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Group 3 unveils internet VePhone.

Midlands-based VoIP (voice over internet protocol) operator Group 3 Technology has unveiled details of the company's new web browser-based internet phone service, called VePhone.

The company says its new service will give every user a 'real' UK telephone number but will be accessed on a standard web page with no software to download.

G3T claims VePhone is the first product in the world that allows consumers to enjoy the benefits of internet telephony without having to download any software.

Chief executive Gerry Leighton said: "For the first time in the world our users can access free telephone calls on the move from any PC in the world with access to the internet. VePhone can have the same impact on internet telephony as hot-mail managed for email."

G3T added that user's familiar with VoIP technology won't be disappointed as VePhone loses none of the functionality of other services.

Calls between VePhones are free and savings of up to 90 per cent will be available on calls to international landlines and mobiles. VePhone is compatible with G3T's other services and so enables free calls to ePhone and NETePhone users.

VePhone uses's G3T's patented e2e technology, setting up calls directly between users ensuring better quality and resilience.

The company said that the technology is a more secure and efficient alternative to other internet telephone providers who rely on their users to host phone calls and can suffer from privacy, reliability and quality issues when call volume hits peak times.

Initially available for use with Internet Explorer, several upgrades are planned in 2007 which will include compatibility with other browsers such as Mozilla, and availability on mobile devices and PDA's running the Opera OS.

VePhone will be available from March 30.
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