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AOL to Debut VoIP Oct. 4

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America Online Inc. announced Tuesday that its voice-over-Internet-protocol service would debut Oct. 4.

The “TotalTalk” service will retail for $18.99 per month for unlimited calling and 39 cents per minute for domestic long distance. For $29.99 per month, subscribers can get unlimited local and long-distance calling in the United States and Canada. The $34.99-per-month global plan includes free local and continental long distance, plus unspecified lower international calling rates.

AOL said no subscription to its AOL Internet service is required for the phone service, and current AOL Phone subscribers will be upgraded to TotalTalk automatically.

The service includes unified voice, e-mail and instant messaging; enhanced voice-mail and call-management capabilities; call waiting; caller ID; E-911; and three-way calling.

In other VoIP news, Texas Instruments Inc. said it has now shipped more than 150 million VoIP ports.