In-Room Phone: “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”

In-Room Phone: “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”

Tweet The Telephone: One of the very most useful of all inventions, but rendered almost worthless & a cold & deliberate theft & swindle by the black scoundrelism & selfishness of the companies of chartered robbers who conduct it. – Mark Twain’s Notebooks & Journals, Volume 3, Notebook 30, August 1890-June 1891 (a)   For years people have been predicting the end of the in room phone, to Misquote Mark Twain “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” reports that the in-room phone is dead and going away seem to be way exaggerated. As has been reported many places Annual revenue collected by U.S. hotels from phone calls dropped to an average of $178 per room in 2009 from $1,252 in 1999, a decline of 86 percent, according to Colliers PKF Hospitality Research. Meanwhile, income from in-room movies and games dropped to $126 per room from $171, a decline of 26 percent, according to the research firm.(1) There is a good post by Rafat Ali over on Linkedin that explains why there is so little use of the in-room phone: Another part is hotels brought it upon themselves, making the phone systems complex (dial 9 for outside line, anyone?), bleeding expensive ($3 for a local call, $ pray-it-isn’t-too-bad for a long distance, $ you’re-crazy-to-try-this for international calls) and unnecessary tinkering with consumer behavior (have you tried checking a voicemail on that phone ever?). Even more crazy, hotels even now charge by the minute, or start charging after a certain number of rings even if ultimately the call didn’t go through. As usage dropped, hotels stopped caring about the hotel...
New Technology Partner – Allo

New Technology Partner – Allo

Tweet To start the new year we at Phonebnb want to talk a little about our technology partners. And what would be better than starting with our newest one, Allo?       ALLO (www.allo.com) is a Canadian company established in Bangalore India for the past 8 years, which designs, develops and manufactures VOIP hardware such as Digital Telephony Cards, VOIP Gateways, Hybrid PBX systems (IP and PSTN), IP phones, ATAs, UTMs (Unified Threat Managers for Network Security) and SBCs (Session Border Controllers to protect Asterisk pbxs). Where it is necessary for Phonebnb to install hardware on a BRI or PRI line, we use the appropriate Allo gateway so that we do not need to make any changes in the actual PBX hardware. As we sit between the PBX and your local phone company, each box uses an even number of ports. One connected to the PBX and the other to the existing carrier line....