Jajah IP Telephony Platform: 1 Billionth Call Goes to Yahoo! Messenger
Article by George Norman
On 24 Jun 2009
In April 2008, Yahoo! decided to partner up with Jajah and allow it to power and manage Yahoo! Messenger’s premium voice services “Phone Out” and “Phone In” which allow you to call landline phones directly from Yahoo! Messenger (Phone Out) and let landline phones call your PC (Phone In). Little over a year has passed since then and Yahoo! has announced that Jajah’s paid voice services have recorded over 1 billion calls. Consequently congratulations are in order.

Product Manager, Sarah Bacon, comments: “Last year, we partnered with Jajah to power our paid voice services. Recently, they hit a major milestone that we want to congratulate them on – 1 billion calls connected.”


But from a Yahoo! perspective, the most interesting part is that the billionth call was placed by someone using Yahoo! Messenger. That someone is a 29 year old San Francisco resident named Ila Zeff, who used Phone Out to place a call to her mother in India. It seems that Ila Zeff uses Yahoo Messenger’s Phone Out on a regular basis – she calls her mother at least every week ever since she moved from India to the US of A.

“I use Yahoo! Voice to call my mother at least once a week. She still can’t believe I’m calling her from America and often says it sounds like I’m just up the road. I haven’t even told her I’m calling from my computer – she wouldn’t believe me,” commented Ila Zeff.

It’s nice to see that instant messaging is helping people all over the world stay connected. Way to go Yahoo! Messenger and Jajah; thank internet freedom you are not following in the steps of Microsoft who is banning Windows Live Messenger usage in those parts of the world that the US has an embargo upon (Cuba, Syria, Iran, Sudan and North Korea). Google has also confirmed the fact that it will ban Google Talk, its IM client, in those parts of the word as well. AOL has not confirmed this, but it did say that it “takes its responsibilities under the sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control seriously and has implemented policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. For various reasons, AOL does not disclose the details of its internal compliance program.”

Tags: Jajah, IP Telephony, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Voice, Yahoo! Messenger
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