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Telephonation.com is designed to be a user driven community, formed with the intention of creating a base for early adopters, consumers and professionals alike to exchange ideas, discuss new developments and generally experiment with VoIP technology. We are driven by the excitement surrounding the innovative phones, products, services, and mash-ups in this explosively expanding VoIP world. While visiting with us today, be sure to drop by the Telephonation.com forum. There you will find useful information on many topics related to VoIP and VoIP products. We also encourage you to share your knowledge and expertise with us as well as your challenges and problems. We welcome you, and we thank you for your visit today.

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First Quarter Score: O365=1, Luddites=0, Amazon-1
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Early this week Microsoft released it FY Q1 earnings (its fiscal year starts July 1st) and it exceeded expectations with respect to cloud revenues (overall earnings were down as expected because of the Nokia hit). The Wall Street Journal perhaps said it best that Microsoft is bucking the trend as revenues rose 11%, while competitors like IBM, Oracle and H-P are posting slow or shrinking sales growth. “Microsoft may not be cool, but its sales continue to defy expectations…” wrote Shira Ovide at WSJ.COM. MarketWatch reported that CEO Satya Nadella pitched that Microsoft’s strengths in cloud-ba...
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Sneak Peek: O365 ISV MaaxCloud to launch soon…
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It’s been a busy few weeks since the annual SMB Nation Fall Conference focused on Office 365, but it’s been worth it to connect with old friends and new in the IT Community. Even better is the chance to meet with old friends who have taken on new ventures. For example, Steve Zimba, President of Mural, recently sat down to talk to me about the upcoming launch of MaaxCloud, a series of productized professional services intended to help SMBs move their IT to the cloud. His effort underscores my hypothesis that there is a whole new class of vendors and service providers emerging in a Office 365+...
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CIRCULATE!
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I like to lead by example. So I attended the Western Washington Summit 2014 event hosted by the West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) in the Seattle-area. My point is that, once a week, you need to engage in some form of professional outreach to remain relevant in your career. The choice of this outreach is yours; it’s the attitude to get out there that’s important. Pictured: Renee Radcliff Sinclair and Charles Keating Specific to the Western Washington Summit 2014, organizers Charles and Dona Keating held a mid-day event highlighted by speeches from Congressman Derek Kilmer, O...
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Phone Unlock Legislation Signed, New Policies for US Cell Consumers
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  I recently came across an article on the Tech Times site, written by Joseph Mayton, on a new piece of legislation signed in by US President Barack Obama, known as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which allows consumers to legally unlock their phones and purchase unlocked phones. I had a few questions about this, so I also spoke with an old friend, Steve Hilton, who helped me better understand the changes to getting and using unlocked phones. Let me put this into perspective: at SMB Nation, we recently needed to unlock a phone for one of our employees. I went...
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snom technology Names New CFO
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  IP solutions developer and producer snom technology AG announced it has appointed Finance Director Guido Wohlers as Chief Financial Officer. Wohlers has worked at snom for 12 years and brings experience and understanding as Finance Director to his new position.
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Voxox Channel Partner Program Recognized for Excellence by CRN, TMCnet
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Today, Voxox, a San Diego, CA-based unified communications company, announced that its Channel Partner Program has been recognized with three well-respected industry awards. To begin, the Voxox Partner Program was listed in the CRN 2014 Network Connectivity Services Partner Program Guide this past August, and will be featured in the CRN 2014 Cloud Computing Partner Program Guide, to be released later this month. Finally, the Voxox program placed as runner-up in the UC category of TMCnet’s Internet Telephony Channel Program Excellence Awards.
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Truck Stop “Stops” Offering Faxing Services…
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On the surface, this isn’t news. But dig a layer deeper and there is a story about “innovate or perish” here. On my recent trip to the D&H Distributing Canada show in Toronto, I drove by, made a U-turn and took the following photo. The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words applies here. You are looking at a shuddered truck that niched on offering faxing and other services to long-haul truckers. I’d offer it’s a sort about technology relevancy.
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World Champion: Harrybbb's Niece, Christa, Takes the Win
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  Over the years, readers have followed the challenges and successes of my niece, Christa Brelsford. Today, I am happy that I can report success, and there is a lesson learned for all of us in the SMB IT Pro community experiencing “disruption” in our profession. Stick with me and think about this the next time you complain that “they took away Small Business Server.” Pic 1. Christa Brelsford won gold at the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship - Gijon (ESP) 2014 this past weekend.
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