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Free conference calling service ÜberConference makes conferencing fun [Review]

By Alok Saboo on June 9th, 2012

Fun is not a term that one typically associates with conference calls. If you have been part of conference calls, you know how dull they can be. Despite the advances in the communications space, we still have to deal with lost calls, PIN numbers, background noises, echo, and limited options on many of the current...

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Getting started with OBi202 and why it is one of the best VoIP hardware around [Review]

By Alok Saboo on May 5th, 2012

  Following up on the success of OBi100 and OBi110, Obihai has introduced the next version of its analog telephone adapter (ATA) – OBi202. If you are one of the thousands of happy OBi users, you will definitely love the next generation device. The OBi202 builds on the features that users have come to expect...

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Obihai introduces OBi202 VoIP adapter

By Alok Saboo on May 2nd, 2012

In the short span of time Obihai has become a familiar name for users looking more from their analog telephone adaptors (ATAs). Obihai’s existing ATAs – OBi100 and OBi110 – have obtained rave reviews from consumers across the spectrum. Not surprisingly, both have emerged at the top of their categories on Amazon. If you are...

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Talkatone on Android unleashes the true potential of your Android device [Video Review]

By Alok Saboo on March 12th, 2012

For all its great features, the lack of SIP support in Google Voice makes it little less useful. This essentially means that you cannot use Google Voice without using your local cell phone plan minutes, not to mention GV is completely useless on a tablet; unless, of course, you are on iOS, in which case...

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Mobile Operators wake up, see the Writing on the Wall

By Alok Saboo on December 27th, 2011

The more things change, the more they stay the same… Theodore Levitt, in a classic article in 1984, argued that companies often fail because they are myopic – focusing too narrowly on current products and not on customer requirements. Railroads failed, not because the need was filled by others (cars, trucks, airplanes, even telephones), but...

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Why Google Voice uses local cell phone plan minutes?

By Alok Saboo on October 30th, 2011

Besides Skype, Google Voice has been instrumental in making VoIP a household name. Thanks to Google’s reach and some great features (e.g., FREE USA local number (DID), unlimited free calls to USA and Canada, tight integration with Gmail), millions of users (including myself) are using Google Voice as their primary communication platform. For an otherwise...

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Google offers FREE calls to USA for all military personnel

By Alok Saboo on September 4th, 2011

Google voice (or its earlier avatar Grandcentral) has probably been one of the most disruptive VoIP offerings in recent times. One of the coolest feature of Google Voice is the ability to make unlimited free calls to USA and Canada from right inside Gmail. This feature, however, has been limited to users from only a...

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What do consumers like about Android – A Scientific study

By Alok Saboo on August 3rd, 2011

In 2005, when Google acquired an obscure startup Android, few would have thought that Android will go on to become such a huge phenomenon. Android came to stage almost 1.5 years after Apple introduced its first version of iOS and honestly the first version of Android was nothing short of an experiment. Not surprisingly, Apple...

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My review of OBi110/OBi100 and why you must read this before buying any VoIP hardware (ATA) [Review]

By Alok Saboo on March 29th, 2011

One of stumbling blocks for rapid diffusion of VoIP services is the inherent complexity of the existing VoIP hardware. An ATAs (Analog Telephone Adapters) is a typical example of VoIP hardware, which basically is a router-like box that allows a regular analog phone to be used over the Internet (for more details, look at 6...

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Why the Whistle Phone proposed plan changes do not make sense? [Opinion]

By Alok Saboo on March 24th, 2011

Here at TruVoIPBuzz, we have been a huge fans of Whistle Phone services. Whistle provided unlimited free calls to USA and Canada, a FREE USA number (DID), and the ability to forward the DID to any USA or Canada number for free (Follow Me). Besides the free services, it had some very nice paid options...

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