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Introducing Skyetel: A VoIP Provider for All Seasons

Introducing Skyetel: A VoIP Provider for All Seasons

Monday, January 21, 2019

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Having been around the block more times than we can remember, suffice it to say it takes a lot to get us excited about a VoIP provider. Let us tick off some criteria to even get our attention: terrific pricing, failsafe reliability, and first class performance. So just imagine our excitement to discover that an early follower of Nerd Vittles now provides one of the most compelling VoIP services we’ve ever tested with triple redundancy in multiple data centers. And… Read More ›

A Sobering Look at Asterisk and the 2019 VoIP Landscape

A Sobering Look at Asterisk and the 2019 VoIP Landscape

Monday, December 17, 2018

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Every six months or so we like to gaze into our crystal ball for a quick look at the VoIP landscape. 2018 has been quite the transformative year with the acquisition of Digium® and Asterisk® by Sangoma®. Unfortunately, as we predicted, the Digium layoffs have already begun, and 2019 may only get worse. While we have no inside information, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Digium’s headquarters in Huntsville closed within six months in an effort to balance the books.… Read More ›

Skyetel Smorgasborg: SMS Blasting, SMS Dictator, and more

Skyetel Smorgasborg: SMS Blasting, SMS Dictator, and more

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Just in time for Santa, we’ve got a great treat for those of you that have taken advantage of the Nerd Vittles special offer from Skyetel which gets you a $50 credit on their powerful VoIP platform. Today we’re adding not one, but three, SMS messaging utilities to the Incredible PBX UC platform. In addition to a command line utility to send SMS messages, we’re also introducing SMS Message Blasting which lets you send an SMS message to as many… Read More ›

Spam Phone Call Blocker and CNAM Caching for FreePBX

Spam Phone Call Blocker and CNAM Caching for FreePBX

Monday, November 26, 2018

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Blocking spam phone calls has been a challenge to put it charitably. Thanks to some earlier work by Stewart Nelson on the DSLR forum as well as Stewart’s considerable hand-holding in the development of today’s tutorial, we want to introduce a new approach to blocking these calls. The way it works is first time callers that pass the TrueCNAM SPAM check will be prompted to "press 5 to connect." Since most spam calls sit in a queue for several seconds… Read More ›

Free Asterisk Voicemail Transcription with IBM Watson STT

Free Asterisk Voicemail Transcription with IBM Watson STT

Monday, November 12, 2018

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There are many commercial voicemail transcription services for Asterisk® PBXs, but none hold a candle to the speech-to-text (STT) quality of the IBM Cloud offering known as Watson® STT, formerly known as Bluemix TTS. Despite a recent price increase that takes effect in December, the pricing remains competitive. On the Standard Pricing Plan, voicemail transcription is 2ยข per minute. Or you can try things out on the LITE plan which offers 100 minutes a month at no cost. When the… Read More ›

Double-NAT Blues: Tackling Asterisk’s Thorniest Problems

Double-NAT Blues: Tackling Asterisk’s Thorniest Problems

Monday, August 20, 2018

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Whether you’re new to VoIP technology or an Old Timer, nothing is quite as frustrating as wrestling with one-way audio and no audio on SIP calls either because of poorly designed NAT-based routers or poorly implemented SIP ALG solutions on low-end residential routers. To make matters worse, you get to deal with calls originating behind not one, but two, NAT-based routers neither of which complies with the basic SIP Rules of the Road. In a perfect world, SIP and RTP… Read More ›

Introducing the GPL Toolkit for FreePBX and Incredible PBX

Introducing the GPL Toolkit for FreePBX and Incredible PBX

Friday, August 17, 2018

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We’ve been scratching our head for a good way to commemorate Micro$oft’s $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub which has served as the linchpin of the open source development community for many years. We’ll leave it to others and history to judge whether this was a good idea or not. What we came up with was a GPL Toolkit for Incredible PBX 13-13 that makes it child’s play to upgrade FreePBX® GPL modules in our Incredible PBX® 13-13 offerings for CentOS/SL,… Read More ›

VoIP 101: Developing a Cost-Effective SIP Strategy

VoIP 101: Developing a Cost-Effective SIP Strategy

Monday, June 11, 2018

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In the lead up to the demise of Google Voice XMPP service next week, we wanted to offer what we have found to be a cost-effective SIP strategy which takes advantage of the best of all worlds. We would divide SIP offerings into five broad categories: business-class unlimited SIP trunks, Old Faithful SIP providers, Mom-and-Pop SIP services, dirt-cheap termination services, and Gee Whiz SIP providers. As we have said many times, the beauty of setting up an Asterisk® PBX such… Read More ›