $220 mln, but that is expected to change quickly. TeleGeography forecasts annual VoIP revenue hitting $3 bln by 2007.

 

2.7 Million Americans paid for VOIP in Q2 2005

 

It appears the promised growth in IP Phone is indeed coming.

 

Packet8 Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2006 Results

 

Packet8 revenues are up for the sixth consecutive quarter and are at their highest quarterly level since 2000," said Bryan R. Martin, 8x8's Chairman & CEO. "We have seen significant growth in all areas of our business, particularly the Packet8 VideoPhone and Virtual Office services, both of which offer unique and compelling price and feature advantages for residential and small business customers. We are maintaining our focus on providing the best possible voice and video communication services to our base of loyal Packet8 subscribers, and believe that the growth of this customer base depends on the continued provision of unique, differentiated services and IP applications, attractive customer value propositions and outstanding customer support."

 

Read the entire Press Release

Very Good Article

I just read a great article called Internet Phone Broad Band Phone Service is Reaching More Users - By Mark Thompson, Staff Writer at Broadband Phone Services dot Com.  You may want to give it a read.

 

Universities testing wVoIP service
Three major universities are starting trials of the VeriSign Wireless IP onnect Service. Selected individuals at the University of Michigan, orthwestern University and Texas A&M will be able to receive and place calls using either the existing campus WiFi network or a commercial wireless carrier network while using a single device and phone number.


The VeriSign Wireless IP Connect Service provides a single, cellular-WiFi interconnection point that resolves interoperability issues within disparate networks and facilitates the delivery of end-to-end, next-generation features. The service allows cellular handsets to register as Internet Protocol devices when near a WiFi signal, giving users the ability to make and receive VoIP calls. By extending existing VoIP networks for use with mobile devices, universities can create a single network capable of handling an increasing amount of voice and data traffic.


To learn more about the universities' wVoIP trial: read this VeriSign press release
This is pretty cool and the first real press I have seen on real progress for wVoIP Service.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Some Interesting News This Week

Lower Costs and Maintain Robust Messaging Solutions - August 12, 2005
TeleData Technology Inc. announces the availability of its SIP-enabled T3 Platform. With the release of T3 SIP (Session Initiated Protocol), TeleData Technology offers the functionality, flexibility and scalability of its T3 Platform in a software-only solution, based on IP standard technology in VoIP technology. The T3 SIP-enabled platform allows organizations to complement their previous investment in a VoIP PBX with a robust messaging and telephony application. SIP enabled Platform >>

iPhone2 Prepares for Launch of Innovative VoIP Video Phone Service - August 10, 2005
iPhone2 Inc. today announced that the Company has begun conducting an extensive beta test of its unique video phone and VoIP service. The service will initially be made available to a closed group of approximately 100 testers who have signed up for a pre-launch test. These testers will have an opportunity to experience the latest in video phone technology. VoIP Video Phone Service >>

Zultys Launches WiFi VoIP Phone - August 1, 2005
There are few areas of IT that are currently generating as much interest as Voice over IP (VoIP). Indeed, the level of attention on VoIP stretches from individuals through to enterprises of all sizes - from the smallest to the positively gigantic. VoIP is clearly an area where almost any announcement will find an audience ready and willing to be fascinated. More importantly, it is a space where interest is being converted to purchases. WiFi VoIP Phone >>


Jim Davis

New Blog!

Well I at the request of a few buddies I have made online have set up a broadband phone services blog. Hopefully I will stay motivated enough to keep posting in it from time to time.

Well the good news is that I did just get a couple of my articles published.

One is called Unlimited Broadband Phone Service Options - Who's the Best? and the other is Can You Get 24.99 Unlimited Calling? Even better Try $19.99 with Extensive Features

The folks at Broadband Phone Services dot com have given me the title of Investigative Reporter. Sounds cool but basicly it means I keep digging into stuff like I always have and instead of just forum posts I get my own articles.

Speaking of digging for those with out broadband internet access this new company 2Speak has a pretty good program called a call back program. Check em out if you do a lot of international calling. There are also a lot of great broadband phone service providers on this site.