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Opera to integrate VoIP into desktop and mobile browsers

April 5, 2006

Opera will add Skype-like phone support to both the desktop and mobile browsers.

Opera today announced a partnership with JAJAH, which introduced global VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephony between normal landline and mobile phones – without software download, installation process and headsets. Opera will integrate JAJAH`s web-activated telephony service with the Opera Mobile and Opera Mini Web browsers, as well as the upcoming Opera 9 desktop browser.

Expected to be available in about 4-6 months, the new VoIP support will enable Opera desktop and mobile phone users to make phone calls through the Internet.

Back in January when there was talk about Opera possibly entering the VoIP market, an Opera official told me that Opera has no plans to compete directly against Skype, but wouldn’t elaborate further.

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  1. April 5, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    So this pushes out the release of Opera 9 even further? I think they should stop adding new features and just work on getting everything currently in the weekly builds of O9 stable and ship it.

  2. Anonymous
    April 5, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    Might be a coincidence, but the company that Opera wanted to buy has also recently added VoIP support:
    http://www.gtalk2voip.com/

  3. Anonymous
    April 5, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    OK, Opera didn’t want to buy Google, and Google doesn’t make gtalk2voip.

    Hope my news is still worth something 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    April 5, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    “So this pushes out the release of Opera 9 even further?”

    Says who?

  5. April 5, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    Says “my expectations” that’s all. I thought Preview #2 meant we were within a couple months of a beta on Opera 9. But if this VoIP thing is going to ship with the browser, that means a conservative 6 months before we see a feature-complete beta, which is one year after the first preview came out.

    It’s just a long wait, that’s all…

  6. April 5, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    Jeff, actually Opera is preparing for a beta release of Opera 9 right now.

  7. Anonymous
    April 5, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    So, who says that the VoIP thing hasn’t already been arranged?

    This thing was reported on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Leaking info about it before the annoucement would be really bad for the company.

    You are assuming too much, Jeff.

  8. April 5, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Sounds like Opera’s going to need huge PR when they release O9. Otherwise, I’d think it’d just make more sense to have users look forward to an O9.5 and save VoIP for the future. Then again, if they manage to weave VoIP into O9 final without delaying it’s schedule, I’m fine with that.

  9. April 5, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    If I understand the technology correctlly, it doesn’t seem like it would take very much to integrate it. It seems all Jajah needs is 2 phone #’s then it calls both loacaly and connects them. Opera just needs field to enter the info. They could do the whole thing via a widget.

    Or am I missing something?

  10. April 6, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    It doesnt push the release of Opera 9 – Opera 9 Release Candidate (Beta) will be available already this weekend… 😉

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  12. Anonymous
    April 7, 2006 at 5:42 am

    VoIP in a web browser? Is this a late April Fools joke?

  13. Anonymous
    April 7, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    Well it says in the press release that it’s being added as a widget, so i don’t think it’ll delay opera 9 release at all.

  14. Anonymous
    April 17, 2006 at 6:13 am

    So will this be like opera to opera chat or opera- to- landline? And for landline will there be any charges? like skypeout?

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