VoxOx Ramps Up Worldwide Calling and Texting Capabilities for Holiday Travel Season
December 2, 2009
Travelers can leverage International Find Me, Follow Me feature and call home for pennies a minute from any mobile device via SMS CallBack
SAN DIEGO – December 2, 2009 – VoxOx by TelCentris Inc., the first and only free consumer service that unifies today’s key communication channels – voice, video, IM, text, social media, e-mail, fax and more – into a single user interface, today announced added support for its international calling and texting capabilities in time for the holiday travel season. VoxOx is currently in beta.
Traveler-related enhancements include:
International Find Me – New functionality enables users to set up call-forwarding with as many as six separate phone numbers to any location in the world. A VoxOx user can set phone numbers — whether mobile, home or office – to ring simultaneously or sequentially. With this new feature, international travelers can keep their outward facing phone numbers the same, regardless of location – no need to continually update friends and family members of their changing phone coordinates. Previously, VoxOx only supported domestic Find Me, Follow Me capabilities.
SMS CallBack – SMS CallBack enables VoxOx users to call internationally for pennies per minute from most mobile devices around the globe – no Internet connection required. In his piece, “Calling Home for Even Less”, The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler reviewed VoxOx’s SMS CallBack capability, and dubbed it his favorite new way to call hime while traveling. Once the service is set up, a traveler would simply send a text message to a special number to trigger a call to his or her local mobile phone from any supported location. The VoxOx SMS CallBack number has just been upgraded to a memorable “vanity” phone line that travelers can easily remember: (323) 335-5555. Additional SMS CallBack enhancements will be announced in the coming weeks.
Unlimited Worldwide Calling and Texting Plans – VoxOx recently debuted unlimited monthly subscription plans for worldwide calling and worldwide two-way texting at $12.95 per month and $9.95 per month, respectively. For domestic users, VoxOx’s calling plan rate of $2.45 per month marks the lowest published rate of all leading Internet telephony providers, including being 15 percent lower than Skype’s similar rate.
“VoxOx is a powerful communication tool for international travelers and consumers with friends and relatives overseas,” said Bryan Hertz, CEO of TelCentris, the creator of VoxOx. “Not only does VoxOx provide unique and inexpensive international calling capabilities, it is the only service that can manage all of today’s key communication channels in a single interface, including consolidating all of a user’s contacts from disparate instant messaging and social networks.”
Another benefit for international travelers is that the majority of VoxOx’s services can be used while in-flight on airlines that offer Wi-Fi, such as Virgin America. Internet use on planes is a fairly recent development that benefits travelers, who can now leverage a variety of VoxOx services, including faxing or file sharing from a plane. For more details on this topic, read the VoxOx blog post titled: “VoxOx Flies! Staying Connected at 30,000 Feet.”
Travelers can try out the above features by downloading VoxOx for free at www.voxox.com. Upon sign-up, all new VoxOx users receive 100 free minutes of U.S. and Canada outbound calling credit (and corresponding international calling credit at various rates). VoxOx in-network voice and video calls, and inbound calls from phones, as well as texts and faxes are always free, and outbound communications are just several pennies per minute.
VoxOx is the first ever "Universal Communicator Service" that manages all forms of cross-media communication for consumers. It is the only service that unifies today's key communication channels – voice, video, Instant Messaging (IM), text, social media, e-mail, and content sharing – into a single, intuitive interface that gives consumers control of their contacts, conversations and most importantly, their interconnected lifestyles, both now and in the future. It combines the benefits of Internet-telephony solutions, interoperable IMs, Web services and social networking aggregators, and much more at no cost to the user. For more information, please visit www.voxox.com.
VoxOx is a consumer service created by TelCentris, Inc., a new type of telephony company founded by seasoned technology veterans in San Diego, Calif.
About TelCentris, Inc.
TelCentris, Inc., the creator of VoxOx, is an innovative San Diego-based unified communications and telecommunications provider developing advanced communication solutions and serving the needs of carriers, enterprises and consumers. The founders have a long history in technology, and bring to consumers the lessons learned from massively scalable enterprise data networking, IT and various software fields. TelCentris offers telecom companies, regardless of size, the ability to launch profitable IP telephony offerings in a matter of days while minimizing upfront capital expenditures. TelCentris also leverages its Service Delivery Platform to provide hosted IP-PBX solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. For more information on TelCentris, please visit www.telcentris.com.