CallWave Inc provides application services on a subscription basis that add features and functionality to the telecommunications services used by mainstream consumers and small and home offices. The Company's software-based services are delivered to consumers and small and home offices through its proprietary Enhanced Services Platform which allows subscribers to receive calls across their existing landline mobile and Internet networks. CallWave Inc. has a market cap of $14.61 million; its shares were traded at around $0.72 with and P/S ratio of 0.73. Highlight of Business Operations: The convergence of available international bandwidth and Internet technology along with software solutions that bridge the gap between telephony and computing have created an opportunity for unified communications. Disintermediation of wireless and landline carrier operators via Internet technology, software applications and available bandwidth is breaking down the regional barriers that historically defined traditional telecommunications. Many pioneers of the telecommunications and software industries believe that software will ultimately control telephony. Industry experts believe the transition from traditional telecommunications to software-based telecommunications represents a global unified communications annual market revenue opportunity of $40 to $50 billion.
CallWave is addressing the global collaboration and conferencing segment of the unified communications market. Based on historical data and growth trends, research firms Gartner Inc. and IDC estimate the collaboration and conferencing market will reach $4.8 billion globally in annual revenue and $3.4 billion in the U.S. in 2009, with global growth to $5.8 billion annually by 2012.
CallWave Alert ($1.50 per month or $17.95 per year). CallWave Alert is our lowest-priced subscription level. Our CallWave Alert service delivers notifications of calls placed to any of our subscribers telephone numbers, even when those lines are not answered or are in use by sending a message to a device of our subscribers choosing.
CallWave Fax utilizes the same Enhanced Services Platform to offer customers personalized fax numbers that send and receive faxes to the users e-mail account. This provides greater flexibility to customers by allowing them to receive and print faxes from any location where they are connected to a personal computer and allows customers to keep an unlimited digital history of all faxes. We provide various pricing packages ranging from $7.95-$12.95 per month.
CallWave Voicemail-To-Text, launched January 2007, enables users to manage calls from multiple sources (i.e. PCs, and mobile and home phones), making available unlimited, searchable, easily archived digital voicemail. Voicemail-to-Text sends a copy of mobile phone voicemail messages to users email, enabling them to sort and prioritize, listen and respond to messages all from their email inbox. When not at the computer, users are notified of mobile voicemail messages via detailed text message, with the ability to sort messages, listen, pause, replay, save, delete or reply to the caller (via text or callback), all from their desktop. In January 2008, CallWave also launched Voicemail-to-Text for Apple products that have the look and feel of Apple operating systems. We provide various pricing packages ranging from $14.95-$49.95 per month.
We record an allowance for doubtful accounts based on our historical experience with bad debts. We periodically review and evaluate bad debt reserves held by the local telephone companies and the third party that manages our billing relationship with the telephone companies. Judgment is required when we assess the realization of receivables, including assessing the probability of collection. Our allowance for doubtful accounts totaled $235,000 as of December 31, 2008 and $285,000 as of June 30, 2008. Our allowance for doubtful accounts is correlated with our aggregate billings through the local telephone companies.
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