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Linphone Rocks: Free SIP Calling to Anybody, Anywhere
We’re rounding out our softphone series today with the perfect complement to Clearly Anywhere for Asterisk® and FreePBX®. Let’s face it. SIP URI dialing from extensions is not Asterisk’s strong suit which is disappointing since SIP URI calling is free. If you’ve been following Incredible PBX® 2020 developments this year, you already know that we’ve pushed everyone to move their VoIP servers to the cloud. You not only get a more flexible PUBLIC platform that lets you go virtually anywhere… Read More ›
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 02:00:46 +0000
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Oldie But Goodie: VoIP.ms, The Most Versatile VoIP Provider
We all are fortunate to have an extraordinary selection of options when it comes to VoIP Providers. For redundancy and reliability, nobody quite matches Skyetel. For FreePBX® and SIP phone integration, ClearlyIP is the hands-down winner. And, if you’re searching for the Most Versatile VoIP Provider, look no further than VoIP.ms. We are thrilled that all three of these providers are Platinum Sponsors of Nerd Vittles and our open source projects. As we have often stressed, the beauty of VoIP… Read More ›
Mon, 12 Oct 2020 02:00:38 +0000
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The Ultimate Android Phone: Just $99 if you hurry
If you follow Nerd Vittles, you already know all of the benefits of using an Android phone in the VoIP-centric world. You can make free calls without a cellular provider by connecting to any WiFi network with Android’s Google Voice app. You can connect to Incredible PBX® or any Asterisk® PBX and function as if you were sitting at your desk in your Covid-free office. You can join a virtual private network using OpenVPN without spending a dime. And you… Read More ›
Tue, 06 Oct 2020 10:00:38 +0000
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Deploying an Incredible PBX 2020 PUBLIC Server
With the almost overnight popularity of the new Clearly Anywhere softphone which provides Incredible PBX connectivity from virtually anywhere, we wanted to revisit our Incredible PBX 2020 PUBLIC tutorial to document some additional tips and tricks. And, because softphones need connectivity on both cellular networks and using Wi-Fi with dynamic IP addresses in multiple locations, exclusive whitelist-based access to Incredible PBX simply was no longer feasible. Additionally, due to Clearly Anywhere’s tight integration with the FreePBX® User Control Panel (UCP),… Read More ›
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 05:00:11 +0000
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Clearly Anywhere: The Ultimate Mobile User VoIP Companion
The wait is over! If you like sliced bread, then today’s your lucky day to enjoy the next best thing. Perhaps the single most important component in the VoIP toolbox for any PBX deployment that includes mobile users is a softphone for Android and iOS devices. We began this month with a tip for users of a limited number of Android smartphones. And we have previously written about Linphone and Zoiper and Telephone. We’ve also sung the praises of earlier… Read More ›
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 02:00:34 +0000
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SPAM Blocker & CNAM Cornucopia for Incredible PBX 2020
If you enjoy calls from politicians and car warranty offers as much as we do, then today’s your lucky day. Blocking spam phone calls has been a challenge to put it charitably. Thanks to some earlier work by Stewart Nelson on the DSLR forum as well as Stewart’s considerable hand-holding in the development of our previous tutorials, we want to introduce a refined call screening approach to block these calls. The way it works is first time callers that are… Read More ›
Mon, 14 Sep 2020 02:00:35 +0000
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Frozen in Time: Sangoma at a Crossroads or the Cliff
We are fast approaching the 18 month anniversary since the mass exodus of talent from Sangoma and Digium. During that time, Asterisk® and FreePBX® have languished in limbo with FreePBX commercial modules mired in discontinued encryption methods and the Asterisk and FreePBX feature set frozen. Sangoma’s acquisition of Digium gave the company a well-respected business phone system in Switchvox® while relegating FreePBX deployments with commercial modules to second-class citizen status. Now Sangoma has a difficult and expensive decision to make.… Read More ›
Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:23 +0000
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Android Alert: Unmasking Your Hidden SIP Phone
Perhaps the single most important component in the VoIP toolbox for any PBX deployment that includes traveling users is the softphone whether it’s deployed on notebook computers or smartphones. We’re kicking off football season with reviews of some of our favorite SIP softphones for mobile users. We’ve previously written about Linphone and Zoiper and Telephone. We’ve also sung the praises of earlier releases of Google’s Pixel smartphone which makes a perfect VoIP companion even without a cellphone provider. Today we’re… Read More ›
Tue, 01 Sep 2020 08:00:17 +0000
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The Asterisk Superfecta: Incredible PBX 2020 Finishes First
At the track, picking the first four winning horses pays big bucks, and you’ll never forget winning the Superfecta. When it comes to unified communications, it’s equally advantageous to have cloud, on-premise, VirtualBox, and VMware offerings from which to choose. With the latest rollouts of Incredible PBX® 2020, you literally have the Asterisk® Superfecta. With the exception of the cloud offering, you don’t even have to buy a ticket. The CrownCloud offerings for $25/year in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Germany, and… Read More ›
Mon, 24 Aug 2020 02:00:21 +0000
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Virtual Paradise: Itís Incredible PBX 2020 for VMware
Let’s face it. Virtual Machines are the future of server administration. Whether you prefer your own dedicated hardware or cloud-based resources managed by you or someone else, virtual platforms are the way to go. You get more bang for the buck out of your hardware by pooling resources for multiple tasks. VMware® and VirtualBox® make it easy. Today we’re pleased to introduce a summer refresh of our VMware build. It provides the latest Asterisk® 16 and FreePBX® 15 components and… Read More ›
Sun, 16 Aug 2020 12:00:24 +0000
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Amazonís Alexa Now Available for Incredible PBX 2020
Loyal readers already know that voice recognition applications occupy a special place in the Incredible PBX® toolchest. Over 8 years ago, we introduced Wolfram Alpha integrating the world’s largest almanac into Asterisk®. And today we’re pleased to add Amazon’s Alexa to the Incredible PBX fold for our latest Raspberry Pi and CentOS 7 builds. Just dial 5555 and tell Alexa what you’d like to know or do. If you’ve been sleeping under a rock these past few years, Alexa provides… Read More ›
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 02:00:36 +0000
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Finding the Perfect Laptop: Meet the System76 Lemur Pro
While we’ve been hunkered down in Vero Beach dodging the Covid-19 bullets, we spent a little time searching for a turnkey Linux notebook computer that could do everything a MacBook Pro could do… and more. The machine had to offer PORTS WITHOUT DONGLES plus the added benefits that only a pure Linux platform could provide. For $1099, our dream machine has arrived. The Lemur Pro is custom-built which means you order the 2.2 pound base computer with its 14-hour battery… Read More ›
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 02:00:21 +0000
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One-Minute Wonder: Itís Incredible PBX 2020 for VirtualBox
If you’re new to the VoIP world and want to kick the tires to see what you’re missing, then today’s one minute setup is for you. You’ll get a $10 credit to try out some penny-a-minute calls and to purchase a $1 a month phone number in your choice of area codes. If you decide VoIP is not for you, you don’t have to buy anything ever. And you can use almost any desktop computer you already own to bring… Read More ›
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:00:46 +0000
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Harnessing the Cloud to Start An Incredible PBX Business
If you’ve ever wanted to start your own VoIP business and earn some big bucks through consulting and hosting cloud-based PBXs, now’s your chance. One of the requests we often receive from those that deploy Incredible PBX 2020® for a living is a quicker way to produce new Incredible PBX servers on cloud platforms such as Vultr and Digital Ocean while also preserving Incredible PBX’s unique ability to upgrade source components for Asterisk® and FreePBX®. For small businesses, these cloud… Read More ›
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 02:00:15 +0000
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Introducing OpenVPN for Incredible PBX 2020
We’ve been wrestling with virtual private networks for more than 21 years now. Here’s a quick walk down memory lane. Our adventure began with the Altiga 3000 series VPN concentrators which we introduced in the federal courts in 1999. It was a near perfect plug-and-play hardware solution for secure communications between remote sites using less than secure Windows PCs. Cisco quickly saw the potential, gobbled up the company, and promptly doubled the price of the rebranded concentrators. About 11 years… Read More ›
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 02:00:24 +0000
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A New World: Adding Cellular Extensions to Incredible PBX
Over the past few weeks, we’ve introduced a revolutionary new technology for the Asterisk® and FreePBX® community by marrying Incredible PBX® with GTI Global cellular extensions. For $20 to $35 a month, you get a new SIM card for your unlocked GSM cellphone that links all four U.S. carrier networks to a PJsip extension on your PBX. Incoming calls ring on both the cellphone and any other SIP phone connected to the same PJsip extension. Outbound calls from the cellphone… Read More ›
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 02:00:02 +0000
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5 Minutes to Paradise: Incredible PBX in the Cloud for $25/Yr.
We’ve been building turnkey Incredible PBX® servers for virtual machine platforms for many years. Because the servers are built from images, typical install times have been 5 minutes or less with Proxmox, VirtualBox, and VMware ESXi. But the missing piece has always been a similar image install on a true cloud-based platform. This limitation was primarily due to the fact that we don’t own or control the available cloud platforms which typically limit image installs to operating systems such as… Read More ›
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:20 +0000
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Last Chance to Jump onto Incredible PBX Cellular Bandwagon
We introduced our new GTI Technologies cellular extensions for U.S.-based Incredible PBX® platforms last week, and the enthusiastic response has been truly amazing. This week we want to share the results of our testing, and encourage you to become one of the pioneers for this exciting new technology. It can be integrated into almost any Asterisk® platform. To briefly summarize, GTI cellular extensions provide a traditional cellphone connection to all four of the major U.S. carriers. GTI-enabled cellphones also register… Read More ›
Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:00:51 +0000
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Introducing Cellular Extensions for Incredible PBX & Asterisk
The Holy Grail for many of us in the VoIP community has been a cellphone that functions like a traditional Asterisk® extension on your PBX. The typical use case would be a real estate agent, service technician, salesperson, or other mobile worker who interacts with a home office as part of their daily routine. The beauty of this for the mobile workforce is it allows both the home office receptionist and the mobile worker to not only exchange calls but… Read More ›
Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:00:39 +0000
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Vonage Roars into the Asterisk World with Nexmo
We’re a bit late to the Nexmo® party. For those unfamiliar with the company, Nexmo was one of the leading communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) companies prior to their acquisition by Vonage® four years ago. Perhaps because of the Vonage name, Nexmo never appeared on our Asterisk® radar. This ZDnet article will get you up to speed. Suffice it to say, Nexmo has one of the best APIs in the VoIP business, and their pricing is reasonable. A DID offering multiple call… Read More ›
Mon, 15 Jun 2020 02:00:33 +0000
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OSS End Point Manager Returns for Incredible PBX 2020
It’s been a long dry spell for the OSS Endpoint Manager component for FreePBX®. Today we’re pleased to announce its glorious return for the Incredible PBX® 2020 platform. While Incredible PBX 2020 included the EPM module, getting it to function reliably was a challenge. And that’s putting it charitably. Well, those days are over by simply installing our new EPM upgrade that provides templates for more than 100 SIP phones from Aastra, AudioCodes, Cisco, Linksys, Sipura, CloudTC, Digium, Grandstream, Intelbras,… Read More ›
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 12:00:34 +0000
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Turning Incredible PBX into a Lean, Mean Asterisk Machine
Mexican Food isn’t for everyone and once in a while we get asked for a tutorial showing how to take the Whole Enchilada version of Incredible PBX® 2020 back to its roots as a Lean, Mean Asterisk® Machine. Still others want to better understand how all the Incredible PBX 2020 pieces are put in place so that unused components can be removed easily. So today’s your lucky day as we roll back the shroud of secrecy surrounding the open source… Read More ›
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 02:00:47 +0000
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Free IBM Voicemail Transcription with Incredible PBX 2020
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. The pricing structure is second to none. On the Standard Pricing Plan, voicemail transcription is 2Ę per minute with no rounding of minutes. Or, for voicemail transcription in most households, choose the LITE plan which offers 500 minutes a month at no cost and with no… Read More ›
Tue, 26 May 2020 02:00:36 +0000
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Free Cellular Service in the U.S. & Canada Returns
We’re a few months late to the party but, if Covid-19 has put a kink in your cellular budget or if you have young kids that could use a cellphone with unlimited calling and texting on the Sprint® network at zero cost in the U.S. and Canada, then your prayers have been answered. All you need is a CDMA phone and a $10 SIM card from TextNow. Better yet, you can purchase one of their refurbished iPhones or Android phones,… Read More ›
Fri, 22 May 2020 02:00:06 +0000
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