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Pulver App Melds VoIP, IM, Social Networking

Pulver Communications Corp. is introducing a new SIP-based application to enhance the usability of IP communications, company founder Jeff Pulver said.

The offering, pulver.Communicator, will launch at this month's Fall VON show in Boston. It melds elements of instant messaging, VoIP and social networking.

Initially developed for Windows XP, versions are being tested for the Pocket PC, Palm and RIM platforms as well.

"My driving force was to prove that in 2004, VoIP was more than a replacement to a regular telephone call and to provide a platform that clearly shows the power of IP communications," Pulver told internetnews.com.

The application uses the Free World Dialup network (which Pulver founded) for VoIP and provides access to: AOL, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ as Instant Messaging networks. Users can share buddy lists in real-time if they choose to.

And when a pulver.Communicator user purchases a virtual PortofCall number from LibreTel, the user can be reached using any landline phone in the world.

"When you throw in the LibreTel virtual number service called Port-of-Call, all of sudden you can be reached using a regular telephone ... and things just get interesting," said Pulver, who has been an outspoken advocate for limiting regulation on VoIP technology.

In its current form, the application is for anyone who wants to try voice over broadband for free and engage in real-time social networking, he said. It's free for people who want to use it with Free World Dialup.

"we will be offering it for sale to ISPs/service providers for a license," Pulver said. "We also expect to sell unlocked versions for use on any SIP network later this year."

Pulver's Fall VON show is a major event in the VoIP industry. This year's speakers include FCC Chairman Michael Powell and executives from VoIP providers and telecom network equipment makers.