VoiceGlo hooks-up with Friendster


Amidst all the hoopla around Vonage and AT&T skirmish, I almost forgot about this bit of news. Voiceglo, as the kids say, has hooked up with Friendster. Interesting deal: VoiceGlo will give Friendster members a free PC- and Web-based phone service to call their Friendster contacts long distance anytime, anywhere. Given the slowly and steadily decreasing user base, Friendster is happy to take any sort of a lifeline, and this is a pretty good one. Anyways, to launch the new phone, an historic, first ever Friendster VoIP call was made yesterday afternoon between Friendster Founder Jonathan Abrams and the Great-Grandson of Alexander Graham Bell, Edwin Grosvenor. (I have always found that progeny of great men do really stupid things, for dollars.. I am sure!)

The ‘Friendster Phone’ powered by GloPhone gives Friendster members a free, safe and easy way to communicate with each other over the phone in a more personal environment, without having to give out personal email addresses or cell phone numbers anymore.  The free VoIP service, which will work on a peer-to-peer networking system, gives Friendster members a real U.S. working telephone number that they can access from any computer, anywhere in the world.

 I think other social networks are going to “imitate” this move and partner with someone else for free phone calls etc. The sucky part is that, first I used to get stupid emails from LinkedIn and Tribe. Now I am going to be bombarded with phone calls. The ringing never stops. But in seriousness, I think this is a first real needle moving application of VoIP and despite the downsides, still a step forward.



I activated the premium plan the other day. It hasn’t worked yet. I have sent emails to ask for help and information, but I haven’t got any response from glophone. I also called it and a machine answered that it’s not working time. But it is glophone working hour based on information on its website. Its customer service is really terrible. So I sent it a cancellation email, but again, I haven’t got any response back. Hopefully I get all my money back. If anyone want to try applying for its service, please DON’T try it. I’m really upset from not be able to contact any damn human working there.


Ah, you missed out on the best part of this story… Voiceglo is the company that was formerly called TheGlobe.com. You remember, the company that never actually did anything, but had the largest single day IPO pop when it went from $9 to $90 at opening, reigniting the IPO boom at the end of 1998 (people forget that prior to the Earthweb IPO a few days earlier, the IPO market was DEAD).

In other words, this is the hype of 98 doing a deal with the hype of 03.

Next thing you know they’ll spot Jonathan Abrams chanting “Got the girl. Got the money. Now I’m ready to live a disgusting, frivolous life.” (see: http://www.gawker.com/topic/dot-com-bubble-lest-we-forget-015947.php)

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