Voxbone first announced on April 21, 2010 that telecommunications carriers, in addition to VoIP providers, are now routing calls to its geographically-independent iNum numbers. These numbers use a global “country code” (883) to provide customers of participating service providers with a globally portable number capable of receiving calls from both IP and PSTN numbers.
Mike Dolan, writing in Fierce VoIP, described this process: “When Voxbone recieves calls to iNum numbers it sends them over its global IP network to the appropriate service provider for termination thereby connecting incoming calls from PSTN callers, as well as calls between different VoIP and IM providers.”
Voxbone said that the carrier adoption associated with iNum “points to the future primacy of IP communications." iNum benefits carriers by improving connectivity, thus generating more minutes, and by attracting subscribers by allowing them to dial contacts who are on their preferred IM client or IP phone. iNum will also help carriers with increasing IP build-outs by helping them create more all-IP call paths, thus enabling high-definition voice, video, presence, and other advanced voice calling features.
Rod Ullens, Voxbone CEO, said that “Gaining recognition of iNum from traditional, non-VoIP carriers is critical to iNum's long-term success and, more broadly, is a major industry milestone, signaling a pivotal change in the thinking of the world's national carriers."
Verizon and the former PTT’s Belgacom of Belgium and Telecom of Britain, all of which currently offer VoIP service, were among the first carriers to agree to route calls to iNum. Voxbone now offers iNum numbers free to service providers, and offers a list of all participating carriers and their rates at the company’s website, www.inum.net
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