ATT Offering Internet Phone Service
Long-Distance Firm Takes On Competition in District, 10 States
Thursday, July 1, 2004; Page E05
AT&T Corp. announced yesterday that it has started selling a service that sends local and long-distance phone calls over the Internet to residential customers in Washington and cities in 10 states.
In the Washington area, AT&T said its Internet phone service is available in the District, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Alexandria, Herndon, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and parts of Southern Maryland.
"We said we'd be in 100 markets coast to coast in 2004, and so we've been on the mark since we launched 14 weeks ago," said Gary Morgenstern, a spokesman for AT&T.
Using the service requires a high-speed Internet connection, usually a cable modem or a digital subscriber line. The customer uses a device provided by AT&T to connect a conventional telephone to a computer modem. Although the phone calls are carried over the Internet, the caller can reach any phone number.
AT&T's CallVantage service includes additional features like caller-identification and a form of call-forwarding that allows up to five phones to ring at once.
AT&T is offering the service at a discount for the first six months: $19.99 a month for unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling. After that, the service costs $34.99 a month.