Like Jangl, TalkPlus Losing Its Voice As Well

22 thoughts on “Like Jangl, TalkPlus Losing Its Voice As Well”

  1. Another company that tried to make money with free private phone numbers was http://numbr.com. I really liked their service. Alas, their free private number thing is gone (it cost them $.05 a minute, so no surprise) but the company is hanging in, doing enterprise level phone stuff.

    Nice guys, I hope they make it work. Maybe one day the free private numbers will return.

  2. Maybe we’re finally seeing what I expected all along. Only the “real” telecommunications providers with lots of real experience and know-how can succeed in this market. The Jangl’s and Ooma’s and all the other crazy mnemonics play around the edges with the small set of people who are willing to experiment with new “nifty” things for communications, and one-by-one go bust. Meanwhile, the experienced and legitimate telecommunications companies are able to figure out how to do things right, even with the use of VoIP for real telephone service.

    Funny thing, I have a book on my shelf, published in 1976, called “The Future of AT&T”. I suspect that most everything said didn’t happen – who could have predicted Judge Green and divestiture. And in the late 1980’s, who would have thought that within 20 years that AT&T would be getting back together. The sooner the better, I say.

  3. @ Mike P

    Haven’t read “The Future of AT&T,” but I was at an ad-supported telephony conference this week hosted by VooDoo Vox and they showed some early 90s videos that AT&T put out about the future. Amazingly accurate.

    Of course, they were wrong about the company that would deliver that future. 😉

  4. Those loooking to replace the private call functionality should look at the dukaLINK widget from Jaduka. Its one of the featured apps on their free Jaduka Labs widget site and allows you to create private click and call HTML links. Not a true private number per se, but allows people to call you without you ever sharing your real number, so its close enough. Give it a look–I use it for Craigslist posts and it works great.

  5. Jajah is one company which is doing well in this VoIP based technology business. They recently partnered with Yahoo to offer their service for users of yahoo messenger. They acquire millions of users overnight from this Yahoo deal. Perhaps Jangl and other competitors where just too focussed on technology without realizing the importance of partnerships in business development.

  6. @Om

    I am kinda curious why Jangl and TalkPlus had to close/sell out while Jajah seems to be doing well. What’s the difference between their business models?

  7. @ Sameer,

    I think they pretty quickly realized that the social voice experiment was a bit ahead of time, and in addition they have raised so much capital that they can correct course. They are not out of the woods mind you, but their wholesale model works for now.

  8. Do you guys know if talkplus is definetely out of business? The virtual numbers I have with them are no longer working. I tried to get support via email and telephone and nobody answers. Not even their website is working today.

  9. My TalkPlus numbers have been out of service for the month of September and I can’t access my web account. In addition, there haven’t been any response to my emails and the phone numbers have been disconnected. Talk about a bad omen! If the case is that they’ve shut down, so be it. It would’ve been nice of them to announce it to their subscribers.

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