FWD and VoIP

September 30, 2003

in Accelerating Innovation

An article in Forbes provides a short sighted view of the changes currently happening in the consumer VoIP market. Apparently FWD (Free World Dialup) has been around for 10 months and until a month ago I’d never heard of it. Like the burgeoning social networks I’m wondering how many of these systems I need or want. ONE! The article does provide a good example for anonymity which can’t be excuted the same way on Skype right now. May have to try it out and see if it will run side by side with Skype.

Free World Dialup from Forbes.com: Talking In The Free World

To some this will seem like more trouble than it’s worth. Just as the economics of using FWD don’t necessarily add up, neither do the economics of offering it. For now, Pulver runs FWD out of the goodness of his heart. Which is fine, since the whole system runs on a $5,000 dual-processor Linux server. But what if you wanted to make money offering IP phone service?

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