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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 ›

DEAL OF THE DAY: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $49.99

DEAL OF THE DAY: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $49.99

Saturday, September 4, 2021

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These won’t last long but, if you still have some Google Voice numbers lying around unused and you live in the United States, you’d better jump on this one. Amazon is selling the OBi2182 phones with Google Voice, WiFi and power adapter for $49.99. Here’s the link. We were big fans of OBiHai once upon a time. But then they sold out to Polycom. And they subsequently sold out to Plantronics. And support has gone from bad to worse along… Read More ›

Unified Communications: Adding SMS to the Asterisk Toolkit

Unified Communications: Adding SMS to the Asterisk Toolkit

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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As we roll into September, the VoIP landscape continues to evolve. For various reasons, SMS functionality has become a must-have with many VoIP deployments. What we’ve observed lately is that many businesses and professional offices now assume that all phone numbers are SMS-enabled which means, if your primary phone numbers don’t support SMS, you may miss important notices and reminders. Particularly in this COVID era, physicians have incredibly high rates of no-shows for appointments so you’ll typically get multiple SMS… Read More ›

Meet RackNerd: The Best VoIP Cloud Bargain on the Planet

Meet RackNerd: The Best VoIP Cloud Bargain on the Planet

Monday, August 23, 2021

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We continue to scour the Internet for the best bargains to host Incredible PBX 2021 in the Cloud. When the annual cost drops to under $1 a month, you would be crazy not to move your PBX to a cloud-based solution. And, yes, we eat our own dog food. We have four VPS offerings from RackNerd that are scattered across the United States in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and Seattle. Over the past year, inflation has set in. For new… Read More ›

Morphing Incredible PBX into a PUBLIC-Facing Cloud PBX

Morphing Incredible PBX into a PUBLIC-Facing Cloud PBX

Monday, August 16, 2021

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We’ve previously documented how to change Incredible PBX 2021 and Incredible PBX 2020 into PUBLIC-facing PBXs. What that means is that authorized users could still connect to your PBX regardless of where they may be located without having to worry about whitelisting IP addresses. To suggest that the procedure was convoluted is a bit of an understatement. So today we offer a simplified solution that you can deploy in a couple of minutes. It lacks some of the safeguards of… Read More ›

Amazon’s Alexa Now Available for Incredible PBX

Amazon’s Alexa Now Available for Incredible PBX

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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Loyal readers already know that voice recognition applications occupy a special place in the Incredible PBX® toolchest. Over 8 years ago, we introduced Wolfram Alpha integrating the world’s largest almanac into Asterisk®. And today we’re pleased to add Amazon’s Alexa to the Incredible PBX fold for our latest Incredible PBX 2021 for Debian, Raspberry Pi and CentOS 7 builds. Just dial 5555 and tell Alexa what you’d like to know or do. If you’ve been sleeping under a rock these… Read More ›

Blink Cameras: The Travelin’ Man’s Dream Come True

Blink Cameras: The Travelin’ Man’s Dream Come True

Monday, July 12, 2021

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Okay, I’ll admit it. Our family has morphed into a band of traveling gypsies. We’re spreading our time between four cities and four "homes." Not many folks are that crazy, but many of you have vacation homes thanks to Covid. And one of the first things that pops up on your to-do list is how to secure your residences when you’re not at home. Yes, you can pay a monitoring service in every location a hefty monthly fee to do… Read More ›

Moving from Incredible PBX 2020 to 2021 on the Raspberry Pi

Moving from Incredible PBX 2020 to 2021 on the Raspberry Pi

Friday, June 18, 2021

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Many have clamored for an upgrade path from Incredible PBX 2020 on the Raspberry Pi to take advantage of the stability that Asterisk® 18 offers. Today we’re pleased to introduce a quick-and-easy upgrade script that moves your platform to Incredible PBX 2021 and handles everything for you. After running the script, you’ll have the latest release of Asterisk 18 and the latest modules for FreePBX® 15 plus all of the other goodies that make Incredible PBX 2021 the VoIP community’s… Read More ›

Adding the Linux XFCE GUI to Incredible PBX 2021

Adding the Linux XFCE GUI to Incredible PBX 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

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One of the most requested add-ons for Incredible PBX® is a graphical user interface for Linux. And today we’ll show you the quick and easy way to add XFCE 4 to your Debian 10 platform. What it gets you is simple access to a number of Linux applications and utilities which only run inside a GUI. These include the Firefox browser, LibreOffice with Microsoft Office compatibility, ImageMagick, media players, a FileManager GUI, and Linux utilities such as TimeShift and gparted.… Read More ›