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Meet the New Kid on the Block: Introducing (free) VitalPBX
If you liked Ombutel, you’re going to love VitalPBX. If you’ve never heard of Ombutel but you live and breathe Asterisk®, you’re still going to love VitalPBX. For everyone else, you’re going to love VitalPBX. In addition to an impressive collection of commercial modules, this month’s release of the VitalPBX 2.0 Unified Communications Platform provides the slickest user interface in the VoIP universe. It includes new support for PJsip, DPMA and Digium phones, XMPP chat, video conferencing, WebRTC, and our… Read More ›
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:00:06 +0000
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Free Asterisk Voicemail Transcription with IBM Watson STT
There are many commercial voicemail transcription services for Asterisk® PBXs, but none hold a candle to the speech-to-text (STT) quality of the IBM Cloud offering known as Watson® STT, formerly known as Bluemix TTS. And there’s more good news. Not only is the quality second to none, but so is the pricing. On the Standard Pricing Plan, your first 1,000 minutes of voicemail transcription are FREE every month. After that, it’s 1.3¢ per minute. Nine years ago, we introduced Google… Read More ›
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:58 +0000
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Dare to Compare: The Best (free) VoIP Offerings for 2018
What a difference a year makes! Welcome to our annual survey of the latest and greatest VoIP developments for 2018. The new year ushered in new Asterisk® 13 LTS releases of Incredible PBX® on the CentOS and Raspberry Pi platforms as well as a new version for Issabel 4. To sweeten the pot even further, we nailed down a new Cloud-based offering for about $1 a month that makes a perfect VOIP sandbox. For 2018, we also secured new (free)… Read More ›
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:00:55 +0000
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The SMS Toolkit: Integrating Text Messaging into Asterisk
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that most folks spend a lot more time texting on their smartphones rather than talking. So it only made sense to develop some useful SMS tools to get the most out of your Asterisk® PBX. Today we’re pleased to introduce version 1 of an SMS Toolkit for Incredible PBX® using any SMS-enabled DID from either Vitelity or VoIP.ms. Just text a simple message to your PBX, and Incredible PBX… Read More ›
Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:00:16 +0000
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300 New Wholesale Providers Make Asterisk Shine
For many years, we’ve offered Vitelity’s $3.99 Unlimited DID special with a DID, 4 channels, unlimited inbound calling, and free text messaging. It’s a deal no VoIP user should pass up. And today we have another revolutionary development for Asterisk® deployments. Once in a while we feature a carrier with great calling rates. Today we’re introducing a service providing access to 300+ wholesale carriers, all under one roof. Almost 30 BILLION billed minutes already have been logged through TCXC so… Read More ›
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:00:56 +0000
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Revolutionary VoIP: The Best (free) PBX Ever from 3CX
There are evolutions, and then there are revolutions. Today is another revolutionary day for free VoIP. The new 3CX v15.5 Update 3 is revolutionary on so many levels: price, feature set, flexibility, stability, and security for openers. For Nerd Vittles readers that want a free PBX for your home or business, here’s the latest and greatest. You get the 3CX Standard License features listed here with up to 16 simultaneous calls for one year. That setup easily supports about 50… Read More ›
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:00:41 +0000
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The Gold Standard: It’s Incredible PBX for Raspbian 8 and Raspberry Pi 3
It’s been exactly a year since we first released Incredible PBX® 13-12 for the Raspberry Pi®. Today we are pleased to introduce this 2018 update. We’ve updated Asterisk® to the latest 13.19.0 version and added most of the FreePBX® 13 GPL modules to the build. It’s one terrific platform! For Cisco phone buffs, we’ve added SCCP support. And chan_mobile now is included for all those wishing to interconnect a cellphone to your PBX. By popular request, you now can run… Read More ›
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:00:44 +0000
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Rolling Your Own: Building a Custom ISO with Incredible PBX
We walked through the RedHat ISO creation procedure a couple years ago, but we wanted to revisit the issue using the 64-bit Scientific Linux 6.9 platform for those that want a current ISO image with Asterisk® 13 LTS. We recommend setting up your build environment on a VirtualBox virtual machine. Then you’ll have something to store away on your desktop computer in the event you ever want to create more customized ISOs. For today, you’ll need the 64-bit SL 6.9… Read More ›
Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:00:21 +0000
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Incredible PBX Backup & Restore for Cloud-Based Servers
One of the perplexing realities with VoIP-based servers is how few people actually back up their systems. For anyone who has ventured into the IT world over the past 40 years, there’s one maxim worth remembering: "It’s not a question of whether your server will fail. It’s only a question of when." Incredible PBX® always has provided a backup mechanism in standalone servers to recover from disasters. But then cloud-based computing came along. Two of our favorite providers, Digital Ocean… Read More ›
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:53:18 +0000
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Leap into 2018: Introducing Incredible PBX 13 for Issabel
If you didn’t already know, we’ve always liked free. No strings, no gotchas, no demoware, and no legal shenanigans. That’s why our introduction of Issabel 4 last summer was such a breath of fresh air. While there’s now an awesome free version of 3CX, the open source community has had a very long dry spell. So today we celebrate a decade of adding fun to phone systems with the introduction of Incredible PBX® 13 for Issabel 4. It now includes… Read More ›
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:51 +0000
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Happy New ISO: Incredible PBX 13-13 ISO Is Here
We’re pleased to introduce the new, 64-bit Incredible PBX 13-13 ISO featuring the latest release of Asterisk® 13 and your favorite FreePBX® 13 GPL modules. Like its predecessor, it’s 100% open source and GPL code. The new Incredible PBX 13-13 ISO can be burned to either a DVD-ROM or a 1GB or larger USB flash drive using a Mac, a Windows PC, or almost any Linux machine. And, unlike some other distros, you’re more than welcome to share our code… Read More ›
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:00:22 +0000
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Beginner’s Navigation Guide to VoIP PBXs and Nerd Vittles
Here at Nerd Vittles, we cover a lot of VoIP territory over the course of a year. To kick off the new year, we thought it might be helpful for those just beginning their VoIP adventure to sketch out the VoIP lay of the land for you. We’re assuming that you came to our site because you wanted a VoIP solution that gives you something to play with and to learn from. That’s not for everybody, and there are less… Read More ›
Mon, 01 Jan 2018 07:00:19 +0000
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Creating Free IBM Voice Prompts for Asterisk and 3CX
We frequently receive requests asking how best to create custom voice prompts to use with Asterisk® or 3CX® PBXs. Of course, our first recommendation is to always direct folks to Allison Smith whose voice prompts for Asterisk are legendary. But, for those on a tight budget, recordings by a professional voice talent may not be a viable option. So, today, in the Christmas spirit, we want to deliver the next best thing with synthesized voice prompts that are second to… Read More ›
Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:00:27 +0000
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Virtual Paradise: Incredible PBX 13-13 for VMware
Let’s face it. Virtual Machines are the future of server administration. Whether you prefer your own dedicated hardware or cloud-based resources managed by you or someone else, virtual platforms are the way to go. You get more bang for the buck out of your hardware by pooling resources for multiple tasks. VMware® and VirtualBox® make it easy. To get things started, we’re pleased to introduce three new .ova images for VMware today. You get your choice of a 15-minute install… Read More ›
Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:00:56 +0000
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Free Calling Returns with Incredible PBX 15 for Wazo
Since we began our XiVO/Wazo adventure 18 months ago, the most requested feature has been direct support for Google Voice with OAuth 2 authentication. For those in the United States, it remains the cheapest VoIP solution on the planet with unlimited free calls in the U.S. and Canada. When Wazo migrated to Asterisk® 15, the Asterisk platform natively supported Google Voice, but there was no direct support in either Wazo or Incredible PBX. Instead, over the past couple months, we’ve… Read More ›
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:23 +0000
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It’s Soup: The Definitive Quick Start Guide to Wazo 17.17
Today we’re pleased to introduce Wazo 17.17, the latest iteration in the Wazo fork of XiVO. Twelve years in the making with the same development team, Wazo 17.17 is really something special. It’s the latest release featuring Asterisk® 15 with multi-party videoconferencing and also includes a new easy-to-use WebRTC feature and support for Asterisk FollowMe Roaming. We are pleased to announce that this release of Wazo 17.17 using the latest Incredible PBX 15 installer for Asterisk 15 now supports native… Read More ›
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:00:07 +0000
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A New Day for 3CX: Free Text-to-Speech Apps from Santa
And you thought you needed an Asterisk® PBX for your users to enjoy GPL1 text-to-speech applications such as current News Headlines and Weather reports from the convenience of their telephone. Well, move over Asterisk. PIAF5™ and 3CX® now offer virtually identical functionality with all of the terrific advantages that a commercial-quality PBX provides: reliability, support, updates, security, and an unmatched UC platform that is second to none. There is no 3CX support for interactive TTS or STT applications (yet). So… Read More ›
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:00:36 +0000
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Incredible PBX 13-13 Application User’s Guide
For those just beginning the Incredible PBX® 13-13 adventure, start here. Once your system is up and running, you’ll be ready to kick the tires. And today we’ll cover the applications for Asterisk® that are included in the latest and greatest Incredible PBX Whole Enchilada. If you have questions, post them on the PIAF Forum for some quick and friendly assistance. Here’s a Table of Contents to the Incredible PBX 13-13 Applications with hotlinks. Enjoy! Checking System Status Enabling Speech… Read More ›
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:00:27 +0000
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November 24, 2017: A Black Friday to Remember
We try not to get too caught up in the Black Friday frenzy each year, but the 2017 edition is turning into a day to remember. We’ll tick off a few of our favorite offerings and encourage all of you to post your discoveries in the comments. And, of course, there are web sites specifically devoted to Black Friday, and we won’t compete with their broader coverage if you happen to be in a shopping mood. Be sure to check… Read More ›
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:56 +0000
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Now Serving: The Incredible PBX 13-13 Whole Enchilada
We’re delighted to introduce the bells and whistles for Incredible PBX® 13-13. We’ve taken a slightly different approach with this release. Instead of getting the Whole Enchilada out of the box, you now have a choice. You start with Incredible PBX 13-13 LEAN on either the CentOS® 6 or 7 platform. This gets you a fully-functioning PBX with the latest Asterisk® 13 and most of the FreePBX® 13 GPL modules.1 From there, you can customize your PBX in any way… Read More ›
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:00:31 +0000
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Back to Basics: Configuring Extensions, Trunks & Routes
With last week’s release of Incredible PBX 13-13 Lean with Asterisk® 13 and FreePBX® 13 GPL modules, it seemed like an opportune time to revisit the initial setup process of an Asterisk-based PBX. Configuring extensions, trunks, and routes are the fundamental steps in successfully interconnecting your PBX to the telecommunications network. So today we’ll walk through the initial setup process in some detail for those that are just getting started. And we think old-timers may find some hidden nuggets in… Read More ›
Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000
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Sneak Peek: Incredible PBX with FreePBX 13 GPL Modules
As many of you know, the Asterisk® 13.16 and 13.17 releases caused serious breakage with FreePBX® 12 GPL deployments. These have been resolved in the new Asterisk 13.18 release candidate, but it prompted us to do a little exploring for alternatives while many of you were partying at AstriCon in Orlando last week. To give credit where credit is due, the Sangoma developers have made some impressive improvements with their FreePBX 13 release. And now we’re pleased to introduce a… Read More ›
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:00:12 +0000
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The New Hybrid PBX: Why Settle for a One Trick Pony?
Let’s face it. It’s hard not to like the application development flexibility that Asterisk® offers, especially if you’re part of an organization that has very specific telephony needs. But the price you pay for "free" and putting all of your eggs in the Asterisk basket is painful. Here are a few of the hurdles that come to mind: security, NAT, one-way audio, remote users, CRM support, conferencing, painful upgrades to address frequent bug fixes, and, more generally, telephone management and… Read More ›
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:14 +0000
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The Ultimate Voice Dialer for Asterisk and Incredible PBX
Let’s face it. Voice recognition with Google has been hit and miss, and that’s on a good day. So we’re delighted to shift gears and introduce a new platform powered by IBM Watson’s Speech-to-Text (STT) engine. While it’s not free, that’s really theoretical for most of our readers. Your first month on the platform is entirely free. And, after that, you get 1,000 minutes a month of free voice recognition services. If you still want more, it’s 2¢ a minute.… Read More ›
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:00:39 +0000
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