Dial-Up VoIP?


Cody Calhoun, director VAR channel development with Level 3 Communications says Level 3 is planning to make a solution generally available next year that will allow its partners to deliver IP phone service to homes, including emergency 911 service. He says about half a dozen companies – predominantly dial-up Internet providers – are testing the solution. Isn’t there a certain bandwidth requirement to make VoIP service work. Isn’t that the reason we needed broadband penetration. And where do you buy naked dial-up access? I am confused? Isn’t dial-up a bit of an oxymoron?



can anyone give me feedback on the dial-up voip provider hyperfone? http://www.hyperfone.com.
This is a multi-level company trying to get everyone to start up there own business and recruit friends, family ect…The only thing that worries me is that their legal department head came from Amway.


all I KNOW is the dude at Level3 SAID ”’DIAL UP ISP’s TESTING it (6) and ”’IF”” AOL can figure out how to become a TELECOM PLAYER off of dial up, maybe about 1/2 of their subs who would LEAVE may not leave…………….

IF AOL can do it, ELNK and United Online will do it……….why????????? CHEAP PRICE!



Skype, with its widely acclaimed quality requires only 33 kbps modem based connection. Everybody says they have a great business case with Skypeout. So why not Level 3? As long as the objective is not PSTN replacement, but only regulatory arbitrage (didn’t dial-up ISPs play that game once before?) why worry about handling incoming calls?

Regarding the need for higher bandwidth, here is an uninformed, but bold claim: This is a big ruse. Always-on connection is needed to handle incoming calls. If the user has broadband connection to boot, all the better; the gateways become cheaper. Also, it is fair to expect that broadband ISPs will have better connectivity from the point of view of peering and lower contention ratio than compared to dial-up ISPs. But dial-up ISPs can change this on a case by case.

I am rejoicing because the industry is approaching my theoretical proposal to highlight the current incongruous nature of the access charges regime: give modem based ATAs instead of broadband ATAs and start offering VoIP service, both for incoming and outgoing. ATA will failover to PSTN and when you dial 911, it can disconnect itself and dial out on PSTN. There, dial-up VoIP is better than broadband VoIP. Don’Äôt ask me about economic viability. :-)

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