AT&T Introduce DIY VoIP Service

Initially only available to New Jersey residents, AT&T’s new CallVantage service allows subscribers to call other areas of the country using their broadband connection.

The service comprises of a plug in adapter that allows the user to make calls to any other telephone – and interestingly the adapter can be moved to other locations with a wired broadband connection, though the user’s number and area code stay the same.

The service is being introduced at US$19.99 (UK£11, €16.40) for the first six months, rising to US$39.99 (UK£22, €32.80) thereafter, for unlimited domestic calling. Other features to be introduced include voice mail, presence (being able to ring the phone closest to a user) and video conferencing capabilities for up to nine callers.

More details from AT&T

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?