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A Sobering Look at Asterisk and the 2019 VoIP Landscape
Every six months or so we like to gaze into our crystal ball for a quick look at the VoIP landscape. 2018 has been quite the transformative year with the acquisition of Digium® and Asterisk® by Sangoma®. Unfortunately, as we predicted, the Digium layoffs have already begun, and 2019 may only get worse. While we have no inside information, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Digium’s headquarters in Huntsville closed within the next six months in an effort to stem… Read More ›
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 07:00:54 +0000
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Skyetel Smorgasborg: SMS Blasting, SMS Dictator, and more
Just in time for Santa, we’ve got a great treat for those of you that have taken advantage of the Nerd Vittles special offer from Skyetel which gets you a $50 credit on their powerful VoIP platform. Today we’re adding not one, but three, SMS messaging utilities to the Incredible PBX UC platform. In addition to a command line utility to send SMS messages, we’re also introducing SMS Message Blasting which lets you send an SMS message to as many… Read More ›
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:00:36 +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 the recommended CentOS® 6.10 platform. This gets you a fully-functioning PBX with the latest Asterisk® 13 and most of the FreePBX® 13 GPL modules. This release includes support for Skyetel SIP trunking from our Platinum Sponsor… Read More ›
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:00:31 +0000
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Spam Phone Call Blocker and CNAM Caching for FreePBX
Blocking spam phone calls has been a challenge to put it charitably. Thanks to some earlier work by Stewart Nelson on the DSLR forum as well as Stewart’s considerable hand-holding in the development of today’s tutorial, we want to introduce a new approach to blocking these calls. The way it works is first time callers that pass the TrueCNAM SPAM check will be prompted to "press 5 to connect." Since most spam calls sit in a queue for several seconds… Read More ›
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 07:00:57 +0000
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R.I.P. GVSIP: A Final Farewell to Google Voice
It’s been a death by a thousand cuts, but today marks the end of the Google Voice era with Asterisk®. Since Google removed XMPP support and transitioned to their new GVSIP platform, many have held out hope that Google hadn’t moved to a purely commercial platform with their ObiHai deal. Yesterday, the head of the Google Voice project requested that all Asterisk GVSIP implementations be discontinued citing Google’s Terms of Service. We hinted this was coming back in July and… Read More ›
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:00:30 +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. Despite a recent price increase that takes effect in December, the pricing remains competitive. On the Standard Pricing Plan, voicemail transcription is 2˘ per minute. Or you can try things out on the LITE plan which offers 100 minutes a month at no cost. When the… Read More ›
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:00:58 +0000
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Road Warrior’s Advice: Before You Buy a Tesla…
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we also have a thousand final words to share about our two-year Tesla experience. Let me preface this by saying that overall our Tesla adventure was fun, but we’ve always enjoyed being a pioneer. If you don’t, look elsewhere. We got our Tesla just after Elon Musk released his full self-driving (FSD) video in late 2016. While Elon is certainly a visionary, he’s also a snake oil salesman and the… Read More ›
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:00:00 +0000
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Introducing Skyetel: A VoIP Provider for All Seasons
Having been around the block more times than we can remember, suffice it to say it takes a lot to get us excited about a VoIP provider. Let us tick off some criteria to even get our attention: terrific pricing, failsafe reliability, and first class performance. So just imagine our excitement to discover that an early follower of Nerd Vittles now provides one of the most compelling VoIP services we’ve ever tested with triple redundancy in multiple data centers. Let’s… Read More ›
Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:00:17 +0000
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PIONEERS: Meet Incredible PBX 16-15.02 with Asterisk 16
It’s been a couple weeks since we introduced Incredible PBX® 16-15, the first aggregation featuring Asterisk® 16 LTS and the alpha release of FreePBX® 15. Today we’re pleased to offer the second major upgrade featuring a new GVSIP patch for Asterisk 16 and more than a dozen new GPL module updates for the FreePBX 15 platform. As noted previously, we normally take shelter when we hear the word "alpha" but FreePBX 15 is actually pretty stable. Don’t plan on using… Read More ›
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 11:00:31 +0000
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Issabel Utopia: An Incredible New UC Platform with No Equal
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. This new release includes the October ISO for Issabel featuring Asterisk® 13.22.0. In addition, it includes our next generation Incredible PBX platform with a preconfigured Travelin’ Man 3 firewall, additional text-to-speech engines (FLITE, GoogleTTS, PicoTTS, and IBM TTS), voice recognition with IBM’s state-of-the-art STT engine,… Read More ›
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:00:51 +0000
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FusionPBX on Steroids: Text-to-Speech Apps Have Arrived
And you thought you needed an Asterisk® PBX for your users to enjoy FREE text-to-speech applications such as current News Headlines and Weather reports from the convenience of their telephone. Well, move over Asterisk. FusionPBX™ for FreeSWITCH™ now offers virtually identical functionality with all of the terrific advantages that FusionPBX provides: reliability, updates, performance, security and an unmatched UC platform with no rivals. To get started, make sure you have completed the steps in our FusionPBX introductory tutorial. Intuitive support… Read More ›
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:00:46 +0000
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Creating Free IBM Voice Prompts for FusionPBX/FreeSWITCH
One of the first things you’ll need if you choose to migrate to FusionPBX and FreeSWITCH is voice prompts. You can record your own in FusionPBX using the Recordings application by dialing *732. Of course, your PBX will probably sound like you recorded your own prompts. ?? 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… Read More ›
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:00:07 +0000
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Back to School: Introducing FusionPBX for FreeSWITCH
It’s been quite a week with the surprise acquisition of Digium® and Asterisk® by Sangoma®. It became official on Wednesday, September 5. You can read all about it here, and you can read our cautious optimism here. As with the recent Google Voice transformation, we hope it serves as a gentle reminder to the VoIP community not to put all your eggs in one basket. With the start of the new school year, we could think of no better time… Read More ›
Mon, 03 Sep 2018 10:00:41 +0000
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The Gold Standard: It’s Incredible PBX for Raspberry Pi 3B+
Today we are pleased to introduce a fifth 2018 update for Incredible PBX® and the Raspberry Pi® to celebrate the arrival of native GVSIP Google Voice functionality thanks to @NAF and SRTP encrypted communications thanks to the efforts of @qtlnx of PIAF Forum fame. And, of course, this new build supports the new RasPi 3B+ which features all-new wireless networking, a new USB/Ethernet hub with gigabit Ethernet support, new on-board power supplies, a new BCM2837 chip, and POE support using… Read More ›
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 11:00:44 +0000
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Summer Surprise: It’s Incredible PBX 13-13 for Ubuntu 18.04.1
Our last major Incredible PBX® upgrade on the Ubuntu platform supported Ubuntu 14.04 which was released in April, 2014. We skipped 16.04 because of all the wrinkles it introduced for VoIP deployments: an incompatible PHP upgrade, missing ODBC support, and on and on. Fortunately, all of those issues have been sorted out over the past two years, and several months ago we introduced Incredible PBX 13-13 for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS platform which was released in April. Now we’ve added… Read More ›
Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:00:58 +0000
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Double-NAT Blues: Tackling Asterisk’s Thorniest Problems
Whether you’re new to VoIP technology or an Old Timer, nothing is quite as frustrating as wrestling with one-way audio and no audio on SIP calls either because of poorly designed NAT-based routers or poorly implemented SIP ALG solutions on low-end residential routers. To make matters worse, you get to deal with calls originating behind not one, but two, NAT-based routers neither of which complies with the basic SIP Rules of the Road. In a perfect world, SIP and RTP… Read More ›
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:00:52 +0000
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Introducing the GPL Toolkit for FreePBX and Incredible PBX
We’ve been scratching our head for a good way to commemorate Micro$oft’s $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub which has served as the linchpin of the open source development community for many years. We’ll leave it to others and history to judge whether this was a good idea or not. What we came up with was a GPL Toolkit for Incredible PBX 13-13 that makes it child’s play to upgrade FreePBX® GPL modules in our Incredible PBX® 13-13 offerings for CentOS/SL,… Read More ›
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:00:30 +0000
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Desktop Dream Machine: It’s Incredible PBX for VirtualBox
If you’re new to the VoIP world or just getting started with Google’s latest Google Voice creation, then we have a one minute setup solution today that doesn’t require you to buy anything ever. You can use almost any desktop computer you already own to bring up the VirtualBox® edition of Incredible PBX® in less than 60 seconds. Take another minute or two to install a Google Voice trunk, and you’ll have free calling in the U.S. and Canada until… Read More ›
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:39 +0000
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One Minute Cloud VPS: Meet Incredible PBX for HiFormance
Part of the challenge of deploying an Asterisk®-based server on a cloud platform is getting all of 1,000+ pieces in place without a hiccup during the installation. Particularly for first-time users of a VoIP platform, this can be problematic. HiFormance is one of our favorite low-cost cloud providers, and today they’re introducing something that no other cloud provider offers: a configured Incredible PBX 13-13 VPS that’s ready to accept calls in under a minute. We’ve been inching toward a new… Read More ›
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:00:27 +0000
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VoIP 101: Developing a Cost-Effective SIP Strategy
In the lead up to the demise of Google Voice XMPP service next week, we wanted to offer what we have found to be a cost-effective SIP strategy which takes advantage of the best of all worlds. We would divide SIP offerings into five broad categories: business-class unlimited SIP trunks, Old Faithful SIP providers, Mom-and-Pop SIP services, dirt-cheap termination services, and Gee Whiz SIP providers. As we have said many times, the beauty of setting up an Asterisk® PBX such… Read More ›
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:00:55 +0000
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VoIP’s Dirty Little Secret: Why ‘Unlimited’ SIP Trunks Are a Very Bad Deal
The snazzy ads and free sign-up offers make so-called Unlimited SIP Trunks sound appealing. Let’s take a careful look at what a service such as SIPStation™ would actually provide and compare prices with what’s offered by providers such as Vitelity. Vitelity’s rates are competitive with those offered by many SIP providers as detailed in this PIAF Forum thread. Full Disclosure: Vitelity is a Platinum Sponsor of Nerd Vittles™ and our open source projects including Incredible PBX®. We also happen to… Read More ›
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:30:23 +0000
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Some Fresh CallerID Magic for Incredible PBX 13-13
It’s been more than 10 years since we first introduced CallerID Trifecta for Asterisk® and the FreePBX® platform. A few months later it morphed into CallerID Superfecta and, as they say, the rest is history. Today CallerID Superfecta is used by over a million people around the globe to obtain CallerID Name (CNAM) information from over 70 different lookup sources. WOW! Just call me the Proud Papa. What a journey it has been, and our special thanks to the dozens… Read More ›
Wed, 30 May 2018 11:00:36 +0000
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Dare to Compare: The Best (free) VoIP Offerings for 2018
Last week we showed you how to get 10 months of free hosting for your Incredible PBX® in the Cloud. And today we present our semi-annual survey of the latest and greatest VoIP offerings for 2018. The beauty of the cloud platform is you can try all of them for less than a penny an hour and decide for yourself which free offering best meets your needs. This year we’ve ushered in new Asterisk® 13 LTS releases of Incredible PBX®… Read More ›
Sun, 27 May 2018 13:00:55 +0000
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Cloud 9: Free Incredible PBX in the Cloud Hosting until 2019
These deals don’t come along every day so we’re interrupting our regular programming to alert you to a terrific, limited time cloud hosting offer for first-time users of Vultr. If you hurry, you can take advantage of a $25 credit on Vultr which translates into 10 free months of cloud hosting service. We can’t say enough about Vultr. They’ve been one of our key resources for development and testing of new releases of Incredible PBX for many years. Historically, they’ve… Read More ›
Fri, 25 May 2018 12:47:14 +0000
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