Coming Soon: Free AOL Online Phone Service
TMCnet Contributing Editor
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) users will soon be assigned a number that will receive incoming calls from any phone thanks to a new service that AOL will launch towards the end of this month called AIM Phoneline.
AOL will also offer AIM Phoneline Unlimited, a paid, upgraded version of the service. For $14.95 a month subscribers will be able to make local, long-distance and international calls.
AOL will also soon introduce AIM Pages, a service similar to MySpace.com's "online social network."
AOL began rolling out its other Internet Phone service TotalTalk last September. The company tapped audio expert Global IP Sound, and video master On2. These partnerships are sure to provide customers with really good audio and a possible platform ready for sharp video conferencing calls.
TotalTalk includes a softphone client with free PC-to-PC calls and PC-to-phone calling capabilities via a Preview Edition of the AIM Triton client, unified voice, e-mail and instant messaging (IM), enhanced voicemail and call management capabilities, and the ability to make and receive calls on a home phone line from anywhere users have access to AIM. The service also includes basic VoIP calling features such as Call Waiting, Caller ID, 911 emergency calling, Star Codes, e-mail integrated voicemail and Three-Way calling.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and Internet Telephony magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit Johanne Torres' columnist page.
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