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R.I.P. GVSIP: A Final Farewell to Google Voice

R.I.P. GVSIP: A Final Farewell to Google Voice

Friday, November 16, 2018

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It’s been a death by a thousand cuts, but today marks the end of the Google Voice era with Asterisk®. Since Google removed XMPP support and transitioned to their new GVSIP platform, many have held out hope that Google hadn’t moved to a purely commercial platform with their ObiHai deal. Yesterday, the head of the Google Voice project requested that all Asterisk GVSIP implementations be discontinued citing Google’s Terms of Service. We hinted this was coming back in July and… 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 ›

Introducing Skyetel: A VoIP Provider for All Seasons

Introducing Skyetel: A VoIP Provider for All Seasons

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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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. Let’s… Read More ›

PIONEERS: Meet Incredible PBX 16-15.02 with Asterisk 16

PIONEERS: Meet Incredible PBX 16-15.02 with Asterisk 16

Monday, October 29, 2018

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It’s been a couple weeks since we introduced Incredible PBX® 16-15, the first aggregation featuring Asterisk® 16 LTS and the alpha release of FreePBX® 15. Today we’re pleased to offer the second major upgrade featuring a new GVSIP patch for Asterisk 16 and more than a dozen new GPL module updates for the FreePBX 15 platform. As noted previously, we normally take shelter when we hear the word "alpha" but FreePBX 15 is actually pretty stable. Don’t plan on using… Read More ›

Issabel Utopia: An Incredible New UC Platform with No Equal

Issabel Utopia: An Incredible New UC Platform with No Equal

Friday, October 5, 2018

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If you didn’t already know, we’ve always liked free. No strings, no gotchas, no demoware, and no legal shenanigans. That’s why our introduction of Issabel 4 last summer was such a breath of fresh air. This new release includes the October ISO for Issabel featuring Asterisk® 13.22.0. In addition, it includes our next generation Incredible PBX platform with a preconfigured Travelin’ Man 3 firewall, additional text-to-speech engines (FLITE, GoogleTTS, PicoTTS, and IBM TTS), voice recognition with IBM’s state-of-the-art STT engine,… 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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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 tutorial. Intuitive support… 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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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 talent may not… Read More ›

Back to School: Introducing FusionPBX for FreeSWITCH

Back to School: Introducing FusionPBX for FreeSWITCH

Monday, September 3, 2018

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It’s been quite a week with the surprise acquisition of Digium® and Asterisk® by Sangoma®. It became official on Wednesday, September 5. You can read all about it here, and you can read our cautious optimism here. As with the recent Google Voice transformation, we hope it serves as a gentle reminder to the VoIP community not to put all your eggs in one basket. With the start of the new school year, we could think of no better time… Read More ›