December 18, 2006 13:33 ET

JAJAH Unveils Ad-Supported Business Model for Free Telephony

JAJAH Partners With Media Companies to Provide Telephony Services and Infrastructure

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 18, 2006 -- JAJAH unveiled this morning a new model for free telephony. By partnering with three of the largest European media companies -- Pro7Sat1 GMBH, Bild-T Online GMBH, and News Austria -- 110 million consumers will now be able to make free phone calls.

Pro7Sat1, Germany's most popular TV station, will offer its customers free calls, conduct a primetime TV advertising campaign with JAJAH, and make free telephony an offer on its home page. Bild-T Online, Europe's most widely read newspaper, will bring a free telephony offer to its readership and market it in a similar manner. Finally, News Austria, the leading Austrian media company, will conduct a campaign in its local markets.

This news represents a business-model expansion for JAJAH and media companies. Founded as the people's phone company, JAJAH seeks innovative ways to bring low cost or free calls to consumers globally. "We are really exited at the prospect of extending free calls in Europe's largest market," said JAJAH co-founder Daniel Mattes.

Starting today, anyone living in Germany or Austria will simply go to the easy to use web-based application and dial anyone in his or her country for free. The offer arose from feedback from the JAJAH community in these countries.

The project represents the cooperation of telecommunications companies, media companies and an innovator. "We are seeing an interesting convergence here," said Mr. Mattes. "The most innovative off-line media companies are moving towards the web. By working with JAJAH, our partners are able to deliver advanced 2.0 solutions to their existing customers. JAJAH gives them a path to the future by supplying all the telephony infrastructure they need."


JAJAH is an innovative and simple way to make cheap calls using the Internet -- without headphones, microphones or software downloads. JAJAH connects users phone-to-phone, landline or mobile, local or anywhere else in the world. An Internet connection is only necessary to initiate or schedule the call.

JAJAH was introduced in the US in March 2006 and has since been awarded Top 100 innovating company by the reputed Red Herring Magazine.

It is the latest brainchild of founders Daniel Mattes and Roman Scharf. Simple and cost-effective, JAJAH opens up the benefits of VoIP to all Internet users -- regardless of whether they have broadband or dial-up.

JAJAH is based in Mountain View, California with a European office in Luxembourg. Its board of directors includes Instant Messaging pioneer Yair Goldfinger, Haim Sadger of Sequoia Capital and Venky Ganesan of Globespan Capital.

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