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Independent Channel Utopia

What if agents could design the perfect alternate channel organization? Id like to give it a shot. While Im not presumptive enough to think I will cover all the bases in this article, I hope my comments inspire carriers to make some of these suggestions a reality. Why me? I have been in the telecommunications […]

Nacchio Gets Six Years in Prison, Must Repay $52 Million

Joe Nacchio, Qwest Communications International Inc.s embattled former CEO, was sentenced July 27 to six years in prison. A federal judge on Monday also ordered Nacchio to repay $52 million within 15 days, pay a $19 million fine, cover most legal costs and serve two years of probation in addition to his prison time. Nacchio […]

Apple Rebounds From AT&T News

Apple Inc. had the last laugh at the end of the week as its stock recovered from AT&T Inc.s iPhone sales hit and soared past the all-time high set on July 20. On Thursday afternoon, Apple shares were trading for $145.60, down from an earlier afternoon price of $147.18, but still surpassing last Fridays record […]

US Conferencing Touts Rock-Bottom Buy Rate

Throughout 2007, agents will receive a drastically reduced buy rate for the first 90 days, no matter when an account is signed, US Conferencing (Booth 617) announced at the Spring 2007 Channel Partners Conference & Expo. The promotion applies to US Conferencings reservationless audio and integrated Web/audio services. The discounted rate is 2.9 cents on […]

Tigerpaw Debuts LiveBridge

Business management software developer Tigerpaw Software Inc. (Booth 733) has unveiled LiveBridge, a monthly subscription service that lets manufacturers, distributors and dealers communicate with each other in real time. LiveBridge delivers the missing link that now connects all parties to one platform to sell more products faster, with more accuracy and less administrative overhead, Tigerpaw […]

VoiceLog, First Marketing Deliver e-Kit for Quick Communication

Third-party verification services provider VoiceLog LLC, a division of BSG Clearing Solutions, and First Marketing launched e-Kit, a program designed to let service providers, competitive utility companies and other marketers communicate with new customers immediately following third-party verification. After VoiceLog notifies First Marketing that a new subscribers third-party verification is valid, First Marketing will e-mail […]

SimpleSignal Launches Incentive Program

SimpleSignal Inc. has unveiled a VoIP agent incentive program called 45-45-45 — agents will receive $4,500 if they sell 45 hosted VoIP seats in 45 days. Towards the end of the year, many dealers can tend to lose steam, said David Gilbert, president of SimpleSignal. We wanted to create the opposite effect, so we developed […]

Voice Blasting by Schools Creates Agent Opportunity

By Dan Baldwin, Telecom Association President I’d really like to find the guy who sold the voice blasting service to all the mortgage companies so I can run my car keys along the entire length of his car. On the other hand I’d like to give a big hug to the person who sold the […]

Stevens Bill Gets a Makeover

Sen. Ted Stevens, chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, has made some key revisions to his telecom reform bill. The proposed legislation The Communications, Consumers Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 has ballooned from its initial 135 to 151 pages, but still contains controversial net neutrality provisions or, rather, a lack thereof. Documents obtained […]

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