Michael Roden

Michael Roden

  • GetVoIP Staff Member

Michael Roden is GetVoIP.com’s news reporter and VoIP provider analyst.  Mike currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, all the while neglecting his Mother’s wish that he keep his wallet in his front pocket. He finds the most solace in the arts, humanities, music, & culture – with the same fervor and fascination Aristotle had for the stars. There are few things that may upset Mike, but none more than when Paris Hilton tries to DJ.

Read some of Michael's latest articles below:

February 27, 2013

VoIP Savings: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Savings, cost efficiency, scalability - a few of the oft used words to describe why VoIP is the better choice than traditional telcos. It's a routine point of persuasion -then again, nothing stays new for long. This inspires a wealth of questions, especially in VoIP solutions being able to sustain that "lower" price for long, as popularity grows alongside increased regulation. The fact of the...
February 26, 2013

Worldwide VoIP Use on the Rise: Are Mobile Carriers Down?

There is a distinct trend developing, and it's impossible to say you didn't see it coming. Mobile VoIP use is surging, as the technology begins finding itself on the radar of more and more wireless users.. In fact, we are reaching that point where VoIP usage is becoming more than a trend - it's a very real threat to the profits of leading carriers. Many companies have had plans to launch...
February 25, 2013

Newly Released: Mozilla WebRTC in Action (VIDEO)

At the forefront of the WebRTC movement have been Mozilla, who are moving full speed ahead with Firefox Aurora mobile app as the vehicle of choice. WebRTC stands for "Web Real-Time Communications', an open-source project aimed to enable real-time video, voice, file-sharing and more between browsers. Mozilla have been the most progressive company thus far in terms of making RTC a reality, without...
February 22, 2013

Adventures in Wi-Fi: My Guide to Staying Connected

The first question I pose when I walk in to any establishment, whether it be commercial or residential, is "Do You Have Wi-Fi?" I've been known to ask the maître d' of a hotel I'm not even staying at, the management, waitstaff, everywhere and anywhere, ill ask (the reactions are normally positive, and sometimes hilarious). Think of it as a modern way to drop into public places for the sake of a...
February 21, 2013

What is VoIP Office-in-a-Box Solution?

There are many things that come in a box, with few of them being all-encompassing. A VoIP Office-in-a-Box Solution is quite the opposite, covering all ground from home offices to medium enterprises. By using the functionality  of an IP-PBX, Data router, Wi-Fi access point, VoIP-GSM gateway, plus VPN and Firewall Security, these solutions do virtually everything. Consider it a small server with...
February 20, 2013

Finding The Best Anything: User Discretion Advised

With any new technology that develops even the slightest buzz, comes the treachery of companies looking to capitalize on the trend by selling an inferior product deemed as anything but. Fortunately, we as consumers are equipped with the greatest defense mechanism - our own discretion.  For example, sites like FindTheBest.com might come in handy when shopping for an IP Phone, being purely...
February 20, 2013

VoIP Failover Plans - How Important Are They?

Let's face it - you should always have a Plan B, or even a Plan C if needs be. Voice Over IP communication relies predominantly on the viability of the Internet, and at times this connection is severed through outages (due to inclement weather, scheduled maintenance, etc). The definition of Failover is any backup operational mode in which the functions of a system component (in this case, your...
February 19, 2013

Are VoIP Providers Allowed to Charge for Number Porting?

In short, yes, VoIP providers are absolutely able to charge for number porting - however, this doesn't mean that they always do. In fact, this process is the most seamless when making the move from POTS providers to VoIP, but full of difficulties and even stop signs when transitioning from VoIP to VoIP. No matter your current phone service provider, the Federal Communications Commission requires ...
February 15, 2013

Getting Started: Jive Communications

For us at GetVoIP, we truly enjoy the experience of kicking things off with a new provider. The latest service we initiated, which I'm genuinely looking forward to using, is from Jive Communications. Following the completion of a simple form indicating preferences of service and personal information, the wheels started to turn in our journey to Jive (bear with me, as I'm supressing the...
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