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Voice over IP provider Teleo demonstrated a new low cost Internet telephony solution Monday that will allow users to receive VOIP calls over their cell phone or regular telephone. Users will also be able to make a call simply by clicking on a telephone number in an e-mail or on the Web.

The Teleo service will cost $4.95 USD per month for 250 minutes of calling time, or $2.95 USD each month for a "Lite" version that includes 150 minutes. The company will also offer a 30-day free trial that includes 25 minutes of access.

"Teleo adds VoIP to the communications tools people are already using - cell phones, email, and Web browsers. You can receive calls on a PC, or answer them on your cell phone. Click on an e-mail and you are instantly connected to the person who sent it. See a number on a Web site? Click it and the call goes through," Peter Sisson, CEO of Teleo, said in a statement.

Teleo's software -- currently in beta -- will integrate with Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer, allowing for "click-to-call" functionality. The software will detect a phone number within an e-mail or Web page, making it clickable to launch and dial the phone number in Teleo's software.

Overage on outbound calls will cost 2 cents a minute, and the service will initially offer call forwarding. Teleo said that voicemail features will be available soon.

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