BT Internet is attempting to seduce customers to its last remaining pay for dialup access service by offering voice calls over IP.
From 16 April BT Internet users will be able to make and receive calls with other customers of the service, while simultaneously surfing the Internet.
With consumers getting free access services thrown at them from every direction, the future of paid for services looks shaky. BT Internet hopes that the addition of an innovative feature, such as voice over the Internet, will guarantee enough interest to warrant the #11.79 a month charge.
"BT Internet is a paid for service and to ensure we continue to get more customers we must add more value," said David Pincott, spokesperson for BT.
Voice over the Internet has been touted as a huge benefit to businesses and consumers but it is yet to be used in any serious volume. BT Internet hopes that by making the service widely available and easy to use will drive forward its adoption.
BT Internet said it is also currently evaluating a number of voice over Internet services for corporates.
Using Microsoft's Netmeeting Internet conferencing software the user can see who is online when they log on. By then clicking on the call icon they can talk to each other, as well as viewing the same website to collaborate on information.
In addition, from next month users of BT's free Internet access service, Clickfree, will be able to use the voice over Internet service to call the BT Internet helpdesk for the cost of a local call. The cost by phone is 50 pence per minute.
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