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I Want Native SIP Support on My iPhone

Colin here. I don’t want an email address, I want my company’s email. Thank you. And, I don’t want Verizon’s phone number. Thank you. I want my smartphone to use…

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I’m Dave, your personal Telecommunications Contemplator. Most industry professionals gravitate toward the role of Analyst, Consultant or Journalist; I blend all three via commentary, research, and perspective on current enterprise business communications. You’ll find interviews, podcasts, and independent research here.

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What is Important in Cell Service?

Colin here. We’re evaluating cellular networks the wrong way, and it is resulting in cell companies gaming the system to the detriment of their customers. Consider this article: “Sprint is…

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Thoughts on Enterprise Connect 2015

Enterprise Connect is the Super Bowl of enterprise communications – but with just the commercials. I have a lot I want to share – and I will, but next week…

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Apple v Corning

Colin here. You may recall that Apple was supposed to switch to Sapphire glass with the iPhone 6. It was working with GT Advanced on this project, as we now…

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Choose Your Tyranny

Colin here. In China, the government makes no defense against their blocking of undesirable Internet sites. If you search on certain topics the search will be blocked. And, if you search…

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Which Encryption Can You Trust?

Colin here. The simple answer is that you can no longer trust any encryption systems. Read this again: almost all encryption systems are fully compromised at this point in time.HTTPS,…

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An Office Without Phones

Colin here… I have written a few times about how I am seeing our office use phones less and less. We’re seeing a steady decline in the number of minutes…

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I Chat with WeChat

Colin here. I have finally broken down and become an avid WeChat user.What, you never heard of WeChat? My understanding is that it is the most popular text/chat service in…

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Dave is a self-proclaimed Tele-communications Contemplator. Most industry professionals gravitate toward the role of Analyst, Consultant or Journalist, but Dave blends all three as a professional Contemplator. Learn more →.

The Price of $1 of Punishment Varies

Colin here. If you get caught stealing a 99¢ song you can be subject to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Plus, the United States government will step in…

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Latest Podcast

UCStrategies Experts Preview Enterprise Connect 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, the UCStrategies Experts preview Enterprise Connect 2015, March 16-19, in Orlando. Jim Burton is the moderator, and is joined by Marty Parker, Michael Finneran, Dave Michels, Blair Pleasant, Phil Edholm, Kevin Kieller, Steve Leaden, Dr. Joseph Williams, and Art Rosenberg.

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What it Takes to be a Market Leader

Colin here. As an executive in a company I’m occasionally asked my opinion about what it takes to become a dominant player in an industry, preferably the market leader. I’ve…

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Kill the Lightening Connector

Colin here. It is time to kill the proprietary, incompatible do-nothing Lightning cable on Apple’s iPhones. This non-standard cable provides no benefits to the user. It’s a pain in the…

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Someone Stole My SIP Trunks

Well, I did it. I committed the cardinal sin – and got caught. Default passwords on my phone system. Yesterday, I got hacked.  About 3 AM my phone started ringing…

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Why Aren’t Your Products Better?

Colin here with a thought about product quality. I am known for being a bit intolerant of poor quality products. While out of my official turf, I just don’t understand…

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Avaya Has a New Stadium

During the weekend, the San Jose Earthquakes held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new stadium. The team also hosted its first game in the venue.  a preseason game against…

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Bad for US: AT&T And Verizon

Colin here. I know I harp on this topic a lot, but I really believe that AT&T and Verizon are causing America great harm. They’re causing our country to be…

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V&riz@n’s net$w(k iz starti&g to s*uck

Colin here: Most of our folks have switched over to T-Mobile these days. They have free unlimited data worldwide* and that’s just compelling for a global operation like ours. Now…

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The Telegraph Beats Out the Telephone in the End

Colin here… Before the telephone was invented there was the telegraph. The telegraph was a lot like a text message or an email. You would write your message down and…

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It’s Coming: EC15

It’s that time of year again. Enterprise Connect is upon us. As usual the conference will be held the third week of March, in the Gaylord Palms hotel in Orlando Florida.  This…

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The Holy Grail of Cell Phones: Global

Colin here… An amazing thing happened recently, and very little fanfare was given to it: The global cell phone. It’s long been the bane of globe trotting road warriors to…

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Management Ethics in a Global Company

Colin here. Most employees can sidestep ethics questions because they have limited latitude to make decisions. A soldier cannot make any ethical decisions about those who he kills as that…

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Latest Interview

Steve Kokinos

Thinking of Phones

Steve Kokinos, CEO of UCaaS innovator Thinking Phone Networks, gives us the lowdown on where the company is today and where it’s headed.

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