Thursday, March 23, 2006

Yahoo launches instant-message phone in U.S.

CNET "Yahoo on Tuesday said it is launching a service in the United States that lets people make phone calls through the company's instant messaging software.
Available in several other countries since December, the service allows people to make calls from their computers for 2 cents a minute or less to the top 30 national phone markets, including the United States.
The 'Phone Out' service also allows calls from computers to regular phones at varying rates to a total of 180 countries.
Using instant messaging for phone calls is one of the latest ways that technology companies are finding cheaper ways to allow people to talk all over the world without relying on traditional phone networks.
'Right now the competition is just about cheap voice calls,' Forrester Research analyst Maribel Lopez said."

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