Monday, March 14, 2005

AOL to Launch Internet-Based Phone Service

'In another sign that Internet telephony is headed for the mainstream, America Online Inc. said Tuesday that it plans to launch a Net-based phone service for some of its members within the month.

The AOL offering will compete with traditional telephone companies, cable firms and the dozens of up-and-coming firms that transmit calls over high-speed Internet connections rather than the traditional telephone network.

Customers will continue to use their traditional phones, but they will plug them into adapters connected to their broadband source rather than the jack provided by the telephone company. Calls are received and placed just like on the old telephone network.'
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