Covad Launches: I Can't Believe It's Not POTS VoIP
from the or-something-like-that dept
Covad is making some news today for launching a VoIP solution that no one needs to know is VoIP. That is, there's no extra equipment. You hook up your phone to your phone jacks, just as you normally do, and Covad does the VoIP conversion back at their own equipment. This also means that the whole "it doesn't work when the power goes out" argument isn't an issue either. Basically, it's VoIP that appears to be identical to plain old telephone service (POTS). This is cool in the sense that it takes away most of the reasons why users don't want to do VoIP. It takes away the hesitation that non-techie people have about signing up for VoIP, and it gets Covad around having to sign deals with incumbent operators to use their network. Of course, it's not all good. Users lose the ability to take their VoIP with them. One nice thing about having equipment at the end point is that it works at any endpoint -- meaning you can take your phone number to any place that has an internet connection. It also means that Covad has total control over the equipment -- meaning the end user wouldn't be able to modify it or add features and applications, but so far, no phone-based VoIP provider seems willing to open up their end-user equipment anyway.