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Jajah returns to its roots with Jajah Mobile Web

It seems Jajah is returning to its roots.  With this morning’s announcement of Jajah Mobile Web (http://mobile.jajah.com) Jajah has returned to the ultra-slim, ultra-simple user interface they started with.  Unlike the Jajah mobile suite announced last fall, which was a download tied to Symbian series 60 phones, this is a simple web interface.  Use the the browser on your phone to login, enter the number of the person you want to call, press the button and wait.  In a few seconds your phone rings, and then theirs, and you’re connected.

The advantage of this new interface is that it can be accessed from any phone with a reasonably modern browser.  I used it successfully from a Nokia N80i, and also from a RIM Pearl.  Moreover, each person you add to your Jajah address book becomes a click-to-dial link, so you no longer need to enter the telephone number.  For this feature to be truly powerful, however, Jajah is going to have to supply an address book upload tool.  Their current manual entry method is too tedious.

Jajahpositions this as the worlds first global calling plan.  Most bucket minute plans are for specific geographies, but with this announcement, Jajah is trying to become your global long distance provider.  It’s a pretty audacious move. 

I remain a fan.  Jajah is simple, cheap, and just works. Give it a whirl.

SMARTPHONES TURN GLOBAL WITH JAJAH MOBILE WEB

Innovative Service Enables Smartphone Customers to Make Free Global Calls Without A Global Plan

Simple One-Click, Browser-Based Service Was Designed With Smartphones in Mind

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–February 7, 2007 — JAJAH today unveiled an innovative new service that enablers customers of smartphones (BlackBerries, Treos, Windows Mobile, many Symbian-based smartphones, and soon, the Apple iPhone) to make free or very low cost global and long-distance calls directly from their phones without a global plan. Called JAJAH Mobile Web, consumers can access the service directly from their browsers with a single click. To connect to the service, go to http://mobile.jajah.com.

In the Fall of 2006, JAJAH introduced a suite of solutions for mobile phones, which asked the customer to download a small application from the JAJAH Web site. The suite has been enormously popular. Now that JAJAH has a simple, one-click browser-based solution for smartphones, the company expects an even greater rate of adoption.

Smartphones are perfect for free global and long-distance telephony

“The smartphone is the perfect vehicle for this kind of solution,” said JAJAH co-founder Roman Scharf. “Smartphone users are mobile and many are global, but many, particularly in the U.S. can’t make global calls directly without purchasing a global plan. The plans are costly, inconvenient, and the cost of calls under those plans are unattractive. JAJAH makes all of this go away by making smartphones smarter.”

How It Works

To get JAJAH Mobile Web, smartphone customers simply register themselves at www.jajah.com. To activate the service they simply click from the phone browser to mobile.jajah.com. There is no download. There is only a url, which when clicked, loads your personal JAJAH Mobile Web page. JAJAH Mobile Web effectively turns the customer’s address book names and numbers into web links. By clicking on them, the customer signals the JAJAH server to make the call.

More than 1 million people around the globe have already registered with JAJAH, a service that provides consumers with a Web-activated solution without the restraints of hardware, software or downloads. This latest breakthrough from JAJAH is consistent with the company’s ongoing mission to break down the barriers that prevent consumers from getting the best rates, and that prevent businesspeople from getting their jobs done.

“It could not be simpler to make a cheap global call from a cell phone,” said Scharf. “JAJAH does all the hard work behind the scenes, and let’s you use the smart interface of your phone to easily and quickly connect with your contacts.”

Not only will consumers be able to make global calls without a costly global plan, the international rates that JAJAH provides are also superior. As a point of comparison, a call to London via JAJAH Mobile Web costs 3 cents a minute. A mobile call to London under a typical plan in the U.S. costs 34 cents a minute — 11 times as much.

About

JAJAH, the world’s most innovative global communications company, is dedicated to bringing users vastly improved telephony solutions at a fraction of the traditional price. JAJAH enables consumers to make free and low cost telephone calls, locally or globally, dialing from either their computers or mobile phones. By combining the best of the Internet with the best of the existing telephony infrastructure, JAJAH removes the barriers to communication and makes it easier for people everywhere to stay in touch. Unconstrained by technology, infrastructure, or geography, JAJAH is positioned to be the first true player in the new world of global communication. Roman Scharf and Daniel Mattes, driven by their vision of global communication without barriers in terms of devices, rates, location or functionality, founded JAJAH in 2005. JAJAH has offices in Mountain View, CA and Luxembourg.

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