Thursday, February 28, 2008

Call The Planet CTO Steven Harrison EXPOcomm 2008

Call The Planet CTO Steven Harrison at EXPOcomm 2008 in Mexico City... what a surprise to meet our friend and DIDX partner. Steven discusses Call The Planet's successful effort at fixed mobile convergence with voIP in Latin America. See

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

EXPOcomm 2008 in Mexico, Edi Paran, Vocaltec

Vocaltec's Director Of Sales Latin America, Edi Paran, at EXPOcomm Mexico 2008 explains why he is at EXPOcomm Mexico and what Vocaltec is up to nowadays? Anyone remember the Internet Phone softphone back in 1994? I do! In fact, in late 2007, I blogged about teaching middle school in the 90s and our use of voIP including Vocaltec's Internet Phone at The company is doing much more today. Listen to Edi to find out. (DIDX is a media sponsor of EXPOcomm Mexico 2008 in collaboration with LinuxWorld and VON... really enjoying meeting and developing business with Latin American companies and also practicing Spanish. DIDX party Thursday night!)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

India Replaces USA as 2nd Place after China - Wireless Market

Check out Research and Markets' new report: 1Q08 Mobile Forecast: India, 2007 - 2010 to their offering.

"Given Bharti-Airtel’s subscriber base and branding and positioning strategies, we think that Bharti will continue to enjoy the highest reported EBITDA in India at 42.3% in 2010." See the press release at Business Wire released Feb 19, 2008 yesterday.

Companies Covered in this Country Mobile Forecast:

I'm looking forward to meeting them at CTIA WIRELESS in Las Vegas April 1-3, 2008

Wide Open VoIP: Top 50 Open Source Apps

I happily reply to several inquiries per day from entrepreneurs who want to use DIDXchange for buy/sell local phone numbers from 60 countries, a great jumpstart and tool for expanding to a global market.

Several are also from those who want to use open source telephony and I've found an exhaustive list for you all to check out: "Wide Open VoIP: Top 50 Open Source VoIP Apps."

See you at global conferences and expos listed at!

Seize Everything You Ever Wanted, 5000 List 2008

Eminem's lyrics from "Lose Yourself" says it all. "Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted, one moment. Would you capture it, or just let it slip?" is into finding ways to empower your IP communications businesses with local phone numbers from 60 countries, information about the best global conferences and expos and helping you seize the moment.

Apply for the 5000 list. Just click here. as an 5000 application partner wants you to make the 5000 list for 2008.

BroadSoft, Inc., a leading provider of VoIP application software, ranked 526th in the first-ever Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States in 2007. BroadSoft is also ranked at No. 27 on Inc. magazine's 2007 list of the 100 fastest-growing private telecommunications companies.

Who won in 2007? Read all about them at

Among the Top 500 Companies in the Southeast

No. 37 Smartphone Experts from Inverness, Florida...
* Ranked No. 1 in the Top Companies in Retail
* Ranked No. 8 in the Southeast Inc. 500 Companies

What it does: Sells accessories for mobile phones and hand-held devices.

Why it's growing: When CEO Marcus Adolfsson launched the company with a focus on the Palm Treo, there were fewer than 30,000 Treo users. Today there are 7.5 million, and he has multiple sites for Treo accessories. He has added stores for BlackBerry, Motorola, Bluetooth, and iPhone products and runs stores for technology sites, splitting revenues.

Get the attention your fast-growing company deserves at!

The Inc. 5,000 is's annual list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. It was first launched in 2007 as a tenfold expansion of the 25-year-old Inc. 500, which has featured many companies before they became world-renowned, including Microsoft, Domino's Pizza, and Oracle. Every company honored on the inaugural Inc. 5,000 was profiled on You can check out the 2007 Inc. 5,000 here. The top 500, the Inc. 500, were also featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine. All of the Inc. 5,000 profiles were based on interviews with company management. We invite you to apply for the 2008 Inc. 5,000 today! The deadline is April 30, 2008.

The Inc. 5,000 also recognizes the top 100 companies in every major metro area, the top 100 companies in each of our industry categories, and several other top 100 lists. How many of these lists will your company make?

Why should you enter?

The Inc. 5,000 is an elite- a mere sliver of the more than seven million companies in the U.S. that have employees. All 5,000 companies get their own separate, linkable profile pages on If your company makes the top ten percent of the Inc. 5,000-the Inc. 500-it will be profiled in Inc. magazine. All of the Inc. 5,000 will be covered in local and national media, and receive attention and recognition from customers, partners, and investors. This impartial benchmark will give your employees concrete evidence that their years of hard work have paid off.

You'll get a wealth of new ways to market your company with our press release templates, reprint packages, and the ability to license the Inc. 500 or Inc. 5,000 logo for use on your website and written materials. You'll have the opportunity to attend the 2008 Inc. 5,000 conference in Washington, D.C. next September, which will be packed with great speakers and educational sessions. There you'll also network with and learn from your peers. These are people who, like you, are experiencing their success right now, not looking back at it. You will also gain membership in the exclusive Inc. 500 or Inc. 5,000 communities on IncBizNet, enabling you to communicate with your peers about the joys and challenges of rapid growth.

Who Will Be Considered?

To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2004, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent-not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies-as of December 31, 2007. Revenue in 2004 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2007 must be at least $2 million.

I think anyone with a business should at least get the experience of applying. Take the chance! Take the chance at Don't let it slip away.

When is the Deadline?
The deadline for applying for the Inc. 5,000 by registering your company at IncBizNet at
and providing your revenue figures for 2004 and 2007 is April 30, 2008.

The best of luck to you! One moment, to seize everything you wanted.

W100+ Watch Phone and Camera, Really!

I blogged about my dream of the perfect phone device and our company's inventor and CTO Rehan Ahmed found something very close ...

Has touch screen, is possible to send SMS messages by handwritten input, has voice recognition to dial phone numbers or execute phone commands.

Extra applications: call recorder, image viewer, games, calculator, currency and measure convertors (cool!0
Includes: Bluetooth handsfree H200, MicroSD card of 512 Mb, 2 batteries, cable to connect computer and charger
Interface available: in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinesse, Vietnamese, Thailand and Turkish.

Trying to figure out if it will access the Internet and will work with a SIP agent? Must get to work though. Project for another day.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

VON.x Brings Back the Town Hall Meeting in March

Get ready to experience the VON “Town Hall Meeting” to kickoff Spring VON in San Jose at the McEnery Convention Center on March 17 at 5 - 7 PM.

Jonathan Askin will be the host of the much missed town hall meetings. I remember him as general counsel and one of the original members of enterprises. "He oversaw the legal, policy and regulatory affairs for the pulver operating companies, including Free World Dialup, Network2, PulverRadio, PulverTV, VON Magazine, and the VON Conferences. For the past year, Jonathan has dedicated his focus to becoming a Law Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he currently teaches telecommunications, Internet and new media law."

Joining Askin in this meeting are Rick Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel for Google; Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility for Verizon, Larry Irving, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and others.

I think it was called the FCC Town Meeting in 2005 and then, there were none from 2006-2007. This year's topics are very attractive... a discussion of the a host of policy issues related to synergies and conflicts among VoIP, emerging wireless and traditional telephony; the evolution of Internet communications, video and social networks; emerging patent and other new technology issues; and inter-carrier compensation and universal funding issues. A must for those who think that "499" is a cuss word.

(Glad to help the RLECs... my Dad is served by an RLEC in Esto, Florida. On the other hand, most of us in the voIP industry are increasing bottom lines and customer base each year, but we're not a bunch of mega multi-millionaires.)

Ed Rodriguez Shares VoIP Biz Excitement at ITEXPO East 2008

Darn! I never get tired of hearing business plans, especially when the speaker is on fire for his business and as everyone knows, voIP is my second baby.

Ed Rodriquez of (who I met on and I had a lengthy conversation about his own business plans. But, first I filmed his 2 minute elevator speech on video, viewable on Youtube.

We're excited to work with Ed for his international operations by making available to him an instant interconnect with 8000+ telephony companies with millions of DID available for sale from 60 countries. When I filmed him, we were at Internet Telephony Expo East 2008 in Miami Beach. A great conference and expo to participate in every way you possibly can.

I've being told that it is too dangerous to sit outside. There have been tornado warnings in Pensacola, Florida area for the past 5 hours, and I've been crazy enough to work/play on my laptop on my front porch just out of reach of the huge torrents of wind and rain. I am the luckiest person in the world. Life is good. See you, Ed and the rest of you awesome businesses we partner with and serve. We appreciate you.

One more thing, I will bug you and bug you about. Please take a chance and sign up your business for the 5000 list. It's a very short initial process. I helped someone complete it yesterday in less than 5 minutes. Go apply now at because you deserve the opportunity to get your company recognized for its value and potential, and let me know how it goes!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Media to Bring Pakistan Election News to the Cell Phone

You're at home, driving, at the park, office, party, club meeting, conference, wedding (oops), running, and anywhere else you happen to hang out. Your friend, family or business colleague tells you the latest gossip on any of your favorite topics: politics, fashion, movies, music, sports, local, global, technology and more. The first thing you want to know; is it true? Second, where can I find out more information?

What equipment do you usually have with you? An Ipod, your flash drive, your laptop (sometimes with zero or flaky WIFI available) or no PC/laptop at all, your watch, GPS, and your cell phone. Just about everyone all ages and all levels of socio-economic status carries a cell phone.

Radio stations, television stations, and newspapers are realizing that everyone carries a cell phone. So, what better way to get out the news? is signing up these media like crazy for their own news by phone.

A few examples of media who are signing up are a global music magazine, GeoNews, an online news source, the "CNN" of an international country meaning the most popular news source in that country, a social networking website, and several tv and radio, both traditional and web 2.0 type stations and channels.

The most recent is sharing up-to-date information with cell phone users all over the world regarding the Pakistani elections which will take place this coming weekend. I've done something kind of fun, emailed several people around the world who are Pakistani and some who are not, to ask them who their favorite Pakistani leaders are and who do they want to win the election. They each love the news by phone that is making available to their favorite news sources. I'll add their comments as I receive them. Others I have asked their opinion may add their comment here at the end of my blog post. A website that gives some information about Pakistani Leaders is at

Description of the person who responded Who they want to win
1. Shahid, 28 year old male in Pakistan who is manager Imran Khan of a highly profitable computer solutions co.

2. Marie, 29 year old female in USA whose best Kashmala Tariq friend and co-worker is a Pakistani-American girl

3. Rehan Kamil chooses Quaid-e-Azam.

4. Calin Houghton and his wife who is Pakistani American - Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharaf, really!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Show who you are at Digium Asterisk World, Mar 18-19, 2008

Sign up to learn, collaborate, and partner with the 1000's participating in Digium Asterisk World in San Jose, California March 18-19, 2008. Don't forget to add the code DIDX to get free expo pass or a discount on the complete conference package.

Don't hide who you are! Wear a shirt that has your company name or logo on it. A conference shouldn't be a guessing game where people are afraid to show they want to develop business and mashup some great new services. You'll see me in my black and red DIDX polo ready to snap your picture, video you talking about your open source ideas, business and why you are attending Digium Asterisk World (or VON.x itself even).

Event Highlights:

Keynote Addresses from Digium Executives:
Danny Windham, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Spencer, Founder and CTO of Digium

NEW Content focused on:
Web Services
Advanced Applications
Best Practices

Digium Asterisk World Showcase: An area on The VON Expo™ show floor dedicated to companies that will unveil NEW products and services based on Asterisk Open Source technology. Additionally, you can learn about the latest in Open Source solutions at the Digium Asterisk World theater.

DIDX is at booth 539. BTW, join the Facebook event for Spring VON.x that includes the awesome Digium Asterik World for community building before the show.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Radio and TV news to every road warrior's cell phone

Favorite news and features with your mobile phone!

Description: Access news and features via your mobile phone with a phone call.

Requirements: Phone/PDA that can make phone calls (including land line phones).

Cost FREE - Neither nor the stations using charge you for this service. Data usage charges depend on the calling/data plan you have with your carrier, and listening to audio uses only your voice/calling plan minutes. Your carrier will count minutes used against your monthly voice/calling plan minutes.

It's convenient news and features you need to hear when you want to hear from your cell phone!

How to reach the following participating stations' by simply dialing the station's number:

Geo News
Mobile Voice: USA +1-419-3016102, Pakistan +92-21-8491900

Aaj News
Mobile Voice: USA 1-567-, Pakistan: +92-42-2107225, UK +44-208-114611 or +44-207-0431905, Australia +61-8-81114420

Dawn News
Mobile Voice: USA +1-419-301-7059

Khabrain News
Mobile Voice: USA 1-567-244-0000, Pakistan +92-51-8102030

What if your favorite tv or radio station is not listed? If there is a station whose mobile products you would be particularly excited to use, feel free to invite your favorite station to use to get their news to you and the world via cell phone. Simply email them this blog post, press releases the contact information to reach the providers of!

Radio and television stations who are interested in making their news and features available on every cell phone in the world, can email Virtualphoneline, which is the power behind at

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Got a Mobile Widget? Get Recognized by CTIA Wireless

Announcing the CTIA Mobile Widget Contest!

CTIA challenges you to create a unique and innovative mobile widget that will allow users to have easy access to and dynamic interaction with CTIA information and resources.

This contest is open and limited to all E-Tech entrants. For more information and guidelines on entering, please go to the CTIA E-Tech Awards page.

I'm hoping that my friends who work with those extremely innovative mobile and wireless services will apply. Many of you are in my Facebook, Plaxo Pulse and Linkedin network of friends, so you'll see this blog post. There are a few days left to enter the contests, so go for it!!!!

Will I see you at CTIA Wireless conference and expo? Why not? You can sign up here... and be sure to add yourself to the pre-event networking group on! is proud to be a media sponsor for CTIA Wireless where we'll develop business to help wireless operators get new ARPU with the opportunity to buy and/or sell direct inward dialing phone numbers with 8000+ service providers on DIDXchange! Why waste time and money on individual interconnect agreements and interopabilitiy testing. Get it all in one place where we do the work for you at See you at our booth, too, at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 1-3, 2008.

Some websites mobile voip related to check are...

Someone else said we should check out iSkoot, a cool Skype application.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Easy to Use Teleconferencing via the Web -

Go to Sign up for an account. Don't be a tool! Use their tool at to quickly reach all conference call attendees, and automatically join them together in the conference. Enter your USER ID and password and the phone numbers of everyone that you want to dial into your teleconference call.

What I like about this service is the simplicity and user-friendliness. Nothing to configure. Brevity is beauty!

Friday, February 08, 2008

A Tomato Plant, Hug, and Miracle Cell Phone for Valentine's Day

Please don't give flowers, teddy bears and greeting cards to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. Maybe some want those traditional gifts, but I say, “Let the flowers live. Leave them in the ground and on the bush and tree, so that more can enjoy their scent and appearance for a longer period of time. I don't want to watch them die because you've paid someone who plucked them before their time. A tomato plant will be much better in the pot.”

“Don't give me a teddy bear that cannot hug me, who only stares at me with one expression. I prefer a hug from you, the one who I laugh, argue, cry, run, and brainstorm with, the one whose changes in expression I cannot wait to see.”

“Don't give me a greeting card. Do magic and give me a telecommunications device (cell phone or other device not invented yet) with the following characteristics:

1. It has a battery with at least 6 days of charge on it, so at most, I only have to charge it once per week.
2. If the battery ever goes completely dead, the maker should replace it at 1/8 the cost or less of buying a new telecommunications device.
3. The device is mobile.
4. It lets me access the Internet and all my favorite programs like eBay, Amazon, Virtualphoneline, Groovytel, MobileMax, Truphone, Fring, Celtrek, Gizmo Project, Mapquest, Blogger, Facebook, Picasa, Youtube, International Currency Converter, Time Zone Converter, Fedex, Slashdot, Technorati, Kyte, Wikipedia, Blogher, Filezilla, Gmail, The15dollarstore etc.
5. It does not freeze up after I play Brickbreaker on it.
6. It takes pictures and videos and lets me easily email them or upload them to Youtube and Picasa.
7. It has an alarm clock, an unlimited amount of space for my address book and a calendar that prompts me with a special sound like Dee, Dee, Dee when there is something important I should do.
8. I'd like to have Pensacola, Florida; Tokyo, Japan; Mexico City, Mexico; London, UK; Karachi, Pakistan; Dubai, UAE; and Stockholm, Sweden phone numbers that people in those areas could dial from any phone, that would intuitively ring on the softphone SIP agent I happen to have open on this “cell phone.”
9. It comes with an adorable GPS watch that matches all my clothes. The watch should have a button that I can press to find my eyeglasses and cell phone. (Last part may not make not make sense, but please see #10.)
10. Or maybe this telecommunications device does all the above, but it looks like a watch. I can unfold it from my wrist to easily complete the functions listed above and then fold it back onto my wrist.
11. I wouldn't mind if it could be rolled up into a ball, still attached to my wrist (like a paddle ball), and I could bounce it without hurting it during times when I need action and can't find it.
12. I'll search CTIA Wireless 2008 conference* April 1-3 to see which device/service will give me as many of the above as possible and will add another post here on this blog about it.

I don't want $120 bunch of roses, a $50 teddy bear and a $4 greeting card. Those are just not practical! If you really knew me and wanted to see me ecstatic happy and admiring you for the rest of my life, you'd get me me a Roma tomato plant in the pot, a big warm hug, and a telecommunications device that does all the above for just $40/month, no other fees. I bet there are a lot of people who wish for the same.

( is a media/industry sponsor for CTIA Wireless and will be in Las Vegas to visit and help you develop your wholesale telecom business at booth 7035. Sign up to participate in CTIA Wireless on their website and then add yourself to the or Plaxo Pulse event with the same name posted by me Suzanne Bowen, so you can start networking and planning now.)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Cell phone, PSTN or VoIP phone?

Have you read the "Annual FCC Report" that "Concludes U.S. Wireless Marketplace is Competitive and Consumer-Friendly"?

On Feb 5, 2008, "CTIA-The Wireless Association(R)President and CEO, Steve Largent,"
... "hailed the latest findings from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Twelfth Annual Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) Competition Report released" on Feb 4, 2008. "The report demonstrates that the competitive U.S. wireless marketplace continues to offer consumers more choices and better services at lower prices."

Some of the stats that grab you:
"-- Approximately 280 million people, or 99.8 percent of the U.S. population, have one or more different operators offering mobile telephone service in the census blocks in which they live.

-- More than 95 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas with at least three mobile telephone operators competing to offer service.

-- More than half of the U.S. population lives in areas with at least five competing mobile telephone operators.

-- Approximately 99.3 percent of the U.S. population living in rural counties, or 60.6 million people, have one or more different operators offering mobile telephone service in the census blocks within the rural counties in which they live.

-- Approximately 82 percent of the U.S. population lives in census blocks with at least one mobile broadband provider offering service."

CTIA Wireless 2008's conference and expo will be in Las Vegas on April 1-3, 2008. We've all heard of Fring, Truphone, MobileMax, and Surf? This is a must attend event to find out how everyone is leveraging the wireless market, to see how you can get in the action.

Out of 50 friends I asked about their telephony habits in the Pensacola, Florida area, all have a cell phone.
1. 14 have a cell phone only
2. 12 of the 36 left use a VoIP wired phone.
3. Of the 24 left, 10 are thinking about dropping their PSTN phone and using VoIP and cell phone or cell phone only if they only understood how to add a SIP agent to their cell phone.

I asked why the choices they've made? Here are some of the answers.
1. Convenience is more important than anything.
2. I want to cut costs. It doesn't make sense to pay each month $40 for my PSTN line another $65 for my cell phone, plus DSL at $45 a month. I'm better off with cable internet at $35/month and a cell phone and sometimes use Skype or Gizmo Project. That's $150 versus $100.
3. I dislike how DSL forces me to buy a phone number and line from them.
4. My kids don't like to use anything but a cell phone. They are light, have Internet on them, can take pictures and make them feel important.
5. I just wish the cell phone rates would decrease or we could use the cell phones like voip and save money.
6. Consumers want simple, inexpensive, convenient and versatile. Why can't we have it all?

A list of events that DIDX believes are well worth attendance are listed in two locations:
Facebook's event section. You're invited to add yourself to these events on Facebook to start networking now and be sure to sign up for the actual events at events that DIDX sponsors and recommends. is an industry/media sponsor for CTIA Wireless 2008 April 1-3 in Las Vegas. (Come visit us also at booth 7035.) DIDX provides the global wholesale direct inward dialing phone number marketplace for around 8000 telcos, many of whom are wireless operators. Cell phone companies buy and sell phone numbers on this "exchange" from 60 countries with other service providers with Super Technologies, Inc. care team taking care of all their old headaches in the center.

For those who are new to this concept, consumers, small businesses, enterprises and providers, in every day language... when an end user needs phone number from anywhere in the world, if their provider is a member of DIDX, they can get a phone number from any of 60 countries to ring to them wherever they are on their cell phone, landline, or voip phone. The members of DIDX are routing the numbers over SIP (session initiation protocol), Asterisk's IAX2 or other protocols for the ease, new opportunities, convenience, and price savings that customers need.

On the other hand, before DIDX, providers both wireless and other types, had access to providing phone numbers to their particular market. With DIDX, the world is their market. ARPU increase abounds. Everyone wins.