FROM: Good Morning Silicon Valley's WebNews <SiliconValley.com>....
Annoying "Sprint Guy" mulls new career in VOIP: Skype's <www.skype.com> made the jump from upstart VOIP service provider to IP telephony success in almost no time. Last year it was a relative unknown, today its users account for 35.8 percent of individual VOIP callers on North American networks. According to broadband management company Sandvine, that's more than Vonage, more in fact than other popular branded VOIP offering. Clearly, Skype is a threat to both VOIP companies and wireline carriers. Soon it may threaten wireless service providers as well. Steve McGeown, Sandivine"s director of product management predicts Skype will soon begin licensing its software to handset manufacturers around the world. "It would be completely, utterly brilliant, because you would make a dollar on every Sony phone that ever got sold," McGeown says. "So you can imagine if you're a wireless service provider how horrifying that must be when your economic model is predicated on, basically, a free phone, and you sign the customer up for two years of service. Oh great -- now the phone's free and so is the service."