Thursday, March 10, 2005

Forbes.com: Internet Phone Calls Not Just For Geeks

Forbes.com: Internet Phone Calls Not Just For Geeks: "Making phone calls over the Internet used to be a task only hardcore geeks and sophisticated IT departments could tackle. But once inaccessible Voice-over-Internet Protocol technologies are going mainstream, and now even America Online says it's going to roll out VoIP to its members. The product will help raise awareness and increase adoption of the technology, but could pose a big threat for smaller, pure-play VoIP vendors. "

That's wishful thinking on AOL's part; I hardly think Vonage or Skype, for instance, represent tasks that only "... hardcore geeks" etc. can handle. $.07 says AOL Internet Phone will join AOL TV in the industry trivial pursuit boardgame (i.e., get one soon, before it becomes a collectors' item)...
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