XOIP is the pioneer of smart telecommunications. The name is shorthand for "anything over IP" and sums up our vision: telecom solutions be they telephony, voicemail, fax or SMS become easier and cheaper in combination with internet and email. We popularised this version in the Netherlands and Belgium a decade ago as the first mass provider of fax and voice to email services. We continue to do so today by offering smart and useful telecom services available to all online.
Founded in 1997 by tech-entrepreneurs, Rob Rooken and Michiel van Kuijen, XOIP is one of the longest surviving internet brands in the Benelux.
In 1998 the company shot to prominence as the first European provider to introduce fax to email as a free service on regular telephone numbers. Additional messaging services like voicemail to email, web to fax, email to speech and SMS notification were subsequently added, and supported by familiarising the market to these new ideas. The message “Have you been XOIPed?” succeeded in reaching a wide audience. Towards the end of the 1990s, XOIP had hundreds of thousands of users and was a recognised brand in The Netherlands and Belgium.
In 2001, under investor pressure, XOIP was bought by Worldonline/Tiscali and integrated the ISP's product portfolio. Contrary to the initial "free" ethos, XOIP was made available only to paid Tiscali subscribers and consequently disappeared under the radar for several years.
In 2005, around the sale of Tiscali, Benjamin Buckingham with co-founder Michiel van Kuijen purchased XOIP back from Tiscali and reinstated it as an independent company. XOIP services were reintroduced as free for the user. Co-founder Rob Rooken joined the team along with messaging guru Hans Melchers, thereby completing the transition back to the previous entrepreneurial model.
Today XOIP once again occupies the position of the avant-garde Dutch telecoms company, breaking ground with smart, innovative communications solutions. Users, companies and individuals alike use XOIP's free services on a daily basis for a wide variety of communication needs.