Jaxtr Grows 10-Fold to 5 Million Registered Members in 140 Days

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Former MySQL CTO joins the company to support Jaxtr's unprecedented membership growth.

Jaxtr (http://www.jaxtr.com), the social communications company that links your phone to the Web, today announced that its membership has grown 10-fold since July from 500,000 to 5 million. This makes jaxtr the fastest growing Internet communications service in history - ahead of Skype, Hotmail and ICQ.

Jaxtr users can make and receive phone calls in 220 countries, and they enjoy not just bypassing international calling fees, but also having greater control over incoming calls while using their regular landline or mobile phone. Jaxtr's record word-of-mouth growth is due to the fact that jaxtr is the first service to offer benefits not just to the caller or the callee, but to both parties. Jaxtr has never done any advertising or any kind of distribution deals to promote its service.

Jaxtr is poised to benefit from the coming VoIP shakeout. "The new wave of VoIP services allow users to enjoy the benefits and simplicity of placing phone calls through their existing phones - by selecting a name from the contact list and hitting the green 'send' button," said Rebecca Swensen, research analyst, VoIP Services for IDC. "Jaxtr has demonstrated that ease-of-use is a critical factor to bringing VoIP into the mainstream. Mobile VoIP calls no longer require a PC or an Internet connection."

How jaxtr works:
Users sign up for jaxtr and receive a link that allows friends to call them using their regular mobile or landline phone. Their friends simply click on the jaxtr link and enter their number. Then, their friend's phone rings, the jaxtr member's phone rings and jaxtr connects the call. Callers can then save the local number provided by jaxtr and use it whenever they want to call their friends and family overseas without being tethered to their computer.

Unlike other mobile VoIP solutions, there is no need to download an application to the phone and no requirement to have a phone that provides Wi-Fi access or includes an Internet plan. Callers simply use the minutes included in their domestic calling plan to make international calls from their mobile phone.

Additionally, jaxtr members have the option to link all of their phones (home, work, mobile, etc.) to their account, and can then choose which of their phones rings when receiving a call. Members can also select which callers get routed to a digital voicemail provided by jaxtr and who gets put through directly to their phone.

The overwhelming consumer response to jaxtr's offering has presented jaxtr with unprecedented challenges of scaling up systems. Addressing these demands, today the company announced the addition of Taneli Otala as VP of engineering. Otala was previously VP of technology at Various and CTO at MySQL.

Said Otala, "At Various, the challenges of managing 24 million active customers across 300 MySQL servers with a staff of over 100 people were tremendous. Whether it takes jaxtr another 140 days or a year to grow its membership yet again 10-fold to 50 million, we are designing a unique system that can handle such unprecedented growth. If there are any developers and system administrators out there who want to go where no man or woman has gone before, I encourage them to contact me. After our recent infusion of venture capital, we are hiring on all fronts."

About jaxtr
Jaxtr is a social communications company based in Menlo Park, CA. The company was launched publicly in March 2007 with the mission to bring voice to social networks and blogs. Jaxtr is currently used by over 5,000,000 registered users in 220 countries. Jaxtr links your phone to the Web, so you can hear from callers worldwide while keeping your existing phone number private. Jaxtr works with any phone, including ordinary landline phones. No download is required - even if calls are initiated from a mobile phone. Users simply pick the person they want to call from the contact list on their mobile phone and hit the green call button to place a call. To watch a 30-second Flash video on how jaxtr works, visit http://jaxtr.com/user/howitworks.jsp.

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