Inovas launches USB phones

  • Business
  • Friday, 14 Nov 2003

INOVAS Telecommunications Sdn Bhd has launched a USB phone that enables voice calls to other Inovas USB phones, fixed lines and mobile phones via dialup, wired or wireless Internet access. 

European company Kazaa offers a similar Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service with USB phones from PC to PC, but Inovas claims to be the first in the world to offer calls to fixed lines or hand phones from USB phones. 

“You can make and receive phone calls from anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection plus a notebook or PC,” Inovas chief executive officer Gerard Lim told Bernama yesterday. 

Calls from one USB phone to another are free, while Inovas offers discounted rates for long distance calls to fixed lines or mobile phones. 

The MSC-status telecommunications applications service provider has 2000 corporate customers using its different voice services. 

Lim launched a two-month roadshow at a Starbucks Coffee outlet in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Starbucks outlets are wireless Hot Spots. Inovas USB phones will be available at 10 computer retail outlets in the Klang Valley, Lim said, adding that he was looking for additional retailers and distributors as well as partnerships with broadband service providers and Hot Spot operators, who could rent the phones to their customers. 

The phone normally retails at RM430 but will be available at RM350 until Dec 14, including a PayLess prepaid IDD/STD calling card worth RM30 and software for Microsoft Windows, as well as a limited number of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” packages with tickets to the charity premiere, a Starbucks mug and beverage voucher. – Bernama  

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