Sometimes you REALLY make the right choice!

Asterisk, Linux, Telecom General
We started looking at Asterisk back in 2004 and had our first commercially installed system at the beginning of 2005 at a small church in Albuquerque. At the time we were selling primarily Samsung Digital systems and were trying (unsuccessfully) to sell Interactive Intelligence, a Microsoft-Based VoIP Call-Center solution. We sold quite a bit of Samsung between 2004 and 2007 but by 2007 Asterisk had gotten so good that we dropped Samsung and Interactive Intelligence completely. When we started selling Asterisk solutions, we usually had to spend 10-15 minutes explaining Open-Source software and that we weren't charging for the "Free" software and instead were only charging for our time to implement the software and hardware into a cohesive working PBX. We were rebels - we constantly came up against competitors…
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POTS is going away – and it won’t be soon enough for me!

Telecom General
From Fierce Telecom: http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/att-conduct-tdm-ip-transition-tests-alabama-florida/2014-02-28 POTS is Plain Old Telephone Service - It is still used for MANY things and is a giant black hole that businesses are pouring billions per year into - Most credit card machines still use them, but an IP-Enabled Credit Card Terminal does a transaction in under a second versus 25-45 seconds over POTS. A 10-Page FAX can take up to 10 minutes to send over POTS - The same scanned document sends in SECONDS over E-Mail. It is well past time for Analog to go the way of the Mullet and Bell Bottoms!
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