Consumer VOIP Could Be on Its Way to the Gallows is one reporter's view. I don't think so. VoIP will become transparent. All phone companies will switch to VoIP and just migrate their customers over. Why? It's cheaper to maintain a IP network infrastructure than the legacy circuit switches. The only reason why they don't do it now is the telcos already own (i.e. have paid for, are depreciating) the hardware that's already in place.