In 2009, Telefonica, the Spanish telecom giant which owns networks across the world, announced that it was going to acquire Jajah, an early internet voice service provider, for $207 million. The news was greeted with much applause, not only because of the exit valuation, but also because it showed that old telecoms were responding to the challenge posed by the likes of Skype. Over-the-top services were going to become the norm, and it was good to see a telco that provided both wireless and wired services embrace the future.
And then we all promptly forgot about the company. Fast forward to this weekend, and all hell broke loose:
As of January 31, 2014, Jajah will no longer offer any Jajah.com or Jajah Direct services to its users in the United States or elsewhere. This means that, as of January 31, 2014, you will no longer be able to make any…
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