Dear Friends and iNum supporters,
We had an outage last week that affected the iNum service. Since 2008, iNum has been an experimental service to provide a free number for IP communications and free calling federation between service providers. It has been used for developers, families, businesses and is distributed through service providers, not by iNum directly. It has been completely free since day one.
iNum is a BHAG project. Creating an Area code for Planet Earth is a huge opportunity and could be very disruptive. And its free!
Its challenging because most mobile and fixed operators will not let you call iNums for free or at the cost of a local call. Although iNum provides several modes of direct free interconnect, as well as free or inexpensive indirect interconnect, most refuse to pass on this feature to their customers. Still we hope iNum will find the right partners and eventually support from voice and messaging partners.
But since iNum is free for qualified service providers, our parent company Voxbone also has less resources to devote to the project. Voxbone is the world’s leading supplier of DIDs and SIP trunking to many of the world’s largest integrated telcos, cloud communications, API and contact center providers carrying billions of minutes of use on their private network.
We appreciate the support of those that have reached out to inquire about the outage – it shows that iNum is important for you and you want to work together to keep the project moving and growing.