The World Traveler and 3CX: A Match Made in Heaven

Last week we introduced the new (free) version of PIAF5 powered by 3CX v15.5 supporting four simultaneous calls, unlimited trunks, 10 extensions, and 10-user conference calls. And today we’re torture-testing our new 3CX server in the Bahamas aboard one of Carnival’s 3,000-passenger floating cities. Somebody’s gotta do it, right? What makes this such a challenging test for any PBX are several things. First, we’re using a free Google Voice trunk on a free 3CX PBX that we configured in under 10 minutes at CloudAtCost for a one-time cloud server charge of $17.50. (Read More…)

Revolutionary VoIP: The New (free) PIAF5 powered by 3CX

There are evolutions, and then there are revolutions. The new PIAF5 powered by 3CX v15.5 is revolutionary on so many levels: price, feature set, flexibility, stability, and security for openers. For Nerd Vittles readers that want a free PBX for your home or small business, there’s a revolutionary bonus. Starting today, you can download a perpetual license for a 4 simultaneous call, 10 extension, unlimited trunks edition of 3CX v15.5 at zero cost! (Read More…)

VoIPtopia 2017: Choosing the Best, Free VoIP Platform

Once a year we like to step back and survey the latest and greatest VoIP developments for the coming year. And 2016 was certainly filled with surprises including the release of free versions of 3CX sporting the PIAF5 and Elastix 5.0 monikers. That, in turn, produced a wave of FUD from our friends at Sangoma® urging users to return to their open source roots. But guess what? Sangoma was pitching their FreePBX Distro®, another closed source product just like 3CX. Sure, the Sangoma distro has open source components… just like 3CX and your car for that matter. But it’s disingenuous to diss other products because they’re closed source platforms when yours is too. So today we want to cut through the sales pitches and compare apples to apples while offering our Elastix friends this New Year’s Day Resolution: (Read More…)

Free At Last: Introducing PBX in a Flash 5

Today is a big day. We are thrilled to introduce PBX in a Flash 5 powered by 3CX®. As many of you know, 3CX has been a platinum sponsor of Nerd Vittles for quite some time so this may not be a complete surprise. The good news is a new Debian-based PIAF5 ISO is now available to ease the installation process for those getting their feet wet with Linux for the first time. Debian 8 is a terrific Linux distribution used in the very best server products.

The most important change is the transition from Asterisk®/FreePBX® to 3CX. Say what, 3CX? Isn’t that a commercial product? Yes, but PIAF5 remains free for up to 8 simultaneous calls with a SIP trunk as well as 5-user web conferencing. That’s sufficient to support about 25 employees and represents a very large segment of the existing PIAF installed base. (Read More…)