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New Prepaid Cell Phone VoIP-Enabled

CallWave, Inc. announced this week nationwide availability of the CallWave Mobile prepaid cell phone, the first pay-as-you-go phone service with VoIP-enabled features. The company also announced a limited time "free phone" offer for customers who buy the service through a company Web site.
CallWave, Inc. announced this week nationwide availability of the CallWave Mobile prepaid cell phone, the first pay-as-you-go phone service with VoIP-enabled features. The company also announced a limited time "free phone" offer for customers who buy the service through a company Web site (www.callwavemobile.com). The first 1,000 qualifying customers will receive a free no-contract phone with 60 minutes of airtime included.

Using proprietary VoIP technology, CallWave gives prepaid phone users what the company calls "minute stretcher" features, including Mobile Call Screening, Mobile Call Transfer, and Follow Me Home. Other features include e-mail and SMS notification of voice messages and powerful PC VoIP software for managing calls and checking voicemail without airtime charges.

CallWave's newest feature, called Follow Me Home, enables subscribers to receive calls dialed to their mobile number on their home phone instead. Subscribers can use the Follow Me Home feature by simply turning off their CallWave prepaid cell phone when they are at home. Alternatively, subscribers can leave their phone on and Follow Me Home works automatically whenever the phone loses network coverage.

Mobile Call Screening and Mobile Call Transfer help customers control which calls they take and where they take them. Mobile Call Screening allows users to listen to voice messages in real-time and, if they choose, interrupt the message to take the call. Mobile Call Transfer lets users instantly transfer a live cell phone call to a home or office phone. Even when CallWave Mobile prepaid cell phone subscribers run out of prepaid minutes, CallWave's service will still take a voice message and deliver it to the user's email inbox or PC software.

"CallWave is providing consumers with value and features never before seen in the wireless industry," said David Hofstatter, president and CEO in a press release. "Our experience developing innovative VoIP-based services, coupled with our direct relationship with end-customers, has taught us that the real power of VoIP is in value added services like seeing all your cellular calls and voice messages on your desktop PC. VoIP also enables new handset features like pressing '1' to pick up a screened call, or '2' to move that call to your landline, which directly address consumer demand for privacy, cost control and improved call quality."

"Americans are increasingly choosing prepaid mobile phones to help control ballooning cell phone costs," said Adrian van Haaften, CallWave's chief marketing officer. "CallWave is now introducing a new prepaid phone option that offers unprecedented value and new functionality with our VoIP-based minute-stretcher features. Whether it's a family that needs a cost-effective way to stay connected, or an individual who is tired of long term cell phone contracts, CallWave lets subscribers keep their budgets in check while enjoying a host of innovative mobile phone services like Follow Me Home."