TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Internet Phone Service Cuts Down on Interruptions

Internet Phone Service Cuts Down on Interruptions

Lisa Minter (
Mon, 29 Nov 2004 11:55:27 -0500,0,6782652.story?coll=ny-business-print


Own a telephone, someone once said, and you give 6 billion people the
right to wake you up in the middle of the night. Fortunately, most
can't be bothered.

But even that possibility highlights what a stupid and unruly brute
the traditional telephone is. Someone calls, the phone rings, and you
are bound to answer it -- or at least be interrupted by it.

Internet telephone service -- otherwise known as voice over Internet
protocol, or more simply VOIP -- promises to change all that, offering
consumers sweeping and sophisticated control over how the phone works
at an affordable price.

Full story at:,0,6782652.story?coll=ny-business-print

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