Net2Phone Provides Yahoo! Phone Card With Voice-Activated Dialing Capabilities; Net2Phone and Yahoo! Together Provide the Next-Generation of IP-Based Communications Services.Business Editors & High-Tech Writers
NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 20, 2002
Net2Phone Inc. (Nasdaq:NTOP NTOP Nt Option Pack ), the leading provider of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) services, today announced it is providing Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO YHOO Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ symbol) ) with the VoIP network and voice-hosting infrastructure used to offer the newly launched voice-activated dialing capabilities of the Yahoo!(R) Phone Card (http://phonecard.yahoo.com) service.
Yahoo! Phone Card users may now place domestic telephone calls to contacts in their Yahoo! Address Book (http://address.yahoo.com) by simply calling 800/44-YAHOO and either saying the recipient's name, e.g. "Call Joe's cell phone," or the recipient's number, e.g. "Call 212/555-1212." Calls are routed directly to the desired number via Net2Phone's managed IP network.
"We are thrilled to offer Yahoo! Phone Card consumers voice-activated dialing services through our relationship with Net2Phone," said Madhu Yarlagadda, director, Yahoo! Everywhere. "As part of our Yahoo! Everywhere voice and data strategy, we will continue to introduce new ways for people to access Yahoo!."
The Yahoo! Phone Card leverages Net2Phone's VoIP services to offer an inexpensive calling card with the value-added feature of voice-activated dialing. Calls within the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. will be $0.10 per minute with toll-free access, a savings of 35-50 percent compared with major traditional calling cards that offer little to no enhanced functionality.
"Convergence is here, as is evidenced by the merging of Internet information with the telephone," said Stephen Greenberg, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Net2Phone. "Voice over IP is the perfect platform for enhanced services Enhanced service is service offered over commercial carrier transmission facilities used in interstate communications, that employs computer processing applications that act on the format, content, code, protocol, or similar aspects of the subscriber's transmitted information; such as the voice-activated dialer, and we are excited about being at the forefront of this industry with compelling products and services."
The Yahoo! Phone Card allows consumers to use their Yahoo! Address Book from any U.S. location. The network-based platform is "device agnostic ag·nos·tic
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Offering such applications using Net2Phone's VoIP network and infrastructure significantly reduces expensive traditional telephone hardware requirements while providing Net2Phone with the ability to drive enhanced minutes over its network.
"Net2Phone is excited to be working with Yahoo! to provide Yahoo! Phone Card consumers with multiple telephony products to cater to their different needs," said Bryan Wiener, senior vice president and general manager of Net2Phone.
Yahoo! developed the voice-activated dialing application which interfaces with Net2Phone's platform using Voice XML XML
in full Extensible Markup Language.
Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. markup language markup language
Standard text-encoding system consisting of a set of symbols inserted in a text document to control its structure, formatting, or the relationship among its parts. The most widely used markup languages are SGML, HTML, and XML. . Net2Phone uses voice browser A voice browser is a web browser that presents an interactive voice user interface to the user. In addition, it typically provides an interface to the PSTN or a PBX. Just as a visual web browser works with HTML pages, a voice browser operates on pages that specify voice dialogues. technology supplied by HeyAnita.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Founded in 1995, Net2Phone is a leading provider of voice services over IP networks to consumers, businesses and carriers worldwide. With millions of users around the world, Net2Phone enables toll-quality calls between computers, telephones, and broadband devices utilizing IP networks. Recognized as the first company to bridge the Internet with the public switched telephone network, Net2Phone has routed billions of minutes of traffic over its award-winning network. Traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol NTOP, Net2Phone's strategic partners and investors include Liberty Media Corp., AT&T Corp., AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. Time Warner Inc., and IDT IDT Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA, USA)
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