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Calling On the Internet

The buzz is back for Internet phones. Every few years it seems pundits start another round of cheering for Internet telephony, which always seems to be on the verge of slashing the costs of yakking to anyone anywhere. I don’t know about you, but between my cellular, long-distance and local service, I am paying more today for phone service than I did before Internet telephony started its big tease seven years ago. Maybe those bills are why I remain interested in Internet calling, despite the fact that my early trials of Net2Phone and Dialpad made my voice sound as if I was locked in the trunk of a Volkswagen. Now comes a fresh round of Internet phone pioneers, with names like Vonage and Packet8. You plug regular phones into their special boxes and place calls by dialing the old-fashioned way, paying $20 to $40 a month for unlimited nationwide calling. By most accounts, thanks largely to improvements in broadband Internet access, their sound quality is better than what the pioneers offered in the 1990s. Full Story

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