Friday, March 24, 2006

BigWorld Announces MMO VOIP Solution

BigWorld, the leading provider of Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) technology today announced the integration of DiamondWare’s 3D VOIP client into the BigWorld Technology Suite.

The BigWorld Technology Suite is an integrated set of tools, software and systems that provides all of the underlying technology and content development tools required to produce an MMOG. “The next generation of MMO and persistently casual games invite new methods of communication between players and the worlds they inhabit. We have enabled 3D positional voice communication in our platform to further extend the options for our Developers,” commented Gavin Longhurst, Director of Business Development for BigWorld, “Developers and gamers alike are looking for more immersive and transparent gaming experiences – this is what DiamondWare’s technology offers when integrated into a game”.

“DiamondWare is excited to bring its real world, military proven technology to the BigWorld MMOG space. The importance of 3D voice is that it provides a tactical awareness and control, enabling greater cohesion and coordination in complex team play,” said Keith Weiner, CEO of DiamondWare. “For the first time, voice can be used to create new social relationships between people meeting in an online game,” he added.

BigWorld Technology Suite provides operators and studios with a lower total time-to-release and cost of ownership through several innovations. The BigWorld Server architecture allows operators to run several games on a single server cluster, dramatically reducing the cost of running the game, while the enhanced content creation pipeline reduces the time and cost of building and filling out the complex worlds required in next-generation games.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Shaw Sued by U.S. VoIP Provider

By Johanne Torres
TMCnet Contributing Editor


It seems like Shaw Communications shady consumer acquisition practices keep getting the company in serious trouble. The company was just slammed with a $1.2 million lawsuit from U.S.-based VoIP provider ZingoTel. ZingoTel claims that the Canadian cable operator refused to air a ZingoTel television ad because it promoted a competing VoIP-based calling service.

According to an article published in the Calgary Herald, ZingoTel had agreed to pay Corus Entertainment, Shaw's media buyer, a total of $36,000 to air the ad in one of the cable operator's channels. "The ad was later vetoed by Shaw chief executive Jim Shaw, according to ZingoTel's statement of claim. It alleges Corus was informed by e-mail that 'Shaw will not accept any VoIP advertising business on cable.'
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Hybrid VoIP/POTS phone shows potential

by Shawn Conaway on News.com

Mixing seemingly unrelated pieces and parts together can often yield exciting results. Take the guy who added a forked straw and a pair of beer cans to a baseball cap: Genius!

The new RTXPortal phone has potential to be one of those exciting results. Like Emeril Lagasse combining ingredients in the kitchen, RTX combined some ideas and BANG: A VoIP/landline hybrid phone is born.

According to RTX, the new phone is the first hybrid, Web-enabled cordless phone. It has myriad features, like a color screen that displays customizable Web content with news, local traffic, weather reports, buddy lists, calendar alarms, and instant messages. The ability to import a personal address book is particularly nice because you won't have to transcribe all your phone numbers as you might with many standard cell phones.

The implementation could be better. Saving cash with a small business or household VoIP phone is great, but you can't go more than 1,000 feet away from your home without the phone dropping calls. But RTX may have chosen to exploit the small business and home niche because if the phone supported cellular, it would be a BlackBerry.

A phone line and a broadband connection are needed to make the unit fully-functional. To use it, just hook up the PORTALphone base station to both a POTS (plain old telephone service) and to a broadband Internet connection. The PORTALphone supports up to six cordless handsets using SIP-based VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and standard landline telephony. You won't get all the benefits of the phone if you're like the many telecom customers who have traded their POTS line for a cell phone.

The phone can handle up to three simultaneous VoIP calls. It became generally available in the U.S. on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sipera Launches Comprehensive VoIP Security System

ORLANDO, Fla., March/PRNewswire/ -- Sipera Systems, the leader in puresecurity for VoIP, mobile and multimedia communications, today debuted itsSipera IPCS 310 system for comprehensive IP Communications Security. TheSipera IPCS products intelligently and transparently monitor VoIP traffic,detect anomalies in traffic and call patterns, and identify threats, toprotect end-user devices and network infrastructures against attacks, misuseand service abuse.

Monday, March 20, 2006

America Is Using VoIP

Last week I reported that there are at least 1.1 million people using VoIP with just one VoIP provider. That provider was in Europe. I found an article this week that says that according to a recent study that an estimated 3.9 million (American) households were using VoIP as of January 2006, up from 2.9 million in June 2005. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and start saving now.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Skype Is Celebrating St. Patrick's Day


Skype is pinching rates to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!!!
On St. Patrick's Day there will be a reduced SkypeOut rate of US$0.01 per minute for calls to Irish landlines!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A Possible Fix for VoIP Call Quality

A tiered Internet is nothing new: and here's how VoIP call quality suffers by ZDNet's Russell Shaw -- The big telecom and cable behemoths would love to charge high bandwidth services extra for fast service. One variation of this proposal would offer these services under a tiered rate structure where you would pay more money for preferential bandwidth. That's what Shaw Communications wants to do. Despite the cries of many (including yours truly) [...]

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

VoIP Holds a Pep Rally

Firms offering voice and video over the Internet are meeting to tout themselves as telco replacements.

VoIP companies are expected to use an Internet telephony conference this week as a major pep rally to argue they can offer reliable service capable of replacing usually more costly wireless and landline phone service, analysts said Tuesday.

Based in downtown San Jose, California, the VON, or Voice On the Net, conference is seen drawing more than 300 communications companies hawking VoIP products, as well as the major phone and cable companies looking for startups and emerging technologies.

“During the past 10 years, it has been great to watch the Voice side of VON grow up and become ‘mainstream’ both in the way the technology is being used across the communications industry as well as a disruptor of worldwide public policy,” VON Founder Jeff Pulver said in a statement.

Analysts said they expect companies to announce major moves into wireless VoIP as well as video-based Internet telephony. They also anticipate a heated debate over the issue of Net neutrality, or whether the Internet conduits should be open to everyone. Network owners want to charge content providers or other companies that want to piggyback on the network.


Rest of the story here.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Does Anyone Really Use Voice Over IP(VoIP)?

You would not believe the number of people (mostly friends and acquaintances) who still ask me "Does anyone really use VoIP?" "Isn't it just for geeky people who know a lot about computers?" Well let me put this way...just one company.. Netcentrex has reached 1.1 million customers and sign up 150,000 new customers a month. That is just one company. So there are obviously more than just geeks use VoIP service. By all means give it a try already, you will not be alone!!! Check VoIP Discounts for a good deal.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Yahoo and Sieman Is Joining the VoIP Scene

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices LLC said Wednesday that it plans to include Yahoo Inc.'s Internet telephony service with Gigaset cordless phones, enabling free PC-to-PC calls.

The agreement has Siemens Home, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Communications Inc., incorporating Yahoo Messenger and Voice in the Gigaset M34 USB adapter, which plugs into a computer's USB port and enables the voice over Internet protocol capabilities. Messenger is Yahoo's instant messaging service.

The adapter will enable free PC-to-PC calls, as well as calls to landline phones and cellular phones, which carry a charge. In addition, users can access their Messenger contact list.


The Gigaset adapter is scheduled to ship in the third quarter.

VoIP support is increasing among phone manufacturers, particularly cellular phones. Besides Yahoo, rival Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN also offer Internet telephony services.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

VoIP, XBox, and World of Warcraft??

You surely have heard of all three of these by now. There is even a good chance that many of you already know by now that you should never group with Night Elves who claim they don't use shadowmeld. The rumor is that World of Warcraft (an online role-playing game that is currently only available on Windows and Mac) may soon becoming to XBox 360. And they may be using a player to player voice over ip feature. Why they are not offering this for computer users as well is unknown?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Verizon Business Adds VoIP to Contact Center Service Suite

Verizon Business, a premier provider of advanced global communications and information technology (IT) solutions, today announced that it has added Internet protocol capability to its Verizon Web Center service, enabling businesses to more effectively communicate with customers using both traditional and IP telephony.

Available this month, IP Web Center, a hosted contact center solution, will allow companies to quickly start up or expand their customer communications operations in response to rapidly changing business plans or business continuity requirements.

"Verizon Business is marrying its IP and contact center services expertise to deliver one of the industry's first end-to-end IP contact center solutions," said Nancy Gofus, vice president of product management, Verizon Business. "By combining the power of Verizon Web Center with our Verizon voice-over-IP suite of services, businesses can reap the benefits of VoIP across their entire enterprise operations and achieve new capabilities and cost savings afforded by IP Telephony."

In addition, through a series of new Web Center enhancements, Verizon Business is making the jobs of agents, supervisors and administrators easier than ever before.

Customer service agents can personalize their voice mail greetings to enhance customer interactions. Agents also can obtain more information about a customer's history and can supervise call transfers to speed customer support. Customers can now use IP technology to fully explore the benefits of remote agents with Web Center's inbound and outbound call handling capability, meaning geographically dispersed agents can now have a local presence from anywhere.

Supervisors can better manage agents and improve service performance while controlling costs with new call-control screening and use of virtual network computing and guest access.

Management can build business rules and routing strategies for all contact center projects through Verizon Business' addition of overflow capabilities, creation of guest supervisors, pre-announced caller information (whisper announcements) and enhanced statistical information.

Monday, March 06, 2006

LAN Cordless DUALphone offers the best of both worlds

The LAN Cordless DUALphone is actually a session initiation protocol (SIP) device that comprises a combination of a generic phone connection, Internet telephony, and provides Web content storage. You can connect the base station to your everyday phone line and a broadband link simultaneously to receive calls from either channel. The screen is able to display news, e-mail, traffic updates or even sports results in real-time. Expect the DUALphone to come with 8 hours’ worth of talk time at a 300m range and enough memory to store 200 numbers.

Friday, March 03, 2006

VoIP Over Cable

Apparently I am way behind on this one. I found this on an article that is over two years old...

While the Time Warner Cable service is designed for residential use, Cisco said enterprises also might adopt VoIP over cable. Bosco noted that in the past six months, there has been a significant upturn in major corporations inquiring about VoIP over cable for remote VPNs and home access networks for teleworkers.

For the technical devices used to accomplish this you can check the rest of the article here.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

VoIP without Broadband

Time Warner called me last night and told me they could offer me digital phone service without having Road Runner. They said all that I need is to be a cable T.V. customer. I am assuming they are going to give me a box with IP running to it but has no extensions to hook up to my computer. So technically, I will be still using their broand band service but only for the phone service. They want to charge $45, so if you do not need broad band would it be worth it? Okay so I realize not many people fall into the category of not needing internet of any kind. I am going to do more research into this and will let you all know what I find.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Vonage - currently have the largest number of wireless VoIP subscribers in the US

DUBLIN, Ireland --(Business Wire)-- March 1, 2006 -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c33740) has announced the addition of The Market For Wireless VoIP to their offering.

The 1st Edition of "The Market For Wireless VoIP" is a comprehensive 100-page overview of the Wireless VoIP business. The report provides a concise look at the forces driving wireless VoIP, its market potential, and the major players in the industry.