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A New Day: Google Voice GVSIP Now Available for FreePBX

A New Day: Google Voice GVSIP Now Available for FreePBX

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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If you’ve been following along this past month as we rolled out a new SIP-based Google Voice implementation for Asterisk®, then you’ve gotten a first-hand look at how sausage is made. If you prefer free calling in the U.S. and Canada, then it was worth the effort. Today, we put the finishing touches on the new GVSIP-NAF implementation by introducing a version specifically tailored for those using FreePBX®. That, of course, includes the CentOS 6, Ubuntu 18, and Raspbian 8… 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 ›

Road Warrior’s Advice: Before You Buy a Tesla…

Road Warrior’s Advice: Before You Buy a Tesla…

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we also have a thousand final words to share about our two-year Tesla experience. Let me preface this by saying that overall our Tesla adventure was fun, but we’ve always enjoyed being a pioneer. If you don’t, look elsewhere. We got our Tesla just after Elon Musk released his full self-driving (FSD) video in late 2016. While Elon is certainly a visionary, he’s also a snake oil salesman and 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 ›

Setting Up a Google Voice Hosting Platform in the Cloud

Setting Up a Google Voice Hosting Platform in the Cloud

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Today we’re again showcasing our article from earlier this summer that shows you how to create a Google Voice hosting platform in the cloud. You have your choice of three hosting platforms priced at $10 to $13 a year. And, if you pay in advance for 3 years, you can double your platform’s RAM or storage space. There now is also a (one-time fee) $15 GVSIP solution for the platforms that don’t include a way to recompile Asterisk. Follow this… 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 ›

Adding a Free GVSIP Trunk to FusionPBX and FreePBX

Adding a Free GVSIP Trunk to FusionPBX and FreePBX

Monday, October 1, 2018

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If you don’t find a 60-minute maximum call duration problematic and $15 isn’t too rich for your blood, today we’ll show you the quick-and-dirty way to add a Google Voice trunk to your FusionPBX™ or FreePBX® server for unlimited free calling in the U.S. and Canada. There are no other PBXs to set up, just a GVSIP trunk using an almost-free account at PBXes.com. Of course, none of this is required with Incredible PBX® which has native GVSIP rolled in,… Read More ›