Net2Phone Inc., a leading provider
of voice-enhanced Internet services, announced Wednesday that Sprint will test its voice-over-IP technology for consumer long distance calls to Asia.
Dubbed Sprint Callternatives, the service will enable calls to Japan,
Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and India and will help Net2Phone expand
its IP services to other countries.
Net2Phone will create a regular daily customer service operation to assist
customer inquiries in Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean languages. Also, the
company’s advanced billing technology will let Sprint Callternative clients
to view their telephone accounts in real time from the Net2Phone web site.
The deal is beneficial to Net2Phone because it will be primed to offer more
low-cost and value-added services in countries that become open to the market.
“We’re very excited to work with Sprint on these Internet telephony
solutions,” said Clifford Sobel, chairman of Net2Phone. “We expect Sprint
Callternatives to be a very successful campaign and hope to continue the
relationship with Sprint after this market trial is complete.”
Net2Phone develops and markets services for IP voice and e-commerce
solutions for the Web.
Global Communications company Sprint boasts $17 billion in annual revenuesand serves over 20 million businesses and residences.