America Online (AOL) began the rollout of the AOL Internet Phone Service, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service that offers current and new AOL members a solution for voice, e-mail and instant messaging communications.
According to the company, AOL will introduce the internet phone service in more than 40 markets across the United States, the first phase of a nationwide rollout that will continue to additional cities over the coming months. The internet communications service, says AOL, will offer lower price incentives compared to traditional telephone service, as well as a suite of integrated voice and online messaging features.
Jon Miller, chairman and CEO of AOL, explains, "The AOL internet phone service will uniquely combine advanced tools, competitive pricing plans and AOL's hallmark ease of use to allow mass-market consumers to take full advantage of the revolution underway in internet voice technology. Our enhanced suite of features will provide not only cost savings, but also the opportunity to organize, access and direct the full range of online and offline communications, including voice, e-mail, instant messaging and phone/address book, with one convenient service."