Facebook, Instagram and Microsoft. Some big numbers and scary implications for mobile, VoIP and web future!

Those of you on Twitter would have seen the news first, but in case you didn’t:

  1. Facebook buys Instagram photo sharing network for $1bn
  2. Why Microsoft spent $1 billion on AOL’s patents 

 

The first one is cool and shows you how the social media sector can pay for itself when an app is released free. Instagram allows you to takes pics and automatically upload them up to Twitter, Facebook and do fancy effects on them. The native Facebook iPhone app was clunky to use with pics.

There are also 13 guys in Instagram now all worth almost $100m (CEO got most). The general comment is that the Android release last week had a big impact on the deal and also their powerful RESTful API and OAuth 2 (just like the SureVoIP API, but we weren’t first 🙂 ).

The scary news is that the newly owned Microsoft patents are so powerful. They just bought one for SSL, you know, the thing that allows you to go to https:// for your bank and the whole web.

There’s a lot of other mobile patents in that list too. Food for thought as to what damage they can do in the future like create a Microsoft tax for many things and kill a lot of mobile innovation and there’s even some in there about VoIP!

SureVoIP Launches Innovative API

Aberdeen-based communications company SureVoIP has just launched an innovative API (application programming interface) which will provide an even better service for customers and partners and allow 100% self-service and interaction with the SureVoIP suite of products and services.

To ensure communications with other products and services, the company has just launched what is believed to be UK VoIP’s first publicly available and documented Application Programming Interface (API) beta of this kind.

Commenting on the move, SureVoIP managing director Gavin Henry said: “It is vital for us to remain at the forefront of technology and it is anticipated that this API will further enhance our ability to provide the broadest possible spectrum to all customers and partners, existing or potential.

“The SureVoIP API can be used to send SMS messages, faxes, generate telephone calls, manage accounts and telephone numbers, subscribe to event notifications and use a feature called OAuth 2.0 which allows third parties to create Apps like those for Twitter and Facebook.

“Various partnerships have been put in place to maximise adoption and many of our existing customers are already incorporating this API into their Mobile App strategy. Because of this, SureVoIP has also started development work on its own mobile app for customers and partners as well as a long list of exciting new ways to make a telephone call.”

SureVoIP is regulated by Ofcom, is a member of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA) and is a finalist in that organisation’s 2012 awards. The company is also the holder of an ITSPA Quality Mark accreditation. For further information visit www.surevoip.co.uk or call 01224 900123 or email sales@surevoip.co.uk

Notes to Editors

SureVoIP is a leading Internet Telephone Service Provider and is part of the Suretec Group. Based at Bridge of Don, Aberdeen the company has worked in locations as diverse as Canada, Nepal, the Netherlands and the Seychelles. The company is a member of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA) and is regulated by Ofcom. For further information visit www.surevoip.co.uk or call 01224 900123.

We’ve doubled our inbound VoIP capacity

Business has been amazing here and 2012 is going to be fantastic. We’ve got some big PR coming out soon and some other technical announcements (API, mobile Apps). Our store is also being worked on to help streamline the signup process with better pricing on hardware too.

Anyway, we’ve now doubled our VoIP capacity with BT wholesale to meet this new and upcoming business and brought on a new location with them. Currently inbound and outbound calls go through BT wholesale in Reading and our other 3 carriers at different locations. We’ve now added Manchester to this which means we have another site for resilience. That’s London, Reading, Manchester and Edinburgh.

This change will go live at 08:00 this Thursday (19th Jan) and will not result in any downtime. If you have any concerns or questions before or after this goes live please contact me personally.

Thanks,

Gavin.

P.S. Have you seen our SureVoIP 5 star reviews?