Telepost will launch its suite of Web-based conference calling, unified messaging and callback services in the UK within two months.
Telepost's technology uses both Internet protocols and the existing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to deliver integrated conferencing and messaging. The company claims this provides the best of each technology, combining the reliability and voice quality of the PSTN, and data capabilities and user interface simplicity of the Web.
The TelePost Conference Center is billed as a Web-initiated, browser-controlled conference calling service. It allows conference calls to be set up and managed using a browser, and without operator assistance or advance reservations. The conference call can handle up to nine participants.
The built-in Contact Manager can import details from several PIMs, including Outlook and Symantec ACT!, as well as PDAs such as the PalmPilot and Psion.
Participants can be added simply by clicking on their names in the Contact Manager.
The TelePost Message Center is a unified messaging service that can handle Email, voice mail and faxes, and it can deliver these messages via a browser, POP3 client or over the phone, and alert a user via a pager. Messages are stored in standard formats, so, for example, a voice mail message can be forwarded as a RealAudio file to another user. Users can also have Email read out to them over the phone.
TelePost RingMeNow lets users get support elswhere. Users enter their phone number into a form on a Web page, and click a button to request an immediate or scheduled call-back from the site owner.
TelePost's services are aimed at ISPs and telcos who need to add value to their existing business communications offerings, integrating the Web with the existing telephone system. Being services rather than software or hardware, they require no investment on the provider's part, and are hosted entirely by TelePost.
TelePost is expected to announce a deal today with telecoms company Colt to resell the service.
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