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dljvjbsl 12/5/2012 | 1:03:34 AM
re: LR Picks Private Service Finalists The article mentions that Skype does or shortly will offer features that are practically all an office could want. I suppose that this depends on what the word GĒ˙practicallyGĒÖ means. I can see the absence right now of features that are necessary to see a system into an office environment. I can also note that these features would seem to be very difficult to create on a peer to peer model such as the one that Skype GĒō not impossible GĒō just very difficult to create and manage. I, personally, will wait to these necessary features in operation before declaring that Skype has a fully featured business system

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Standardsman 12/5/2012 | 1:03:32 AM
re: LR Picks Private Service Finalists
For the price of a few $10 PC headsets, my company is saving $1,000's by using skype for our international inter office calls. The quality is good enough for internal use. Just remember, don't talk at the same time due to the delay.
It's just 1 click to talk when you know someone is available at their desk. It is much better than dialing 13 digits to get voicemail. ..Yes I a have not figured how to use the speed-dial..

We even do conference calls between 3 countries for free!
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 1:03:32 AM
re: LR Picks Private Service Finalists From the article

Municipal fiber networks are popping up all over North America, and DynamicCity and Utopia -- the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency -- offer an interesting method for solving the last-mile bottleneck.

The short formula is this: Sell "revenue bonds" backed by the future revenue of the network. Build the fiber infrastructure, which is managed by DynamicCity, but leave the services access open to any service provider that wants to provide voice, video, and Internet. DynamicCity calls this the OSPN, for Open Service Provider Network model.


I wonder if the formula could ehnanced to move "last mile" ownership into the hands of the customers. Something like "fee-simple" used for the common land of condominium buildings might work.

http://mauibuyersbroker.com/pr...

The best way to describe Fee Simple, is to say that it is the type of ownership that most of you are accustomed to. You purchase property, receive title and it's yours or your heirs forever, or until such time that the property is disposed of.

Then whenever a house was sold, or refinanced, the new fiber utility could be added on as part of the land improvement. This may help monetize the sunk costs as well as provide incentives to realtors and title companies to help modernize our communication facilities.
dljvjbsl 12/5/2012 | 1:03:25 AM
re: LR Picks Private Service Finalists With long distance charges in the range of 1 to 5 cent per minute, there must be a whole lot of long distance calling to create a savings of thousands. Even at 5-ó per minute $2000 in long distance charges would mean 40,000 minutes or 666⅔ hours or 27.8 days of calling per month. This would seem to be a highly unusual situation for small business.

Long distance toll charges are not a significant cost factor any more This is not a signticant advantage for Skype or other VoIP providers.

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telecom_guru 12/5/2012 | 1:03:25 AM
re: LR Picks Private Service Finalists Promising, but I find the quality still sucks. There is no consistancey and probbly depends on how fast of a connection you have purchased?

OK for occasional personal use but has a long way to go.... promising though...
Light-bulb 12/5/2012 | 1:03:12 AM
re: LR Picks Private Service Finalists I think your missing the point there dljvjbsl. The point is not that LD can be had for cheap through existing mediums, but rather LD can be had for free through existing medium. You may be correct about 5c/Minute for National calls, however your are grossly wrong on international calls, they can range past the $1.00/min mark, not to mention the application where you have a conference call between 5 professionals in different countries? Do the Math again, you've forgotten many variables.

Cheers,
dljvjbsl 12/5/2012 | 1:03:08 AM
re: LR Picks Private Service Finalists
You may be correct about 5c/Minute for National calls, however your are grossly wrong on international calls, they can range past the $1.00/min mark, not to mention the application where you have a conference call between 5 professionals in different countries? Do the Math again, you've forgotten many variables.


The 5 cent/minute rate is what I get from my home plan. My rate to the UK and Europe is 6 cents/minute. My long distance carrier sends me a bill every three months or so when my cumulative bill reaches around $20. I presume that the postage and processing charges would erase any profit if it tried to bill any more frequently. I have heard that companies of any size can negotiate rates down to the 1 cent per minute and below range.

What this really means, at least to me, is that LD charges are not a significant factor in the broad acceptance of VoIP. Aside from individuals and small companies who conduct an extensive amount of LD calls to certain countries, there is no finacial impetus for the acceptance of VoIP. VoIP can and is justified on other grounds

The lack of features in Skype; the difficulty that Skype will have in the creation of realistic feautres; the compeition from established carriers and switch vendors, all make sceptical that Skype will be able to compete.

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