Next week in Chicago, I am going to present on the “Apps Gap.” The sally of the presentation is that VoIP does not deserve its current fate. Service providers are providing traditionary phone options that makes it as if they’re competing with common provide tied behind their back — how do you show presence on a POTS method?
Or they try to gain space adhering a $1000 computer that was not bought to replace a $10 handset. Worse hitherto, soft phones put a handset look and handle on the PC to really eliminate some trust the user sees innovation in advance of having one smaller set of buttons to punch.
Innovation is at a distance there, but you have to go looking on this account that it. The VON Coalition has found over 600 apps listed that they categorize as “Cool Tools” (the list is not yet public, but will be soon). And the range of applications is extremely varying, from apps where presence rules, to Instant Messaging that includes voice, video and instant communication, as in a proper manner as multi-modal to PSTN connectors that connect your phone to the web – inbound and outbound.
Cool tools contain apps like the ingenuity to:
- Voice enable your email or text your voice mail, or you can voice enable your blogs.
- Social netting voice applications and tools for political activism.
- Virtual assistants to reach you anywhere around the world.
- Language transferrence applications to help you scheme others or learn their language.
- Voice enabled widgets that let you think vaguely your message or avatars that purloin you.
- Voice enabled games and animations and services that enable accessibility.
- Mobile applications by reason of your cell phone and communications for your cameras.
- Productivity tools for conferencing and collaboration and (of course)
- Convergence for business on the PBX.
So talk up VoIP apps.
Use them to get humbler classes involved and thinking. Don’t let your family, your neighbor and especially your congressmen think that VoIP is blameless POTS through the Internet. Adopt one App today and tell me about it - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reality is, we are in a dangerous period of regulatory concern. With economies in trouble, more taxes look like redemption to states through deficits, and VoIP that looks like POTS with a POTS requisition may spoil it for enhanced services from china to peru.
Regulators are looking to appoint taxes regardless of company revenues and may in addition require for VoIP services to be connected to emergency services or supplement the require to be paid of emergency services – unruffled admitting that the application is not a primary service. And these issues are not deserved in the US, they are worldwide.
Why is a VoIP tax this prominent? To gain market awareness, many applications developers have given their consequence away. Some intend to stay free, others are being offered as exempt for a limited duration of one’s life. If the current regulatory mindset continues, it behest cost also a great deal of to move free apps.
Thursdays, I moderate a call on the Calliflower conferencing site with Jim Kohlenberger, Executive Director of the VON Coalition. Please stop by and join us as we try to keep the Internet a voice-enabled environment.