Verizon settles Visual Voice Mail suit with Klausner
Verizon launched its Visual Voice Mail service back in August, but not without some problems. The patent for visual voice mail technology was and still is owned by Klausner Technologies Inc, which, if you remember, filed a suit against Apple some time ago.
Klausner has also filed a suit against Verizon. But, according to Reuters, the two companies have now reached an agreement.
Verizon was granted with a patent license, which obviously allows it to use Klausner’s technology in its Visual Voice Mail service.
The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but, most probably, Verizon had to pay some serious bucks to Klausner. But when you have ~69 million customers, paying huge amounts of cash shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Verizon currently offers Visual Voice Mail only on a few select phones, including LG Voyager and the new Motorola Krave ZN4. The service allows users to access voice messages both on their Verizon phones and on their desktop/laptop computers.