13/12/2005

Microsoft and MCI jump on VoIP bandwagon - Network IT Week

Microsoft and MCI jump on VoIP bandwagon - Network IT Week

Microsoft and MCI have joined forces to offer a VoIP service to compete with Skype and such like.

Currently in beta and only available to US customers it's part of a new version of Messenger, Microsoft's IM client.

Users will be able to dial 220 countries, with prices starting at $.023 (at current rates, that's about 1.5p) per minute to the US, Canada, UK and Western Europe which is cheaper than Skype.

This is the start of a trend which is sounding the death-knoll for per minute charging, any Telco relying on voice minutes has a short lifetime to look forward to.
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