February 24, 2005
Aggressive player aspires to dominate VoIP mindshare with vanity toll-free numbers and matching domain names.
VoIP, Inc (OTCBB:VOII) announced today that it has acquired the three vanity telephone numbers, 1-800-TALKTIME, 1-888-TALKTIME and 1-877-TALKTIME, along with the domain names 800TALKTIME.COM, 1800TALKTIME.COM and 1-800-TALKTIME.COM, and a US trademark for 1-800-TALKTIME.
The company views the acquisition and promotion of these brands as giving it a substantial marketing edge with consumers in the retail VoIP, subscriber-based telephony market throughout the US and Canada, and eventually beyond, which are its targets.
It believes 1-800-TALKTIME can become synonymous with VOIP services, against competition from the likes of Vonage, AT&T’s CallVantage, Deltathree’s iConnectHere,Packet8, and Primus Telecom.
Received marketing wisdom is that memorable phone numbers can generate up to twice the TV and ten times the radio direct response sales compared to generic phone numbers. The industry will watch to see how that plays out here.
January 6, 2005
New Texas Instruments silicon and software will be compatible with AT&T’s CallVantage service, via AT&T’s certification lab testing.
AT&T (NYSE:T) is partnering with Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) to help VoIP equipment designers and manufacturers develop new platforms compatible with AT&T’s CallVantage Service over its global IP network.
Texas Instruments will deliver AT&T-compatible reference designs for voice gateways and terminal adapters, thus speeding to market OEM products for the CallVantage Service all over the world.
One of the first TI-based VoIP products that will be available through AT&T’s CallVantage Service is VTech Communications’ VoIP 6322 2.4GHz DSS Dual Line Corded/Cordless Broadband Telephone System, which can be used with both traditional and broadband phone services, and is expandable up to eight cordless handsets.
December 8, 2004
Qwest has added 100 more cities where its OneFlex VoIP solution is available for businesses.
Qwest Communications International, Inc (NYSE: Q) announced today the continuing expansion of its OneFlex nationwide VoIP service for business, initially launched in August 2004.
OneFlex is a proprietary Qwest solution initially available to business customers in 26 key metropolitan areas, including 14 cities within the company’s local service region, and 12 major national markets. Now, Qwest offers the service in more than 100 additional cities across the US, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, St. Louis, and Tampa, Fla.
The OneFlex service comprises three options: OneFlex Integrated Access, OneFlex Hosted VoIP, and IP Centrex Prime, offering respectively, variable bandwidth, integrated local and long-distance voice service and high-speed Internet access, and an IP-enabled interface allowing current tradional Centrex customers to migrate to a VoIP version.
Qwest is one of the four RBOCs remaining after the breakup of AT&T in 1984 and subsequent mergers, which, following the Telecom Act of 1996 are now referred to as ILECs (see VoIP Acronym Dictionary at this site for definitions).
November 12, 2004
3Com released a new IP-PBX, the 3Com NBX V3000, that integrates call management, voice mail and central office connectivity in a single box.
3Com’s IP Telephony Division released this latest component of its Convergence Applications Suite specifically for small organizations. It initially comes equipped with four central office ports, a station-side analog port for a fax machine or analog phones, and embedded applications such as an automated attendant/voice mail system with e-mail integration, desktop call management, and graphical call reports.
Built on an open architectural design, it can run third-party off-the-shelf applications, such as call center and customer relationship management, as well as PC programs like Microsoft Outlook or ACT! without having to buy additional hardware or software, allowing users to dial from their address books and manage contacts.
The NBX V3000 hardware and software supports all 3Com IP phones, gateways and accessories, and is compatible with other, existing 3Com NBX hardware. The new software supports zone paging via the speaker on system phones, and alternate busy / no-answer phone numbers such as a mobile phone, a second office or home phone number. Users can manage calls and dial contacts from their PCs or use a web browser to change how and when calls reach them. They can also review and listen to voice mails from their e-mail.
3Com first introduced the NBX IP-PBX in 1998, developing an architecture for a distributed softswitch for AT&T, and bringing the first commercially deployed carrier softswitch to market in 1999. It has been evolving the product for applications of all sizes ever since.