Tired of the Phone Company? Build Your Own

A new service that allows individuals and businesses to set up their own virtual phone company, including distribution of incoming and outgoing calls, has been launced by VoicePulse. A company official believes the service will create new markets for entrepreneurial individuals to develop VoIP applications for businesses and residential use.

VoicePulse, a New Jersey Based Voice over IP provider, has launched a new service that allows individuals and businesses to set up their own virtual phone companies.

VoicePulse's wholesale service seamlessly integrates an Asterisk-based phone network with the VoicePulse servers, allowing a user to distribute VoIP service across multiple telephone units.

The integration allows users on a phone network to make calls over VoicePulse's service for $0.029 per minute in 48 states (calls to Alaska and Hawaii run $0.057 and $0.051 respectively). Phone numbers cost $7.99/month and allow unlimited incoming calls.

"There are a lot of creative and talented people out there who have developed all kinds of interesting VoIP applications using open-source software like Asterisk," said Ravi Sakaria, VoicePulse's President and CEO.  "We're giving them a way to connect those great applications to the PSTN."

Although there are many providers that allow you to configure your own hardware with their service, VoicePulse's wholesale service is among the first to be compatible with the IAX protocol, created by Mark Spencer, of Digium, who also developed Asterisk.

Sakaria considers the IAX protocol "an important supplement" to the more prevalent SIP protocol.

In addition to IAX, VoicePulse's service can also be used with any SIP phone, and even  software based telephones that support SIP, such as sjlab's SJ-Phone or x-ten's x-lite/pro.

The service is available now on VoicePulse's web site, and requires a minimum payment of $10 used towards outgoing minutes. Once signed up, a subscriber receives login details and information on how to connect via asterisk by email

Sakaria hopes the service will create new markets for entrepreneurial individuals to develop VoIP applications for businesses of all sizes.

But the service isn't exclusively for businesses use. Sakaria says the service can be used by residents in an apartment building create their own phone system.

"It's really going to be exciting to see that kind of stuff develop over the coming months," Sakaria said.

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