Two New Twists on Skype Phone Gear
May 11, 2006 06:53
These two products take very different approaches to enhancing Skype phoning. Ed Tittel and Justin Korelc put the Iogear USB VoIP Skype Calling Kit and TRENDnet ClearSky Bluetooth VoIP Kit through their paces
What Is VoIP? Introducing Our VoIP FAQ
April 11, 2006 13:17
In this FAQ, we answer some of the most pressing questions about Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Our goal is to arm you with the knowledge you need in order to go out there and save on your telephone bills. Hey, there are worse missions to have in life...
Review: AOL TotalTalk VoIP Service
January 27, 2006 14:16
After a false start, AOL rebranded and relaunched its VoIP service late last year, in the process making it available to not only AOL customers. Jim Buzbee checked it out and found a few rough edges...
January 18, 2006 11:47
Is there really room for more than one Skype? That's the question faced by Michael Robertson's Gizmo Project. Derek Boiko-Weyrauch put both to the test but found that Skype won't be relinquishing its lead position anytime soon.
January 13, 2006 15:40
The Asterisk open source Voice over IP (VoIP) PBX is usually set up on a standalone PC. But Michael Graves shows how the combination of a special Asterisk distribution and a single board computer can provide a compact, quiet and low-power alternative.
December 19, 2005 10:14
Actiontec's VoSKY Chatterbox is supposed to let you conduct Skype chats without being tethered to your computer via a headset. But Tim Higgins found that he'd rather wait for version 2 of this little speakerphone.
November 21, 2005 14:37
Verizon thinks that upstarts like Vonage shouldn't have all the VoIP fun (and revenue). Jonathan Ghazarian takes a look at the company's VoiceWing Broadband Phone service and finds it to be a fully-featured, easy to use offering.
November 8, 2005 11:00
Linksys appears to be finally ready to make its move into the Voice over WiFi market with its own Wi-Fi VoIP phone. Tim Higgins analyzes the unannounced WIP330.
October 19, 2005 14:17
Linksys' Cordless Internet Telephony Kit has hit the shelves to help further propel Skype into mainstream legitimacy. Tim Higgins takes a look at a nicely done way to unchain yourself from your PC while Skype calling.
October 11, 2005 12:00
Vonage will soon unleash a VoIP Wi-Fi handset upon at least some eagerly-awaiting consumers. But for those who desire wire-free VoIP that sticks more to home, it has already teamed with VTech to field a combination product that's sure to please folks who rather talk than connect and configure.
September 23, 2005 15:36
Jeff Pulver's VON show continues to reinforce its reputation as the show for VoIP-related companies. Although it is primarily a show for VoIP carriers and service providers, Tim Higgins found some tasty VoIP product tidbits guaranteed to please your VoIPbuds.
September 20, 2005 06:26
While using Asterisk to answer your calls is admittedly overkill, it's a great way to get acquainted with this powerful open source VoIP application. Matt Kaatman takes you step-by-step through the process.
September 12, 2005 08:50
One manufacturer seems to have broken ranks with the current crop of 802.11b VoWLAN or WiSIP phones. Tim Higgins takes a look at UTStarcom's as-yet-unannounced F1000G.
September 8, 2005 12:00
Vonage has been promoting its upcoming Wi-Fi Handset for over a year. David Strom got hold of a Beta copy but found a product with a great deal of promise, still unrealized.
August 26, 2005 09:15
What Vonage did for the individual callers, Asterisk does for SOHO and small biz users looking an easy to install and use VoIP PBX. Jonathan Ghazarian takes a look at the more user-friendly version of this popular open source application.
August 20, 2005 14:26
VoIP softphones tend to keep users tethered to the desktop or notebook they run on. Eric A. Hall found that Plantronics' CS50-USB lets you roam in cordless comfort, but can leave you a little lighter in the wallet than you'd like.
August 10, 2005 08:06
Despite the rumors about Skype being purchased or done in by competitors, it appears that Linksys thinks Skype will be around for at least a little while longer. Tim Higgins previews the upcoming CIT200 Cordless Internet Telephony Kit.
August 9, 2005 15:57
Wi-Fi VoIP phones are a cool concept. But at least in the case of ZyXEL's second attempt at a low-cost product, the reality got Tim Higgins a little hot under the collar.
July 27, 2005 10:07
Skype is easy and cheap to use, but it's no fun being tied to your PC. The Cordless DUALphone for Skype lets you yak away via Skype or "normal" phone service, roam as free as you want to be, and keep track of the online status of your fellow Skypers.
June 22, 2005 10:14
Sipura does such a good job of making VoIP ATAs that Linksys bought the company. Tim Higgins takes a look at one of Sipura's most recent models and discovers just how configurable a SIP ATA can be.
Review: BroadVoice BYOD VoIP Service
June 8, 2005 16:37
If you purchased your own VoIP hardware when you signed up for service, you might be surprised to know that it will be as useful as a brick if you decide to change carriers. BroadVoice's Bring Your Own Device service takes a different approach for those who like to own their own hardware. Tim Higgins takes an in-depth look.
Two approaches to VoIP - Skype vs. Vonage
May 31, 2005 09:08
Big-time VoIP providers may be trying to put old-line telcos out of business, but Skype may be beating them at their own game. Russell Shaw compared Skype with the current VoIP top dog, Vonage, and his conclusions may surprise you.
Making the Jump to VoIP
March 24, 2005 19:05
Voice over IP phone service looks like it really has traction this time. Russell Shaw shows you the VoIP ropes and takes five major services for a spin.
QuickView: Actiontec Internet Phone Wizard with Skype
March 15, 2005 08:05
If you can use your regular phones with VoIP services such as Vonage, why not also with Skype? Actiontec's IPWS lets you do just that.
Review: Linksys Wireless-G w/ 2 Phone Ports Broadband Router
February 14, 2005 09:40
VoIP providers are transitioning from supplying simple Analog Telephone Adapters (ATA) to bundling in full-fledged broadband routers with the ATA function built in. Jim Hubbard takes a look at the Vonage version of the Linksys WRT54GP2.
Fall VON 2004 Report
October 22, 2004 16:00
VoIP is all the rage these days. But since we at Tom's tend to be data-driven, we braved die-hard Red Sox fans and traveled to Boston to check things out at Jeff Pulver's Fall VON 2004 show. Our show report has all the details.
NeedToKnow: Voice over IP - Part 1
October 13, 2004 12:33
These days you hear the acronym "VoIP" so much that it sounds like the Monty Python skit that launched SPAM into Internet vernacular. But it looks like this time Voice over IP is here to stay. So it's time for one of our Need To Knows so that you're armed and ready to understand its terminology and make intelligent choices among a dizzying array of VoIP products and services.