Another telecom giant has stepped up to the plate and
just announced it has plans to launch a Voice over IP (VoIP) (define
alert) service offering. In efforts to join the high ranks of ma
Bell AT&T (news
quote), Verizon (news
quote) is now planning to venture into the race of the legacy
telephone service providers getting into the VoIP space. Starting this
week, Verizon DSL customers would be offered the opportunity to add on
the new service. Verizon VoiceWing seems to be one of the key offerings
for 2004 yet released by one of the biggest telecoms in the country.
The company is to target their current residential
DSL customers, as well as users of DSL services provided by other
carriers, creating a �bring your own broadband� (BYOB) ambiance. Like
other services, VoiceWing lets customers choose their area code,
regardless of state residence, and in most cases, even tag along their
existing telephone numbers. VoiceWing will be accessible from any
broadband Web connection. There is no obligation to get a broadband
connection from Verizon in order to take advantage of VoiceWing.
Customers using other carrier�s DSL or Cable can add on the new
VoiceWing telephone numbers are currently available
with a variety of area codes from the following states: Alabama,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and in the
District of Columbia.
The Verizon VoiceWing package offers Verizon�s most
popular telephone calling features:
damage: $29.95 monthly for customers that sign up before Halloween,
$34.95 a month for the first six months, and $39.95 monthly thereafter.
The service bundles unlimited local and long distance calling, a
telephone adapter (there
is a one-time set-up fee of $39.95, and a one-time shipping and handling
charge for shipping the adapter),
calling feature package, a personal account manager, area code choice,
enhanced calling features, along with Verizon�s own 30-day money back
VoiceWing is priced slightly higher than AT&T�s CallVantage. CallVantage
is offering their services at $19.99 monthly for the first six months,
and $34.95 a month thereafter. Head-on VoIP provider Vonage
however, would lead economically, at only $29.99 monthly.
Johanne Torres is the Assistant Editor for TMCnet.com and Internet
Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the Assistant Editor for EContent
magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.