Saturday, June 05, 2004

Cyberphones Are No Longer Just For Nerds

Connecticut News - State, National and World News from Today's Hartford Courant - FROM TODAY'S COURANT:

Internet Calling Has Improved In Quality, Tickling The Mainstream Communications Industry

May 31, 2004
By JOHN M. MORAN, Courant Staff Writer

Internet phone calling started out as a cheap way for computer nerds to avoid traditional long-distance rates. The calls were free, but sound quality was scratchy and both parties needed computers, speakers and microphones to complete the online voice connection.

Now, roughly a decade later, phone calling using Internet technology has significantly improved and is quickly going mainstream - threatening to rattle the multibillion-dollar telephone industry and to dramatically reshape personal and business communications.


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