AP / Sacramento Bee: Sony unveils Internet-based phone service
Sony Corp. on Wednesday announced a free Internet-based phone service similar to the popular computer-to-computer calling provided by Skype, but with an emphasis on video conferencing.Clearly Sony are jumping on the bandwagon of VoIP NOW, before they become a 'me too' in the wake of Skype Video (rumoured for release before Christmas).
Called IVE for "Instant Video Everywhere," the service relies on Windows-based software that can be downloaded from the Internet. It will also ship with Sony's new line of Vaio BX laptops, which feature built-in video cameras.
Like Skype, IVE also will feature a premium service that lets users dial traditional wireline phones and cell phones from their computers. The monthly fee of $9.95 for the premium service includes a 10-digit phone number so IVE users can receive calls from regular and mobile phones.
That said, Skype is falling behind a number of big players to the video market now...
Anders Jacobsen |