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Iotum, Jajah do the VoIP hookup

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If one disruptive phone service is interesting, what happens when two are combined? Presence provider Iotum and low-cost VoIP service Jajah are hoping for a peanut butter-and-chocolate payoff with Tuesday’s announcement of click-to-call-via-Jajah support for Iotum’s Talk-Now application for Blackberry devices.

Iotum co-founder Alec Saunders, who talked about presence in a previous post, says the companies are already exploring options beyond the simple Talk-Now/Jajah integration, possibly including support for conference calls and address books. “We [Iotum and Jajah] have pretty similar views of what is happening” in the world of new voice apps, Saunders said in a quick phone chat Monday.

4 Responses to “Iotum, Jajah do the VoIP hookup”

  1. Congrats to Alec and his team.

    What’s most interesting to me is how Jajah, Skype and others are becoming platforms for telephony features. Almost like an OS for voice. I think we’re going to see a lot more VoIP providers opening up their API in the future.

    Tehrani wrote: “…how will SunRocket and Packet8 will differentiate themselves in the next few years? … they hope to have new features customers want as time goes on… and feel the future of VoIP service will be in open APIs and building ecosystems around their servicee…”

  2. I don’t know if this hookup is what Jajah needs right now.

    I used to be a big fan of Jajah. Unfortunately, the unstable and often poor calls quality (noisy connections) has stopped me from using Jajah for business calls. And the noises got so bad that I now expect 30-40% of my Jajah calls to fail on first or second try when I make a call.

    Mind you, when I hit on those “lucky” connections, the call quality has been excellent. But “I’m feeling lucky” is a Google slogan and shouldn’t be how I need to feel before I make a Jajah call.

    Just my personal experience.

    P.S. I used to share my personal Jajah experience (both good and bad) on my blog but I kinda got fed up with the call qualities and stopped even complaining.