Google Voice & Svcs

Sneak Peek: Incredible PBX with FreePBX 13 GPL Modules

Sneak Peek: Incredible PBX with FreePBX 13 GPL Modules

Monday, October 23, 2017

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As many of you know, the Asterisk® 13.16 and 13.17 releases caused serious breakage with FreePBX® 12 GPL deployments. These have been resolved in the new Asterisk 13.18 release candidate, but it prompted us to do a little exploring for alternatives while many of you were partying at AstriCon in Orlando last week. To give credit where credit is due, the Sangoma developers have made some impressive improvements with their FreePBX 13 release. And now we’re pleased to introduce a… Read More ›

The New Hybrid PBX: Why Settle for a One Trick Pony?

The New Hybrid PBX: Why Settle for a One Trick Pony?

Monday, October 16, 2017

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Let’s face it. It’s hard not to like the application development flexibility that Asterisk® offers, especially if you’re part of an organization that has very specific telephony needs. But the price you pay for "free" and putting all of your eggs in the Asterisk basket is painful. Here are a few of the hurdles that come to mind: security, NAT, one-way audio, remote users, CRM support, conferencing, painful upgrades to address frequent bug fixes, and, more generally, telephone management and… Read More ›

The Ultimate Voice Dialer for Asterisk and Incredible PBX

The Ultimate Voice Dialer for Asterisk and Incredible PBX

Monday, October 9, 2017

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Let’s face it. Voice recognition with Google has been hit and miss, and that’s on a good day. So we’re delighted to shift gears and introduce a new platform powered by IBM Watson’s Speech-to-Text (STT) engine. While it’s not free, that’s really theoretical for most of our readers. Your first month on the platform is entirely free. And, after that, you get 1,000 minutes a month of free voice recognition services. If you still want more, it’s 2ยข a minute.… Read More ›

Game Changer: Hooking Up Facebook with Incredible PBX

Game Changer: Hooking Up Facebook with Incredible PBX

Monday, October 2, 2017

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There aren’t many VoIP discoveries that get us this excited about the future of telecom. But merging with 1.5 billion users plus Facebook’s enormous talent pool and technology resources is definitely something worthy of your attention. What a Facebook marriage with the VoIP platform could mean for the future of telecommunications is nothing short of earth-shattering. Few people still have home phones. Almost everyone has a Facebook account and a cellphone. If VoIP solutions for businesses fail to take those… Read More ›

Twofer Tuesday: Incredible PBX 13 to the Rescue

Twofer Tuesday: Incredible PBX 13 to the Rescue

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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With the Digium announcement last week that four and a half year’s worth of Asterisk® servers were vulnerable to the RTP eavesdropping bug, it prompted us to dust off our Incredible PBX® 13 for CentOS build and bring it up to current specs including the Digium patch for RTPbleed. And then along came Hurricane Issabel to remind us that sh*t happens, and it pays to have a backup plan for your telecommunications infrastructure. So today we’re pleased to introduce two… Read More ›

Another Perfect Pair: Flawless VoIP with Wazo and 3CX

Another Perfect Pair: Flawless VoIP with Wazo and 3CX

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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We previously documented how to interconnect an Issabel PBX with 3CX to take advantage of the best of both worlds. Today, we’ll again use the Nerd Vittles free 3CX server offering and interconnect it with a Wazo PBX. An added benefit of using Wazo is the fact that you can set up redundant (and free) HA servers with Wazo in minutes. Once we get the pieces in place, from Wazo extensions, you’ll be able to call your 3CX Clients by… Read More ›

Twofer Tuesday: $1.50 Cloud Bargains for VoIP Deployments

Twofer Tuesday: $1.50 Cloud Bargains for VoIP Deployments

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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We’ve been big fans of $5/month VPS offerings of Digital Ocean and Vultr for many years. When Vultr reduced their lowest tier to $2.50/month, we were ecstatic. These weren’t ideal VoIP platforms because of their 512MB memory constraint, but they were perfectly suitable as a sandbox for experimentation. And then along came OVH with a 2GB VPS that was nearly perfect for VoIP at $3.49/month. As we all know, the Earth does not stand still, and WootHosting now has once… Read More ›

Finding the Perfect Phone Solution for Small Organizations

Finding the Perfect Phone Solution for Small Organizations

Monday, August 7, 2017

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Many of us wear several hats during our business careers. One of those invariably is managing a community organization of some flavor. We frequently are asked for advice on what the ideal telephony solution would be for such an organization. The reason for the inquiries typically is because the Bell Sisters have now jacked up the cost of a single, business phone line to well over $100 a month. And that gets you local calls only unless you sign up… Read More ›