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Comcast is gearing up to launch its much awaited VoIP service in parts of Maryland and Virginia, reports The Washington Post. The report says that Comcast will sell it as “Digital Voice service” and will cost $39.95 a month to those who subscribe to Comcast’s cable […]

Comcast is gearing up to launch its much awaited VoIP service in parts of Maryland and Virginia, reports The Washington Post. The report says that Comcast will sell it as “Digital Voice service” and will cost $39.95 a month to those who subscribe to Comcast’s cable and high-speed Internet service, and $44.95 for those who buy one of the two services. The stand alone service is going to cost $54.95 on its own. (This cannot be good news for Vonage!) In this initial phase it might be a good enough offer to lure customers, but as Verizon rolls out its FIOS, one should expect the second largest phone company to go on an offensive. In the near term, Verizon could very easily make its basic (old school) phone service so cheap that price-sensitive users will have little reason to switch to Comcast. Nothing like the sound of two elephants in a mortal combat. I am looking forward to the skirmish!

  1. expect telco’s revenge on TV instead of voice…

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  2. Isn’t to expensive? I’m currently paying Vonage 24.99 a month. what am I missing?

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  3. It’s all about gender bender SPs. Cable companies that will offer voice, telcos that will offer IP TV in high-def (why do I have Blur’s “Girls & Boys” in my head right now. Which wire that comes in to your home, copper (or fibre) or coax will soon be meaningless. You’ll get the same services–voice, video, data– from every cableco and telco out there. It will just depend on which company you want to work with, and which has attractive value added services. The big question, however, is how is Comcast going to manage all of this traffic?

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  4. So, how will the FCC explain the difference now!

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  5. I am not sure why you would think that Vonage needs to be worried. The cost of Comcast service is outrageous compared to other VOIP offering. Vonage also has excellent call quality and great customer service.

    I actually thing Comcast and it compatriots better start worrying about Telco’s getting into TV etc. If cable companies don’t start realizing they are in a competitive market and their monopoly days are numbered they will so be relegated to the same fate as AT&T.

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