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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 ›

Some Fresh CallerID Magic for Incredible PBX 13-13

Some Fresh CallerID Magic for Incredible PBX 13-13

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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It’s been more than 10 years since we first introduced CallerID Trifecta for Asterisk® and the FreePBX® platform. A few months later it morphed into CallerID Superfecta and, as they say, the rest is history. Today CallerID Superfecta is used by over a million people around the globe to obtain CallerID Name (CNAM) information from over 70 different lookup sources. WOW! Just call me the Proud Papa. What a journey it has been, and our special thanks to the dozens… Read More ›

Dare to Compare: The Best (free) VoIP Offerings for 2018

Dare to Compare: The Best (free) VoIP Offerings for 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Last week we showed you how to get 10 months of free hosting for your Incredible PBX® in the Cloud. And today we present our semi-annual survey of the latest and greatest VoIP offerings for 2018. The beauty of the cloud platform is you can try all of them for less than a penny an hour and decide for yourself which free offering best meets your needs. This year we’ve ushered in new Asterisk® 13 LTS releases of Incredible PBX®… Read More ›

Creating an OBi200 Google Voice Trunk to Use with Asterisk

Creating an OBi200 Google Voice Trunk to Use with Asterisk

Monday, May 14, 2018

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Since Asterisk® will no longer be able to "talk" to Google Voice after June 17, we promised to hold our nose and document how to salvage your Google Voice trunks. Our exercise for today is to show you how to deploy an OBi 200-series device which can speak the new Google Voice language and use it as a traditional SIP bridge between Google Voice’s proprietary SIP platform and your Asterisk server. We will skip the editorializing on why Google is… Read More ›

VoIPtastrophe: Configuring Google Voice for Free U.S. Calling

VoIPtastrophe: Configuring Google Voice for Free U.S. Calling

Monday, May 7, 2018

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Storms once again appear to be on the horizon for Google Voice. So it seemed a fitting time to document how to implement Google Voice on existing Incredible PBX® platforms today. And then we’ll leave it to Chicken Little and the self-proclaimed Google Voice experts to determine whether the sky is actually falling. This thread on DSL Reports claims to have the latest information. Regardless of what happens in June, now is an excellent time to develop a backup plan… Read More ›

Introducing Digium’s Awesome SIP Phones for Asterisk

Introducing Digium’s Awesome SIP Phones for Asterisk

Friday, April 13, 2018

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If you’ve been waiting for a low-cost, feature-rich SIP phone that meshes perfectly with your Asterisk® PBX, your prayers have been answered. Digium has just released not one, but four, new SIP phones with prices starting at $59. No, that’s not a typo. Digium gave us a couple of early models to play with, and today we’ll walk you through the incredibly simple setup. We would begin by noting that, despite the pricing, these phones are configured with nothing resembling… Read More ›

Free Asterisk Voicemail Transcription with IBM Watson STT

Free Asterisk Voicemail Transcription with IBM Watson STT

Monday, March 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. And there’s more good news. Not only is the quality second to none, but so is the pricing. On the Standard Pricing Plan, your first 1,000 minutes of voicemail transcription are FREE every month. After that, it’s 1.3ยข per minute. Nine years ago, we introduced Google… Read More ›

300 New Wholesale Providers Make Asterisk Shine

300 New Wholesale Providers Make Asterisk Shine

Monday, February 12, 2018

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For many years, we’ve offered Vitelity’s $3.99 Unlimited DID special with a DID, 4 channels, unlimited inbound calling, and free text messaging. It’s a deal no VoIP user should pass up. And today we have another revolutionary development for Asterisk® deployments. Once in a while we feature a carrier with great calling rates. Today we’re introducing a service providing access to 300+ wholesale carriers, all under one roof. Almost 30 BILLION billed minutes already have been logged through TCXC so… Read More ›