Tuesday, September 11, 2007

TalkShoe Launches ShoePhone, for Group calling

TalkShoe, service that enables anyone to easily create, join, or listen to Live Interactive Podcasts & Audioblogs, of which I am a member, has some good news!

Pittsburgh, PA — September 11, 2007 — TalkShoe™, the leader in Internet topic-based voice conversations, discussions and live interactive podcasts, today announced the general availability of ShoePhone, an easy to use service for unlimited group calling with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Up to 250 people can participate in a live call (which TalkShoe calls Talkcasts™), and 1,000s more can listen to the simultaneous live Internet audio stream. Users can also simultaneously text-chat, and Talkcasts can be recorded and stored on TalkShoe’s website for later listening and podcasting. Talkcasts can be done instantly, or scheduled in advance. ShoePhone is Free to use.

ShoePhone uses voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology to create calls. However, unlike other VoIP services, ShoePhone users can connect with other ShoePhone users as well as to people using standard telephones, mobile phones, other VoIP services such as Skype, and 3rd party VoIP clients such as SJphone and Gizmo. This is because ShoePhone is based on a telco-grade conferencing system unlike other server-based VoIP-only services which have limited conferencing capabilities.

“People want to talk. And people want to talk about something,” said Dave Nelsen, CEO and founder of TalkShoe. “TalkShoe and ShoePhone together are a great tool for social networking. Our goal is to bring topic-based interactive voice discussions to the masses.”

ShoePhone is deeply integrated with TalkShoe’s award-winning software – TalkShoe Live™, where people can simultaneously talk, text-chat, and stream audio over the Internet. TalkShoe hosts and discussion leaders are in control with features such as see-who’s-talking indication, voice muting, text-chat censoring, and request-to-talk queuing. TalkShoe also has created numerous web widgets for people to easily integrate any live and recorded Talkcasts into their social networking websites including MySpace, Facebook, TypePad, Friendster, Webwag, Netvibes and Windows Live.

"ShoePhone makes connecting with TalkShoe quick and easy,” commented Aaron Brauser, Vice President of Product Management at TalkShoe. “There’s no need to enter IDs, phone numbers, or IP addresses – just use a headset and a PC or Mac.

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