Skype PayPhone Idea Ringing Bells Everywhere
Earthlink Looking More Like a VoIP Player

Om for the Defense on To VoIP or Not To VoIP

Om jumps to the defense of a reporter who wrote a candid piece about VoIPing or not. While others seem to jump on the reporter who wrote what I feel is a balanced article and who cited reasons why not, I don't see what all the noise is about.

First, even though I'm an early adopter like Om, I don't abandon the older technology just because the new flavor has come along. While I use only my VoIP lines in the house, I still keep my SBC landline simply because I have personal (and professional) reasons for doing so.

When I bought my Mac I didn't hold a fire sale for my PC's and still make sure they are current with their updates. Why? Because people I know still use PC's and call me for help from time to time. Does this mean I'm still a PC user? I guess. But I'm not wedded to any one platform. Same goes for making telephone calls. My goal is the communication between me and someone else. If it happens by landline, VoIPline, Skype, Cell phone or smoke signals, as long as the message is heard clearly and reacted to in real time, I'm happy. Now if VoIP lets me do more than my POTS line does, then it gets used more and eventually the POTS line goes away, just like my Apple IIc, Osborne, NEC, Compaq and other computers which all did things like Word Processing, Spreadsheets and yes, even let me get on line.

The bottom line is PC Magazine is a mass reader publication, not an insiders and super-early adopter publication.