Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ooma or a Nokia N800.. Hmm let me think...

The blogosphere is abuzz with the announcement of the zero cost calling solution Ooma. Ooma provides a $400.00 shiny ATA that meshes up with its peers and creates a free calling solution in the US. They have gone through 2 rounds of financing over 3 years and have raised 27 Million.

The Nokia N800 internet tablet (probably the coolest device ever made) retails for about the same amount.

To be blunt, the chances of me spending 400.00 on an ATA (which can be had for 40.00) or getting a N800 that does everything the Ooma does and way way way way more, is pretty slim. What boggles my mind is Ooma and the investors really think they have something unique, I am just speechless.

There are so many things wrong with this pre-launch and technology strategy, it is impossible to write it all down.

I hope someone takes David up on his Ooma challenge - Voice 2.0 took a huge step back today, lets hope someone takes two steps forward.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Facebook Crosses 30 Million users - unbelievable

According to Carloyn @ the Facebook Blog, they just crossed 30 million active users of the site. That is incredible growth. Amazing.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Where is the Vonage Price reduction for Canada? Our dollar is @ par with the US$

I don't get Vonage, they have attached a premium to CDN service since its inception - and now the CDN $ is very close to @par with the US$ - and still CDN pricing hasn't changed.

24.99 - unlimited premium service on
39.99 - unlimited premium service on

What gives Vonage?

*Update (Oct. 25/2007) - I spoke to a CSR at Vonage today and they said that they price according to competitive local rates. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, IP has no boundaries, there are no additional costs to operate in Canada, yet they continue to overcharge Canadian customers.