*Sigh* more press release hype. I mean, it's an interesting
announcement, but it could have been summed up in one paragraph,
without all the hype. I particularly enjoy the way they proclaim
themselves as "the industry leader in feature-rich, low-cost Internet
telephone services for home and small business users." Says who?
I'll bet several other VoIP companies would be more than willing to
dispute that claim!
January 18, 2005 01:24 PM US Eastern Timezone
BroadVoice Launches Affordable Toll Free Service; BroadVoice; Customers
Can Add Toll Free Number for Only $ 1.95 per Month
LOWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2005--BroadVoice, the
industry leader in feature-rich, low-cost Internet telephone services
for home and small business users, today announced the immediate
availability of its new Toll Free Alternate Numbers for its
residential and small business customers. This unique premium feature
allows BroadVoice subscribers to add a toll free number to their
account for only $ 1.95 per month. Each Toll Free Alternate Number
includes 60 minutes of free inbound calling with each additional
minute billing at $ 0.02 thereafter. The announcement comes on the
heels of a distribution agreement announced last week between
BroadVoice and catalog retailer Hello Direct. BroadVoice service
allows customers to make and receive telephone calls over their
existing high speed ("broadband") Internet connections, and provides
them with 24 free calling features, including voicemail, caller ID,
and call waiting.
Toll free service is just one of the many BroadVoice features that can
be activated by existing subscribers in their "BroadVoice Account
Portal." Subscribers simply select an 8xx number from an extensive
list of available numbers and the service is instantly provisioned.
BroadVoice president David Epstein said, "No other VoIP or traditional
telephone company offers such a great deal on Toll Free service. We
are proud to offer this kind of value to our loyal subscribers and
will keep on working to earn their business."
BroadVoice offers service plans starting at $9.95 for unlimited in
state calling. The $19.95 Unlimited World plan offers free calls to
the United States and 20 other countries, including most of Western
Europe and China. For $24.95 the Unlimited World Plus plan provides
free calls to 35 countries, including Brazil, Japan and Israel. A
small business BroadVoice plan costs $29.95 per month.
The BroadVoice service lets consumers and small businesses use a
high-speed DSL or cable modem connection to make and receive phone
calls anywhere in the world. Customers benefit from unlimited domestic
and international calling and a suite of 24 basic and advanced
features for one low monthly fixed price. BroadVoice currently offers
service in over 1,500 rate centers in 36 US states. Founded in
December 2003, BroadVoice is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Convergent
Networks, Inc. and is based in Lowell, MA. Additional information can
be found at www.broadvoice.com.
Angela Epstein, 978-418-7380
J.E. Hochman & Associates for BroadVoice
Jonathan Hochman, 860-233-4219