Company touts making telephone calls online

North Brunswick firm
says cost-saving service

By jennifer kohlhepp
Staff Writer

North Brunswick firm
says cost-saving service
is ‘wave of the future’
By jennifer kohlhepp
Staff Writer

JENNIFER KOHLHEPP VoicePulse Inc., a North Brunswick-based telecommunications company, recently developed a device, pictured next to the telephone, to lower telephone bills by    routing phone calls over the Internet.JENNIFER KOHLHEPP VoicePulse Inc., a North Brunswick-based telecommunications company, recently developed a device, pictured next to the telephone, to lower telephone bills by routing phone calls over the Internet.

NORTH BRUNSWICK — A local telecommunications company hopes its new product will have you dialing for less.

VoicePulse Inc., 2227 Route 1 in North Brunswick, is a communications company that uses its voice over an Internet provider network to deliver low-cost telephone services with advanced features not ordinarily available to residential customers, according to VoicePulse President Ravi Sakaria.

"Our product is the catalyst for a revolution in the telephone industry," Sakaria said. "We’re the first communications company to offer this technology that bundles enhanced calling features in a low-cost, easy-to -use package."

VoicePulse uses technology known as Voice Over IP to route calls over the Internet and to deliver phone services to consumers.

The device hooks up directly to any touch-tone telephone, Sakaria said.

"The device is so easy to use," Sakaria said. "It just ties into the telephone system. You plug it in and you immediately get a dial tone. There’s no configuration and there’s no waiting for the telephone company to install a line."

The company launched the new service on April 3.

Consumers need high-speed broad band Internet connections such as cable or DSL to sign up for the service, according to the company.

"Our telephone service is unique because we provide it over the Internet," Sakaria said. "However, people can make and receive calls from others who do not have our service."

With VoicePulse, consumers can choose an area code, enhance voice mail, block telemarketers and activate a "do not disturb" service.

"With VoicePulse broad band phone service, you have the freedom to pick any of the area codes we offer," Sakaria said. "This feature is not available from traditional phone companies. You can live on the West Coast and have an East Coast telephone number."

Sakaria said college students who live in New Jersey but who go to school in California or anywhere else in the United States can choose a New Jersey area code so parents can avoid long-distance charges.

"Business people who travel from one place to another can take the device with them so their clients only need to know one telephone number," Sakaria said.

The enhanced voice mail feature al­lows customers to retrieve their messages remotely from any telephone.

This fea­ture also allows customers to retrieve voice mail messages as e-mail attach­ments using an Internet-connected com­puter with sound, Sakaria said.

"You can receive e-mails with sound file attachments every time someone leaves you a voice message," Sakaria said. "Now, you can hear your telephone messages right through your laptop."

The "do not disturb" feature intercepts telephone calls before the telephone rings.

"Parents who want to make sure sleeping children do not awaken when the phone rings and business people in important meetings can use the do-not-disturb feature," Sakaria said. VoicePulse also includes a telemar­keter block, free, in every calling plan.

"When activated, incoming calls without caller ID will receive a special tone that causes telemarketers’ auto-di­alers to disconnect and remove your telephone number from their call list," Sakaria said.

Currently, VoicePulse offers three calling plans.

The regional plan costs $25.99 per month and offers unlimited local and re­gional calls, 600 U.S. long distance min­utes and free user-to-user calls, Sakaria said.

The America Unlimited Plan, for $34.99 per month, offers everything in the regional plan plus unlimited U.S. long distance.

"Since our America Unlimited Call­ing Plan is priced at $34.99, which is $20 cheaper than comparable plans from tra­ditional phone companies, consumers will initially switch to Voice Over IP based on the price," Sakaria said.

"What they will find is that the features we de­liver over an IP-based communications network are far more advanced than what they previously experienced."

The Small Business plan costs $45.99, monthly, and includes everything in the America Unlimited Plan plus free user-to-user call transferring.

Businesses can buy additional phone lines for $9.99 a month.

Each plan includes free voice mail, call waiting, and caller ID.

"We’ve just begun our international marketing campaign," Sakaria said. "We’re focusing specifically on New Jer­sey because, historically, this state has been the hotbed for developments in technology. People in New Jersey are just that much more technologically savvy."

For more information call (732) 339-5100 or send an e-mail to con­