It was bound to happen. Klausner Technologies, the self-proclaimed and now de-facto creator of Visual Voicemail, has gone after everyone in the wireless world using voicemail technologies that integrate even an iota of “visualness” into their voicemail platforms. AT&T and Apple have settled the their own case in order to keep using Visual Voicemail on the iPhone and iPhone 3G – one of the handsets’ premier features. Sprint is licensing the tech for their Sprint Instinct.
So, it should come as no surprise that Verizon has agreed to settle their own Visual Voicemail case with Klausner Technologies. Following on the announcement that Klausner was suing both LG and Verizon over the use of Visual Voicemail on certain LG handsets, Klausner has announced that his company will be licensing the technology to Verizon Wireless and Vodafone (minority stake-holder in the Verizon Wireless joint venture).
The financial terms under which Verizon and Vodafone are licensing the Visual Voicemail technology were not disclosed, but you can bet that it wasn’t cheap.