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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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Setting Up a Google Voice Hosting Platform in the Cloud
Today we’re again showcasing our article from earlier this summer that shows you how to create a Google Voice hosting platform in the cloud. You have your choice of three hosting platforms priced at $10 to $13 a year. And, if you pay in advance for 3 years, you can double your platform’s RAM or storage space. There now is also a (one-time fee) $15 GVSIP solution for the platforms that don’t include a way to recompile Asterisk. Follow this… Read More ›
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:00:23 +0000
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A New Day: Google Voice GVSIP Now Available for FreePBX
If you’ve been following along this past month as we rolled out a new SIP-based Google Voice implementation for Asterisk®, then you’ve gotten a first-hand look at how sausage is made. If you prefer free calling in the U.S. and Canada, then it was worth the effort. Today, we put the finishing touches on the new GVSIP-NAF implementation by introducing a version specifically tailored for those using FreePBX®. That, of course, includes the CentOS 6, Ubuntu 18, and Raspbian 8… Read More ›
Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:00:34 +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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Adding a Free GVSIP Trunk to FusionPBX and FreePBX
If you don’t find a 60-minute maximum call duration problematic and $15 isn’t too rich for your blood, today we’ll show you the quick-and-dirty way to add a Google Voice trunk to your FusionPBX™ or FreePBX® server for unlimited free calling in the U.S. and Canada. There are no other PBXs to set up, just a GVSIP trunk using an almost-free account at PBXes.com. Of course, none of this is required with Incredible PBX® which has native GVSIP rolled in,… Read More ›
Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:00:35 +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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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 incorporates NAF’s new GVSIP interface to Google Voice. You can… Read More ›
Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:00:31 +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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The Triple Crown: Google Voice Returns on All Platforms
If you’ve been enjoying this summer’s wild roller coaster ride on the Google Voice train, then your worst nightmare is almost over… until the next time. What we all hopefully learned from Google’s cavalier sledgehammer-approach to telephony is DON’T DEPEND ON GOOGLE. Enjoy the free ride once again but make some alternative arrangements for the next time Google gets a harebrained idea as stupid as this one. Google’s idea of an "open platform" is proprietary everything even down to the… Read More ›
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 18:00:51 +0000
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Happy Days: Google Voice GVSIP No Longer a One Trunk Pony
July 20 NEWS FLASH: This article has been superseded. Google now has discontinued support of their XMPP interface to Google Voice so the latest CentOS/SL versions of Incredible PBX 13-13 (including the Incredible PBX ISO) now incorporate NAF’s GVSIP interface to Google Voice. You can read all about it here. What has changed is you now add unlimited Google Voice trunks from the command line by running /root/gvsip-naf/install-gvsip. You can delete trunks by running /root/gvsip-naf/del-trunk. Once one or more trunks… Read More ›
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:30:09 +0000
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Let’s Celebrate: Google Voice GVSIP Comes to Raspberry Pi
We introduced NAF’s new GVSIP implementation of Google Voice for CentOS 6 and Incredible PBX® 13-13 last week, and today we again have something to celebrate for those in the United States that enjoy free calling. We’re pleased to introduce the GVSIP-NAF add-on for Incredible PBX for the Raspberry Pi 3. You can upgrade any current platform, or you can install a fresh image from here that already includes the GVSIP upgrade. The upgrade procedure takes about 45 minutes, and… Read More ›
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 14:00:32 +0000
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A New Beginning: Google Voice Joins the Asterisk PJSIP Club
We weren’t sure we would ever be writing this column. And, if it weren’t for @NAF of DSL Reports fame, it might very well have been years before a SIP-compatible version of Google Voice was available for Asterisk®. We really can’t overstate the scope and enormity of his accomplishment. If you look at NAF’s code additions to Asterisk, you’ll understand why. We would hasten to add that Bill Simon of Simonics was the pioneer in getting Google’s code to work… Read More ›
Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:00:04 +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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