SOURCE: Voxeo Corporation

April 22, 2008 09:05 ET

Equals Party Line™ Application Calls on Voxeo Platform to Bring Voice to Social Networking

Group Phone Chat Application Launched on Facebook; Leverages Voxeo's SIP Platform and CCXML Engine for IVR, IP Telephony and Instantaneous Conferencing

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Voxeo Corporation, a leading provider of premise and hosted Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and VoIP applications, announced today that Equals (www.equals.com), a unified communications company that is defining social communications, has selected the Voxeo Prophecy Platform for the development and delivery of its new Party Line™ application on Facebook.

Party Line adds voice to social networking by enabling group phone chats that can be instantly launched with a single mouse click right from Facebook. Facebook members can alternatively dial 877 4 BUZZ ME (1 877 428 9963) from their mobile phone and Equals will dial out and add the other users to the Party Line. Users can create an unlimited number of Party Lines ranging from movie and dinner friends to golf buddies -- with each Party Line consisting of up to five people. The application is free, set up is easy, and there are no software downloads, conference bridge numbers or passcodes to remember.

Equals selected Voxeo's SIP-based Prophecy Platform for the development and delivery of the Party Line application. Support for standards such as VoiceXML offered Equals an easy way to bring their web interface to the telephone and Voxeo's CCXML (Call Control XML) engine enabled the development of Party Line's robust conferencing and IP telephony capabilities, all communicating via SIP, but without the complexities of low level coding.

"Voxeo's powerful SIP platform and development helped us deliver on our vision of enhancing social networking through the addition of instantaneous social engagement via voice," said Scott Shepherd, Vice President of Business Development at Equals. "There are 64 million active Facebook users currently. We believe the Party Line application will spread quickly as users experience how easy it is to instantly connect with their friends and co-workers whenever and wherever they want. Voxeo provides us with a proven solution, the deployment options we need to scale with demand, and the flexibility to add planned features and communication applications in the future."

While Equals' Party Line application is initially being distributed through Facebook, the application is designed to work natively with open standards such as OpenSocial for easy distribution as a web widget across other social networks and web destinations that adopt OpenSocial.

"With Party Line, Equals has bridged social networking and voice in a truly unique and compelling way," said John Amein, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Voxeo. "We expect them to grow significantly in the future and Voxeo's platform has the capability and flexibility to support this growth."

Facebook users can immediately install "Party Line" at www.equals.com/partyline, or by searching for the application from their Facebook profile, by clicking on the "Add Application" link on a Party Line member's Facebook profile, or via an invitation from a Party Line Member.

About Voxeo

Voxeo makes voice applications easy to build and deploy. The company's common sense approach isn't rocket science: Offer a great platform. Make it exceptionally easy for people to try, buy and use. Provide amazing support. The approach has made Voxeo a leading choice among developers and the answer for companies who don't subscribe to the mentality that a powerful telephony solution needs to be complicated and expensive. More than 30,000 developers and enterprise customers -- including half of the Fortune 100 -- use Voxeo's Prophecy Platform and Hosting to deliver innovative IVR, VoIP, outbound notification, unified communications and a new generation of SIP-powered solutions. Anyone can immediately download the Prophecy Platform or sign up to use Voxeo's hosted developer portal for free at www.voxeo.com/free.

Voxeo is an employee-owned company with headquarters in Orlando, FL and London, UK. The company's Prophecy Platform has been installed more than 20,000 times since its launch in 2006. Its standards-based IVR hosting platform is the largest in the world and the only one backed by a 100% uptime guarantee. For more information visit www.voxeo.com or call +1 (407) 418-1800 or +44 (0) 20 7887 6085 in the UK and Europe.

About Equals

Based in Belmont, Calif., Equals is a unified communications company whose mission is to empower everyone to communicate with each other on their own terms. Equals provides users the ability to set their communications preferences based on who is calling and their personal context. Equals adds user-centric dimensions to communication services and social networking, redefining communications.

To learn more about Equals visit www.equals.com or to sign up for Party Line visit www.equals.com/partyline.

Contact Information

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kim Martin
    Voxeo Corporation
    P: 407-928-3320
    E: Email Contact

    Erin Freeley for Equals, Inc.
    ProwessPR, LLC
    P: 646-246-1962
    E: Email Contact

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