What Vonage did for the individual callers, Asterisk does for SOHO and small biz users looking an easy to install and use VoIP PBX. Jonathan Ghazarian takes a look at the more user-friendly version of this popular open source application.
VoIP softphones tend to keep users tethered to the desktop or notebook they run on. Eric A. Hall found that Plantronics' CS50-USB lets you roam in cordless comfort, but can leave you a little lighter in the wallet than you'd like.
Despite the rumors about Skype being purchased or done in by competitors, it appears that Linksys thinks Skype will be around for at least a little while longer. Tim Higgins previews the upcoming CIT200 Cordless Internet Telephony Kit.
Wi-Fi VoIP phones are a cool concept. But at least in the case of ZyXEL's second attempt at a low-cost product, the reality got Tim Higgins a little hot under the collar.
Skype is easy and cheap to use, but it's no fun being tied to your PC. The Cordless DUALphone for Skype lets you yak away via Skype or "normal" phone service, roam as free as you want to be, and keep track of the online status of your fellow Skypers.
Sipura does such a good job of making VoIP ATAs that Linksys bought the company. Tim Higgins takes a look at one of Sipura's most recent models and discovers just how configurable a SIP ATA can be.
If you purchased your own VoIP hardware when you signed up for service, you might be surprised to know that it will be as useful as a brick if you decide to change carriers. BroadVoice's Bring Your Own Device service takes a different approach for those who like to own their own hardware. Tim Higgins takes an in-depth look.
Big-time VoIP providers may be trying to put old-line telcos out of business, but Skype may be beating them at their own game. Russell Shaw compared Skype with the current VoIP top dog, Vonage, and his conclusions may surprise you.
Voice over IP phone service looks like it really has traction this time. Russell Shaw shows you the VoIP ropes and takes five major services for a spin.
If you can use your regular phones with VoIP services such as Vonage, why not also with Skype? Actiontec's IPWS lets you do just that.