Wednesday, May 10, 2006

YAGI for Jajah

There was a post on Slashdot this morning about an article of ZDNET with the story of T-mobile rolling-out an enhanced 3-G telephony service from which VoIP and instant messaging are banned.

Aside from the fact that this is a looser's strategy and a proof of the dismay in which mobile operators find themselves dealing with Internet technologies this is YAGI (yet-another-good-indication) for Jajah... and of course YABI (I'll let you figure that one out) for Skype. Unless in combining strengths with eBay the latter also shifts from a device-based P2P software for VoIP to something else. The reason I think it's YAGI for Jajah is obvious: Jajah is (not only) about VoIP or at least, they do not require a mobile (or fixed) operator's authorisation to establish a call between two parties by bridging two calls they initiate from their infrastructure.

By the way, during my last trips to Luxembourg, I used Jajah for most of my calls. I am working through the complicated pricing schemes and roaming agreements between mobile operators to assess the savings (I wonder how commercial companies are allowed to have such complexity in their price lists)... Using the extra cool feature of doanloading the history of calls in Excel format that is available on Jajah, I expect to be able to assess the monetary value of savings achieved. What I can say is that the quality of sound was just excellent. So if I can get good service at a lower price, the whole deal bcomes a no-brainer even if it asks of me as a user to slightly change my education about how to place a call.


  1. Keep those abbreviations coming...

  2. I guess when we are flooded with abreviations to thepoint of being sick and tired we may actually start speaking plain language once again... So I'm contributing to the flood of silly abreviations that make our lives so miserable... the ultimate objective being a nice future of decent human communication :)