Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) isn't new. But the service is gaining momentum as more companies are introducing add-ons to complement the basic voice offerings from companies, such as Skype and Vonage.
VoIP vendors took the stage at Demo 2006 on Wednesday. "It's not the cheap long distance that will make the difference in service. That's easy," said Chris Shipley, Demo executive producer, during opening remarks. "It's the services that lay on top of VoIP that will make the difference."
IP telephone carrier market revenues are forecasted to grow from $1.6 billion in 2004 to $4.7 billion in 2010, according to the research firm Dell'Oro Group.
Alan Creighton, president and chief executive officer at My People LLC, a next-generation residential broadband telephone service, took the stage to roll out a speech-enabled tools and Internet content delivery service to help people stay better connected and organized.
Simply, My People will aggregate and organize voicemails, e-mails, call logs and Internet content preferences into one dashboard. "My People offers voice automated services from wakeup calls to weather, and the system will send the message to any phone number you choose," said Creighton. "You can also set a reminder call to pick up dry cleaning or when you have a doctor's appointment."