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Google Gizmo5 deal is not THAT exciting

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Last week, Google officially ‘fessed up to buying Gizmo5 for an “undisclosed amount.”  Now everyone is falling all over themselves to spin this as the Greatest Thing since sliced bread.  Excuse me, did everyone forget that it took Google a YEAR before it got its act together with Google Voice?  Don’t expect this to [...]

Free phone numbers, free web calls and the return of bad ideas

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There’s been a slew of announcements fluffing a second wave of anonymous-style phone calling via the web. Nobody made money on the first wave, so I’m not sure where the beef, er, green is the second time around.

Three and four years ago, it was all the rage to A) Give away free phone [...]

Skype gets freedom – now what?

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Skype is now going to be an independent company like it always wanted. Owner eBay “unloaded” Skype for $2 billion in cash, but still holds 35 percent of the company. (Remember this, we’re coming back to it shortly).

The buying consortium is made up of Silver Lake Partners, Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and [...]

XO's good news expanding capacity

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XO Communications bragged about its third major nationwide network capacity upgrade last week.  Using Infinera equipment, the company has “more than” doubled its inter-city transport network capacity.

According to XO, the upgrade will be completed later this year and is being done to continue to meet the increasing demand for high-capacity network services from [...]

D2 Technologies grows up

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In a sign that life is good, IP communications “stack” provider D2 Technologies has split into two business units.

Doug Makishima, one of the hardest working guys in the biz, has been promoted to COO and will also be acting head of D2′s new Mobile and Personal Communications Business Unit (MPCBU).  Asian-based Paul Wu [...]

The Google Voice and Gizmo5 connection

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Over at his blog, Andy Abramson is reporting that Gizmo5 is testing a way for its users to make free U.S. outbound calls using Google Voice from any SIP device.

GizmoVoice is the latest mashup service that Gizmo5 has pulled together, leveraging its pieces with other people’s pieces/services for relatively no/low cost. Users of [...]

Avaya, Aastra jump into the Nortel bankruptcy circus

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Avaya and Aastra have made separate moves to get into the Nortel bankruptcy circus.  Avaya is offering cash for assets, while Aastra will offer migration incentives (i.e. a sale) to get customers to switch.

In a press release today, Avaya announced it has signed agreements to pick up Nortel’s enterprise solution business for $475 [...]

Yes, Google Voice will give pain to Skype

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As I noted last week, Google Voice is going to make life difficult for Skype — not traditional carriers.  Business Week seems to be in line with my general thinking in a piece out this morning — but gets confused on the details.

Where the Business Week “gets it”–

1) Google’s ubiqulity and many [...]

Common sense takes hold – Mitel won't sue Ottawa over VoIP contract

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Mitel won’t sue the city of Ottawa over aVoIP contract award that went over to Bell Canada and Cisco, reports the Ottawa Citizen.

Issuing a statement yesterday,  the company said “Although Mitel has been advised that there are legal grounds to seek judicial review of the City’s decision, we have concluded that it [...]

Google Voice takes aim against Skype

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Forget all this crap about Google Voice being “your next phone company.” It’s Skype that is going to have some issues.

The Goog was brainwashing, showing off its latest Google Voice apps to Om Malik yesterday, with Google Voice service for BlackBerry and Android clients available.  Integration with GV and address book, cheap long [...]