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  • Going VoIP-only: Do you still need cellular voice service?

    Posted November 12, 2011 - 8:46 am

    These days, smartphones with speedy Web connectivity are easy to find, so consumers should be able to get by with just a roomy data plan, dumping voice service in favor of VoIP. But is that practical? To see how feasible cutting voice service is, I decided to go VoIP-only for a week, on the new T-Mobile/Walmart prepaid plan that offers 5GB of 4G data on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 14.4 network for a measly $30 per month.
  • Defcon: VoIP makes a good platform for controlling botnets

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    Botnets and their masters can communicate with each other by calling into the same VoIP conference call and swapping data using touch tones, researchers demonstrated at Defcon.
  • Skype relaunches Android app after flaws found in original

    Posted July 5, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Skype has launched an update to its video calling app for Android devices only months after a security flaw was discovered in an earlier version of the application.
  • Microsoft seeks patent for spy tech for Skype

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 5:28 pm

    A newly patented Microsoft technology called Legal Intercept would allow the company to secretly intercept, monitor and record Skype calls. Privacy advocates are concerned.
  • Skype executives depart after Microsoft buyout

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 8:08 am

    Eight Skype executives have departed the company following Microsoft's $8.5 billion buyout in May, a Skype spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.
  • Microsoft, Skype deal gets U.S. clearance

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 12:17 am

    Microsoft has received clearance from U.S. antitrust regulators for its proposed purchase of Internet telephony company Skype.
  • Enterprise note to Microsoft: Please make Skype easier to manage!

    Posted May 13, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Skype voice and video has tended to trigger IT security angst, and now that Microsoft has bought Skype, some observers are voicing hope that the service will be improved to help it be better managed in an enterprise setting.
  • Cisco VoIP network ousted for ShoreTel in Wisconsin school district

    Posted April 11, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    A combination of costs savings and features plus a need to refresh the network infrastructure in general drove a Wisconsin school district to abandon its Cisco VoIP and data network for one driven by ShoreTel and HP.
  • VoIP migration leads to savings, worker mobility

    Posted April 7, 2011 - 9:54 am

    The telephone switchboard and landline desk phone may not be dead, but they are becoming relics of the past along with office ashtrays and typewriters.
  • NetScout to buy Psytechnics to better probe networks

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    NetScout Systems plans to buy Psytechnics, a small developer of service management software for unified communications, for an undisclosed sum.
  • Implementing Microsoft Lync: Lessons learned killing PBX

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    When Marquette University started construction on three campus buildings a year and a half ago, the IT department saw it as a good time to deploy VoIP (Voice over IP) from the ground up.
  • 3 simple reasons VoIP abuse will grow

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Cisco predicts more hackers will set their sights on Voice over IP. Here are three reasons why the technology is ripe for abuse.
  • Workers reject videoconferencing for some very simple reasons

    Posted January 31, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    A recent study showed that a majority of workers don't want desktop video conferencing to become part of their daily lives despite the hype from vendors and executives. Some very basic realities about most workplaces, human behavior, and real productivity may be the reasons.
  • Google Voice tests number porting, for a price

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    Google Voice users may soon be able to turn their cellphone numbers into their central Google Voice number for $20. The search giant recently started testing a number porting service for Google Voice with a small group of users. The feature requires you to cancel your mobile contract and move your phone number from your carrier to Google. Engadget was the first blog to report the new feature after a heads up from Twitter user QQforU.
  • Google makes Gmail calling free for all of 2011

    Posted December 21, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Last August, Google introduced the ability to make and receive phone calls from within Gmail. At that time, the company made all calls to the United States and Canada free for the rest of 2010. On Monday, Google announced that it’s extending the free calling offer throughout all of 2011.
  • Microsoft's Lync fills gaps in VoIP

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Despite the name change and hype around its dramatic release candidate and RTM version, the net significance of Microsoft's Lync 2010 release is that it brings the company's unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platform up to par in some areas with competitors – though it doesn't slingshot past them, experts say.
  • Survey: Costs of Office Communications Server too great for some organizations

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    Microsoft's Office Communications Server (OCS) is perceived as too expensive to deploy and too complicated to manage, and many businesses lack the in-house expertise to handle it, according to a survey.
  • Man gets 10 years for VoIP hacking

    Posted September 24, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    A Venezuelan man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for stealing and then reselling more than 10 million minutes of Internet phone service.
  • Unified communications integrated in the cloud

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Unified communications (UC) as we know it today is flawed. The initial investment is simply too high for the return, partly due to the cost of each component and the fact you need gateway servers and software to tie the disparate systems together. Even then there’s no guarantee the products will play nicely with one another, meaning you have to add an additional line item to the budget for troubleshooting.
  • How to hack IP voice and video in real-time

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Corporate video conferences can still be easily hacked by insiders using a freeware tool that allows attackers to monitor calls in real-time and record them in files suitable for posting on YouTube.
  • VoIP and compliance regulations make strange and difficult bedfellows

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 9:19 am

    As attacks against VoIP persist businesses not only have to defend themselves, they have to do it under the gun of regulators who want proof that security was addressed in accordance with their ever-changing rules.
  • Burning Man's open source cell phone system could help save the world

    Posted August 30, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    Today I bring you a story that has it all: a solar-powered, low-cost, open source cellular network that's revolutionizing coverage in underprivileged and off-grid spots. It uses VoIP yet works with existing cell phones. It has pedigreed founders. Best of all, it is part of the sex, drugs and art collectively known as Burning Man. Where do you want me to begin?
  • Skype launches Skype Connect for businesses

    Posted August 30, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    Skype has launched a Session Initiation Protocol-based voice service for businesses that integrates free and low-cost calling into corporate IP PBXs, providing an opportunity to add voice features to corporate Web sites and to cut back on some phone expenses.
  • Skype files IPO registration with SEC

    Posted August 9, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Skype SA seeks to raise US$100 million through an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., as the Luxembourg-based provider of Internet telephony, video calling and instant messaging communications seeks to diversify and boost its user base and revenue.
  • Skype on iPhone: Does it Save Money?

    Posted July 27, 2010 - 9:53 pm

    Sticking it to The Man just got a little easier with Skype for iPhone's addition of multitasking support and elimination of plans to charge for calls over 3G. But can the ability to receive Skype calls any time really save you money? Let's look at the numbers and find out.
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