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Net2Phone Updates Client

Net communications provider Net2Phone Inc. moved to outclass typical long distance communications Wednesday with its introduction of Net2Phone version 10.

The software is free and can be downloaded from Net2Phone's (NTOP) site.

Net2Phone V.10 enables free PC-to-PC voice conversation over the Net via Net2Phone's IP telephony network. Along with the new PC-to-PC service, Net2Phone V.10 users can take advantage of Net2Phone's low global rates for PC-to-Phone service.

Those using Net2Phone's PC-to-PC service must designate a Net2Phone virtual number or nickname in order to be called by another PC. Future versions of Net2Phone will allow users to receive calls on your Net2Phone, via an actual telephone.

V.10 also features:

  • VoicEmail -- provides a free voice-mail service for sending and receiving voice messages. VoicEmail allows users to send, receive, record and listen to voice mail messages from the Net2Phone V.10 client to your e-mail box
  • ICQ Integration -- ICQ registered users can now call their ICQ buddies with Net2Phone's PC-to-PC service for free in real-time. In order to use the service, users can click on the ICQ button on the Net2Phone software, and select an ICQ buddy to call
  • PC-to-fax: fax any document on a PC via Internet telephony in real-time to virtually any fax machine in the world. Net2Phone V.10 also provides consumers and small businesses with some of the lowest rates for faxing documents to anywhere in the world
  • Firewall Penetration: Net2Phone's new v.10 is now able to penetrate through most of firewalls on the Internet, enabling more businesses to utilize Net2Phone's services at the enterprise level
  • Automatic Installation: The new Net2Phone download results in an automatic launch of the software. Previously, users had to unpack and install the Net2Phone software, but now the software launches immediately upon download

"Our users are now spending more than eight minutes per call using PC-to-phone -- almost double that of traditional long distance. We expect that the improved quality and ease of use, combined with added functionality and firewall penetration, will result in more users and greater usage," said David Greenblatt of Net2Phone.

Net2Phone makes it possible for people to place low-cost high quality calls from their computer, telephone, or fax machine to any telephone or fax machine in the world.

Net2Phone endured a frantic November in which it inked several deals with AOL (AOL) and other major Net players. It agreed to allow AOL's instant messaging users to make PC-to-phone and phone-to-PC calls and access PC-to-fax, fax-to-PC and conference calling services.

In addition to selling 6.3 million shares of its stock in a second public offering, Net2Phone agreed to let powerhouse AT&T test its PC-to-phone service for its WorldNet clients. The telephony company also agreed to offer its calling cards on Priceline.com's (PCLN) site.