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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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Love him. Hate him, but give T-Mobile USA's CEO John Legere credit as he is astutely aware of social media and the power it has. And, he doesn't duck and hide like his peers at the competition. He rises to the challenge, takes the reins and engages. More importantly, when a problem rises, he's on it. Instead of the usual CEO ducking and hiding style and pushing things off to the PR team, Legere and team took action, got to the bottom of the problem(s) and now have a fix. Legere to his credit has been engaging with me this... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at VoIP Watch
Today the news broke about AT&T locking the new Apple Universal SIM once a customer activates it. Over Twitter T-Mobile's charismatic and always pugnacious CEO John Legere tweeted: @WaltBTIG iPads bought in Apple Store with apple sim, if activated on @ATT it locks, if @TMobile it doesn' stays flexible. #keepflex Upfront I've been a fan of what Legere and his team have done with growing the business, outfoxing AT&T on a merger deal, acquiring spectrum, buying up MetroPCS, refarming their spectrum to be more universal and roaming friendly, offering all kinds of "FREE" connectivity, staging promotions, pulling pranks and basically... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at VoIP Watch
I just started digging into the facts around the new Skype QIK video app and candidly, given the kind of expertise Skype and the QIK team have with video streaming, I would have expected MORE. Let's start with a side by side comparison of some of the more popular messaging apps that offer video messaging/chat: For starters, it doesn't stream. It's a download using a very old school approach of store and forward. Services like Glide leverage the cloud and have an almost INSTANT ON feel. Second Skype's 42 seconds isn't that long message but it is longer than SnapChat's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at VoIP Watch
I'm on the move. Well, in reality, I move around, alot. I have been a global nomad for more years than I can count, and I've also been a road warrior as well as a telecommuter since I was 14 when I started working in pro sports PR, dealing with the press and media at training camps, on the road at games, inside the press box, press room and from just about anywhere. Team buses. Hotels (my first office was in the late, lamented City Line Avenue Marriott in Philadelphia), so the idea of working in places where phones weren't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at VoIP Watch
This comes out of the "stupid is as stupid does" department as clealy, someone inside Marriott's legal department, which is likely based right inside the Capital Beltway, doesn't know the basics of the Communications Act of 1934 nor the simple fact that jamming or causing interference that prevents reception of signals being sent over licensed spectrum is against the law. But the excuse they are using about protecting against rogue hotspots is a reach and purely spin in this longtime practiitioner of crisis communications management's mind and eyes, as well as a long time user of Hotel Broadband and WiFi.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Take a little bit of GoogleVoice, throw in some, hook in some UberConference as the spice and you get--->SWITCH. perhaps the UBERphone for businesses of all sizes and the service that in my mind will wreck havoc with the likes of 8x8 and RingCentral to name a few. Right now it's in private beta and they are taking requests. To me, their "we're here" blog post explains a lot, and TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler has more details. So with Switch Craig Walker, Vincent, T.R. and the gang have taken a swing at three of the giants in one time at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at VoIP Watch
I continue to feel Skype's days are numbered. All one has to do is look at history. AIM (AOL's Instant Messenger) and ICQ were once the kings of Instant Messaging (IM). And while they are still around, the best way of describing them, along with Yahoo! Messenger, is to say they are on life support. Beyond SMS and the cheap calling that's already available over mobile which has basically gutted the need for those apps, there's now newer and more robust apps like WhatsApp and Viber that have taken the mobile ownership away from Skype, as has Twitter and Facebook's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at VoIP Watch
You have to hand it to T-Mobile and Apple. The Apple iOS 8 update includes updates that enable both VoLTE and HD Voice for users of the iPhone 5C, 5S and starting tomorrow, the 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. And, as a result I had my first HD Voice call that was over Mobile, and in my case it was over WiFi with T-Mobile's new WiFi calling for iPhone that iOS 8 enables. The sound quality was AMAZING. Clear, crisp and like I was in the same room with the other party who was on a Windows Phone. What's equally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily Lots of interesting news on the front of innovation or maybe best described as "its time has come" today and reflects upon how much we at Comunicano have been in the thick of this over the past ten years. Wi-Fi calling and in flight texting from T-Mobile.. Comunicano represented pioneer Bridgeport Networks, founded by Tom Carter, now at F5 where he's leading their wireless efforts worldwide, over ten years ago, and they were the pioneers in Fixed Mobile Convergence. Google Hangouts adding full blown GoogleVoice integration. Comunicano represented GrandCentral during their rise to acquisition by Google in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily You would have to not be switched on to any form of media to not be deluged by the news from Apple yesterday. The new iPhone 6 and 6+ were the appetizer. The big news was Apple Pay and the dessert was the Apple Watch. And was the news around payments really interesting? Yes it was as it totally will compliment the existing retail and banking worlds both online and in the physical realms, but also it gives the whole NFC world a major boost....NOW ON WITH THE NEWS.. Here's Apple Pay In Action Apple has revealed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Apple announced the Watch yesterday and the didn't call it the iWatch. For starters there are too many trademark issues surrounding the iWatch name to go there, but to me there are other reasons. 1. Apple wants to be in the Watch business 2. Apple wants to sell the Watch via normal watch channels, further expanding distribution 3.By calling it the Apple Watch Apple get the name Apple into all conversations and press coverage surrounding the watch product line. 4. Apple got to include the  into every discussion as well now. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily Pal Ken Rutkowski, host of Business Rockstars, has been pushing Los Angeles as the rising tech hub for years, being so connected to the community at the grass roots level. He's right and finally the world is seeing it.....L.A. is not a tech hub in the normal sense. It's less about chips and operating systems and more about delivery of ideas to consumers and businesses, with the panache of Hollywood and commerce all rolled together. Now, onto the news.. LA's Tech Startup Scene Is Coming of Age After several decades of wondering when the Los Angeles tech... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The other night with friends at the house I grabbed some gluten free pizza and a few other tasty treats from Urban Pi, a really good modern era pizzeria. My first wine was a really good 1999 Gigondas but honestly, I forgot the name of the producer but it was so good, I went hunting in the cellar for other 1999's. Up popped the Beaucastel, and given my approach to anything pre 2000 -- if I find it, I open it, it met the criteria. The Beaucastel was classic 1999. Ready, forward, rich with just a hint of barnyard. Once... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at WINESCENE
The Comunicano Daily A late summer cold hit me out of nowhere, and I likely got it at the gym is my best guess. I'm in the gym 3 to 4 days a week now and feeling good. Having Wi-Fi at the club makes it less stressful and I can sit by the pool or in the lounge and still get my calls in, use my iPad to get work done. IP based services really do change the world, and that's why today the theme is going to follow that meme...So On With The News. First up is what's been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily Today's humpday so it's time to look at what's happening around the technology news world. We'll start off with a Huffington Post item about Customer Disservice something most of us have felt from some PC brand, utility, airline, hotel or car manufacturer over time. Next we're seeing the IRS looking at those who feed their staff and how that can be considered income vs. an expense..The Celebrity Photo Hack is making the news cycle, this time with the tools that can make it possible..Microsoft is everyone's target it seems these days, not just Apple or Google...all this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at VoIP Watch
View in web browser The Comunicano Daily Welcome back to reality. Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer and the day after Labor Day is always a tough news day. Most of the news is a retake or remake of last week's news or items that "broke" over the weekend. But there are some gems hidden out there. Most noteworthy are the continued dance card being played by T-Mobile where interested buyers come along and kick the tires, look under the hood and make an offer. Don't be surprised to see USA private equity come in along with, or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily I've been remiss in publishing so over the past few days I've started to write again. Onmy blog, in the new LinkedIn Pulse (have you noticed how much LinkedIn has gotten into content?) and now again, here in the Comunicano Daily. This month will go down as one of the most memorable in Apple history, and already the hype machine is in full gear. Venture Beat is calling it current CEO Tim Cook's Waterloo in so many words, casting doubt about him and saying the iWatch is a make or break play for him as the successor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at VoIP Watch
We live in a era where "right now" and "immediately" are pretty much common place. In Las Veags and New York you can have breakfast or dinner at any time, day or night. Services like UPS, FedEx and even Amazon are delivering the goods you want overnight and even same day in some markets in the USA. Companies like UBER and Lyft make it easy to get reliable transportation in an ever growing number of major metropolitan areas around the world. And, thanks to the Internet, services that used to take days or weeks are now available to us in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Before I discovered Domaine d'Aupilhac and forged a life changing friendship with Sylvain Fadat I was first aware of the winery village of Montpeyroux due to the wines of Domaine L'Aigueliere and the winery sits just at the entry to the town. It was the epic 1991s and 1992 Syrah based wines under the names of La Cote Doree and La Cote Rousse that were legendary and some of the first wines from the Coteaux du Languedoc to find their way to California. It was those wines and the wines from Mas de Daumas Gassac that opened my mind to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at WINESCENE
My longtime winepal, Ray McKewon and I have very diverging tastes when it comes to wine. Ray, who produced the RockNapa concerts at Charles Krug Winery in the summer of 2013, and who will stage the music and assemble the musical acts for the upcoming wedding of Pamplemousse Grille's chef and impresario Jeffrey Strauss here in San Diego later this year via his Xceptional Music Company brand loves Napa Valley wines. While my tastes normally run more Rhone-esque, last night at our version of Cheers, which we simply call, "The Moose" I decided to dig into the cellar and bring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at WINESCENE
Do you have a company or technology that's changing the game in Real Time Communications and with WebRTC? If you do...Tell me more. A few years back, before he zapped it and wound it down, Ken Camp authored a blog all about Real Time Communications. He was obviously ahead of his time with the name because today, more and more of what we are hearing about is RTC, and specifically WebRTC. While companies like Blue Jeans Networks, Twilio and TokBox seem to be in the news a lot because they're inside the San Francisco and Silicon Valley echo chamber for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at VoIP Watch
GigaOm and Engadget are both reporting that Microsoft's MSN Messenger will finally be a thing of the past. While Skype has largely taken its place, it was still running in China. Looking back over history my first Messenger was AOL's AIM and then quickly I was using ICQ. Yahoo Messenger came along about the same time as Windows Messenger which actually was able to access the SIP stack buried inside Windows 98. It was back then that I made my first VoIP call via Webley's never released VoIP platform. Skype pretty much wiped out all the IM clients but today... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at VoIP Watch
While pal Doug Mohney is on hiatus from HD Voice News, I figured I'd fill the gap on the news that broke over the past day of so surrounding Verizon and HD Voice and Video (official announcement) that another pal, Kevin Tofel wrote about at Gigaom. To me, the move by VZW is a catchup play. T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS which was the first to offer HD voice but reading the number of "requirements" for what Verizon Wireless is offering leave me wondering if we're really anywhere yet: HD Voice and Video Calling work only when both people are in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at VoIP Watch
This week my Gramofon arrived. In case you don't know what a Gramofon is, it's the streaming connector and router from the team behind FON that lets you connect a speaker system and send your online audio to them much like AirPlay or Chromecast. But what FON is really doing is creating the connective tissue of the Internet one access point at a time that allows any FONERO (that's a user and ower of a FON device) to connect to another FONERO's FON or Gramofon for free. As an early backer of FON's Gramofon Kickstarter campaign, I was able to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at VoIP Watch
It's always fun to be interviewed by TMC Publisher Rich Tehrani. Thanks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at VoIP Watch