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AT&T: Mobile Phone Service is a Luxury

July 19, 2007

AT&T, like all other mobile service providers in the United States, requires a contract for new customers and when getting phones at a reduced price. But, AT&T goes further in abusing its customers by demanding contracts from existing customers with established credit histories who do not buy equipment.

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VoIP Taxation Out of Control

June 20, 2007

I am sure that some of you might have seen where states want to regulate VoIP which, more than likely, also means adding more taxes. Many states definitely want to add taxes to Internet access. So, we will have taxes upon taxes to make a phone call. Is it not bad enough already? I checked my Vonage phone bill and the taxes were 21.6%! By comparison, my mobile phone was taxed 9.2%. Do we really need even more taxes on my VoIP services?!?!

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SIP: The Never-Ending Hype Wagon

June 18, 2007

Today, H.323 commands about 80% of the international long distance VoIP minutes, which is an estimated 15.8% or 49.4B minutes of all international voice communication. Skype has taken 4.4% of the market, while SIP competes with proprietary protocols for the bottom 4% of the traffic. Read the complete story.

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AT&T To Increase the Price of International SMS

June 17, 2007

We received notification this week that AT&T plans to increase the cost of sending an SMS message internationally from 20 cents to 25 cents. In a day and age when we would expect the cost for text messaging to decrease, only in the United States would we see such stupid pricing increases.

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Who Will Buy Avaya?

June 10, 2007

There has been a lot of speculation about who is buying Avaya. We know who is it is, but who is it really? Here is our best guess: Alcatel-Lucent. Why not? They need an enterprise play and this would be the best move they could make to get a bigger foot in the enterprise space.

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