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Welcome to the November edition of our monthly newsletter dedicated to all things Voice in the SMB space. We cover VoIP, UC, telecom and much much more. Don’t forget you can continue the journey at our sister site Telephonation.com.
As a special treat – I’d like to have you watch this “get to know” SMB Nation video that we have re-released:
For our US readers – advance cheers for a great Thanksgiving!
P.S.: Be sure to check out CloudServicesRoundtable.com's webinar "IBM's Lotus Live" this Wednesday at 9 AM. Rebecca Buisan (Director of the Product Management and Marketing, IBM Social Business Cloud) will be speaking, and I will be co-hosting. For more information or to register, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/725958248
Former RPers Set To Launch HookFlash
Many readers are “from” the beloved but all too short Microsoft Response Point (RP) telephony era. It was a grand three years, coming to a crashing end a couple of years ago when Microsoft withdrew RP from the market. Some amazing friendships were made and cultivated. I personally was impressed with the business and technology acumen of two Canadians: Trent Johnsen and Erik Lagerway. These two hotties created SMBphone.com that was specially geared towards providing services in the Response Point community.
Fast forward a couple of years, and the team of Johnsen and Lagerway are back. Sensing an opportunity to reposition to Microsoft Skype acquisition, they two are on the verge of launching Hookflash. This product, currently in beta, is oriented towards filling the void in the market since Skype was gobbled up. I liken it to the fact that for every action, there is a reaction. Hookflash’s multi-device support, including an emphasis on the Apple iPad actually improves upon Skype.
The improvements include more robust peer-to-peer conversation beyond the communication session. I’ve now looked at the beta product twice and I liken it to building upon the assets of Skype (although Hookflash is independent of Skype) and adding telephony features and multi-tenant functionality like video conferencing, etc.
Hookflash is schedule for availability in early 2012. “We want to make sure it’s completely ready and not launch too soon.” Johnsen stated in our meeting last Friday. You can learn more about Hookflash and sign up for its beta program here: http://hookflash.com/
You can also watch a cool Apple iPad tablet demo here: hookflash.com.s59135.gridserver.com/video/banff.mp4
The seriously interested can dig deep into these prior articles:
"Hookflash: Making Social Networking Dreams Come True" - "Maybe the next PBX is simply an i-device."
Jim Courtney, Voice On The Web http://voiceontheweb.biz/2011/09/hookflash-elevating-the-video-calling-experience/
"Where the startup excels over other competitors is in its built-in ability to interface with multiple established services to make communication easier"
Mac Net News
"Though the product shares some features with both high-end business phones, like those offered by Cisco, and popular peer-to-peer services, like Skype, Hookflash is trying to fill a void between the two. The company intends to combine the strengths of each into a single, cost-effective product for businesses of all sizes."
Julie Klein VentureBeat
2012 International CES Conference
How2UnlockiPhones.com Announces Updates to Their Easy-to-Use Unlocking Software
How2UnlockiPhones.com, an online company specializing in the “jailbreaking” of iPhones, released new software last week designed to allow any customer to unlock any version of the iPhone. The software works on a gamut of iPhones, from factory-new to phones that have been previously unlocked or damaged by an unlocking process.
How2UnlockiPhones.com claims that using an unlocked or jail broken iPhone can be valuable to users. Unlocked iPhone users are able to access more features on an unlocked phone, as well as apply third party software and applications and use any carrier they please. How2UnlockiPhones.com is one option on the market today, offering Flash and Cydia-enabling, as well as a free GPS Navigation system. Users who decide to employ this solution are granted unlimited lifetime updates to the newest versions of How2UnlockiPhone.com’s software. For more information about How2unlockiPhones.com, please visit their site here: http://how2unlockiphones.com/default.htm
The subject of unlocking or jailbreaking mobile devices has been controversial over the past few years. Apple has historically been against unlocking or jail breaking software, applying strict regulations for their iPhone users and still cautions against putting third-party software on their iPhones. In June 2010, the U.S. Government asserted that unlocking or jailbreaking an iPhone was legal, but it still remains an ethical issue for some users. Users looking to unlock their iPhones should only choose trusted, verified software.
Cisco UC-320 Rocks!
Blast from the past! The Toronto pre-day hands-on lab in June was a hit! Known as SMB Spring, over 20 IT Consultants fully setup the CISCO UC 320 in under an hour without a hitch. (15 had never installed a phone system) This system was the easiest install I have ever seen on a full featured UC product. There is a special website for you to engage with the UC 320 here. You can sign up to be a partner that will get you free training on the system and other goodies. There is no fee or certification cost for this program yet, so we urge you to be an early bird.
Here is what folks learned at the hands-on lab:
• For under $800 the UC 320 is a front runner for the very small business that wants to enjoy cost savings and a robust feature set.
• Fully installs, from opening the box to making calls, in under an hour
• Support for 24 users
• SIP trunking support to deliver clear, high-quality voice over IP services
• Interoperability with up to 12 public switched telephone network (PSTN) analog lines (4 FXO ports)
• Voicemail and automated attendant and Voicemail to email notification
• 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch with VLAN support, to connect devices or expand
• Gigabit Ethernet WAN port that can be designated as the network edge
• Integrated 802.11n wireless access point for voice and data, so that employees can connect to the network while away from their desks
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SMB Nation.com’s sister site, Telephonation.com, is hip and cool!
Telephonation.com boasts an average 16,000 unique views per month (for 2011) and is a great place to connect with fellow telephony enthusiasts, or just to learn more about VoIP services. The forum community is friendly and knowledgeable about all things Telephony. Stop on by and check it out! http://www.telephonation.com.
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