More VoIP2P Offerings
from the VNO-heaven dept
Not quite sure what the connection is between using file sharing software and wanting some sort of VoIP connection, but following on the announcement back in February that Streamcast was teaming up with i2 Telecom to offer a Morpheus branded VoIP system, comes the news that eDonkey will offer a similar VoIP system, operated by VoiceGlo (amusing aside: VoiceGlo, the company that is running the system for eDonkey seems to now be hiding the fact they once were dot com insanity poster child TheGlobe.com). It’s not at all clear why users of any particular file sharing app need their very own phone system, but it does (once again) highlight just how simple it’s becoming to turn any company into a phone company. With any number of VoIP players out there willing to be the backend, it looks like it’s quite easy to become a virtual VoIP network operator. There are, of course, already a large number of fully branded VoIP providers out there, but how long will it be before the big brands get into the game themselves? Would you get your telephone service from McDonald’s or Pepsi? Either one could just as easily set themselves up as a phone company if they wanted. Meanwhile, Skype is working to make them all completely irrelevant anyway by finally launching their ultra-cheap Skype Out offering that will let people call traditional phone lines from their computer or PDA at rates that must make traditional telcos weep.