Cloud Computing

Adding SIP URI Dialing to Asterisk for Free Worldwide Calling

Adding SIP URI Dialing to Asterisk for Free Worldwide Calling

Monday, February 11, 2019

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Since giving up on Google Voice, we’ve been extolling the virtues of SIP URI dialing which gives you unlimited free calls to anyone else in the world that happens to have their own SIP URI address. SIP URIs look very much like email addresses except they’re used to share phone conversations instead of email messages. And, as we’ve mentioned previously, if everyone in the world had their own SIP URI, paying for phone calls would become a thing of the… Read More ›

UC on Steroids: Incredible PBX for Issabel Joins the Cloud

UC on Steroids: Incredible PBX for Issabel Joins the Cloud

Friday, February 1, 2019

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We’re pleased to introduce the 2019 edition of Incredible PBX® for Issabel featuring new VPS cloud provider support and one-minute setup for Skyetel SIP trunking. One of the limitations of Issabel 4 has been the required use of the ISO installer to deploy Asterisk® 13. This 2019 release addresses that limitation and lets you do a fully scripted install using one of our four recommended $7 to $15 a year VPS cloud providers. This new release includes our next generation… Read More ›

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 ›

SIP Happens! And Kamailio Makes It Easy, Part I

SIP Happens! And Kamailio Makes It Easy, Part I

Monday, January 14, 2019

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If ever there was a Swiss Army Knife for SIP, Kamailio (a.k.a. OpenSER) is the hands-down winner. The flexibility of this open source SIP server is legendary. Whether it’s secure communications, insulation from brute force attacks, load balancing, failover, WebRTC, or the return of shared line appearances on your office phone system, Kamailio can handle it while processing thousands of call setups per second on minimal hardware platforms. Our plan for today is to walk you through setting up a… 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 ›

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 2¢ 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 ›

FusionPBX on Steroids: Text-to-Speech Apps Have Arrived

FusionPBX on Steroids: Text-to-Speech Apps Have Arrived

Monday, September 24, 2018

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SECURITY ALERT: https://securityboulevard.com/2019/06/rce-using-caller-id-multiple-vulnerabilities-in-fusionpbx/ And you thought you needed an Asterisk® PBX for your users to enjoy FREE text-to-speech applications such as current News Headlines and Weather reports from the convenience of their telephone. Well, move over Asterisk. FusionPBX™ for FreeSWITCH™ now offers virtually identical functionality with all of the terrific advantages that FusionPBX provides: reliability, updates, performance, security and an unmatched UC platform with no rivals. To get started, make sure you have completed the steps in our FusionPBX introductory… Read More ›

Creating Free IBM Voice Prompts for FusionPBX/FreeSWITCH

Creating Free IBM Voice Prompts for FusionPBX/FreeSWITCH

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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SECURITY ALERT: https://securityboulevard.com/2019/06/rce-using-caller-id-multiple-vulnerabilities-in-fusionpbx/ One of the first things you’ll need if you choose to migrate to FusionPBX and FreeSWITCH is voice prompts. You can record your own in FusionPBX using the Recordings application by dialing *732. Of course, your PBX will probably sound like you recorded your own prompts. 🙂 Our first recommendation is to always direct folks to Allison Smith whose voice prompts for Asterisk are legendary. But, for those on a tight budget, recordings by a professional voice… Read More ›