TalkShoe announced the general availability of ShoePhone, a service for group calling over the internet. Up to 250 people can participate in a live call, and many more can listen to the simultaneous live Internet audio stream. Users can also simultaneously text-chat, and Talkcasts can be recorded and stored on TalkShoeâ€™s website for later listening and podcasting. Talkcasts can be done instantly, or scheduled in advance. ShoePhone is free to use.
ShoePhone uses voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology to create calls. However, unlike other VoIP services, ShoePhone users can connect with other ShoePhone users as well as to people using standard telephones, mobile phones, other VoIP services such as Skype, and 3rd party VoIP clients such as SJphone and Gizmo. This is because ShoePhone is based on a telco-grade conferencing system unlike other server-based VoIP-only services which have limited conferencing capabilities.
â€œPeople want to talk. And people want to talk about something,â€ said Dave Nelsen, CEO and founder of TalkShoe. â€œTalkShoe and ShoePhone together are a great tool for social networking. Our goal is to bring topic-based interactive voice discussions to the masses.â€