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Net2Phone adds Tux-tone dialing service

May 30, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Jerome Calvo of Net2Phone sent the following brief announcement about the launch of a new Net2Phone service that runs on the company's Linux-based Aplio/RAVE Internet phones. The Aplio/RAVE, (see device profile) was formerly called “Aplio/PRO”; Net2Phone acquired Aplio last summer. Calvo writes . . .

This week, Net2Phone launched a new service called VoiceLine for broadband users (DSL/Cable) which is a subscription plan, similar to what you get nowadays with Cell Phones. (Up to now, the Net2Phone model has been prepaid minutes). VoiceLine currently supports two devices: the Aplio/RAVE Internet phone (which runs on Embedded Linux); and Linksys EtherFast Routers.

VoiceLine has four plans with buckets of minutes. In addition, Net2Phone is starting a new VoiceLine inbound phone service based on phone numbers (DIDs) customers can acquire (we are piloting this in New York first).

Down the road, we will add features such as Personal Voice Dialing, Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Follow-me, etc. Here's a neat trick: Multiple DIDs can ring the same device, so you can get a DID in New York and one Dallas both ringing an Aplio/RAVE in San Francisco. Let's say you move from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the same number will still ring your device. We will call this feature “Virtual Presence”. We envision portable devices soon offering this capability from hotels, since broadband (Ethernet) access is becoming more and more common in hotels.

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