Cellular Services

An Electronics Home Makeover for the 21st Century

An Electronics Home Makeover for the 21st Century

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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It was a sad day when we finally sold our Bozak Concert Grand speakers this year after enjoying them for over half a century. They were a graduation present from "Papa Gene" Newsom of Newsom’s Music Center when I graduated from law school in 1971. The sale got me thinking that I really needed to write about what has changed in home entertainment now that we’ve turned the page to another century. Back then, there was no Internet or Spotify,… Read More ›

Is SIP Trunking Safe & Reliable in the DDoS World?

Is SIP Trunking Safe & Reliable in the DDoS World?

Monday, September 20, 2021

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Since last Thursday when VoIP.ms suffered (and continues to suffer) one of the worst Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks in the VoIP era, we’ve been asked a thousand times whether any SIP trunking provider can provide a safe and reliable platform under circumstances similar to the VoIP.ms outage. We obviously cannot vouch for every trunking provider but, based upon our discussions with two of the major carriers that support Incredible PBX, we are confident that either of them could… Read More ›

Taming the Condo Call Box with a Raspberry Pi & Asterisk

Taming the Condo Call Box with a Raspberry Pi & Asterisk

Monday, April 5, 2021

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If you live in an apartment complex or condominium with a call box to let visitors gain door access by calling your apartment, then today’s column is for you. The way almost all of these call boxes work is the management company programs your name, phone number, and apartment number into the call box after which a visitor can look up your name or enter your apartment number and the call box will call you. When you answer the call… Read More ›

Verizon 5G Service for $25/month with Unlimited Everything

Verizon 5G Service for $25/month with Unlimited Everything

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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It takes a lot to get us excited about a cellular offering these days. One feature that always gets our attention is a plan that offers unlimited texting and unlimited data within the U.S. plus unlimited calling to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. So we’re excited to introduce Visible, Verizon’s very own MVNO. A few disclaimers are in order before we get into the specifics. First, as with all MVNO’s, your usage is subject to throttling in high usage areas.… Read More ›

Review: The 2021 Cadillac Escalade – Everything a Tesla Isn’t

Review: The 2021 Cadillac Escalade – Everything a Tesla Isn’t

Sunday, February 14, 2021

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Happy Valentine’s Day. We’re on our fifth year of our love-hate relationship with Elon and Tesla. After a second purchase of a Tesla with Full Self-Driving (FSD) and no cigar, it’s beginning to smell more like vaporware. Tesla now is morphing FSD into a "feature set" that includes Automatic Lane Changes, Summon from across the garage, AutoPark (maybe and sometimes), Traffic and Stop Sign Alerts, and AutoSteer on City Streets (coming soon). You’ll note that AutoSteer on the highways and… Read More ›

5 Minutes to Paradise: Incredible PBX in the Cloud for $25/Yr.

5 Minutes to Paradise: Incredible PBX in the Cloud for $25/Yr.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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We’ve been building turnkey Incredible PBX® servers for virtual machine platforms for many years. Because the servers are built from images, typical install times have been 5 minutes or less with Proxmox, VirtualBox, and VMware ESXi. But the missing piece has always been a similar image install on a true cloud-based platform. This limitation was primarily due to the fact that we don’t own or control the available cloud platforms which typically limit image installs to operating systems such as… Read More ›

Groundwire for Android & iOS: The Best $10 You’ll Ever Spend

Groundwire for Android & iOS: The Best $10 You’ll Ever Spend

Monday, October 26, 2020

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Now we’re getting down to the tough choices in VoIP softphones. You certainly need the Linphone app to make free SIP URI calls worldwide from your mobile phone. But you also need a softphone that connects to Incredible PBX® so that you never miss a traditional call to your home or office PBX. If you want tight integration with Asterisk® and FreePBX®, Clearly Anywhere is the hands-down winner, and you’ve still got until October 31 to take advantage of the… Read More ›

Linphone Rocks: Free SIP Calling to Anybody, Anywhere

Linphone Rocks: Free SIP Calling to Anybody, Anywhere

Monday, October 19, 2020

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We’re rounding out our softphone series today with the perfect complement to Clearly Anywhere for Asterisk® and FreePBX®. Let’s face it. SIP URI dialing from extensions is not Asterisk’s strong suit which is disappointing since SIP URI calling is free. If you’ve been following Incredible PBX® 2020 developments this year, you already know that we’ve pushed everyone to move their VoIP servers to the cloud. You not only get a more flexible PUBLIC platform that lets you go virtually anywhere… Read More ›