Monday, March 20, 2006

Skype Me-Too's

P2P SIP was the next evolution from IM. The problem with Instant Messaging is that they are closed propriety systems. They don't inter-network. P2P SIP is the same way. Skype, Pulver's FWD, Y!'s Dialpad, et al. Most are free PC-to-PC within the community and pay outside of that. Keeping traffic inside the network has been an idea since the days of MCI's Friends-and-Family plan. It was two-fold: the users would bring more users to the network; and it is cheaper to leave traffic on one network than to drop it off to another network. Some collaborative software has IM built in so that people within can also communicate. Maybe ISPs should start thinking about adding it.

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