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Unimpressed by IP phones? That may be about to change.
This story first appeared in the August 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

If you've found most IP-based phones to be limited in voice quality and low on features, and if you're tired of waiting for full-featured PBX systems that support voice-over-IP, Pingtel ( may have just the phone for you.

Out of the box, the xpressa is smarter than your average phone, offering multiple phone books, multi-party conference calling, multiple call and station support, call/park/pickup, auto-redial and more. And with Pingtel's Java-based Voice Internet-age Architecture (VIA), Application Service Providers and Java-proficient end users can create vertical IP-based applications that operate with or without a connected PBX system.

According to Jim Hourihan, vice president of marketing, when the $549 (street) xpressa ships by the end of the third quarter, it's likely to include Microsoft Outlook integration, and possibly intelligent call-filtering and handling features. Other applications to be tacked on by resellers may include personalized ring tones, automatic billing applications, virtual call centers and vertical sales applications.

Eric Brown, a regular contributor to, is a writer living in the Boston area.
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  • Pingtel, (781) 938-5306.
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