Monday, March 27, 2006

More Users Opt for Free VoIP

In-Stat recently released news that it finds that among VoIP providers, those offering FREE PC-based applications are currently more popular than those offering broadband IP telephony service. I'm not surprised...In-Stat's survey results, show that Vonage, a for-fee broadband IP telephony provider, had the greatest number of users, however, the other top four providers offered free PC-based VoIP applications.

  • Vonage accounts for nearly one-third of respondents using a broadband IP telephony solution and is the definitive market leader.
  • Yahoo, Skype, and MSN were respectively the top three providers of PC-based VoIP applications. Among PC-based VoIP providers, Yahoo and Skype are the market leaders based on the In-Stat survey, both with over 20 percent of respondents. MSN is the only other provider accounting for more than 10 percent of respondents.
  • AT&T and Verizon both accounted for roughly 15 percent of respondents and other broadband IP telephony providers accounted for less than 10 percent.
  • Most providers account for less than 10 percent of respondents, demonstrating the fragmentation of the market in which no one solution yet dominates.

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