Thursday, June 10, 2004

WSJ.com - AOL Teams Up With WebEx, Lightbridge on AIM Conferences

WSJ.com - AOL Teams Up With WebEx, Lightbridge on AIM Conferences: "America Online Inc. is enlisting Web meeting provider WebEx Communications Inc. and voice conference firm Lightbridge Inc. to establish its instant-messaging service as a business tool.
AOL plans to announce AIM Business Services, which gives workplace users of AOL Instant Messenger the ability to launch conference calls and Web meetings from their buddy lists. The new paid tools, which show up as icons on buddy lists once a user signs up for them at the AIM site, include AIM Voice Conferencing by Lightbridge and AIM Web Meeting by WebEx.
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The initiator pays for the services and prices run on a per-participant, per-minute basis. Prices for Lightbridge voice conferencing on AIM, where the price per minute is also based on the volume of minutes purchased, start at a package of 120 minutes, or "call units," for $20. Prices for WebEx online meetings on AIM run 33 cents a minute and call-back and call-in teleconferencing, WebEx's voice offerings, run 20 cents and five cents a minute respectively."
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