IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Nov, 05 2004

1. SunRocket Launches Primary Line Residential VoIP Service
SunRocket has launched Signature Service, a primary line residential VoIP service that provides subscribers with unlimited North American calling and an allotment of international minutes for select destinations for $24.95 per month. The service supports multiple calling features such as enhanced voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, 3-way calling, and call forwarding. There is no activation fee, cancellation fee, contract, term commitments, equipment charges, shipping charges, or other fees commonly associated with nearly all of the major VoIP services.

The service is currently available in Baltimore, Boston, and Washington, D.C. The provider plans to expand to many more markets by the end of the year.

Additional service support is provided for directory assistance (free), e911, area code selection among markets served, and a free second phone line with distinctive ring and the full suite of calling features. The service is offered with a 31-day money back guarantee.

Signature Service represents one of the most consumer friendly and feature rich primary line residential VoIP services available and hopefully the introduction of a service that uses the no hidden fee angle as its competitive advantage will press competitors to match its model.


3. Deloitte & Touche Release Study on VoIP to the Desktop
Deloitte & Touche has released Getting Off the Ground: Why the Move to VoIP is a Decision for all CXOs, a report that examines the benefits and growth drivers for VoIP to the desktop and explains the roles a CEO, CFO, CIO, and COO should play in establishing a successful deployment of the technology. The publication is based on a study of 131 companies in the Global 2000.

The firm finds that 26% of the companies surveyed had already deployed VoIP to the desktop, but only 33% offered it to all employees. Deloitte & Touche projects by 2006, more than 66% of all Global 2000 companies will have started deployment of VoIP to the desktop – driven primarily by cost savings.

Of those surveyed, 79% of the companies using VoIP commented they were either mostly or highly satisfied with the technology.

Deloitte & Touche

5. Yap to Acquire Tivox Systems, Gaining VoIP CPE
Yap International, an Internet telephony service provider that offers pre-paid services, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Tivox Systems, a vendor of VoIP CPE. Through the acquisition, Yap will pick up a line of products including an ATA that works with dialup connections, a home router, a PC based IP phone, and a PC speaker that is intended to work with PC to phone software.

Terms of the agreement have not finalized.

In other news, Yap has backed out of its plans to acquire InfiniCall/Fonefriend, based on developments that led Yap to believe it might be subject to a SEC investigation and become liable for violations of federal securities regulations. This is not a rumor but straight from a press announcement released by Yap on Oct 22.

Yap International

7. i2Telecom to Launch Hosted Voice, IP Centrex, & 2nd Line Services
i2Telecom, an ITSP, plans to launch hosted voice and IP Centrex services to small and mid sized businesses as well as second line voice services to consumers and small businesses. The services will be delivered using Verso’s C5Cm v3.2 softswitch.

The softswitch is capable of supporting 25 million minutes of voice traffic per month and manages multiple IP-based CPE including IADs, media terminal adapters, and enterprise gateways. In i2Telecom’s deployment, the softswitch will manage the provider’s MG-3 Internet Talker gateways.


Verso Technologies

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