June 21, 2007

If I were Jajah Ö

Andy Abramson points out that Jajah has started a media campaign that aims at Skype. The gist of the campaign is to point out that unlike Skype which requires the use of a headset and that Jajah does not require one. Even though Jajah eliminates this pain point, nonetheless one has to turn on the PC and initiate a call by accessing a PC. It is just as important to eliminate this pain point as well.

Consider a new kind of phone that is not only connected to the PSTN but also to the Internet, via home networking. Thus when the user selects a name from the embedded address book, the phone will send its phone number and the called personís phone number to Jajah via the data network connection. This means that the user experience will be same as in the case of PSTN. Jajah can license this to the phone vendors. After all Skypeís revenue from franchise sales is a significant portion of their total revenue.

Posted by aswath at June 21, 2007 01:09 AM
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Does any one know how to invest directly in JaJah Ö ?

So far I found out that Qino Flagship has a share in JaJah Ö

Posted by: QFU at June 21, 2007 05:34 AM

The hype is heating up!

The Swiss investment company Qino Flagship has announced that they bought more than 1 million stocks of Jajah (2,81 per cent), thus holding now nearly 8 per cent (directly and indirectly) of the internet callback service company. That's the interesting news.

But what even more my interest was captured the background information: Jajah is already worth 2.9 billion dollars, calculated RRS Capital Strategies Services from Vienna yet in may after the investments by Deutsche Telekom and Intel. They deduct this virtual price from Jajah's user data and the conditions under which Skype had been sold to Ebay in 2005.

The 2.9 billion dollars rating is quite impressive for Jajah's rather simple internet callback service that you can also have in similar shape from companies like Nikotalk, Smart2Talk, Raketu, MINO, Webcalldirect (and all the other Betamax companies), SitÚfono - and probably soon from Yahoo. Sometimes even for free, like at Peterzahlt.de.

Or you can build your own Jajah at Voxalot.

Posted by: Markus GŲbel's Tech News Comments at June 21, 2007 06:35 AM

"...when the user selects a name from the embedded address book, the phone will send its phone number and the called personís phone number."


Doesn't EQO do this already? For anyone who has a bundled unlimited data/voice plans on their mobile phones; EQO works exactly as you mentioned. calls between EQO users are even free anywhere in the globe!




Posted by: Miraj at June 22, 2007 06:08 PM


It is not entirely clear to me how EQO works. It looks like one has to download some software to the cell phone. It also says that there is no "callback". That means, the phone originates the call. What I am suggesting is different in the sense I want to do the exact same set of operations that Jajah requires, but do everything from an enhanced landline phone. So when I click on a contact's name, a HTTP request is sent to Jajah with my number, the called party's number and possibly my authentication information. Subsequently my phone rings. When I answer that, the far end is connected after confirmation.

Posted by: Aswath at June 22, 2007 06:57 PM

Aswath, we do this exact thing with the PhoneGnome Mobile Plugin (J2ME midlet app) on mobile phones: http://www.phonegnome.com/mobile.html

The phone makes an XML-RPC to initate the call. The user can chooose a 'click to dial' (callback) or what we an 'internet call' where the phone makes an XML-RPC to set up the call and then the phone places a standard (local) call (instead of callback), giving the user the choice.

Posted by: David Beckemeyer at June 24, 2007 12:12 AM

sorry, the link for the PhoneGnome Mobile Plugin is: http://www.phonegnome.com/mobile.html

Posted by: David Beckemeyer at June 24, 2007 12:14 AM


I didn't know about PG Mobile Plugin. Interestingly both you and Miraj point out use of such services from a mobile phone while I was thinking of a landline phone. Jajah wants to use a PC for expeditious reasons. My point was to argue for revisiting the features of a phone to provide additional capabilities.

In the absence of a new phone, I think PG itself can be used. One scheme could be for the user to dial a prefix before dialing the number. At this point, PG can play an announcement and the user hangsup. PG sends the needed information to Jajah via the internet connection, replacing the steps the user will take through the browser.

By the way I want to know why one can not use just texting capability to communicate the information needed by Jajah?

Posted by: Aswath at June 26, 2007 10:53 AM

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