It seems everyone looks to the Andy Man, for insight these days on the subject of VoIP. This time it's PC World that linked back to this blog and had me comment, by phone, on yesterday's Verizon announcement.
The quote, which was as kind as I dared to be towards Verizon, was mild. In thinking more about what Verizon has done, it almost makes me wonder how deeply they are committed to VoIP when compared to AT&T. Clearly when AT&T pulled out of local and consumer long distance they were signaling the market that VoIP is where they are headed. But I don't sense that from Verizon, with a product that is similar to someone saying "we need a product like Vonage" so they went out and delivered a striped down version, rather than an improved product. If I'm Vonage's Jeffrey Citron, I'm smiling from ear to ear as imitation is the highest form of flattery.
But in the VoIP game, as a client of mine likes to say, "worry about being better, and the bigger will happen." In my mind, the company in VoIP that is following that approach will be the winner.