Ever since Alexander Graham Bell called out to his assistant, Watson, almost 150 years ago, the telephone has gone from an oddity at a World’s Fair to something everyone has to have in order to make it through the day to day. From those humble beginnings, with service in only a few towns, then to a world-wide presence as they continued to build up, telephone connectivity slowly, but surely continued to permeate society. But it wasn’t until the break-up of AT&T that telephone services had the competition necessary to drive down pricing and increase availability.
But even when that competition started heating up, long distance was still expensive. State to state and even intrastate long distance could represent the larger part of almost anyone’s phone bill. Even with the advent of the internet, enabling emails and instant messaging, long distance charges were still expensive. And frustrating for those who lived within a mile of each other, but were in different calling areas, it could be less expensive to drive the mile down the road and talk to them face to face than it was to simply pick up the phone and call.
But it’s the advent of the internet that has finally forced telephone service into the “next level”. IP telephony, better known as Voice over Internet Protocol, or simply VoIP, has eliminated virtually every charge on a phone bill. Comcast’s Digital Voice gives customers the ability to call anywhere in the United States at any time for one low monthly rate. And not just the “lower 48” states. This covers Canada and the United States outlying territories, Guam and Puerto Rico. Also included is American Samoa, Saipan, the and the US Virgin Islands. All included in the same low monthly fee. Continue reading “Digital Voice From Comcast”