IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Dec, 08 2004

1. RNK Introduces Consumer VoIP Phone Service for Life Calling Plan
RNK Telecom, a CLEC based in Massachusetts, has introduced a new primary line residential and business VoIP calling plan that allows customers to pay a one-time flat fee of $999 (amount does not include taxes and surcharges) for phone service for life. Subscribers will unlimited inbound and outbound local and long distance calling within the U.S., Canada, and 20 other countries (some with restrictions to select cities).

Plan features include local number portability, e911, 411, anonymous call rejection, blacklist, call filter, call forwarding, caller ID, caller ID block, call return, call transfer, call waiting, do not disturb, international call blocking, music on hold, speedial, voicemail with email and web notification, and access to the service via a cell phone. The service is offered with a 60-day money back guarantee and an option to cancel the service within 5 years to receive a $500 refund.

Features offered at a premium are a second phone line ($25), outbound conference calling, toll free service, and find me/follow me.

The company is offering a second phone for life plan for $99 that includes all of the calling features mentioned above but charges .019 cents per minute for outbound calls. Incoming calls are free under this plan.

The unlimited calling area outside of the U.S. and Canada include: Argentina (Buenos Aires); Austria (Vienna), Australia, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil (Sao Paolo), Chile, China (Beijing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Shanghai), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark, France, Germany, Greece (Athens), Hong Kong (all plus cellular), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia (Johor Bahru), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Mexico (Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterey), Netherlands, New Zealand (Auckland), Norway, Poland (Warsaw), Portugal (Lisbon), Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vatican City State.

Subscribers are required to purchase either a GrandStream SIP phone or terminal adapter. Pricing was not included on the company’s web site or in its press announcement.

The service will be launched soon in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.

RNK is in the process of establishing a network of resellers for the services. Currently, the services are being resold by Galaxy Internet Services, ProSpeed.Net and VoIP2Save.

RNK Telecom

3. Tresnet Planning to Launch IP Centrex in Sweden
Tresnet AB has signed a $1.9 million supplier agreement with 3Com, that calls for the vendor to supply VoIP technology to drive IP Sweden, a new venture to be initiated by Tresnet that will offer IP Centrex and switching services via a PoP to be deployed in the country. IP Sweden will target its IP Centrex service at large enterprises; government, education, and state organizations; service providers; and carriers.

A commercial rollout is scheduled for the spring of 2005. A pilot will be conducted in the Stockholm region.

3Com will provide Tresnet with its Voice Core eXchange V7000 IP Telephony Voice System as well as its Convergence Application Suite, which includes servers, SIP gateways, IP phones and application modules for IP telephony and messaging.

In late 2005, Tresnet plans to expand IP services into markets outside of Sweden.


5. Lightedge to Launch Hosted IP PBX in 6 U.S. Markets
Lightedge plans to launch Advanced Voice Solutions, a hosted IP PBX service that features support for remote office, voicemail to email, find me/follow me, click to dial and extension dialing between locations. The service, targeted at SMBs, will be launched on Dec 16th in Des Moines, Phoenix, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, and Omaha. Lightedge is already providing the service to Heartland Co-op, serving the company’s 30 locations within Iowa.


7. VoiceGlo Promoting VoIP Service Via Television Ads
Since November 22, VoiceGlo has been advertising its GloPhone PC to phone VoIP service via one and two minute television spots. Ads have been running on MTV2, VH1, Spike TV, Comedy Central, Fox News, FX, FUSE, the National Geographic Channel, Great American Country, SPEED Channel, TV Guide Channel, TV Land and TechTV. VoiceGlo reports that on average, consumers that have registered for a GloPhone service trial after viewing the campaign’s commercials are making 7.5 calls on their first day of the trial.

In addition to PC to phone services, VoiceGlo also offers phone to phone VoIP services.


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