StanaPhone Communications has announced details of the next version of their service. StanaPhone uses Voice over IP (VoIP) technology called SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) and works with standard personal computers running Windows 98, 2000 or XP or even a Pocket PC (read our review of Stanaphone on Pocket PC).
StanaPhone is now replacing its initial offering with a $2.00 monthly credit per telephone number. This credit is applied to calls made to non-StanaPhone numbers within the United States and international destinations. Once the credit is used up, users have the option to purchase additional call time or wait until the beginning of the next month when another $2.00 is credited into her account. StanaPhone's Account Manager feature enables users to view their account information online and see how many calls have been made and the corresponding details. Incoming calls to a StanaPhone number are free and unlimited regardless of their origin or the user's credit balance. Stanaphone assigns a US number to every account, and users can receive calls from other landline or mobile phones to this number, on a computer or Pocket PC.
The new version of StanaPhone also includes two new features: call forwarding and free voice mail.
When a StanaPhone user is not able to accept an incoming call, the calling party can leave a voice mail message and these messages are sent as voice file attachments to the e-mail address associated with the user's account.
When call forwarding is enabled, the call is automatically transferred to the phone number of the user's choice.