With SK-Earthlink my bet to be the most disruptive wireless player in the USA, far surpassing what Virgin or ESPN are planning, and much more forward thinking than the proposed and top secret HispanicMobile effort that CaCingular are expected to roll out, I see devices like this one found by those guys at Gizmodo to be what will be rather standard fare from Sky Dayton's team. And that's what will make the difference.
SK-Earthlink will blend the best of mobile, portable, entertainment and VoIP into one easy to use solution. That's been Dayton's stock and trade since he first started Earthlink. SK (South Korea Telecom) is a market leader in advanced wireless service. The marriage will be only the start.
Industry insiders estimate Vonage will have to spend $60 million just to get E-911 up and running and about two million a month to keep E-911 working for their customers.
While Paul thinks this is a victory of sorts and that Vonage will be the winner over the other VoIP providers in the USA.
I politely disagree as the cost and added burn rate to Vonage is a burden they and the other early stage companies all have, which companies like AT&T, Verizon and the cable operators don't have. If Vonage and the other newcomers have not factored te expenses into their budgets, then their previous multi-billion dollar range valuation are likely to flatten faster than the dot.com bubble.
As a matter of fact all of this and what follows speaks directly to the valuation of VONAGE and other VoIP players who have to either buy or build E-911 capability into their system.
I love it. I'm listed right below Skype Journal along with the giants like Jeff, Om, Joi Ito (who I knew back in the 80s on line and face to face) and uber a lister Robert Scoble as blogs they read. Check out Skype Share !!!
But what's really cool is how Skype has embraced RSS and blogging to drive even more community and information in a very imaginative way. Hats off to them once again !