A new company named Tello is offering a suite of services that allows for cross-IM functionality across various devices.
The consumer grade Tello Basic offers a single interface for contact management across mobile devices and public IM networks. It allows users to configure multiple IDs and passwords in order to send instant messages across IM networks even if the recipient is not on the same network as the sender.
Tello Basic can be managed from a Windows PC via Tello Desktop, and via the BlackBerry-compatible Tello Mobile interface.
There's an enterprise-strength version of Tello as well.
Tello Enterprise requires enterprise users to integrate their IP-PBXs with the Tello Service. This integration enables enterprise users to protect their call network by instituting embargo lists that can block IP call spamming or move such calls onto a traditional network.
Tello Enterprise also has a pretty extensive call routing and rules engine. This engine includes preferences
that if the quality of a voice call goes below a certain threshold, an inspection can be launched that can
specify the best path to the call's destination.
When I get home and on my network, I am going to give tello a hello.
Full disclosure: Internet telephony pioneer Jeff Pulver is the major force behind Tello. I am Features Editor of Von Magazine, which is associated with Pulver.com.
But no matter because if I didn't think this Tello was a good idea, I wouldn't have written about it.