IP phone service to go WiMax
Internet telephones are going wireless thanks to a pact between Vonage and a company called TowerStream:
Starting today, TowerStream, of Middletown, R.I., is selling New Jersey-based Vonage's Internet telephony plans as part of its regular lineup of services. It will be one of the first such partnerships between a major Internet telephony provider and an Internet service using WiMax, a wireless method for distributing high-speed Internet access that rivals wired Net services from telephone and cable operators.
With speeds up to 75 Mbps and a range as high as 30 miles, WiMax could allow IP telephony outfits to compete with traditional phone companies for a fraction of the cost. There's also the possibility that portable WiMax IP phones could challenge or augment existing mobile phone networks. And yet, Luddite that I am, I still pay for a land line from a baby bell.