Instant Call Blast Releases Poll Blast (SM)

August 21, 2008

August 18, 2008 (FPRC) — Antmore Technologies, LLC’s website Instant Call Blast just released a new product called Poll Blast (SM) that allows customers to send out polls, surveys, customer satisfaction inquiries, and many more. Antmore Technologies developed this product after many customers demanded such a service. This should help companies and political candidates gather data that will be useful moving forward.

Instant Call Blast would like to introduce you to one of our newest services called Poll Blast (SM)! This service will let you survey your customers, ask constituents in a congressional district about a candidate, or even to find out what your favorite color is. Many companies can provide you with this technology, but we have gone a step further by adding features that no one else has guaranteed! Each report will come with a question number and the person’s response. We will even provide you the percentages of each question so that you don’t even have to look at the date yourself!

Antmore Technologies founder Anthony Morelle had this to say about the new product, ‘we know that there are other polling services out there that do the same things that we are employing. However we have added a few new features that we have not seen anywhere else that will bring our product to the forefront among our competiton.’ Antmore Technologies is keeping their features under wraps and only offering hints about Poll Blast (SM). ‘Let’s just say that it will cost much less than other companies and our customers will get much more.’ Morelle adds.

Instant Call Blast will be adding this service to an already lengthy list of services. ‘There are so many different applications for Poll Blast (SM) that will be able to help companies gather crucial data about their customer services. We are actually going to employ these services to see how we are doing!’ Morelle adds.

Instant Call Blast hopes to gain enough exposure with Poll Blast (SM) before the Presidential Election; politics being one of the most widely used industries that employ polling services. Candidates usually use this service to poll constituents about issues that they care about. This helps candidates understand how the voters in a district are going to choose their candidate.

By the end of the year, Morelle hopes to roll out another product called Text Blast (SM) what will also compliment political campaigns; one of the newer technologies that politicians are using to get out their message. ‘There is just a large amount of different uses that we could never list them all. Every day I get someone that I would never think use our services. It just goes to show that VOIP and SMS messages are the wave of the future!’ says Morelle.

If you have any questions about this release or would like to know more about our products, please contact us at contact@instantcallblast.com or call us at 800-634-9614 option 1.

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CT Integration Systems and Antmore Technologies Team Up to Create Monroe County Wiki

July 21, 2008

July 14, 2008 (FPRC) — CT Integration Systems and Antmore Technologies, two Rochester, NY area companies have collaborated on the Monroe County Wiki. It’s purpose is to bring the community closer together, meet other people, exchange ideas, and foster economic growth. “It is our hope that we can create a community where it is okay to exchange ideas help out area businesses as well,” says Antmore Technologies’ owner Anthony Morelle.

CT Integration Systems owner/founder Matthew Jamesson is a recent Rochester Institute of Technology graduate. He created his company in part because of his need to showcase his talents and a need to make money right out of college. “I really wanted to be able to use the skills I have learned and make money doing what I love. I have to compete with many other area graduates that are looking for the same type of job and the Rochester area doesn’t offer the types of opportunities with today’s economy.”

Antmore Technologies owner/founder Anthony Morelle is a telecommunications entrepreneur that also created a company because he wanted to fulfill a need that many other business leaders have neglected; the multitude of young talent leaving the Rochester area. “I believe in this City. I want to be in a position to hire the recent graduates because we have a common goal: to stay in the City of Rochester. There is so much talent leaving this City that I want to hold on to as many people as possible.”

CT Integration Systems and Antmore Technologies both conferred on the idea of a Monroe County Wiki after Morelle’s experience with a local wiki community. “I looked at a wiki community as a way to spread the news about my company. Since I felt that it was a local wiki, my company was local, it was a perfect fit. It turned out to be stifling and full of people that were self serving. It didn’t promote any business and limited user’s abilities. That is a stifling atmosphere and not conducive to Rochester’s economic downturn.” Matthew Jamesson agreed, “I was going to create a Scottsville Wiki but when Morelle came to me about having one for Monroe County, it seemed like a natural fit.”

Monroe County Wiki will allow businesses, people, and ideas to promote themselves. They will be able to tastefully edit others’ content, create pages, and discuss ideas. “This is the embodiment of the 1st Amendment and I think other wiki communities don’t understand that,” Morelle adds. This community will be about the Monroe County area only, but both owners agree that if this works and they are recognized, it can spur a whole slew of area communities all over the country.

Matthew Jamesson had this to say about Monroe County Wiki, “This will be a guide to Monroe County, foster business growth and togetherness. I can’t stress this enough in this economic climate.” One of the great benefits of posting your business in the Monroe County Wiki is the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) boost your site will receive when you link back. “We won’t mind anyone posting their small business or large corporation on our site as long as you are a contributor,” Jamesson adds.

Monroe County Wiki is always a work in progress. You can reach the site from the link below.


Antmore Technologies’ Instant Call Blast Releases New Call Blast Products

July 16, 2008

July 7, 2008 (FPRC) — Antmore Technologies, LLC’s Instant Call Blast website has created several different types of call blasts that will suit the needs of its robocall and voice broadcasting clientele.

Introducing: Political Blast (SM), Emergency Blast SM, School Blast SM, Union Blast SM, Patient Blast SM, Religious Blast SM, Sports Blast SM, Ticket Blast SM, Wake up Blast SM.

Each Call Blast is designed to identify the needs of each industry carefully addressing the problems and solutions that each type of client requires. Antmore Technologies felt that one type of call blast for each customer was just too broad of a solution as certain clients had different requirements. Antmore Technologies founder Anthony Morelle had this to say about the new products release, “this will not only help streamline Instant Call Blast’s operational capacity, but also make it easier for our customers to do business and use our services with ease.”

Instant Call Blast started out working with politicians and political consultants. They have since expanded into many other industries that have jumped onto the bandwagon of prerecorded messages. Each customer has identified that they can reach all of their contacts in a matter of moments as opposed to hours. Church groups, ticket brokers, doctor’s offices, hotels, and unions have found not only savings in time and money, but also a long term relationship with Instant Call Blast!

While there may be a Robocall Do Not Call Registry on the horizon that may stifle the industry, Morelle had this to say, “once people have realized that voice broadcasting is the answer to rising postage in the United States, the industry will see a rise in these types of calls.” Morelle goes on to add that the registry is just another excuse for people to avoid going to the polls. “As a registered voter, I actually welcome these calls because it helps me become informed about issues, platforms, and candidates. Anyone that doesn’t like these types of calls is either not a voter or un-American,” Morelle later adds.

Morelle says that he will be rolling out Text Blast (SM) and Poll Blast (SM) and Pet Blast (SM) that will alert your neighborhood of a missing pet. “There are so many uses for this technology, it is just another extension to everyday life. You can call people for birthdays or event reminders.”

Morelle set up a Myspace page specifically to draw support for another product called Band Blast (SM) that will alert band-goers of a venue change, event reminder, or concert tickets. “As I have said, there are too many uses that are recognized everyday that I won’t be able to keep up!”

Morelle hopes to generate support for his new products with giveaways, discounts, and prizes. He recently installed a newsletter platform on his homepage to steer potential and existing customers towards further savings. “There isn’t another company out there that can offer what we can!”

Instant Call Blast’s website has been restructured to handle the traffic and are anticipating an increase in traffic by 500%. “We hope this will be a great quarter to an already amazing year!”

http://www.free-press-release-center.info/pr00000000000000017483.html


Robocall Registry An Assault on 1st Amendment Rights

June 28, 2008

As I have read through the numerous blogs, articles, and podcasts regarding the political Do Not Call Registry, I begin to wonder “what are we doing to ourselves?” I mean we blame George W. Bush for eroding our personal freedoms in the name of public safety and fear. Some zealots come knocking on our door about a registry and you graciously sign away your freedoms.

What freedoms do you ask? How about your right to make robocalls into a Congressional District to poll voters about your political leaders ability to lead. Your rights to run a successful campaign with little or no money against an incumbent that may have a 6-7 figure war chest.

How is the common man supposed to compete with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? How many of us really have $10 Million that we can pull out of our bank accounts to pay for a presidential run? How about a Congressional run? Robocalls are a way to reach a large portion of the population with platform issues that can cover more ground than a knock at the door and a highly unorganized HQ campaign calling.

Thousands of Americans would rather give up this right because they are annoyed a few times a year? I still have to watch the commercials, but there isn’t an uproar over the vast amount of money being spent to annoy us for 30 seconds on television. Why don’t we ban commercials as well. Why don’t we ban mailers. Why don’t we ban people knocking at our door. Why don’t we ban lawn signs, bumper stickers, pins…heck why don’t we just ban candidates!

That’s where America is headed. One out of two eligible voters gets to the polls since the 1960’s. We may have seen a spike in a few presidential elections, but the Election of 2000 saw 50%. That is sad. In my county, it is 35%. One out of 3 people go to the polls in off-election years. Australia has it right because there is a fine associated with not voting so 95% turn out. New York State wants to make money, have them pass a Compulsory Voting Law. Then again we might see “real” politics happen and that would undo everything these 20+ year legislator office holding runs. They would actually have to follow through with campaign promises!

I find that the people that complain too much about the robocalls are really just a minority of people that cornered the market while no one was looking. States that are less populated are going to pass laws against robocalls because its cheaper to run a campaign. Try running a simple school board campaign in any number of suburbs of California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. We won’t see those registries pop up anywhere near those states because it’s not feasible to run campaigns there and legislators rely heavily on contacting the most people for the cheapest price!

While I applaud Shaun Dakin’s efforts to flood the market with articles, blogs, and interviews, its an uphill battle that he won’t win. You might have Indiana and a few other states locked down, but try your business in New York. I will laugh at you. Politics is big business here. Just to run for local office, you better have at least $1 Million in your war chest.

I think that Dakin’s efforts are noble, but futile. He acts just like a politician with the website and the “thanks for emailing us, someone will get back to you shortly” message. I don’t think he’s replacing anything. I would suspect that at one time, he probably worked for the United States Postal Service. He’s either being supported by lobby groups for the USPS, or by the Postal Unions themselves. I mean Dakin, you must understand that politics is moving forward with technology, what makes you think that stopping robocalls is going to stop the politicians from going to your house?

Wait until the personal video, where Joe Schmoe is running for County Legislator and he sends a personalized video mail to your television. Text messaging is on the rise in political campaigns. They are reaching you when you aren’t home? What’s the difference when they aren’t calling your house but they are texting you while you are at the grocery store, at the mall, in the car, the list goes on. Texting is a different technology than robocalls with some similarities. No laws written have expressed any kind of language that omits being texted. There is nothing mentioned about SMS technology. That’s because the leadership in our country probably can’t even text a message to anyone!

It has been my experience that the people complaining about robocalls are registered voters that don’t go to vote. They just belong to the party since they signed up when they were 18. I would highly expect that the majority of the people on Dakin’s registry are non voters that are enrolled in a party. They use the excuse to say they are registered to friends, but they really don’t have views, are politically motivated, or even care who represents them in Congress. They try to drum up these reports and studies that show young people are the most apathetic. Well it’s because the majority of “lifer” politicians ignore them. So why should they vote? Then when they do have the chance at age 30 something, those “lifer” politicians get voted out simply because they outlived their usefulness.

I blame the Baby-boomer generation for these robocall registries. A picture of Dakin on one of the corporate social linking sites shows him to look into his 40s. No wonder why he doesn’t like robocalls, his generation never experienced the Computer Age quite like my peers did. He wasn’t around during the MTV channel premiere because he was most likely either in the work force or in college. There was not a wide proliferation of television sets. People do not use media today like they did back then. They were too busy burning bras, their draft cards, and fighting to invoke a counter culture. Well here we go! They are all now retiring and becoming the fastest block of voters that don’t vote! They also contributed to the rise of a whole slew of political cronies throughout America that is only interested in serving themselves.

The Baby Boomers fear technology. They don’t understand that you can text an order to Starbucks in NYC and get the coffee when they arrive and already pay for it. I will admit that some of them are technologically savvy, but that is because their work or 3rd career forces them to learn these “darn fangled” devices.

Everything is a home invasion for these people, while my generation embraces it. Big Brother is watching you! Yeah okay, you bought right into the current administration’s hands. Meanwhile you are cutting the last few ties that bind you to the political process.

People complain that their representatives don’t do more for them. They complain that they never hear about their accomplishments in government on their behalf. People complain that they would like their opinions to count. Well the lazy baby boomers have come up with the Do Not Call Registry because they didn’t feel they had to leave their house. God forbid they would have to drive or walk to the local County Board of Elections office and erase their number on the list. No, people like Dakin have to make a huge spectacle out of everything! Even though the same technology could save a life during a hurricane, alert the neighborhood to a predator, find your pet, get a prerecorded message from Joe Schmoe telling you that he’s currently passing a bill that could cut your taxes and leave it on your voice mail.

No we don’t want to be bothered because we would rather complain. Well burn your bra, Dakin! When you die of old age, the rest of my generation will just repeal your selfish laws and registries because robocalls make sense. You might find the calls to be ridiculous, so just buy an unlisted number, build a moat, fall off the grid, and you and the rest of your followers can buy a nice tract of ranch land in Wyoming that Alan Thicke is selling and drink the poison Kool-Aid.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not here to single anyone out except Dakin and his non-voting followers. There are plenty of Baby Boomers that are doing the right thing. However that is slightly less than about 40 million people. In a country of over 300 million, that is about 1/7th of the total population and I am taking into consideration that those figures works in 1/3 of the total population divided by 50% of voters (1 out of 2) in that age bracket…give or take. You combine that with the results of the 2000 Elections and you have 100 million people once you combine the 1/4 of young and elderly voters.

I also don’t think all politicians are bad, just the ones in New York State. Only because they have lacked true initiative to do anything remotely advantageous for the people. They spend twice as much as the rate of inflation and then tax the people to death! No wonder more people are leaving this state! A correlation? Gee I wonder!

However I can attribute my parents’ generation and their actions to today’s society. I just think that they are put off by technology that they are scared of and want it to disappear because they lived in a Cold War society that thought hiding under a desk would protect them from an atomic blast. At the same time, many of them, about 50,000 according to Dakin, don’t care about anything except themselves. Dakin doesn’t even like when people call his house using Findtoto.com in order to have the neighborhood search for their pets. That’s the kind of person Dakin is and that is the kind of society he chooses to be involved in. I think it’s poisonous to America and everything it stands for.

In conclusion, I say that not voting, burning your draft card, and signing up for the Robocall Do Not Call registry is un-American. The only thing that Dakin is fostering is the movement towards complete and utter apathy! He’s the type of guy who would watch you get shot on his lawn, complain that you are bleeding on his grass, and go inside his house and not call the authorities. If 50,000 people want to join him, then at least we have a collection of phone numbers to start when it comes to texting the Hell out of them!


What To Do When Robocalls Annoy You

June 21, 2008

Hi Kids!

Today I am going to talk to you about Robocall Safety. Every year I listen to people complain and threaten me, my company, and my very well-being because they received a robocall. Now if you follow my advice, you too will be able to rid your house of those pesky robocalls.

Step 1. When you fill out your voter registration form, don’t include your phone number! If you don’t want them to call you, stop yourself here and you won’t have to follow the remainder steps. This step is the most important!

Step 2. If you already have a number on your registration card, call your local County Board of Elections and ask to have your name removed.

Step 3. If you are too lazy to do that, sign up for the supposed registry. I am sure that “CEO” will help you to become the apathetic voter you aspired to be!

Step 4. When you have completed steps 2 and 3, please suspend the urge to call every robocall company on the web. Unless you feel like being a complete lunatic, be my guest. Don’t be surprised if the people you are talking to didn’t actually handle your calling campaign.

There are many companies operating out of many states and cities and counties. Heck some campaigns are running their own robocall setup and we never had anything to do with it. So don’t blame us. At Instant Call Blast, we review all the messages going out from our equipment. If we don’t like your message or it does not follow state and federal guidelines, we will deny your call blast.

Bottomline, don’t blame the robocall company for sending you the robocall. Blame yourself for giving out your phone number. Once you give an organization that information, they are free to distribute it any way they wish according to their guidelines. Since the dawn of telemarketing, that has always been the golden rule. Just use the same rules that govern your use of your Social Security Number and I don’t have to hear your complaints.

I mean who really has the time to call each and every company listed on the web? A person with too much time on their hands protesting the robocall when they should have gone out and voted! Statistically 1 of every 2 people of voting age doesn’t vote in this country. I am a firm believer that the robocall complainers are a large part of that other 50%.

Be Safe Kids and Don’t Do Drugs!

Brought to you by the Robocall Ad Council


Worst Provider Award Goes To…

June 17, 2008

The worst provider award goes to Nufone.Net for taking 3 weeks to get back to me (today) on a help desk ticket. I had my 800 number with that company since I started in this industry. Well not exactly, the company I was with previously was a Nufone number. All the same, I am not sure what the problem is these days with VOIP providers and resellers.

This guy, “Admin Jeremy” proceeds to tell me about how it was my fault his company was duplicating tones on my 800 number. He proceeds to tell me that I had to upgrade my software and a whole slew of things to make the problem go away. He went so far as to tell me that it was not possible for his company to be at fault…except the part where it took 3 weeks to answer my help desk ticket. Even then the guy never expressed any type of apology for his company’s behavior.

Apparently according to “Admin Jeremy” I had to be a post paid customer and not a prepaid customer in order to receive support. What this dufus doesn’t understand is that he never responded to the help desk ticket. So what difference does it make? There is no Customer Support or Help Desk phone number on their website and they sell phone numbers! Real shady!

Either way, Nufone.Net is the worst company and I don’t care that they don’t refund my money. I am tired of these VOIP Providers and their “company of one” mentality. It just goes to my theory that just because you have a background in IT, IS, Telecom, and a mixture of them all, you still have to be able to deal with your customers. Unfortunately you can’t learn customer service in school. You can’t learn this gaming 18 hours a day in a Warcraft expansion game. It involves you actually talking to people and dealing with their problems. You can’t just open up a company because you have the expertise in the industry. It takes many other factors that go into building a company. Most importantly, you need to be able to take care of your customer’s issues.

JP at Binfone.com has been my saviour. He took care of me when I ported my number from Nufone (which took a week to get ahold of…another reason I knew I was not at fault). I was up and running within 3 days, the minimum amount of time it takes to port a number. I hopefully have distanced myself from everyone that is incompetent and I can move ahead. Best part of all, I didn’t have to upgrade anything. That’s because there was nothing wrong with my setup because it was designed by CT Integration Systems with Rochester Institute of Technology telecom expertise.

Here is a link for another guy who thought Nufone went out of business:

http://lists.digium.com/pipermail/asterisk-biz/2004-November/001082.html

Another:

http://lairds.org/Kyler/stupidity/Jeremy_McNamara

http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t233111-p2-re-is-nufone-going-out-of-business.html

http://lists.digium.com/pipermail/asterisk-users/2004-May/039645.html

http://ircarchive.info/asterisk/2007/3/16/1.html

Wow! I didn’t know I could find all this on the first few pages just Googling “Nufone.” Maybe I should have done that before I dealt with them! Reading through most of the dialogue, Jeremy McNamara hasn’t learned his lesson about handling customers over the years. I feel sorry for people who can’t learn for their mistakes. It just shows that these types of people have no capacity to learn, but will probably own another company someday…

I will just name my award the Jeremy McNamara Award for Worst Provider. The saddest thing is that I have a whole list of names of people that could be named for this award. People just never learn anything about customer service. I have found that the largest concentration of customer service violators come from this industry. That is why I wished that the Federal Government licensed these people. That way it will weed out the incompetent people. Man this really burns me…

** As a disclaimer (for a certain someone), I am going through old emails and I don’t see your direct link except that I do know that you were an owner/representative of Plainvoip that has my money and I have no knowledge of any other owner. I think your type is dispicable and I will edit my blog for you, but please note that I don’t buy your “innocent” act when you left a message on my voice mail. Your old employer had quite a few things to say about your behavior at Molten, Inc. This is not a coincidence.

You might fill the Internet with your “I am a cool telecom guy, choose me as a resource.” However I am well aware of your history, whether or not you were directly involved with leadership of these companies, you represented them. To me and the legions of unhappy customers you left in the wake of at least two (that I know of) companies, there is no difference between ownership or representation. If you are truly innocent, then maybe your ability and judgment to work with legitimate businesses really sucks! At the very least, with your knowledge of the operations of many of these “scam” companies, you owe an apology to the screwed customers for knowingly allowing people you helped and doing nothing.

Your name actually causes many other people to NOT do business with that company. I wonder how you live with yourself and get up everyday. I seriously consider your ethical behavior and I hope that you personally don’t open a business in New York because you are a phone call away from the Consumer Protection Bureau. I have mentioned to several ranking politicians here about companies that “set up and fold” only to set up again without criminal charges. I hope to seriously cause some politicians to regulate the reseller industry. I will make it harder for people like you to continuously set up your companies and scamming others; giving companies like mine a bad name. Oh and the whole “I was just following orders” excuse won’t fly with a judge. Ask the guys at Nuremberg.**


Do You Know Your VOIP Provider?

June 11, 2008

One of the things that I had to deal with during my timultuous time of setting up Instant Call Blast and my previous company was the myriad of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) providers and resellers that have invaded the web. I dealt with at least 17 different companies to become vendors for my calls before I decided to see what it took to become one myself.

I pride myself on being completely honest. That is something that is a rare commodity in this industry. You want to know who I am? Google “Anthony Morelle.” Of course then you have to figure out if I am the DJ, the Penn State Quarterback, the City of Rochester City meter thief, or some newscaster. I am none of them, but I do hail from Rochester, NY. I do post on other blogs occasionally.

The point I am trying to make, and I cannot stress this enough, find out who you are dealing with. Political affiliations aside, the most important thing to figure out is “are they reputable?” I had a provider in my early days of going solo tell me that he was in business for over 12 years when a background check on his company only showed 2 years. Being in the VOIP Reselling business is quite a challenge. Being involved for over 10 years is unheard of. These companies go out of business faster than you can say “Voice Over Internet Protocol.”

There are other companies that I compete with on the Internet that are less than reputable. It’s important to understand who you are dealing with. I can’t stress that enough. You will see some shady things going on when the prices are real cheap. There is a reason for that folks! I am selling you a pretty reasonable product. If there is only one way to receive payment, then you might want to figure out why.

If a company is affiliated with another, larger VOIP vendor and the reseller tells you that the reason your calls stopped is because the larger company doesn’t like robocalls or voice broadcasts. That person is lying to you and I would highly recommend a refund. Most of the larger companies like Verizon, XO, Comcast, Level 3, Time Warner and many others thrive on these types of calls because they are still making money. One company I dealt with directly told me that they signed up 3 companies like mine last week. Prerecorded phone messages are the wave of the future when getting a message out compared to the cost of postage.

If your provider decides not to answer your help ticket, they joined this place:

http://www.myvoipprovider.com/VoIP_Provider_Graveyard/

The worst part about everything is that the government does nothing. Companies go under, take your money, and set up shop somewhere else under a new name. There was a guy I knew about that owned 3 different VOIP reselling companies in a few years and was still able to operate within the United States. That guy should be in a cell somewhere. Other providers have already been there. Find out who you are dealing with folks.

It doesn’t matter if they are selling you time for a penny a call or half a penny. You get what you paid for. You may be treated with no dignity, no respect, and have to deal with a person who may not even know the definition of “business ethics.” I am only telling you this because I feel you should know. As a former customer to at least 20 companies, I have the experience to know that you will be ripped off when you don’t do your homework.

Why trust me you ask? Well because I am trying to bring back business ethics and customer service to this industry. You aren’t just a bunch of walking dollar signs and I truly believe that I can be an example and a beacon for many of my customers who have been burned in the past by other companies. This technology is very useful with every day applications. You just have to find the right people to deal with.