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Phone 2.0

A new service combines social networking features with free phone calls.

This story appears in the August 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Everyone is just so social these days, aren't they? So, what would happen if Ma Bell hooked up with Facebook? Their issue would probably look a lot like Ring Plus, a new IP phone service that's essentially your telephone on Web 2.0.

Entirely ad-supported, Ring Plus encourages fraternization among members who can view each others' profiles and photos and interact by e-mail or phone. Besides your Facebook-like profile, your Ring Plus web page includes your contacts, e-mail and voice-mail inboxes, search, reminders, tagged sharing for photos and videos, and the ability to invite friends into your circle.

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