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Desktop Dream Machine: It’s Incredible PBX for VirtualBox

Desktop Dream Machine: It’s Incredible PBX for VirtualBox

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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If you’re new to the VoIP world or just getting started with Google’s latest Google Voice creation, then we have a one minute setup solution today that doesn’t require you to buy anything ever. You can use almost any desktop computer you already own to bring up the VirtualBox® edition of Incredible PBX® in less than 60 seconds. Take another minute or two to install a Google Voice trunk, and you’ll have free calling in the U.S. and Canada until… Read More ›

The Triple Crown: Google Voice Returns on All Platforms

The Triple Crown: Google Voice Returns on All Platforms

Monday, August 6, 2018

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If you’ve been enjoying this summer’s wild roller coaster ride on the Google Voice train, then your worst nightmare is almost over… until the next time. What we all hopefully learned from Google’s cavalier sledgehammer-approach to telephony is DON’T DEPEND ON GOOGLE. Enjoy the free ride once again but make some alternative arrangements for the next time Google gets a harebrained idea as stupid as this one. Google’s idea of an "open platform" is proprietary everything even down to the… Read More ›

Happy Days: Google Voice GVSIP No Longer a One Trunk Pony

Happy Days: Google Voice GVSIP No Longer a One Trunk Pony

Monday, July 9, 2018

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July 20 NEWS FLASH: This article has been superseded. Google now has discontinued support of their XMPP interface to Google Voice so the latest CentOS/SL versions of Incredible PBX 13-13 (including the Incredible PBX ISO) now incorporate NAF’s GVSIP interface to Google Voice. You can read all about it here. What has changed is you now add unlimited Google Voice trunks from the command line by running /root/gvsip-naf/install-gvsip. You can delete trunks by running /root/gvsip-naf/del-trunk. Once one or more trunks… Read More ›

Let’s Celebrate: Google Voice GVSIP Comes to Raspberry Pi

Let’s Celebrate: Google Voice GVSIP Comes to Raspberry Pi

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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We introduced NAF’s new GVSIP implementation of Google Voice for CentOS 6 and Incredible PBX® 13-13 last week, and today we again have something to celebrate for those in the United States that enjoy free calling. We’re pleased to introduce the GVSIP-NAF add-on for Incredible PBX for the Raspberry Pi 3. You can upgrade any current platform, or you can install a fresh image from here that already includes the GVSIP upgrade. The upgrade procedure takes about 45 minutes, and… Read More ›

A New Beginning: Google Voice Joins the Asterisk PJSIP Club

A New Beginning: Google Voice Joins the Asterisk PJSIP Club

Monday, June 25, 2018

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We weren’t sure we would ever be writing this column. And, if it weren’t for @NAF of DSL Reports fame, it might very well have been years before a SIP-compatible version of Google Voice was available for Asterisk®. We really can’t overstate the scope and enormity of his accomplishment. If you look at NAF’s code additions to Asterisk, you’ll understand why. We would hasten to add that Bill Simon of Simonics was the pioneer in getting Google’s code to work… Read More ›

One Minute Cloud VPS: Meet Incredible PBX for HiFormance

One Minute Cloud VPS: Meet Incredible PBX for HiFormance

Monday, June 18, 2018

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Part of the challenge of deploying an Asterisk®-based server on a cloud platform is getting all of 1,000+ pieces in place without a hiccup during the installation. Particularly for first-time users of a VoIP platform, this can be problematic. HiFormance is one of our favorite low-cost cloud providers, and today they’re introducing something that no other cloud provider offers: a configured Incredible PBX 13-13 VPS that’s ready to accept calls in under a minute. We’ve been inching toward a new… 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 ›

VoIP’s Dirty Little Secret: Why ‘Unlimited’ SIP Trunks Are a Very Bad Deal

VoIP’s Dirty Little Secret: Why ‘Unlimited’ SIP Trunks Are a Very Bad Deal

Thursday, June 7, 2018

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The snazzy ads and free sign-up offers make so-called Unlimited SIP Trunks sound appealing. Let’s take a careful look at what a service such as SIPStation™ would actually provide and compare prices with what’s offered by providers such as Vitelity. Vitelity’s rates are competitive with those offered by many SIP providers as detailed in this PIAF Forum thread. Full Disclosure: Vitelity is a Platinum Sponsor of Nerd Vittles™ and our open source projects including Incredible PBX®. We also happen to… Read More ›