VoIP, talk of the USTA show

Las-Vegas-Sign-Web.gifWhat do you get when you bring telecom suits to the Sin City? A lot of talk about VoIP. USTA Telecom 2004, currently under progress, is expected to be attended by about 5000 people, double the number of people who attended the show last year. The show clearly is benefitting from the hype around VoIP. John Abel, the USTA’s senior vice president for membership, marketing and business development, gave much of the credit to rapidly emerging technologies, such as Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP), according to Las Vegas Sun. “The whole message is that times have changed,” Abel told the Sun. “We’re in a different world now. The consumer has a lot of choices. VoIP became a legitimate business threat. Virtually everyone of our (member) companies is involved in VoIP in one way or another.” Cox is going to announce its big push into VoIP perhaps on Monday, when they talk about their VoIP plans. Then Earthlink is going to outline its plans. Monday morning the key notes are by CEOs of Comcast (Brian Roberts) and Verizon (Ivan Seidenberg) are keynote speakers. I see the players at the conference, and I see the same patterns. The upstarts-pushed a new technology in cable and DSL space, only to be super seeded by

GBlog ain’t GMail

Woke-up this morning, to find a strange email from GBlog. For a minute I thought, perhaps Google folks are launching yet another blogging software. Didn’t make sense, given that they spent so much money buying up Blogger. I did a little checking and realized it was hosted on SiteScan. So could not be official Google product. Anyway there is a product called GBlog. It is PHP based and well, interesting and simplistic product.

Teleflip ’em off

Need to send a text message to someone but don’t know their phone’s email address, or even what carrier they’re using? Don’t fret- teleflip it.Teleflip is a free service that let’s you send text messages from your PC to anyone’s cell phone, even when all you know about the recipient is their phone number. You can check it out at the Teleflip web site but it couldn’t be simpler to use.Just send an email message to:[email protected] there will soon be a text message appearing on the target cell phone. This is also a great way to have someone send you a message when you’re not in your office and need some information delivered to your cell phone. Neither party has to sign up to use the service. Try it now- send yourself an email to your phone and see how it works. The service is in beta but has worked OK for me.