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Meet the New Incredible Fax: A $10 Fax Machine for Asterisk

Meet the New Incredible Fax: A $10 Fax Machine for Asterisk

Friday, May 12, 2017

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Every year, technology gets better and cheaper. And, believe it or not, that even includes faxing especially with Asterisk® and Incredible PBX™. Today we take another giant leap forward by introducing fax technology with the $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W. Adding a free Google Voice trunk provides not only free calling in the U.S. and Canada, but now you also get free faxing as well. And the latest release of Incredible PBX lets your RasPi determine whether incoming calls are… Read More ›

Keep On Trunkin’: Free International VoIP Calling Returns

Keep On Trunkin’: Free International VoIP Calling Returns

Monday, April 24, 2017

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We’re kicking off a new series on VoIP trunks today. One of the main reasons is that Google has (again) warned that Google Talk (aka GChat), XMPP, and SMS messaging are going away on June 26. If true, that would mean that Google Voice (as we know it today) will no longer function on Asterisk®-based PBXs. If you’re smart and care about uninterrupted telephone and messaging services, you’ve got two months for contingency planning. Today we’ll be taking a fresh… Read More ›

Cellphone Hell: 2017 Minefield Navigation Guide

Cellphone Hell: 2017 Minefield Navigation Guide

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Well, it’s been an interesting week. RingPlus, a Sprint MVNO, has gone belly up after Sprint pulled the plug on them. Lawsuit details are here. Then, not surprisingly, Sprint announced a new “unlimited” talk, text, and data plan: 5 phones for $90 with a free iPhone with trade-in. After first year, Sprint price escalates to $160 for 4 lines or $190 for 5 lines. And then, Verizon surprised everyone with an “unlimited” plan of their own: 4 phones for $180.… Read More ›

R.I.P. RingPlus: Don’t Panic, Google Hangouts Is Your Friend

R.I.P. RingPlus: Don’t Panic, Google Hangouts Is Your Friend

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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Three months ago, we warned you that RingPlus appeared to be on its last leg and to begin planning your exit strategy. February 11 appears to be their Drop Dead Date although Ting apparently will now absorb all RingPlus accounts that aren’t ported out but under markedly different terms. For openers, there’s a $6 per month charge per phone before you even turn it on. After that, it’s pay-as-you-go for minutes, messages, and data. While the buckets are pooled between… Read More ›

The Autonomous Car: Tesla & The Winding Road

The Autonomous Car: Tesla & The Winding Road

Monday, January 9, 2017

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We kick off 2017 with a new series on autonomous vehicles and, for the short term at least, the focus will be on Tesla simply because they’ve moved the needle the quickest and have a billion+ driver-tested miles under their belt already. I’m reminded of a quip from a pilot friend who said, “Anybody can fly a plane at 30,000 feet with autopilot. What separates the living from the dead is what you do when something goes wrong.” A recent… Read More ›

Santa’s Secret: Deploying Google Pixel as a Free VoIP Phone

Santa’s Secret: Deploying Google Pixel as a Free VoIP Phone

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Nov. 21 UPDATE: As rumored, RingPlus has now announced the termination of ALL existing plans. Details here. NEWS FLASH: We interrupt our normal editorial schedule to bring you this update. Many of our readers joined us in embracing RingPlus cellular service with the promise of free monthly calling in exchange for a modest upfront contribution. As with almost every something-for-nothing deal, it looks as if the death spiral may have begun with the abrupt termination of more than a dozen… Read More ›

FCC + Asterisk: New Tools to Rid Yourself of RoboCallers

FCC + Asterisk: New Tools to Rid Yourself of RoboCallers

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Just in time for election season, we are pleased to introduce our second generation robocall-blocking software which lets you deploy and periodically update the FCC’s RoboCall Blacklist on any Asterisk® 11 or 13 server platform. One of the biggest jokes in the U.S. telecommunications industry has been the FCC’s Do Not Call List, a convenient source of working phone numbers for all the spammers on Planet Earth. And, of course, the politicians exempted themselves from the robocalling ban. But the… Read More ›

2016: The Year of the May Bromance with XiVO, Asterisk 13, and the GPL

2016: The Year of the May Bromance with XiVO, Asterisk 13, and the GPL

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Remember that girl that you never much noticed in high school that happened to cross your path years later and there was that instant attraction. It’s one of our favorite country songs. What a month it has been. 30 days ago we’d never met. And then it happened. We were introduced to XiVO by a single post on the PIAF Forum. It’s difficult to choose a single adjective that describes how feature-rich XiVO is as a real-time Asterisk platform. Ten… Read More ›