j2 Global Communications

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This is the parent company of eFax

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Try to cancel an inbound number, and it will take months !

Press Release: j2 Global Acquires Data On Call Assets

LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2005 - j2 today announced that it has acquired the assets of Data On Call, LLC. The key assets include the UniFax™ brand and its subscriber base, as well as the technology to provide features such as dynamic delivery options via FTP, Web-post with XML, and barcode data capture.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and the financial impact to j2 Global is immaterial.

Press Release: j2 Global Acquires Puma Unified Communications Limited

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 - j2 today announced that it has acquired Puma Unified Communications Limited, a United Kingdom-based provider of messaging services.

Since 2001, Puma has provided fax, voice and SMS services to a wide variety of businesses, including many of the United Kingdom's largest companies. Puma is headquartered in Egham, Surrey, U.K.

The acquisition is part of j2 Global's ongoing strategy to expand its services throughout Europe. j2 Global provides local area code phone numbers in 170 United Kingdom cities.

"We are on an expansion course in Europe," said Hemi Zucker, co-president and chief operating officer of j2 Global. "During 2005, we have been building our customer base in the U.K. and in Western Europe. The acquisition of Puma Unified Communications, combined with building and organizing our local U.K. management team, has bolstered our competitive position in the United Kingdom. We are pleased with our progress in developing our non-U.S.-centric approach to international markets."

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and the financial impact to j2 Global is immaterial.

GrokLaw review of j2 patents, their challenge by Venali, and the (lack of?) justification for patentability of issued and pending patents.

Some on the list appear to be business methods patents. At least a few, if not all, of their patents will probably make your Top Ten Gruesome Patents list.

Does J2 pay its litigation costs through covertly overcharging credit cards?

I was a long-time customer of them until shortly ago. In recent months, I realised that they started to charge not the usual monthly fee of 15 USD, but varying amounts above 15 USD - up to 18 USD. Imagine this done every month, times their customers, and what you have is a money-making machine.

When you inquire with help@..., they respond by explaining their tariff - which is known to you, wasn't the question and doesn't explain the phenomenon observed.

On top, 3 days later you find your account suspended, quoting some 'wish expressed by you' (I don't remeber the precise wording). This is of course total nonsense. I had just inquired about the observation made and asked for an investigation, then explanation.

Ok, finally you reach the president's office via otp@... A Hector Bobadilla (HB) replies, admitting their errors and promising to correct plus not repeating them.

Next month, you find they again have overcharged your credit card. And of course, the reimbursement promised has not taken place.

You write again to HB, but this time, he remains silent.

What else can you do but terminating their technically good service? There are competitors, after all.

Unter blinden ist der einäugige könig. >.)

Who will win the 'clash of civilizations'?

Ceterum censeo islaminem esse delendum.

( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carthago_delenda_est )