In This Month's Mailbag
In response to Marc Robins' Mind Share (October 2000), "Rumors
I just read your article on Microsoft's
possible dive into the SIP world. I'd venture to guess then that SIP (and
SIP enabled communications) might well be within your purview.
In short, I'd like the chance to talk about
NetNumber. We recently launched the
world's first carrier-grade, full-service ENUM registry service.
NetNumber's service allows IP endpoints to be referenced to PSTN numbers,
which indeed serves as an ideal unique identifier. As this service is
separate and distinct from any given service provider, it allows look-ups
to a broader world of IP endpoints, thereby increasing the chance that a
call will avoid termination on the PSTN. Despite getting service up last
week, we've only recently been moving aggressively to work with vendors
and service providers alike. Luckily, both parties have been extremely
receptive to our message.
I'd also point you to a flurry of activity
by standards bodies and regulatory agencies alike. The ITU's involvement
proves particularly interesting in terms of encroachment into the Internet
-- Nick Turner
In response to the November TMC Labs Review: Super
I was very much interested in your November
review of Super Technologies' "Super Phone." I agree with your
comment about 'sticker shock:' it's expensive. In that article you also
mentioned your review of competing products regarding VoIP technology.
Since I'm new in this area, I would appreciate any assistance you could
The bottom line is that we are a non-profit
that needs to make a lot of long-distance calls within the U.S.A., but our
budget is razor thin.
We would like to invest in a VolP product
to lower our long-distance telephone costs. Could you recommend a product
that you have reviewed that you consider as the best in the market?
Thank you for your assistance.
- Edward Wollmann
Tom Keating responds:
Your best bet is going with an ITSP (such as deltathree or Net2Phone)
that offers lower calling rates, albeit not necessarily "free."
There aren't currently any "free" VoIP long distance products
using just your standard telephone -- at least not that I am aware of.
Although I do remember hearing something about companies offering free
long-distance if you listen to a 30 second advertisement before the call is
I should point out that there are PC-to-phone products that offer
"free" VoIP long-distance. The only catch is that you need a
multimedia PC with a decent processor and a good echo-canceling microphone
or headset. Check out the PC-to-Phone solutions from DialPad, Net2Phone, and
deltathree. Quicknet and Innomedia also make some nice products that might
suit your needs, so make sure to check them out as well.
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