I'm off to moderate an ITEXPO session, but came across some interesting news announced at ITEXPO I wanted to share.
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2600hz Introduces "PromoCalling" - Free VoIP Phones for Business
Ad-Supported Phone Provides Competitive Free Calling Option to Enterprise, Small Business Market via SIP-enabled Devices
Los Angeles, CA, October 6, 2010 (ITEXPO: Booth # 606) - The 2600hz Project, a subsidiary of VoIP, Inc. today announced free SIP phone service for VoIP carriers. The ad-supported system is designed to empower today's VoIP providers to compete with free calling services already available on the Internet. The white-label service bundles features like find-me, follow-me, ring groups, meet-me conferencing and voicemail into a hosted platform. PromoCalling enables carriers to compete with similar offerings from Google Voice and Skype taking communication a step further by operating via business grade SIP phones rather than web or soft phone devices.
"Smaller VoIP carriers face fierce competition in a marketplace where Google and Skype offer services that are free," said Darren Schreiber, CEO and Co-Founder of 2600hz. "Combining quality services with our ad-based revenue system helps level the playing field by creating cost effective solutions that are trusted by small-to-medium businesses as well as enterprise-level companies."
PromoCalling showcases 2600hz's flagship offering - distributed cloud communications technology. 2600hz's technology allows for inexpensive cloud-based servers to switch thousands of calls at little to no cost, driving the price of VoIP hosting down to pennies per seat. The combination of ad-delivery services with inexpensive hosting technology allows for the low cost solution. Ads are displayed on the graphical LCD of approved SIP phones during the day, which offsets the cost of most U.S. long distance calls.
PromoCalling employs an innovative revenue model, and as an industry stand-out, couples ad-based technologies with SIP hardware devices. Previous attempts at ad-based services have generally required software or web-based phones. This ad delivery mechanism also adds another medium for marketers to reach desired audiences given them access to rich demographics that can target a particular subset of business users.
Utilizing cutting edge technologies like FreeSWITCH, 2600hz is leading the way in low cost, carrier-grade enterprise technology. The offering was made possible through a partnership with iCall Carrier Services and with cooperation from YeaLink Network Technologies.
The offering is available to providers who utilize the 2600hz software to power their hosted VoIP platform. The SIP compliant phone is a standard YeaLink phone which can be purchased via verified retailers.
There is no lock-in or contract - if a customer is unhappy with the service they may use the phone with any other SIP compatible service provider.
More information is available at http://www.promocalling.com
About the 2600hz Project
the 2600hz Project's mission is to remove barriers to entry for utilizing VoIP and SIP technology. The company focuses on providing carrier grade hosting solutions to small and medium service providers. Service offerings range from free and pay VoIP calling to carrier-grade switching systems and VoIP training courses for industry professionals. The company's core revenue comes from helping VoIP 2.0 companies build, support and maintain scalable infrastructures. The company is located in San Francisco, CA, is privately funded and is profitable. For more information, please visit: http://www.2600hz.org/