What's Next for Voice Traffic: Phones or Internet?

A long way from tin cans and string

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Once upon a time, internet-based phone service was "the future"; now tech watchers are wondering about its future survival. Online auction site Ebay announced this week that it's selling internet voice-and-video conferencing tool Skype for almost $2 billion. Were the two companies simply strange bedfellows? Or did eBay dump Skype because Skype's voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is no longer the frontrunner in voice technology?

We speak to Cliff Kuang, who's written about this for Wired magazine, and Takeaway technology contributor Baratunde Thurston, host of the new TV show Popular Science's "Future Of" and a former telecommunications analyst.

Read Baratunde Thurston's blog post about the back room deals that determine international call rates



Cliff Kuang and Baratunde Thurston


Stephanie Hughes and Jen Poyant

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