EarthLink Inc. is jumping into the voice game through a deal struck with
Internet-protocol-telephony provider Vonage Holdings Corp.
The broadband-savvy Internet-service provider has launched "EarthLink
Unlimited Voice" to its cable-modem and digital-subscriber-line customer base,
offering unlimited local, regional and long-distance calling for a flat $39.99
monthly fee, plus metered rates for overseas calls.
EarthLink is providing free-of-charge the analog-telephone adapter, which
links customers' broadband home-networking routers to their standard phones.
"With EarthLink Unlimited Voice, EarthLink becomes the first major ISP to
offer its customers a comprehensive and easy to use voice-over-IP solution,"
EarthLink vice president of strategic brand management Erika Jolly said in a
"EarthLink Unlimited Voice is a new option in local and long-distance phone
service that provides excellent call quality, unlimited nationwide calling and
free features at a great price, all through an existing EarthLink High Speed
Internet connection," she added.
Edison, N.J.-based Vonage launched its broadband Internet-telephony service
in April 2002 and, so far, it has attracted about 16,000 customers. By the end
of this quarter, it plans to have launched service in the top 51 markets in the