Around a year and a half ago, Shawn Conahan and I were looking at opportunities in VOIP. We attended a conference in Miami and realized the lack of any marketing people indicated that this space was still early. The problem with VOIP from a business standpoint is that it seems to be a race to the bottom in terms of your ability to price your product. From a consumer perspective everything is going to get cheap and powerful. That said I am an avid user of VOIP and am working on a different business.
I have been a customer of Vonage for over a year. The price continues to drop and the virtual phone numbers are very cool. I have numbers in 310 and 858 area codes and just added a new fax line today. The best part is that as we move into our new office in the next couple of weeks, I just take my Cisco ATA with me and plug it into our network and I have phone service. Very cool.
Recently I read this article by Clay Shirky, whose writings I love.
Because of this article I downloaded and set up an account on Skype. The potential of Skype is awesome to me. The problem is I only could find one person I know to talk with. It was kind of cool, but not useful unless there are more people to talk to. I guess its like an early IM. If you sign up my, username is brikmaster.
My old boss is doing some VOIP stuff to at Sipphone. I am not using it, but I am sure that its interesting.