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Goodbye Bellster, hello fwdOUT

Sun, 02/06/2005 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Surrendering to pressure by BellSouth, Jeff Pulver has changed the name of a new peering VoIP service from Bellster to fwdOUT.

fwdOUT, taking a page from Pulver's FreeWorldDialup (FWD) name, is a free application that enables PSTN phone line sharing. Upon hearing the news, BellSouth sent Pulver a letter requesting that he discontinue using the Bellster moniker.

"The BellSouth request really helped us in thinking through a better descriptor for this new capability of empowering users to 'forward out' to the PSTN," said Pulver, in a statement.

fwdOUT members establish connections via their telephone line and the Internet via a PC running an "open source" PBX software app called Asterisk.

Pulver said there are already 1,000 registered nodes on the fwdOUT network, which is currently able to route calls to cities in the U.S., Canada, Russia, France, Italy, the U.K., Norway, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand.

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