Pat Phelan is persistence personified!
He launched Allfreecalls.net earlier this year to some considerable acclaim only to have to shut it down after legal action by AT&T!
Pat has been plugging away in the background ever since trying to get the service back up and running again.
Yesterday Pat announced that Allfreecalls.net is back up once more, this time re-branded as Yak4ever.com.
Unlike the Allfreecalls service, Yak4ever users need to register their number and have to enter a list of (up to 10) numbers they will be calling. This is for legal reasons according to Pat.
Michael Arrington has removed Allfreecalls from his Dead Pool (for now, he says!).
Irish and UK readers should note that this relates to the US service only, Allfreecalls.ie and allfreecalls.co.uk continue to operate as previously.
[Disclaimer: I host these sites for Pat]
A couple of days ago I posted that Pat Phelan was in some trouble. This evening Pat confirmed it:
From Pat’s blog:
Our allfreecalls provider in Iowa today took flight due to increasing pressure from a large USA based carrier.
We are working on getting a new number up.
We expect to be back in business on Monday afternoon.Please watch the site for the new number and this blog for updates
So much for FCC rules in the USA.
I would like to personally apologize to all our customers and can assure you that we are working as fast as humanly possible to rectify this.
Unfortunately it is timed to perfection as we have issues with access to engineers over the weekend.
In a move that has stunned corporate America – newly re-branded AT&T has announced that it is to purchase Google. The price paid has not yet been released but it is anticipated to be in the hundreds of billions making this one of the largest deals ever in US corporate history.
In a statement released early this morning Irish time, Edward Whitacre, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T said:
Itâ€™s a very good deal for AT&T. The price is good, and synergies make sense. It is good news for employees as well as shareholders of both companies. Such a merger creates a strong U.S. competitor in the global telecom marketplace with the resources to substantially advance the rollout of high-speed broadband and other services and drive economic growth and job expansion.”
One of the main affects of this deal for the consumer is that AT&T’s plans for a two tiered Internet, already given tacit approval by FCC chair Kevin Martin, now look unstoppable and in fact are likely the main motivating factor behind the purchase. AT&T have also said that they will start to charge for the free wifi services which Google has been providing in San Francisco.
The Google brand will remain but Google’s two founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are, according to a joint statement, leaving the new Google to “pursue other interests” – current Google CEO Eric Schmidt will remain in place for 12 months.