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VoIP is Irrelevant

I love it when the wave of humor descends on an industry. VoIP is Irrelevant, shouts the headline in a Phone+/VON web site story today.

Catchy. Witty. Snarky. Yes to all three. Because we know VoIP is irrelevant as it has converged each day, deeper and deeper into the calling experience of so many people.

Years back, when Vonage came along VoIP was a hot topic. But dear old VoIP has become so much a part of the calling mainstream--cable companies deploy it. Enterprises use it. All the IM voice services are VoIP, including Skype which even though they don't give a SIP, it's still VoIP. Gamers use VoIP to talk to other gamers.

You see, VoIP is Voice, the same way that POTS and PSTN are Voice. The moment someone invented a media gateway that took an IP call and moved it to the PSTN, VoIP was irrelevant, and now that the quality issues have cleared up, IP calling is no different today than a circuit switched call.

So remove the label, and stop caring if it's VOIP, PSTN, POTS, Mobile and just make the damn call instead of twitering and IM'ing, as all you're doing is losing YOUR voice.

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