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Telefonica To Shut Down VoIP Provider Jajah On January 31, 2014 39

Posted by samzenpus
from the so-long-farewell dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Voice over IP (VoIP) provider Jajah has announced it will be shutting down on January 31, 2014. This means Jajah.com and Jajah Direct services will no longer be offered, and users will not be able to make any more calls. Existing Jajah users will be able to use their account normally until the kill date, but new registrations meanwhile are no longer being accepted. You can also apply for a refund of any balance remaining on your account prior to the service closing by submitting a request to customer support (processing time is 30 days)."
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Telefonica To Shut Down VoIP Provider Jajah On January 31, 2014

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  • Obscure (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    This item is about such an obscure issue that the primary thread of discussion refers to the Slashdot redesign.

    • Re: Obscure (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I think we're supposed to talk about the NSA.

  • by axlash (960838)
    I thought slashvertisements were supposed to be about companies that were growing, not companies that were closing down?
    • by gmhowell (26755)

      I thought slashvertisements were supposed to be about companies that were growing, not companies that were closing down?

      It's a psych out. I think the commenters are supposed to post alternatives that the customers can switch to. So it's a slashvertisement, but slightly more subtle.

      • No, I think it's more of a cop-out. Now, Slashdot doesn't even have to sort through the submissions to eek out a story. They just wander through some random RSS feed with perhaps some search terms (in this case the technical and ever interesting concept of VOIP), dump the blurb out and then let the rest of us figure out what's going on.

  • Was this an old line, formerly state owned telephone company killing a service that competed with its main business, or just an unsuccessful acquisition being put down?

    As an American, I had never heard of this particular service.

    • Presumably the latter -- they paid $200M for it in 2009. (Ouch.)
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by AK Marc (707885)
        They bought it for $200M to prevent competition. Running it for a while then shutting it down could have been the master plan.
    • by bugg_tb (581786)
      Or maybe they bought the company for the tech? O2 (a Telefonica subsiuary) just launched the TUGO app on android and ios that allows users to place calls and send texts from their phones over any WiFI connection, using their own phone number rather than an extra 'skype in' type of number. I live in the sticks and a service like that is very useful when you can't get a connection in your house....
  • by Sun (104778)

    Just yesterday I put in $10. Now I have one year to use it.

    Shachar

  • They named it after one the most hated characters in cinema history!
    • by Megane (129182)
      Man, that Jajah the Hutt was really annoying. But I still insist that Ham Solo dialed first!
  • This doesn't surprise me. I tried jajah and had trouble. I replaced them with rebtel.com and I'm glad I did.

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