AIM Gets Into The VoIP Game

from the took-'em-long-enough dept

AOL is pretty well known for showing up late to the game, and it appears that they're finally recognizing the whole instant messaging/VoIP connection that Microsoft, Yahoo and Skype are already active in. Since the space is already ridiculously crowded and competing on price is not sustainable, it looks like AOL is going with a slightly different gimmick. Rather than just cheaper calls, VoIP on AIM will give users a local phone number for incoming calls for free. However, if you want to make outgoing calls, then you have to pay $15 per month and it sounds like outgoing calls are unlimited. Given that AOL is suddenly betting on AIM as the core of their new strategy (at least this week), they probably figured they needed to offer some sort of VoIP offering. Probably cost a lot less than eBay paid for Skype, though.

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    garfalk, May 4th, 2006 @ 8:08pm


    now that that's over, i find that really expensive. just use a regular phone. or cell phone.

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    Sohrab, May 4th, 2006 @ 8:12pm

    it depends, if it covers international, it might be very nice indeed. for example, my sisters boyfriend is going on a job to Korea for 6 months and communication will be very hard and expensive. Right now, their using Skype but both do have aim, so if it offers it and a decent price, why not stick to what you got instead of downloding yet another program

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    Logan renz, May 4th, 2006 @ 8:48pm

    Where do I signup?

    Seriously. Where do I signup for my free phone number?

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    garfalk, May 4th, 2006 @ 8:56pm

    Re: Where do I signup?

    probably at or it would be if google ran it.

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    Jimi Spier, May 4th, 2006 @ 8:59pm


    AOL needs to go the way of other dial up providers.. Down the tube..

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    Hobot, May 5th, 2006 @ 7:07am

    Um hello.

    AIM has had a voip feature since the begining, if you know how to setup a fscking microphone

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    JH, May 5th, 2006 @ 7:10am ... vs

    garfalk, I think you meant to guess if you're going to guess at least guess an URL with "" as the domain! clearly you've drank the Google cool aid.

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    skibare, May 5th, 2006 @ 8:23am

    Where everyone is missing the BOAT is Level3 and V

    ebay with Skype........AOL with AIM BOTH ride on level3
    LVLT is going UP in voice..........Two Thumbs UP

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    AOL, May 5th, 2006 @ 8:35am

    people still use AOL?

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    imfbsbn, May 5th, 2006 @ 11:08am

    This is NOT a bad idea

    On the cost side (yes, in addition to programming) the local number costs AIM about $5.00/mo. However the deal with (and between) the BOCs is that anyone gets paid 1.5c/min for terminating a long distance call. Some businesses have created free conference calls center based on this fact.

    AIMs break even is 33 incomming minutes of long distance per user per month. I make no judgment on if that's a good number or not.

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    sean, Jun 7th, 2006 @ 7:06am

    try wengo

    In fact, I'm using wengophone right now, it enables me to chat with different IM software(like msn), not skype however (but they say they will provide this service soon).
    Also, now they have a great offer of calling 26 star destinations illimited, just check:
    You will have interest

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