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Gizmo SMS
Gizmo has launched a new Free Worldwide SMS service, a great idea although I can't get it to work on my Rogers cel phone.

Not sure why but when I try sending a Gizmo SMS message to my cell phone I get a message from Rogers that goes something like "Welcome to Rogers Email to SMS. You have mail but you are not subscribed. Reply "Yes" to this message to subscribe." Fearing yet another charge on my cell phone I discard the message.

It's weird because if I use other SMS services the message goes through fine without this prompt from Rogers. 


VoIP Quality or Lack of it

Om asks the question, Is VoIP an Excuse for Bad Voice Quality?, the answer is no, it is not.

The truth is that VoIP is capable of delivering better quality than most are used to but the technology is not given the chance. Best efforts VoIP from companies like Vonage and alike is cheaper to deploy and less hassle to maintain.

Some companies are getting right. VoIP delivered with stand alone connectivity that is dual redundant and fault tolerant can sometimes rival the experience we are used to from POTS, as Andy points out.

It is likely that companies that leverage VoIP at the core and deliver voice via traditional (and potentially IP) means to the end user will likely do better in the shoft term than pure best efforts VoIP plays. These hybrid service providers will also be positioned well for future growth as the core of the network is already primed for delivering VoIP at the edge of the network. blocked by Cingular, Qwest and Sprint

Wow, this is nuts.

What Paul did not mention is that this and other free conference offerings are potentially responsible for more than 2% of the $2B annual in conferencing revenue worldwide. A good reason for some telco upheaval.

The telcos are trying to strike back, not unlike the record and film companies they still own the distribution of said calls.

Hmm, they might have to change their name to

Cisco to buy Webex for 3 Billion plus

It looks like Cisco is following a certain mantra laid down around the same tme they bought Latitude.

The $57 per share offer for WebEx (NASDAQ:WEBX) represents a 23 percent premium over Santa Clara-based WebEx's closing price of $46.20 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq Stock Market. San Jose Biz Journal

Matt Assay has the same sentiments that I do about Webex,

All great. The deal makes sense on a range of different levels. But the one I'm hoping for is that maybe WebEx will actually work now. We're already in the process of cancelling our account due to shoddy technology – it crashes all the time, maybe in part because Alfresco's US team is almost entirely on Macs. We're moving to Adobe's Breeze product, and would have moved to dimdim if it were out of alpha. Cisco: Please fix WebEx. It lacks a feature that I need: stability.

More from Om, Andy, Carolyn and Tom

Cisco using OpenSER for Linksys One

Tom did his homework and found that Cisco is using OpenSER as a SIP proxy for their Linksys One service node. This is very interesting considering the original SIP Express Router (SER) was used widely as a test proxy for various applications, I seem to remember one in particular, although who knows what it’s running on now.

I know that colleague Adrian Georgescu over at AG Projects has leveraged OpenSER for some very interesting projects they are working on.

Good to see OpenSER making strides with the larger vendors, although Cisco is no stranger to that. Some of you may remember a little open source shop named Vovida that got snapped up by Cisco some years ago.

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