Archive for the ‘VoIP’ Category

Ooma Puts Unlimited Phone Calls In A Box

July 20, 2007

Ooma, a Palo Alto, Calif., Internet telephony startup, is offering a box that connects to your broadband Internet connection and your regular old phone, priced at $399. After that, you get unlimited domestic calls at no additional cost. Think of it as Skype but square, tangible, and more expensive, at least if used for less than 13 years. It may sound too good to be true, particularly in light of the troubles faced by Vonage and the collapse of SunRocket. But Ooma has a management team that includes executives from Apple, Cisco, IBM, and Yahoo, as well as actor/entrepeneur Ashton Kutcher. Ooma could be the next TiVo.”

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SunRocket is Toast?

July 17, 2007

“All right people, its all over. SunRocket has hit the dirt. Check our this internal email which went out earlier today to the employees. Now it is hard to ascertain the authenticity of the email, it is clear from recent developments that this was coming. The email was sent out by Sonya Jefferson, Director of Routing and Carrier Services earlier this morning. Jefferson is also looking for a new gig.”

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PSP VoIP Not Coming to U.S.

May 26, 2007

“Sony and British Telecom announced a new joint venture today that allows UK residents the ability to place and receive VoIP and video calls between PSPs and supporting PCs. Initially the service will only work at BT wireless hotspots, but future plans include the expansion to include 100 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Sadly, American PSP owners won’t be allowed to play, at least not yet.”

““There are no plans currently to bring this service to the US,” said Sony’s Dave Karraker in speaking to GigaOM. Bummer for the 7.4 million PSP owners living here. Sony had offered Skype connectivity to the owners of Mylo, a communicator type device, that has vanished liked the Yeti.”

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Enjoy Free Phone To Computer Calls Around The Gglobe With Gizmocall

May 26, 2007

” The people behind Gizmocall, SIPphone have unveiled a new service which lets users receive international calls from any phone without any charge. This free service lets users make international calls from landline or cell phone by calling a local telephone number. So now you have a chance to enjoy free calls between any phone and computer around the globe.”

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PSP To Become Cellphone in UK

May 23, 2007

“Sony is teaming up with BT in the UK to transform the PSP into a cellphone of sorts, letting users hop onto BT hotspots (or their own personal WANs) ’round the country and make phone and video calls. Sony is expected to release a microphone and camera in the UK “soon,” which would facilitate the PSP Phone. BT picked the PSP because of its screen and audio capabilities. How nice of them.”

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Skype Pre-Paid Cards At Wal-Mart

May 14, 2007

Wal-Mart reported Monday that it will offer the first pre-paid cards for Skype VoIP calls as the world’s largest retailer — with 1,800 stores — announced a line of Skype certified headsets, Webcams, and handsets that it will sell in the Internet and voice communications areas of Wal-Mart stores. A Skype spokesman said the pre-paid cards will cost $8.85 and contain a $20 Skype credit and a three-month subscription to the VoIP provider’s Unlimited Calling plan. Skype, a unit of eBay, provides free calling among Skype’s 196 million registered users and relatively inexpensive calls with users on public switched telephone networks.”

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Enjoy Free International And Skype Calls From Any Cell Phone With MOBIVOX

May 12, 2007

” Now use Skype on any cell phone, courtesy MOBIVOX. This beta hosted service requires no downloads and works on any cell phone. You don’t even need be near your computer to enjoy calls and it can be availed in twenty three countries. What else you can enjoy international fixed and mobile calls between MOBIVOX users for free. Just go through the list of features you can enjoy with MOBIVOX:”

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JAJAH Lands $20 million Series C Funding From Intel

May 9, 2007

“VOIP provider JAJAH closes Series C funding of $20 million today, with the lead investment coming from Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel.

Previous TechCrunch coverage here.

As part of the deal Intel will provide JAJAH access to their community of product dealers, OEM customers and developers, as well as access to Intel’s range of VOIP patents.”

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AT&T Dumps VOIP Customers

May 6, 2007

“In the past two weeks AT&T has sent out disconnect letters to VOIP customers in big rude red letters, stating that VOIP service will be suspended in 30 days and permanently disconnected in 60 days. They cited E911 service as the reason. (It is peculiar that AT&T is unable overcome an E911 technical hurdle, since SBC/AT&T is also the local landline company in many areas where VOIP cancellation notices are being received.) Many AT&T VOIP customers have found that they are unable to transfer their phone numbers to a new provider. Further, AT&T is unwilling to set up a forwarding message directing callers to a new phone number for those who are unable to transfer their old numbers. In effect, AT&T has told many long-term VOIP subscribers: ‘We are turning off your phone in 30 days, goodbye.'””

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More Bad News For Vonage

April 16, 2007

“Vonage has finally confirmed what many had feared: The embattled Internet phone company has no “workaround” in hand to sidestep Verizon’s patented Internet phone technology.”

“Vonage, which has around 2.2 million customers, says that it loses about 2.5% of its customers a month, or about 650,000 a year.”

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