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August 02, 2010

Grassroots Partner to Benefit Non-Profits

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor


A recent blog post at Phone.com (News - Alert) notes that yes, there is "no question that VoIP providers are making moves to make their services friendlier for companies of all sizes."

This is the good news. But, as the blog asks, "what about the non-profit companies?" Phone.com officials say they are, in fact, doing something about it.

They've formed a partnership with a company called Grassroots.org, which will make the VoIP service – "including its list of features," Phone.com officials say – available to non-profit businesses.

Who is Grassroots, you ask? Good question – we had no idea either. Phone.com officials say it is the mission of Grassroots, a non-profit in itself, "to assist the efforts of non-profit businesses by offering useful business-related services at little or no cost to the non-profit."

They do this by focusing on web tools and IT needs "that can otherwise be costly to secure for a business that has little to spend," Phone.com says.

And it's a popular service, as their membership has reached more than 2,000 non-profit businesses, with "over one million dollars worth of services provided to those members."

In fact, in 11 months' time, their subscriptions tripled, Grassroots officials say, maintaining that this demonstrates the impact they are having on the non-profit industry, and "winning them favor with IT companies."

The partnership with Phone.com will benefit non-profits, Grassroots officials say, since “members will be able to get one year of Phone.com’s Virtual Office 300 Plan for free.” That includes 300 minutes of calling to Israel, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, and the USA.

Recently TMC (News - Alert) had the news that Phone.com announced the availability of two mobile apps that make the Phone.com Virtual Office service accessible from iPhones and Android (News - Alert) devices.

Phone.com Mobile Office, which company officials call "the first app to extend office phone capabilities for Android-powered phones," allows subscribers to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages from their Phone.com number using their Android phone.


David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Ed Silverstein



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