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Watching T-Mobile Raise Prices

Watching T-Mobile is always fun. They are the only US cellular company that seems at all creative. They drop prices, extend service, and offer things that no other carrier does. They are just a hoot to watch. In the past…

Corvisa in Queue at ShoreTel

Twas a few nights before Christmas when ShoreTel announced its intent to acquire Corvisa, a Milwaukee, WI-based hosted provider. Corvisa is an unusal cat. It’s part UCaaS, part PaaS, and part carrier. Download the TalkingPointz 2Pager on ShoreTel’s acquisition of Corvisa.  PaaS…

ShoreTel to Acquire Corvisa

This one honestly surprised me. While Santa was distracted, ShoreTel decides to buy Corvisa. It surprised me because less than a year ago ShoreTel’s big marketing message was “ShoreTel One.”  ShoreTel acquired M5 Networks back in 2012 and has been…

Rule 240 Should Apply to Cell Phone Companies

It’s no secret that Verizon’s network has gone down hill a lot in the past year. I don’t know if that is because they sold all of their towers (they did sell them) or if the timing is just a…

Our Next President

No matter which candidate we elect, we’re going to get an old geezer. Trump would be the oldest president ever elected, as would Bernie Sanders. Hillary misses that claim to fame by just a few months. She’s the youngest of…

Business Communications Trends and Highlights of 2015

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Blair Pleasant leads a conversation with the UCStrategies Experts about the significant stories from 2015. Participating Experts include Kevin Kieller, J.R. Simmons, Jon Arnold, Simon Dudley, Steve Leaden, Dr. Joseph Williams, Michael Finneran, and Roberta J. Fox.

A Tip for Using Verizon Wireless

I don’t know what’s happened to Verizon’s network, but it has really declined in quality in the past year or so. I get a lot of “dots” of signal, but the throughput is frequently very minimal. I used to complain…

We’re Number 55!

Quick! Name the 55th fastest country for cellular speeds. Now, I want to clarify that I’m only talking 4G and better, not that old 2G stuff that t-Mobile peddles to much of the US. So what country is the 55th…

What Apple should do

I criticize Tim Cook CEO of Apple a lot. And, it is for good reason. So let me share what I think Tim Cook’s Apple should be doing, to take a positive spin on things. They need to hire a…

Clark Peterson of Vonage Business on UCaaS

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies’ Jim Burton is joined by Clark Peterson, President, Business Solutions Group, Vonage Business. The discussion is about Unified Communications as a Service: its history, where we are today, and what Vonage has done to…

Clark Peterson of Vonage Business on UCaaS

In this Executive Insights podcast, UCStrategies’ Jim Burton is joined by Clark Peterson, President, Business Solutions Group, Vonage Business. The discussion is about Unified Communications as a Service: its history, where we are today, and what Vonage has done to position itself in its future.

Yellow Pages Advertising During Regulation

The closest thing to Google in the 1960s and 1970s was the phone book. You could look up any topic and get a listing of those who provided services. Need a plumber? The Yellow Pages book was your go-to. And,…

Revisiting the Hybrid Cloud

About a year ago, we wrote about the hybrid cloud opportunity for traditional business telephony vendors that have added hosted unified communications (UC) services to their portfolios of IP-PBX, contact center, messaging and other on-site telephony-related solutions. These vendors see…

Apple car. Vroom vroom!

It seems Apple is determined to make cars. This has been corroborated by the WSJ. An Apple car terrifies me. I can’t even begin to count the ways. A car has remarkably low margins. While the sales will be huge,…

Over-Sparked?

Last week Cisco celebrated Spark’s birthday with a series of announcements. Cisco Spark was introduced just a year ago as Project Square. It was it was christened Cisco Spark at Enterprise Connect last March, and last week became the keystone…

Remembering Bell Laboratories

I worked for Bell Laboratories during a rare time in American history. To people today, it was a surreal experience, it was something that cannot exist today outside of the NSA. I remember riding my bicycle on the 5th floor…

Gift Idea – Pebble Watch

My watch is a Pebble. I love my watch. It does exactly what I need, (which is actually very little.) When a call comes in I can see who it is and reject the call by touching a button. When…

It’s time for special work-at-home legislation

The concept of telecommuting makes a lot of sense. In so many ways it is the right thing for our society to do. But current regulations don’t recognize this. By allowing people to work from their home they save energy,…

Apologies

Colin here, and my postings have a lot of typos. For those, I apologize. I’m an old geezer, and I never learned to type properly. I have a problem with my right arm and hand, so it’s hard to peck…

Zultys Adds Features for Premises and Cloud

Unified Communications (UC) solution provider Zultys recently announced a new software version for its MX telephony and UC solution. Release 11.0 introduces a number of enhancements related to customer service, including a new Web chat capability and improved Salesforce integration,…