ETel: JabPhone

The Poly9 hackers who were at Where 2.0 in 2005, showed up at Emerging Telephony today with Jabphone, a service built on libjingle, Jabber, and Asterisk that lets you call out to regular telephone numbers from Google Talk. This is the power of open standards and open source, folks–they’ve been able to add the Skype Out feature to Google Talk without any assistance from Google. You can’t do that with Skype, Yahoo Messenger with Voice, or MSN Messenger. I don’t know what blows me away more–that these guys are so creative in two very different areas, or that they have another surprise up their sleeve to show off at the ETel Fair tomorrow night ….