20 November 2003
If you can't beat 'em
SBC is the first of the Baby Bells to see what may be the writing on the wall: today they will begin offering a Voice-over-Internet Protocol telephone service to its business customers that bypasses the usual wire. The SBC package includes the servers and gateways needed for VoIP; customers need only come up with VoIP-ready handsets or adapters for standard phones.
VoIP has been available from some vendors for a year or more, but this is the first venture by an actual wired telephone company into sending telephone signals over the Internet. Others are expected to follow.
Posted at 8:49 AM to Entirely Too Cool
I really like the idea of VoIP and since my college recently implemented it, I guess it'll be a cinch to use. But long-distance calling on a regular phone is also free on campus and since I have a phone already and I don't want to go through the hassle of installing new software on my computer (not to mention those handsets and adapters) I probably won't be using VoIP anytime soon.
Myself, I don't spend enough time on the voice line to justify it; over the years I've cut back from three lines to two to (next week) one, and I have the least extensive (and least expensive) wireless plan I've ever seen that didn't involve prepaid cards.
Still, the geek in me loves this kind of stuff.