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A great article about other Voice on the Net usage was in today's Wall Street Journal.

Chris Rhodes did a sensational job with the story and I was thrilled to see my romance with Helene seems to be newsworthy. In the story there were some great examples of other uses of Voice on the Internet that are not your typical PSTN replacement.

There was one example of a use of Skype which I told Chris heard but didn't include was the way Ken Rutkowski and I record the World Technology RoundUp each day via VoIP with Skype.

To bring some additional detail to the WSJ's great story:

This would refer to PhoneGnome.

Mr. Abramson also set up a completely free "hot line," a committed Internet phone connection between their two homes. "What Internet phoning has done is make it possible to talk a lot without spending any money," says Mr. Abramson. The couple recently became engaged.

This would refer to AT&T CallVantage as one of my friends sons uses it this way:

Fantasy sports leagues, where success is determined by the individual statistics of players each participant selects, are also changing how they do things with the advent of Internet phoning. Now, instead of meeting in person to conduct the season-opening draft, participants can meet virtually, conducting the draft on a Web site with a free Internet call.

This would be all the voice traffic that runs over Level3 on the data side of the fence that while Level3 calls it data, I say, voice packets are data:

Microsoft's Xbox Live, an online gaming service for the console that helped pioneer the online-gaming boom, enables users to chat while they figure out which games to play, leave voicemails for users who aren't yet online and talk to one another during the games. In Los Angeles, some users of Halo 2, a popular Xbox sci-fi war game, conduct business deals on the game's voice functions, a Microsoft spokeswoman says.

The story is certainly worth the read.