Thursday, 6 December 2007

SimpleWebPhone - really here

Go check it out

I'll say no more.

I'd draw your attention to http://www.simplewebphone.com/Testing, as I believe David would appreciate a bit of testing.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

And then there was Mojo

Well, Mojo is the big one - and its an open secret to a number of early developers. We'll be showing it off at TechEd Barcelona, and letting more and more people register.

Mojo is the official way to use the BT SDK in a RESTful manner. Look elsewhere for an evenhanded evaluation - this blog will keep its wider scope.

SimpleWebPhone - almost here

http://simplewebphone.com/ has text, and calls to follow.

Why the delay? Just waiting for the final pricing model from the BT SDK.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

There may be no free lunch

One cautionary tale for Telco 2.0 is that the network is still owned by the Telco 1.0 business, and they don't want to lose out.

Robert Cringley often warns about network neutrality; a concept that you might imagine exists, but actually doesn't and probably never will. Similarly you may imagine that any call you route will always be honoured - that's not the case.

FreeConference.Com enables a caller to set up a conference call for the price of a single long-distance call to the mid west, and then receive an access number that up to 95 other callers can use for a conference. Alternatively you can pay a small charge and avoid the trunk call cost. This service has been up and running since 2004. Most of the things you would expect to find are there, including recording. Unsurprisingly, it's popular with small businesses and voluntary organisations. A similar service for 5p a minute is offered from the UK by http://www.voicemeeting.co.uk/. And there seem to be quite a few other similar services.

Unfortunately Freeconference.com wasn't to the phone companies liking; they consider a call to be something between just two parties - not a load of people. And they have their own conferencing services to push. So many carriers, including AT&T simply block the service.

While this appears to be a cartel like limiting of consumer choice, in fact the problem lies deeper with regulations, smaller carriers and termination fees. All seem some distance away from the original idea of almost free phone conferencing. The current legal view is that it is the big companies game, and they can take their ball away anytime they want to.

If there is a lesson, it's that service offerings that depend on transient loop holes or treading on toes are less water tight than ones that seem good for all involved.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

SimpleWebPhone

I've seen the future - and maybe its in the shape of the soon to be launched SimpleWebPhone. Will it be able to tackle some of the problems faced by its other rivals? It seems to have a lot of rest interfaces already in place. More soon.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

The next big thing or just another phone book to fill in?

The last big thing was Skype which was a nice jump forward for those of us who were techno savvy and liked the idea of very high quality call audio and zero cost.

An unfortunately side effect of "big things" is that they ultimately segregate the efficiency of a single point of contact, and single point of contact information.

Back in the day when I was a kid there was a family phone and a family phone book next to it for contacts. If you wanted to know the phone number of someone you knew, it was probably in there, and if you were the sort that liked that kind of thing then Speed Dial could make life easier.

Go forward 10 years and it became two phones (land line and mobile phone) and two phone books for your contacts if you were the type to watch your pennies and try not to spend too much on your mobile bill.

Go forward 5 years and it became three phones with Skype, land line and mobile phone and potentially three phone books for your contacts, or messing around with your mobile phone to get the number for someone.

With the possible addition of web page based telephony to this for discount priced calls to mobiles in other countries etc. we're potentially looking at four phone books to maintain or the continuation of mobile phome messing.

Which ultimately leads to a point where the mobile phone is such an easy way of making calls without messing around, will lazy people look anywhere else when the efficiency of the single point of contact and single point of contact information exists there? and will the juggling of phones remain the past time of the techno savvy miser?