March 2004 Archives

Spring VON

March 28, 2004 3:04 PM

Looks like Jeff's crew did another fantastic job with Spring VON! The exhibitor floor is sold out and sponsorship is way up! Xten will be there walking the floor, supporting our customers and partners. This will probably be the largest VON show in the history of the tradition. Way to go Jeff!

Vonage's cutting-edge Voice-over-IP service now available with X-PRO, the leading SIP Softphone from Xten EDISON, N.J. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Vonage, the fastest growing telephony company in the US, and Xten Networks, publisher of the award winning X-PRO SoftPhone, announced today that Vonage and Xten have completed interoperability testing of an OEM version of Xten's X-PRO SIP SoftPhone for use on Vonage's Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service. more...

Cell Phones and VoIP - Getting Closer

March 22, 2004 3:09 PM

ATLANTA--Sun Microsystems and other tech giants are calling Internet phone technology the cell phone industry's next big thing, saying it will help solve old problems and create new services. Sun CEO Scott McNealy announced Monday at the CTIA Wireless 2004 show here that Internet phone calling technology known as voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is playing a key role in a device the company is developing in an effort to eliminate the office phone. more...

Vonage and Xten

March 15, 2004 9:44 PM

The next softphone for Vonage, made by Xten. Thanks! go out to Veronica, Ian and Jennifer. The best marketing department in telephony! Chris is patient, very patient! WOW!! is all I have to say. -Erik

By Ben Charny Staff Writer, CNET Internet phone service provider Voiceglo announced $28 million in funding on Tuesday, more proof of the investment community's continued enthusiasm for voice over Internet Protocol. An unidentified institutional investor in Boston contributed $15 million, while several Mexican telecommunications interests made up the balance, the company said in a statement. The funding will be used mainly to begin marketing Voiceglo's services and products for the first time since the company's launch in early February, said Ed Cespedes, president of, which owns Voiceglo. was one of the Internet's earliest portals, achieving notoriety after the company's stock soared and then crashed during the stock mania of the late 1990s. Voiceglo offers free software that lets people make phone calls from any Internet-enabled desktop or notebook computer. That's not the case with other peer-to-peer Internet phone services, including Free World Dialup and Skype, which limit use to one specific device. Unlike its peer-to-peer competitors, Voiceglo also lets people reach traditional phones for 3.9 cents per minute for a monthly fee of $2 to $4. Voiceglo, Skype, Vonage and other companies deal in voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a technology for making phones calls using the Internet Protocol, the world's most popular method for sending data from one computer to another. As evidenced by Voiceglo's $4 monthly plans, VoIP dialing can be extremely inexpensive when compared with the fees charged by traditional phone companies. "The investment market is just white hot right now for this stuff," Cespedes said. For instance, in early February, broadband phone provider Vonage's international expansion plans got a $40 million boost, when it picked up the multimillion-dollar funding in a round co-led by two new investors: global venture firm 3i Group in London and Meritech Capital Partners in Palo Alto, Calif., which focuses on wireline and wireless communications equipment and services. The injection brings Vonage's total funding to $103 million. In November, Net2Phone said it raised $63 million through a stock offering.

Covad aquires GoBEam

March 3, 2004 2:32 PM

Broadband Internet provider Covad Communications (Quote, Chart) is strengthening its commitment to offering phone calls over the Internet -- known as voice over IP -- with an acquisition. The San Jose, Calif.-based company Wednesday said its will purchase privately owned GoBeam for $48 million in stock. Pending regulatory approval, the deal should be completed in May of this year. In a statement, Covad warned that the accelerated roll out of its VoIP (define) services would have an impact that has yet to be evaluated on the company's cash flow. more..

Survey Shows VOIP Interest

March 3, 2004 2:21 PM

BEDMINSTER, N.J. -- According to an Ipsos-Insight Express study, commissioned and released by AT&T today, three out of four adults have heard of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. The surprising results of the recent consumer interest and awareness study suggests that consumers are excited about the technology, so much so, that they believe it is much more pervasive than current estimates from industry watchers. This was most evident in results that found 74 percent of the sampled population of 1,000 adults has heard of some form of VoIP. That percentage is approximately 4x the consumer awareness of Wi-Fi (19 percent), a popular wireless high-speed connection technology, and exceeds that of DSL (66 percent), a high-speed method to move data over phone lines. Other related data also reveals that 24 percent of consumers believe their calls have at some point traveled over the Internet. "This research unquestionably validates consumer interest and excitement around VoIP," said Cathy Martine, senior vice president of Internet Telephony and Consumer Product Management. "It's clear that many consumers understand the 'wow' factor of VoIP services. We're on the verge of a new era of communications services when any 'thing' -- phone, PDA, wristwatch or computer -- will connect any 'where.' AT&T has been involved in the VoIP market since 1997 and we believe this research confirms that VoIP is now ready for prime time."

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