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Times Online - Google As A Phone Company

The Times Online, that's THE LONDON TIMES, has more on the Google possible entry into VoIP. Google has called the report pure speculation.

Okay, so let's speculate. It's early and I've already had one double espresso at Starbucks....If you recall a few days ago I said Google should make an offer for Level3. It would give them all they need and more to do what they are apparently looking to do in the fiber space, plus give them incredible know how.

1. The portals of today on the web all want a larger part of the wallet.

2. A search engine is nothing but a big yellow pages, the directory that used to be the primary place people went to look for a phone number.

3. Speech enabled technology, blended with search, called Interactive Voice Response from companies like TellMe  and Parus Interactive (formally Webley Systems) which holds a series of U.S. Patents on speech enabled telephony applications are in very strong positions to be the picks and shovels of this new technology advances that are on the rise as pal Tom Keating points out.

4. In the case of Parus Interactive, their Retail IVR solution could bring it all together for a Google, which already has Froogle as a product search engine, understands and uses XML in their architecture and wants to be the only place one goes for information of a commercial nature.

But even with the speculation of what's really going on a Google, a later report has Google standing mum on the subject. In looking over the job description summary, this could easily be for a video or streaming media post, and that's one that Google has been interviewing candidates for over a month or more based on some people I know they have talked with.

Google on The Hunt???

I'm hearing that Google executives have been making inquiries about buying and testing SIP based telephone adapters. No names but the usual suspects are on their call list.



What Bellster Is All About

I asked Jeff Pulver to tell me what Bellster is all about in order to avoid any guesswork. Here's his answer:

Bellster - Fact Sheet


Bellster: A P2P communications network that empowers people to share a phone line with other like-minded individuals around the world for free. Those who share access to a line, in turn, have the ability to access the lines of all of the other nodes around the world. This is a non-commercial activity designed to help connect people with people and maximize the value of the network.

The Bellster Network manages the active directory of available endpoints and routes the calls across the organic communications network that makes up Bellster.

Beta Launch - weekend of January 22, 2005

Current number of registered nodes: 222 (as of 10.45 am ET on 24-jan-05)

Number of active nodes: 46 (as of 10.45 am ET on 24-jan-05)

Bellster was influenced by the goals of the original Free World Dialup project which started in October, 1995. With the beta launch of we are finally able to offer a peer-to-peer network where members of the network can share their PSTN access with each other. Think of a ham radio "phone patch"

that uses the internet to connect two people together.

Bellster is based on Asterisk.

If we are successful, we will be bring 'disruptive intermediation' to internet consumers around the world.

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EuroTelcoblog Gets Pissy With The Times

James Enck sell side analyst supremo when it comes to all things Telco in the EU and UK with his EuroTelcoblog gets pissy and rightfully so. I think I blogged this on Friday about Google. So while my knickers are as much in an uproar about this I have to agree with James that the old media is sure running on empty trying to keep up with the poptart, minute rice like impact of blogging.