Last year, Alan Masarek made news as he left Google to become Vonage’s new CEO.
Fierce competition in the mobile VoIP sector isn't keeping new offerings at bay. Raketu, a leading global Internet communications, information, and entertainment company, has been steadily introducing mobile VoIP clients over the past two months despite saturation from several other competitors. Following the release of its iPhone client in December of 2007, Raketu has most recently introduced mobile VoIP clients for Blackberry devices and Windows Mobile-based smartphones. With many other companies already further along in development of these technologies, Raketu's mobile VoIP system offers a few twists to set themselves apart from fring, Mobixox, EQO Communications and other mobile VoIP companies. In addition to being a mobile VoIP company, Raketu combines voice, media and social networking features with the service and users will have choices in how to place calls varying from free to cheap international calling rates. The service supprots PC to PC calling, PC to phone calling and phone to phone calls established by text messaging. With the January 2008 release of Raketu's mobile VoIP platforms, Mobility Site's Tim Hillenbrand raised the question, "Can Raketu replace a SIM card?" His conclusion: It's could be possible at some point, but not yet. "The bottom line is that it is a wee bit clumsy to use. However, it's certainly worth a try, if you have the patience..." he wrote. Plans to issue incoming phone numbers similar to SkypeIn are in the works which will give users the ability to receive inbound calls and text messages. Hillenbrand continues, "As it is now, the only way people can respond to your SMS (Short Message Service) is to your cell phone,which defeats the whole point of an alternative Internet system and the use of a Pocket PC without a phone connection." Many obstacles challenge the possibility of Raketu ever bypassing a phones SIM card using the phone's data connection. The major mobile carriers will most definetly put up a fight against systems that stream audio over data networks; not to mention most mobile data contracts expressly prohibit doing so.