Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. We really shouldn't have been surprised that yesterday's Verizon announcement concerning naked DSL apparently contained so many catches that it's not really naked at all. It's partially clothed. In fact, it's almost fully clothed. The details: you can't actually get Verizon DSL without phone service -- which is what "naked DSL" implies. If you are an existing Verizon DSL and phone customer in a few markets in the Northeast then you can port your number to a different local provider. That's it. You can't ditch phone service. You can only move it to a different provider. It's not clear, though, if that different provider can be a VoIP company. In other words, Verizon (which had been taking PR hits for repeatedly delaying naked DSL), announced naked DSL without naked DSL. This should benefit about three people, who somehow decide that they want phone service from, say MCI, instead of Verizon... oh wait, then they're still with Verizon.
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