, the graphically deplorable but so-open-ended-it's-frightening MMO, is blurring the lines further between online and offline realities as they begin a promotion to give away 1 million minutes of phone time....Which will allow in-game characters to dial up out-of-game players. Enriching? Scary? You decide.
VIVOX SECOND LIFE MILLION MINUTES PROMOTION STARTS TODAY
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. – October 4, 2006 –Vivox, a leader in integrated online voice communications, announced today’s start of its promotion to give away one million free phone minutes and enable live voice communication to the 835,000 residents of Second Life, a 3D virtual world launched by Linden Lab in 2003.
“In an industry first, Vivox is enabling phone calls from within Second Life to real-world phones, dramatically enriching the online experience for residents,” says Rob Seaver, CEO of Vivox.
Promotion partners include Electric Sheep, Illusion Factory, Jnana.com, Millions of Us, Sarg’s Slides, and Uvvy. Using Vivox’s innovative technology, Second Life residents will be able to talk in real-time to other Second Life residents and make phone calls from any of the Vivox Phone Booths placed in sponsored areas throughout Second Life to any PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) or mobile phone in North America. In addition, residents will be able to participate in live group voice chat at select areas within Second Life on Vivox microphones. The Vivox microphones will enable up to five residents with Vivox accounts and the Vivox Second Phone client to have live group voice chat when they meet at that location in-world.
For additional information about the Vivox Million Minutes kickoff and its partner sponsors, visit http://www.vivox.com/millionmins.php.