Looking for a practical small business idea? Consider this: There is strong demand for cost-effective international, long-distance and mobile communications solutions in the telecom market. Entrepreneurs and startups can capitalize on this demand by offering their own branded VoIP-based communications services. To deliver these services you don't need extensive technical skills; you only need good business sense and specialized (user-friendly) software. For those who have both, starting a VoIP service provider business can be quite promising...
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If you're going to clone one of 2014's hottest Android flagships, you might as well clone others, right? Goophone certainly thinks so. It just launched the Goophone M8, a smartphone that bears an uncanny resemblance to the all new (and still-unannounced) HTC One. Not that the similarities are much more than skin deep, mind you. Goophone's attempt at keepin' it real fake uses capacitive keys instead of the new One's on-screen buttons, and we doubt that the middling (if octa-core) processor, 1GB of RAM and 3G data speeds will have HTC breaking a sweat. It only costs $230 to get Goophone's knock-off, though. And hey, it comes in gold -- if you're only looking for an ostentatious design, you might as well save some cash.
Via: Unwired View
When the Desire 310 popped up on HTC's Chinese site a few days ago, we wrote it off as a regional product with no international aspirations. Well, we were mistaken, and though there's no word on the low-end handset coming to the US, it's most certainly bound for Europe. HTC didn't invite the Desire 310 to party at MWC, but then again, there's not much to celebrate. The handset bundles a 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 display with a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek CPU, a gig of RAM, 4GB of storage (expandable via microSD), a 5MP camera, 2,000mAh battery, 3G connectivity and Android 4.2. It's an incremental improvement over the Desire 300, with a few design tweaks like the omission of soft keys (a recent trend for HTC). We're told in the UK that the Desire 301 will arrive at O2, Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse at the end of April in a selection of hues, and the folks over at GSMinfo.nl note a recommended price of 169 euros for The Netherlands, or around £140 (UK pricing isn't available yet). With the far superior Moto G going for £100 on pay-as-you-go or £130 unlocked in the UK, though, we can only suggest HTC raise the stakes soon if it's serious about betting on lower-end devices.
Leaked images and videos of the HTC One's successor are a dime a dozen, so we've already seen every possible nook and cranny of the device. Why, then, are we reporting on the latest find by @evleaks? It gives us the closest and clearest look of HTC's rumored dual-lens camera setup so far, which is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing features on the phone. It features a smaller lens just above HTC's standard lens and dual-LED flash, but the purpose of is still a complete mystery. Plenty of theories exist, and we reported on the most likely possibilities demoed at Mobile World Congress last week. Ideas include the ability to cleanly magnify distant subjects without using digital zoom, enhancing low-light performance (which was an area HTC focused on with the One), quicker autofocus and the ability to change a picture's depth of field. Whether or not these particular benefits show up, it's hard to dispute that a parallel-lens setup is indeed coming to HTC's new flagship smartphone.
A crucial question you must consider when choosing a softswitch is whether to buy or rent your own VoIP billing system. This post examines the benefits of buying your own system.
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Storage expansion went out of fashion over the last two years. Fortunate, then, for those of us wanting to take our music / audio book / photo collection everywhere, that HTC's upgraded One will see a return to microSD storage on its flagship series. Against trend, the new One also looks like it'll have an identical footprint to last year's model. In a lengthy video leak from GadgetReviews -- now down, but mirrored elsewhere -- we get to see that unibody build from a few more angles (including a closer look at that brushed finish), catch some few software tweaks to the Blinkfeed news stream (another swipe to the left apparently opens up more options) and generally get increasingly impatient about that March 25th reveal date.
Although most overall VoIP adoption still occurs in developed countries, mobile VoIP is experiencing strong growth in emerging markets. Since these markets tend to be lacking in fixed line infrastructure, mobile telephony takes its place. And because mobile VoIP is usually much more cost-effective than traditional mobile telephony, it's naturally attractive to consumers in these countries. This creates opportunities for ITSPs that service these markets.
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We've seen reports that HTC would be keeping the name from 2013's popular handset for its 2014 flagship, and today the outfit posted a BoomSound video teaser that seems to confirm the moniker. Taking a page out of Apple's playbook, the "all new HTC One" is referenced several times in the latter half of the promo. Of course, what we're led to believe in the upcoming device remains cloaked in blurred pixels and spoken details are bleeped out. It's worth noting that the company's PR has LOL'd at the notion of name consistency on Twitter, but we'll know for sure next month when the new model is expected to be announced.
Source: HTC (YouTube)
Is there anything that hasn't already been leaked about HTC's photography-focused successor to the One? Not much, except that we haven't seen publicity renders quite as detailed as the one just shared by @evleaks. It suggests that the dual-camera handset will be offered in a gold flavor, alongside the rumored silver and black options. Furthermore, the source -- who has a generally reliable track record -- claims to know how the new phone will be branded. It'll apparently skirt around tricky numerical conventions by adopting a slightly Apple-esque alternative: the "All New HTC One." A name like that should roll right off the tongue, shouldn't it?
Source: @evleaks [Twitter]
03/02/2014 - TMC Guest Post: 4 VoIP Trends to Watch in 2014
Over the next year, there a four major trends in the IP telephony industry that VoIP service providers and end-users alike should pay attention to. These trends will shape the future of the market and inform strategy of competitive service providers.
29/01/2014 - VoIP and BYOD Spur Mobile VoIP Adoption
The confluence of two major trends in telecommunications--BYOD and VoIP--is spurring on the adoption of mobile VoIP. In turn, the growing adoption of mobile VoIP is creating opportunities for service providers equipped with the right set of tools.
Mobile VoIP softphone Breeze with integrated Class 5 softswitch recognized for its innovative design, which delivers powerful benefits to service providers.
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27/01/2014 - Sirius: New Sony Smartphone
24/01/2014 - Meet IPsmarx at IT EXPO Miami January 14
Meet IPsmarx at IT EXPO in Miami, FL on January 30, 2014 for insight into the VoIP industry and information on our solutions.
After years of struggling with an open-source system that was doing more to hinder business then help it, IGT Networks soon realized it needed a new solution. For this they chose the IPsmarx Multi-Tenant IP-PBX, a powerful turnkey platform that quickly enabled the ITSP to cut overhead costs, attract and retain more customers and avoid headaches.
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Multiserv Concept Telecoms is a veteran prepaid and VoIP provider that recently began using the IPsmarx International Mobile Top Up Solution to tap into new markets and open up new revenue streams with existing customers.
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Despite challenges in certain areas, there are opportunities for ITSPs who wish to deliver service in regions where VoIP is difficult to deploy such as Africa and the Middle East. Service providers equipped with the right tools can tap into the consistent demand for cost-effective international calling and take advantage of growing mobile adoption in these regions.
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Google acquired Bump -- developer of an NFC-like file sharing app with the same name and a photo sharing service called Flock -- back in September, and both projects will shut down January 31st. CEO and cofounder David Lieb announced the discontinuation of both products on the Bump blog, saying his team is "deeply focused on our new projects within Google." That bodes well for their mission of enhancing sharing on mobile devices, but the bad news for Bump and Flock users is that this shut down means everything must go.
After January ends the apps will no longer function, they'll disappear from the App Store and Google Play and all stored data will be deleted from servers (locally saved files or photos will remain in place). Any of those millions of users can still keep their data though, just open up the app anytime in the next month, and follow the instructions shown (tap the "i" menu on iOS or "More" on Android). Afterwards, Bump will send over an email with a link to let you download all of your stored data.
Source: Bump blog
19/12/2013 - Happy Holidays from IPsmarx
The IPsmarx team would like to wish you happy holidays and success in your VoIP endeavors in the new year!
Multiserv Concept Telecoms sharpens competitive edge and enhances service offering with in-demand value-added service.
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Award-winning VoIP solutions provider reveals how service providers can maximize revenue during holiday season via webinar.
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IVR Languages, the final Feature of the Week, enables service providers to connect more closely with their customers by offering interactive voice response in their customers' own languages. With 15 languages to choose from, IVR Languages is versatile and comprehensive, allowing service providers to appeal to a broad array of target demographics.
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This week's Feature of the Week, Step Billing, is a handy tool that lets you implement variable-rate calls. In doing so, it enables you control costs, generate more revenue and even boost customer loyalty.
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25/11/2013 - Nokia Lumia 1520 reaches the UK on December 6th, starting at £80 on a £38 per month plan
Brits who've been yearning for the Nokia Lumia 1520 will soon get their chance. The supersized Windows Phone is now due to reach the UK on December 6th, when it will be available through O2 at retail and Vodafone through the web. Third-party retailers like Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u will also stock the 6-inch flagship. While the exact pricing will vary, Vodafone will sell the phone for £80 when it's attached to a £38 per month plan and a 2-year contract; it will be available for free if you subscribe to a beefy £47 plan. The 1520 will undoubtedly be one of the more expensive handsets in the country, then, but it may be worthwhile for those who want one of Nokia's most powerful devices.