Articles about Ip Phone

Data retention soggy with SPAM

Telcos will be required to retain data on spam, failed email, and borked voice over IP phone calls under the Australian Federal Government's looming data retention plan. Data retention comes into effect 15 October. It requires telecommunications providers retain metadata information on subscribers but not the content of …
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015
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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

BT is asking Ofcom to be freed from its obligation to provide ordinary PSTN/POTS voice telephone connections across the UK. The telecoms giant would prefer to provide only internet services, and let customers use them for voice calls. The Telegraph reported that BT wants to move "all domestic and business customers to internet …
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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

When I was a contractor building IT architectures, it was common to find that people had a rather old phone system and were looking to move to something newer. The question they asked was always: what shall we do to get something stable but future-proof? Phone lines or IP trunks? Even in 2015 you seldom see an organisation …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Mar 2015
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CREEPS rejoice: Small biz Cisco phones open to eavesdrop 0-day

Creeps can listen in to conversations placed over vulnerable Cisco small business phones. Remote eavesdropping requires a crafted XML request be sent to the Borg's SPA 300 and 500 IP phones. Cisco warns version 7.5.5 of the software powering the phones is vulnerable, possibly along with more recent iterations. "An …
Darren Pauli, 23 Mar 2015

How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?

Not so long ago I worked with a company that had more than a dozen offices around the world. Each had its own phone system – a total of five different makes – of which only two could handle IP telephony. As a colleague once put it, we used to “spend a lot of time phoning ourselves”. International calls to our own staff, …
Dave Cartwright, 04 Mar 2015
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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

In the last few years IP-based voice communication has increasingly come to the attention of business managers. Internet-based voice communication has been around for years in a number of forms, some hideously cranky and others very effective. My personal watershed in the credibility of long-distance IP voice comms was …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Feb 2015
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How smart does your desk phone need to be?

The business IP telephone market has spent more than a decade trying to establish exactly how much intelligence the market wants in its telephones. The customer's answer has almost always been “less than the vendors want to sell us.” Anyone looking for an albino pachyderm can therefore point to the CPUs and APIs baked into IP …
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Whatever happened to telepresence? From $2.5m deals to free iPad apps

Feature Cast your mind back nearly 10 years and high-end videoconferencing with its eye-watering price was being touted as the substitute for the corporate jet. At the time, having remote video streams to view your conference room was a big deal that involved an awful lot of looking after and a continuous investment each month for the …
Bob Dormon, 20 Mar 2013
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YOUR Cisco VoIP phone is easily TAPPED, warns CompSci prof

Computer scientists claim security vulnerabilities in Cisco VoIP phones allowed them to eavesdrop on calls and turn devices into bugging equipment. Ang Cui has demonstrated how malicious code injected into 14 of the networking vendor's Unified IP Phone models could be used to record private conversations - and not just those …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2013
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Virgin Media SuperHub 'upgrade' hangs up on IP phone punters

Users of Virgin Media's top-of-the-range SuperHub kit have been peeved to find that the router-modem is blocking incoming calls to their internet phones. And looks like some firmware is to blame. Customers using their SuperHub to support an IP phone say they've missed important calls, in some cases preventing them from doing …
Anna Leach, 16 Aug 2012
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Adventures in Tech: Taking the plunge into IPv6

Part 1 The threat from the fast-dwindling supply of mainstream "IPv4" Internet addresses for new users is a bit like Y2K creeping up on us all over again. Almost no one can see beyond the cost of code review, systems change, hardware upgrades and general upheaval into the brave fairly-old world of IPv6 - but putting it off forever isn' …
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Man admits to running $800,000 carder ring

A Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft for his role in an operation that defrauded credit card issuers of almost $800,000 in bogus charges. Jonathan Oliveras, 26, also pleaded guilty to wire fraud and admitted to managing scheme to purchase stolen credit card information from people in Russia and then …
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2011

Cisco doubles Catalyst Ethernet ports to 60 watts of juicy juice

Networking giant Cisco Systems has cranked up the amount of juice its Catalyst 4500E switches can pump out over Ethernet to 60 watts – another step toward its goal of making its switches the throbbing heart of the modern office. The Catalyst 4500E switch was announced last October with 848Gb/sec of aggregate switching …
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Single-patent lawsuit hits Apple, Google, Amazon, Priceline...

A Texas-based company known as H-W Technology has sued Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Verizon, Expedia, Priceline,, and 20 other companies and sister companies, claiming infringement of a single patent. And this is not April's Fool prank. This sort of thing goes on all the time in …
Cade Metz, 01 Apr 2011

Telefonica gobbles up Jajah

VoIP outfit Jajah got its Christmas wish, €145 million in cash from mobile operator Telefonica. Telefonica, which operates as O2 in the UK, has bought Jajah lock, stock and barrel, gaining a presence in social networking sites as well as the opportunity to up sell services to the millions of users who signed up for the cheap …
Bill Ray, 29 Dec 2009
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Cisco unveils small biz spy phone

Cisco is still extremely keen on the small business market one year after dropping $100 million into a new unit specializing in pitching product to companies with fewer than 100 employees. To go along with the one-year milestone, the network giant is trotting out a fresh stable of small business-oriented products and upgrades …
Austin Modine, 01 Dec 2009
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Atlantis astronaut flying high over baby's birth

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik ventured out on his first spacewalk on Saturday, just hours before his daughter was born 220 miles below. Waking up early this morning aboard the International Space Station to the song "Butterfly Kisses," mission specialist Bresnik was informed that his wife Rebecca had given birth to daughter …
Austin Modine, 22 Nov 2009
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Cisco pumps up small business line

The nearest thing to Cisco's heart is clearly a nice, solid conglom to sell oodles of networking kit. But about a year ago, the company glued together products and people from across LinkSys and its US reseller channel to create a new unified SMB program. Since then, the company has been punting small business technology with …
Austin Modine, 16 Sep 2009
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FCC fingers Comcast VoIP favoritism

Comcast may be in trouble with the FCC once again over possible net neutrality violations in its latest "protocol-neutral" internet traffic management regime. FCC logo In a letter filed January 18, the US agency asks Comcast to provide "detailed justification" on why its new network management practices affect the quality of …
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2009
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Enterprise VoIP soars despite Meltdown

Despite The Meltdown, enterprise VoIP is on the rise. According to research firm Infonetics, IP phone shipments were up 25 per cent in Q3, while IP softphone shipments more than doubled from Q2. The telephony market as a whole increased by 8 per cent over the quarter, reaching $2.6bn, with pure IP PBX and hybrid PBX equipment …
Austin Modine, 16 Dec 2008
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Cisco plugs VoIP malware loophole

Cisco rushed out a brace of security updates on Thursday to defend against potentially dangerous exploits via its VoIP kit, including the possibility of malicious code being injected into vulnerable networks. The twin advisories from the network giant cover a range of vulnerabilities in Cisco IP Phones and its Unified …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2008

Cisco VoIP bug poses eavesdropping risk

A bug involving 7900 Series IP phones from Cisco creates a means for hackers to eavesdrop on calls. The flaw stems from security shortcomings in the Extension Mobility feature of the phones, which allows users to configure a Cisco IP phone as their own. The feature is disabled by support, which is just as well because when …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2007

Crash bug blights Cisco IP phones

Cisco has advised users to update the firmware on some of its IP phones following the discovery of two security flaws. A brace of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) vulnerabilities in Cisco 7940/7960 IP Phones create the potential for hackers to crash - but not to run exploit code - on vulnerable handsets. SIP is a signalling …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2007
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Tiscali touts 'voice-ready' business broadband

Tiscali is targeting ISDN users looking to move to broadband with a DSL package that provides carrier-class voice quality for up to four IP phone calls. The service provider said that as well as prioritising voice traffic over its network and guaranteeing enough bandwidth in each direction for four voice calls, its Voice-Ready …
Bryan Betts, 14 May 2007
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Shoretel adds VoIP to

Shoretel has integrated its IP phone system with's call centre software. Using the two together will mean call centre agents get a reduced admin workload, with automatic call logging and screen pop-ups with the customer's record, Shoretel claimed. The integration involves an adapter which talks on one side to …
Bryan Betts, 24 Mar 2007
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IP phone man's Vonage hell

Vonage has apologised after coding slip-ups caused one of its customers to be billed 80 times - at a cost £5.99 per occasion - for changes to accounts that didn't belong to him. Reg reader and UK-based small businessman Tom came to us with his problems last week after he found out he was able to see other customers' account …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2006
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Southern pansies tool up with Harrier purchase

Letters Just a short tour of the letters bag today, to make sure we cover the important stuff. Like whether or not Southerners (in the UK - calm down Texas) are pansies. But first, we'll mention a few issues you have with PayPal's double dipping. Your story is indeed correct - they are currently fixing the problem by refunding the …
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Aug 2006
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Broadband makes e-potatoes of us all

The average web-enabled Brit spends 23 hours a week in cyberspace with time online split between an increasingly diverse range of activities. A survey by internet pollsters YouGov has found, suggest the internet is replacing the television as the nation's preferred way of accessing content. According to communications watchdog …
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Aug 2006
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Who will buy Skype? Yahoo!? or Google? or Rupert Murdoch?

Rumours of a Skype valuation of $3bn Rupert Murdoch's New International from columnist Bob Cringeley, dismissed by another columnist (Simon Edhouse of Virtusoft) have surfaced - but is Skype a valuable commodity, then? The question has hidden answers, because most of the people who are likely to be interested in Skype are not …
Guy Kewney, 08 Aug 2005

VoIP confuses punters

Punters are confused by VoIP even though more and more know about the benefits of internet telephony, according to research from Ipsos-Insight. Six in ten US net users know about VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) - up from four in ten a year ago - and that they can use their use their regular phone for internet telephony, for …
Tim Richardson, 03 Jun 2005
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UK rings up new 'real phone' VoIP service

A German company has launched a new internet telephony service in the UK which offers cheap calls and uses "geographical" numbers. The Sipgate service is now available in ten UK cities - Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle - using existing area codes. Sipgate is …
Tim Richardson, 13 Oct 2004

3Com launches desktop IP phone

KitWatch 3Com has launched a desktop IP phone which promises much better acoustic quality than conventional circuit switched phones. The 3Com 3102 Business Phone supports the emerging wideband audio standard, which significantly enhances speech transmission compared to conventional public switch telephone network (PSTN). A typical PSTN …
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2004

Cisco retails networked hotel vision

Cisco Systems paraded its vision of the networked hotel of the future last week with the official launch of the first hotel in Ireland to offer premium IP-telephony based services. The four star Crowne Plaza in Dublin has invested in a unified infrastructure for voice, data and video based on a single IP network to deliver …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2004
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Cisco dismisses VoIP snooping concerns

Cisco has hit back at allegations that some of its IP telephony equipment is vulnerable to communications interception or denial of service attacks. Last month, penetration outfit SecureTest went public with test results which showed Cisco 7900 VoIP phones are susceptible to both DoS attacks and communications interception …
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2004
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Cisco gets into video conferencing

Cisco Systems yesterday introduced real-time video conferencing for its range of IP telephony products. The networking giant aims to steal the march on established competitors by making video calls much easier to set up. At a presentation at its UK headquarters, Cisco showed how its VT Advantage client technology combines a …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2004
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Cisco posts solid results

Cisco yesterday posted first quarter earnings ahead of earlier market estimates, amid signs that the networking market is finally picking up. For the quarter ending October 25 (Q1 2004), Cisco reported net sales of $5.1 billion compared with $4.8 billion in Q1 2003 and $4.7 billion in its previous quarter. Cisco's net income …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2003

Voice and data – is this network big enough for both of us?

Briefing Note The convergence of voice and data over a single Internet Protocol-based network infrastructure is, at least at first glance, an elegant way of reducing the complexity and costs associated with managing enterprise networks. Sending voice information in digital form over a converged IP network as discrete packets …
Robert Jaques, 28 Oct 2003

Shift to voice over IP underway

Telcos will see up to 40 percent of their fixed-line traffic leak away to other networks in five to seven years, an IP communications expert has warned. Speaking on Tuesday at the telecoms conference Voice on the Net (VON) in Boston, CEO Jeff Pulver of IP communications company said that technologies like broadband, …
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Cisco adds colour to IP phone range

Cisco this week announced a new IP telephone with a high resolution, colour touch-screen, as well as enhancements to two of its entry-level IP phones to make them better suited for the delivery of business applications. The networking giant's first ever colour IP phone, the 7970G, is due in the first calendar quarter of 2004 …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2003
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Nortel leapfrogs Cisco in VoIP sales

Nortel Networks outpaced arch-rival Cisco to lead the market in IP (Internet Protocol) Telephony line shipments. According to Dell'Oro Group's 1Q03 IP Telephony Report, the number of worldwide enterprise VoIP lines shipped in the quarter exceeded one million for the first time. This overall sequential growth rate of 26 per cent …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2003

Agere designs wireless VoIP chipset

Chipmaker Agere Systems today announced plans to integrate wireless LAN and VoIP technology on a single integrated chipset. Agere's wireless VoIP phone technology offers the promise of making low-cost, mobile phone calls over the Internet more widely available once the chips become available from September. Wi-Fi/802.11 …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2003

Orange flogs cheapo voice/data leased line combo

Orange UK and Cisco have developed a service which enable companies to access both voice and data services through a single leased line. Customers can save up to 30 per cent by using this fixed line package, compared to buying voice and data networks separately, Orange says. Orange Link Voice and Data is an intelligent network …
John Leyden, 11 Jun 2003
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Cisco looks for WLAN boost

Two successive quarters of flat sales of wireless LAN kit in the enterprise market have prompted Cisco Systems to look to the consumer and small office market for growth in the immediate future. Misplaced security concerns and fears about confusion about standards have left enterprise sales flat while consumer sales are going …
John Leyden, 28 May 2003
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Cisco's IP phone eavesdropping kit ready to go

Cisco is pressing ahead with plans to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to monitor IP telephony calls. The networking equipment giant is "testing surveillance products in its labs and making the service available to customers on request", Cisco spokesman Jim Brady told AP. Although the technology is yet to be …
John Leyden, 02 May 2003
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Cisco refreshes IP convergence line

Cisco Systems last week announced a major revamp of its IP Communications products line. The new products cover unified messaging, IP PBX calling features, audio/video conferencing, customer contact centres and a low-cost Internet Protocol (IP) phone. Together, the product enhancements are designed to persuade more enterprises …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2002
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NAI beefs up sniffer, surveillance with DragNet buy

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Network Associates Inc reckons it has bought technology with the potential to give it a unique edge in the internet security marketplace, with the acquisition this week of privately held Traxess Inc of Lindon, Utah for an undisclosed sum, writes Kevin Murphy. Traxess's technology, …
ComputerWire, 27 Aug 2002
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Linux smartphone heads for Europe

Samsung's Linux based smartphone will appear in Europe, although a date for the launch hasn't been set yet. The compact device, which resembles Motorola's Accompli 008 only with a colour display, is expected to ship in Korea in January. Much like the Nokia 9210, it will be bundled with a camera attachment. For now it's CDMA …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Sep 2001

Cisco beefs up VoIP portfolio

Cisco is to add unified messaging and speech recognition technology to its voice over IP (VoIP) products, in a bid to tempt more firms to ditch their old phone systems. The new software products, most of which will be available this quarter, include Cisco Personal Assistant, Cisco Unity 2.46 unified messaging, Cisco IP …
John Leyden, 01 May 2001
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Baby Bells argue for IP phone charges

The Baby Bells are flexing their muscles to compete with nifty competitors that do not enjoy the Babies' semi-regulated monopoly. Among the recent moves are US West's intention, recently confirmed, to levy long-distance telephone charges on Internet telephony. US West's defence is that its rivals are exploiting a regulatory …
Graham Lea, 14 Sep 1998