Sunday, September 26, 2004 3.0 Launched

It just launched! And if you want a sneak peak of the press release that got picked up by the wire services about Anyion Group, you'll want to go visit the new site *right now*.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Our condolences go out to the family a Sarah Lane, a host on G4 TechTV's "The Screen Savers". As posted by Kevin Rose, "I'm saddened to post that late Monday September 20th 2004, Bill Lane, Sarah's Dad, passed away. Bill had been battling cancer for the last two years and is now at peace. Bill was a school teacher, loving father, and devoted husband. To see Sarah's Mom and Dad together was to witness true love."

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah and her family.

Monday, September 20, 2004 3.0 about to launch

OOOO! We're so excited that we just had to tell someone. 3.0 is about to launch. Check back for another posting when it goes live. (Or just try visiting and you might be sneak up on the soft launch!)

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Clearinghouse for Small Business Resources

If you're looking for tools for your small business, growing business, or ministry, check out for lots of neat programs and special offers. Right now the coolest thing they're doing right now is hosting an archive of the Anyion Services T1 price site. Quite nice of them!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

T1 price quote site archive

Well, if you want T1 pricing in 2 seconds instead of 2 days, you need GeoQuote. And if you've ever wanted to see an archive of highly advanced T1 and internet pricing website, here's your chance. I've indexed the entire Anyion Services website and put it all in one place. And major props to the web guru who made it possible - thanks Patrick!

T1 price quote site archive:

So why shouldn't I get "unlimited" long distance

Ok, so by now if you haven't heard about unlimited long distance plans - like those offered by the phone company and by startups like Broadvox Direct. But there's something the marketing people aren't mentioning that you need to know about in order to make an informed decision about whether you can actually save money with the service.

First, calculate the cost. On average, if you compare unlimited plans to a good long distance package, you will need to talk around 600 minutes before you even break even. Yep, 10 hours. If you spend more than that on long distance calls then, yes, an unlimited plan might be a good choice for you.

But what if you don't talk on the phone that much? Well, simply put, unlimited plans are a rip-off for you. Instead, you will want to use our long distance plan comparison engine to see which long distance plan is the best for you.

You can use our long distance comparison engine online at:

Happy Calling!

Monday, September 13, 2004

Ubiqitous T1 Coverage Across Texas

For those of you who have never lived in or at least been to the state of Texas, it's hard to beleieve just how big this state really is. Imagine taking most of Europe and squishing it into a single state! (Well, except Texas is very sparsely populated.)

The problem with all that land mass is that most carriers don't cover it very well. If you're outside of the Dallas-Forth Worth Metrol area (DFW), Austin or Houston, you can often be SOL when it comes to finding a broadband carrier.

We have good news though! One of our T1 carriers offers complete, blanket T1 coverage across the entire state of Texas. If you can get dialtone - i.e. a phone line - we can put a T1 in your location. And then if you have any neighbors (even if they're in the next ranch) you can hit them w/ a wireless or WiFi shot and share the connection with them to reduce your costs.

Find out about T1 service in Texas at:

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Real T1s in Dallas for as little as $380

Just got word of a terrific promotion going on in Dallas from one of the carriers at Anyion Services. For $380 w/ no install fee and a free router, you can get a real, legitimate T1. This isn't from some mom and pop, rinky dink ISP either. Confidentiality dictates that we can't post the carrier's name here... but they're no small fry.

Submit a T1 quote request online here:

Someone will call you back. The T1 promotion won't show up in the real-time pricing that you see. Since it's a promo, a human will have to handle the order.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Get an iPod (virtually) for Free

Marketing at it's best... participate in a free trial or other promotion, refer a couple friends and get a free iPod, iPod Mini or $250 gift certificate to the Apple iTunes music store. How cool is that!

Sarah Lane's iTunes Plugin list

If you're in iTuner, Sarah Lane from TechTV's The Screen Savers (yes, I refuse to acknowledge G4) has the hook up for 3 of the best plug-ins for iTunes that I've tried lately.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

$30 for unlimited T-Mobile wireless internet on laptops

Ok, first, this isn't referring to Hot Spot coverage - a la T-Mobile at Starbucks. This is referring to the ubiquitous GPRS coverage that's everywhere you can get T-Mobile phone coverage.

For $30 per month you get unlimited wireless usage on their GPRS network. And they've just released the new Sony Ericsson wireless card that does both GPRS and WiFi. So that means with one card and $60/mo you can get unlimited GPRS *AND* Hot Spot access.

WOW! We've been paying $80/mo for our Sprint wireless cards for over a year now. This is a *major* cost savings. I'm nearly dumbfounded... and that doesn't happen often!

Monday, September 06, 2004

VOIP Service for home, SOHO and small business

Ok, we've joined the VOIP parade. Anyion Group is now offering Broadvox Direct VOIP service. We get asked all the time about VOIP for use at home and we've tried pretty much all of the major services (and most of the smaller ones too).

You can order, get more info, etc. here:

We choose to go with Broadvox Direct for a couple reasons:
  • Enterprise roots - Broadvox has been offering enterprise services for a couple years and as such had the experience in house to handle the systems architecture for good service. They also provide a natural - and relatively painless - upgrade path to full out enterprise wide VOIP trunking and VOIP centrex deployments.

  • Price - They offer 3 main plans for residential and 2 for business. Calls between Broadvox subscribers are free. Basic residential service w/ 500 minutes for use anywhere in the US is just $12.95. Unlimited residential calling is $29.95 On the small busines side, $44.95 gets you 2 phone lines - 1 unlimited for calling on and 1 w/ 500 minutes for faxing - and a yellow pages listing.

  • First T.38 support - Broadvox is the only VOIP carrier in the mass market at the moment that supports T.38. For those who don't know what that is, simply put it's *the* best protocol for sending faxes or modem traffic over IP connections. W/ T.38 a fax or modem connection only requires the bandwidth of the modem plus a smigon of overhead (i.e. 9.6 or 14.4K for the typical fax machine or 33.6/56K for modem traffic). Without T.38, the fax/modem tones have to be converted into audio, re-compressed, packetized and re-decoded at the other end. That means for a 9.6K fax transmission you'd be using 90-120K to transmit the call using G.711 voice codecs (which is what all the other carriers are using at the moment).

    With T.38 the tones are simply directly transmitted from your VOIP gateway to a T.38 gateway at the provider side - which acts like a faux modem - and the gateway communicates directly w/ the fax/modem at the receiving end. (That's right, your fax/modem doesn't talk directly to the actual fax machine or modem at the remote end. You're just talking to a gateway.) B/c of that, irregularities of IP transmission can be masked. If your IP connection burps somewhere along the way the gateway can hold the connection w/ the remote fax/modem until your IP connection catches up. By contrast, if you were using a carrier that only supported G.711 voice, the call would drop and you'd have to start all over again.

  • Follow-me - Broadvox lets you have your phone number ring both your VOIP phone AND up to 3 other phones. If you don't answer your VOIP phone, you can configure the service to try you at 3 other locations. Or you can even have your VOIP phone ring simultaneously w/ another phone like your cell phone.

  • Call transfer - Just like you'd have on a big office PBX system, calls that come in to your Broadvox phone can be transferred to any other phone, anywhere in the world. Just hit flash, dial the number to where you want to transfer the call and hang up.

  • Selectable bandwith and ports - You can choose how much compression you want on your calls - and thus how much bandwidth will be used. They support codecs from 30K to 90K (total bandwidth used per second in a call). (FYI... 30K sounds slightly better than a good GSM cell phone w/ 5 bars of service. 60K is equvilent to traditional POTS service. 90K sounds like full rate 1B ISDN voice.) You can also change the port being used for the traffic. So if you're on an ISP somewhere in the world that blocks the normal port 6065 used by most VOIP traffic, you can switch to another port number so you calls still come in and go out like normal.
Try it, we think you'll be thoroughly impressed!

We us it ourselves. :-}

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

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