MWNY 01: Phone over IP debuts on Mac OS X

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2001, 14:02
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For the first time, the Mac will get Internet calling ability, exclusively on OS X, thanks to the launch of Dialpad World IP for Mac OS X.

For the first time, the Mac will get Internet calling ability, exclusively on OS X, thanks to the launch of Dialpad World IP for Mac OS X.

Previously, if you wanted your “digital lifestyle” to save you some money by making phone calls over the Internet, Mac users were out of luck. That changes with the introduction of Dialpad.

“There is great demand for our service from Mac users and we’re excited to offer this new product to the Mac community,” says Dialpad CEO Brad Garlinghouse. “We think Apple’s customer base is a very savvy and influential segment of the market and we are extremely proud to be the first company to deliver a Mac-specific Internet-to-Phone VoIP product.”

When released, the OS X client and service will be available with registration on Dialpad’s site. A Macworld press release promised immediate download; apparently there is a delay as the site still requests an e-mail address for notification when the download is available. Dialpad isn’t free, but offers low-cost plans and online account management. Sample world rates, for example, from the US included US$.05/min to the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and France.

We welcome reader experiences with this service, and hope to offer a review soon.

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