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Unlimited Data

Colin here, and I am seeing an increasing trend towards cellular data plans offering unlimited data. T-Mobile offers unlimited slow-speed data for free, and unlimited high-speed (4G) data for a flat $20 a month per phone. Sprint (and their Virgin…

What UC Trends Will Fizzle in 2014?

In response to last week’s Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies Experts Look Ahead to 2014, this week the Experts take turns predicting (and debating) UC trends that will fizzle in 2014. Among the discussion topics are BYOD, social business, federation,…

IBM and SIP Phones

IBM sold off its low end server business to Lenovo. Lenovo was born when IBM sold off its PC and laptop business. Why would a computing company want out of computers? Well, they kept the good stuff (mainframes), but it…

Who is Securing Who?

Colin here. The NSA spying has been in the press a lot. Up until Snowden the NSA strongly professed it had no mass surveillance.  Now, it is clear that they did, and were lying. Ostensibly the spying is to prevent…

UCStrategies Experts Look Ahead to 2014

The UCStrategies Experts look ahead to 2014 in this Industry Buzz podcast, with trends and predictions. Marty Parker is the moderator, and is joined by Jim Burton, Dr. Joseph Williams, Dave Michels, Art Rosenberg, Phil Edholm, Blair Pleasant, Bill MacK…

Mitel To Buy Telepo

Acquisitive Aastra managed to make another acquisition before being acquired itself by Mitel. Aastra announced today that is acquired Telepo, while just last week it announced its own shareholders approved its sale to Mitel. By law of transitive property, Mitel…

iPad Phone

Colin Here. T-Mobile announced that iPad customers will get 200 MB of free data every month…no strings attached. Apple IOS 7  features audio-only Facetime. And, of course, VOIP services are available for about $1.50 a month plus 1-cent per minute. Let’s…

The Emerging Cloud-Prem Hybrid

Aastra Shareholders Approve Sale to Mitel

Big week for industry Canucks eh? Last week the shareholders of Aastra Technologies agreed to be acquired by Mitel. Ballots were dropped in a large toque that was passed around the maple log lodge. Ninety-nine percent of the voters indicated Oui,…

The Demise of the T3

Colin here. Data continues to grow at a tremendous rate. Offices that used to do fine with T-1 lines and 1.5 megabit connections would have 4 or 5 T-1 lines just a few years ago. Then, we routinely started installing…

2013 was a Reboot Year

2013 was not a great year for UC. It had its moments, but as a whole the industry didn’t make many leaps. Let me recap the year from a buzzword perspective.

Uber Regulation

Avaya at Sochi 2014

I got to carry the Olympic torch! It wasn’t lit, and I didn’t get to take it anywhere. Avaya is the Official Supplier of Network Equipment to the Sochi Winter Games.  It brought one of the actual Olympic torches used during…

Tracking UC Leadership Changes in 2013