Thursday, April 15, 2004

Skype's Cell Division
Aude Lagorce, 04.06.04, 3:27 PM ET Skype's Cell Division:

NEW YORK - By threatening to make extravagant phone bills a distant memory, voice-over-Internet Protocol technology, also known as VoIP, has become the most ominous cloud hanging over the future of traditional phone companies. In recent months, giants like AT&T and Verizon Communications have responded to its threat by launching their own discount VoIP services. Meanwhile, cell phone carriers thought they were relatively safe.

That assumption may yet turn out to be wrong: Skype, a company founded by the developers of the file-sharing service Kazaa, announced this morning that it is bringing the disruptive technology to handheld devices.

'We knew it was just a matter of time before VoIP services came to mobile devices,' says Jane Zweig, chief executive of the Shosteck Group, a telecom research firm. " ...

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