Verizon, hoping to give customers new reasons to keep wireline voice service, is marketing an IP-based FiOS Digital Voice phone service in Washington, D.C.
Good luck with that! With the recent 4G WiMax Clearwire just rolled out in DC as well as VoIP services already offered by Comcast, RCN, and Vonage, why bother with the landline anymore?
FiOS Digital Voice provides 21 features, including live call-screening, a Web-based call manager utility and caller ID on TV. The service is currently available in FiOS markets in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and California.
Like other traditional phone companies, Verizon has also been steadily shedding traditional phone lines, as have other telcos, with the rise of wireless phones and cable telephony services. Verizon had about 18 million residential access lines in service as of the end of March — down 11.9% from 20.3 million lines a year earlier. Read more of this post