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FreeSWITCH is a scalable open source cross-platform telephony platform designed to route and interconnect popular communication protocols using audio, video, text or any other form of media.  It was created in 2006 to fill the void left by proprietary commercial solutions. FreeSWITCH also provides a stable telephony platform on which many telephony applications can be developed using a wide range of free tools. More

Unlimited Mobile Data and Voice for $19/month - Too Good to Be True? Probably

Submitted by mcollins on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 20:35
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I just saw this news item from The Register and I thought you all might be interested. It's a story about how Republic Wireless is going to be offering unlimited voice and data for $19 per month. Naturally, there is a catch: the phone will "seamlessly" piggyback on any open WiFi network to which it has access, including open WiFi hotspots. Supposedly this all happens in the background without any user intervention. I'm very curious to see if this actually works or not. Furthermore, how long before AT&T WiFi starts blocking these calls? We'll have to wait and see.
 
-Michael

CenturyLink DSL Users Be Warned: Data Caps Are Coming

Submitted by mcollins on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 19:55
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We've all heard of CenturyLink by now, and I'm sure some of you may not exactly be big fans. This story from Fierce Telecom will do nothing to change that perception. DSL users can start expecting data caps, either 150GB or 250GB per month, depending on the speed of the connection. If you have CenturyLink DSL and you use it for VoIP or other data-hungry apps then be on the lookout for their new "EUP" - Excessive Use Policy. On a brighter note, at least they aren't being like AT&T and charging extra right off the bat. Instead, those who go over will receive a phone call or email notification, most likely trying to upsell them to a new plan. 
 
-Michael

"There's No Such Thing As VoIP" - An Interesting Read

Submitted by mcollins on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 21:53
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This item just came across my desk. It's a TMCNet article written by a guest contributor, Fred Goldstein. In it he discusses the chaotic mess that is the state of VoIP regulation here in the USA. This article is a good read for anyone doing any kind of VoIP business in the United States. I highly recommend it.
 
-Michael

Nice Blog Post At GenesysGuru.com: Using FreeSWITCH to Secure VoIP Calls

Submitted by mcollins on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 18:35
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I must confess that I had never heard of Genesys Labs until I read this blog post today. In any case, the author of the blog post has some nice things to say about FreeSWITCH, although I was more interested in his thoughts on setting up secure VoIP. His comments on setting up TLS and dealing with the challenges of certificates and CA's was pretty insightful. If you are thinking about doing TLS and/or SRTP then definitely check out this blog post - it is a good read.
 
-Michael

Ouch: $400,000 VoIP Toll Fraud!

Submitted by mcollins on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 20:37
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Over at Astricon this story came out: someone got NAILED for $400K in fraudulent toll charges. Ouch, indeed! Remember the mantra: lock down your VoIP systems!
 
-Michael

OnSIP Blog: Creating FreeSWITCH IVRs With JavaScript

Submitted by mcollins on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 16:41
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I confess that when it comes to dialplan scripting I am partial to Lua. (After I all, I wrote chapter 7 of the FreeSWITCH "bridge" book.) However, some prefer the syntax of JavaScript. To each his own, and in that vein I thought I would share this blog entry from Mihail over at OnSIP. He discusses some of his challenges with creating IVRs using JavaScript and how he overcame those. If you like IVRs or JavaScript then check it out.
 
Note: OnSIP was a silver sponsor at ClueCon 2011. They are great folks and we're glad to have them in the FreeSWITCH community!
 
-Michael

Oops: Finding Out The Hard Way That Your VoIP System Is Insecure

Submitted by mcollins on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 19:48
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This story comes from David Rowe, VoIP hacker extraordinaire. This is a reminder that even the best of us can make mistakes and otherwise forget to plug holes that we already know about. I recommend you read up on his experience. It shows that a combination of factors - in this case a characteristically evil SIP ALG and a config file miscue - can conspire to make your system quite hackable. 
 
Let's all be careful out there!
 
-Michael

News Items

Submitted by mcollins on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 19:33
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Our friends over at VoIP Users Conference have posted a new post chock full of telecom and VoIP-related news items. Check it out!
 
-Michael

Acquisition Complete: Skype Now Part of Microsoft

Submitted by mcollins on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 18:05
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Our buddy Dan York has written a piece about Microsoft's assimilation acquisition of Skype. For better or for worse it is a done deal. I don't know about you but I must confess that I'm keeping my eye on this one. It could be great or it could be a train wreck. In either case I've got the popcorn ready...
 
-Michael

Reminder: Official FreeSWITCH Training

Submitted by mcollins on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 00:36
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We wanted to keep everyone informed of the schedule for upcoming FreeSWITCH training. Darren Schreiber, co-author of the FreeSWITCH book and CEO of the 2600hz project, is the lead instructor. There are beginner and advanced classes as well as a 5-day complete training. Visit VoIP.com for all the details. Also, don't forget that Darren and Company can also offer customized training suited to your specific business and technical needs. Contact them at info@2600hz.com to obtain more information.
 
Thanks to Darren and all the great folks at 2600hz for helping to expand the reach of the FreeSWITCH community all over the world!
 
-Michael