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.

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