Verizon Launches Internet Phone Service
Jul 22, 2004, 12:00 AM
Verizon Communications made waves in the growing market of Internet phone calling, arriving Thursday as the largest traditional phone company in the ranks. The company introduced VoiceWing as a tool to entice new customers and keep current broadband subscribers by offering lower prices to their existing customers in addition to slashing broadband rates. As the calls are sent via the Net, an area unregulated by the government, plans tend to be less expensive than traditional dial-up services. Long distance and local calls are unlimited, making the service an attractive option. However, in order to receive the connection, customers must already have a broadband connection in place or pay an additional fee. The initial service plan is priced around $40.