Net2Phone Sues Skype/eBay

Anyone who has been in this business long enough knows that before Skype ever existed, Net2Phone was selling VoIP service. The company was one of the first to be part of the Internet Telephony shows. I remember being in their offices in the nineties and them telling me that by not advertising that they were using the Internet to transmit calls, sales actually increased. Now it seems the opposite is true — VoIP is more chic than the PSTN — even to the average consumer.

Net2Phone is one of the true VoIP pioneers along with VocalTec and Natural Microsystems. Certainly no one will accuse them of being a patent troll as they have been providing VoIP service since the 90s. That doesn’t mean that they will win against eBay though.

Reference: TMCnet, Andy, Om.

  • NevDull
    June 4, 2006 at 2:56 pm

    Howard Jonas, IDT chairman, has always done some innovative things but mixed them with questionable business practices. Have a conversation with anyone who’s worked there and you’ll find people who’ve had some problems with the ethics of IDT’s business practices. Many will tell you about having sold their soul.

  • Rich Tehrani
    June 4, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    Please give details. These are pretty strong accusations.

  • Alec Saunders .LOG
    June 6, 2006 at 7:32 am

    Net2Phone: Owner of the VoIP A-Bomb?

    IDT (IDT) subsidiary Net2Phone sued Skype for patent infringement in the middle of last week, and somehow I missed it. Courtesy of Om Malik, here is a copy of the suit, including the patent which was submitted as evidence. 
    Rich Tehrani commented th…

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