Open Discussion on VoIP and Mobile

Event: Friday November 11th at 12 Noon EST

We talked a little about Republic Wireless, but even those who have signed up will know nothing before mid-December. Moved on the Google Voice, wondering about whether it will remain free in 2012 or what the plan is. We’ll know soon, we guess.

Surprise and brief visit from John Draper (Captain Crunch), chat about the problems of security audits.

Missed James Body who could have told us more about some of the mixed wi-fi and 3G mobile schemes.

Shilled again for Google Plus and in particular the VUC Page on it. If more participans could annote the weekly posts on that page, the VUC would become a better organized resource for all .

If you are new to the idea of VUC, nothing is easier than calling free via Skype, thanks to Phone from On Windows, you can just type it into the dialpad like so:

We did discover that in the latest OS X version of Skype, you can not type a dot in names (like Bummer!


James Body November 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

Sorry I missed the conference – sadly I got whacked with a ‘non-maskable interrupt’ of an urgent business/revenue threatening nature which require all of my clock cycles!

Interesting to hear the discussion of wideband voice on Orange-CH – you may remember that this was one of the micro-demos that I put on at Astricon (the only one that did not work). My version uses an Orange branded Android 3.2.4 handset (actually a ZTE Skate underneath the Orange Monte Carlo badge) which runs AMR-WB across both 3G and WiFi (using UMA). Speech quality is excellent – and made even better by the fact that the handset can be bought on PAYG (without a monthly contract) for around GBP100 !
I would be delighted to test an international WB / HD calling experience with anyone outside of UK – to see if it works. I would also love to be able to dial into ZipDX with AMR-WB too (but only if I can do it at UK local rate tariffs).

I have a feeling that Simon Woodhead (at Simwood) may be able to help here – but not sure what the fine details are.

Zeeek/Randulo November 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

Life does have a way of intervening, does it not? James, can you not join the VUC page on Google Plus and put these excellent points as a comment on the post at please. Your added info is exactly what is needed to make the VUC better organized and more of a resource. Everyone into the pool!

James Body November 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

Some good news – today (last minute dramas permitting) I will be joining you on the VUC – and over the past week more details about te Republic Wireless offering have become public – so we should be able to run through a pretty interesting analysis of what they are offering..

I also have another couple of ideas with which to throw into the ring that will get the discussion going!

James Body November 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

Oh – what do I have to do to make an appearance in your tag field – whilst I would not expect to figure as large as Michael or Tim, it would give a warm glow to make an appearance…..

VUC November 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

We’ll certainly try to make that happen, Sir James!

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