BellSouth Tips Toes Back Into Residential VoIP
from the sneaky,-sneaky dept
The big telcos seem to have a love-hate affair with VoIP. They know that it’s where everything is headed, but they sure don’t like the idea of it eating away at their traditional landline business. AT&T didn’t do much when they were SBC, but along with the AT&T name and business came a bunch of AT&T CallVanage customers. Verizon has offered VoiceWing — but they originally priced it quite high, and then have done little to actually push it. It’s as if they have it so they can say they have it — and then never actively sell it. However, a reporter recently mentioned that the last holdout was always going to be BellSouth — and that the company would never offer naked DSL (something they’ve fought) until they had a viable VoIP solution. So, now that the news is leaking out that BellSouth is quietly offering VoIP by rebranding Packet 8’s service, does that mean they’re inching closer to naked DSL? Somehow, that seems unlikely. Of course, what very few people seem to remember is that three years ago, BellSouth was actually one of the first telcos to offer VoIP. They were reselling service from Vonage very quietly, and the second the press got wind of it, executives shut the offering down. Of course, if they had been smart and kept going, they’d have 3 years of experience with VoIP right now.