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October 4, 2004

By Scott Woolley

Five years ago, running a telephone company was an immensely profitable proposition. Since then, those profits have inexorably declined, and now that decline has taken another gut-wrenching dip.

On Oct. 1, both AT&T (nyse: T - news - people ) and Vonage, two pioneers in selling phone service over the Internet, announced price cuts in their new service, proving that the nascent service isn't too young for a price war to break out.

AT&T cut the price of its voice-over-Internet Protocol service 14%, to $30 a month from $35. Vonage, a small, New Jersey-based company that has led the way in using Voip as a replacement for residential phone lines, immediately responded in kind. It cut the price of its main service plan by $5, to $25 a month.

AT&T has staked its future on VoIP, and the flaring price war makes it less likely the service will prove a profitable substitute for the company's vanishing long-distance revenue.

It's also bad news for the local Bells such as Verizon Communications (nyse: VZ - news - people ), SBC Communications (nyse: SBC - news - people ) and BellSouth (nyse: BLS - news - people ). According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, local phone service is the only major telecom service whose price has risen in this century. Vonage's and AT&T's main Voip offerings already include far more features than traditional phone service does, including unlimited free long-distance calling. The recent price cuts will make old-fashioned phone service look even more expensive.

Unlike the regulated monopolies of old, Voip service is inherently competitive--even hyper-competitive. A customer's Voip phone company (such as AT&T or Vonage) no longer needs to own the physical wire into their customers' homes. Instead, the calls hitch a free ride on customers' existing broadband Internet connections. The result: Instead of one phone company having a lock on a consumer, an unlimited number of Voip companies like Vonage and AT&T can compete for a customer's business.

The price cuts are just the beginning, predicts Martin Geddes, a telecom consultant who has written extensively on telecom's travails. In a world of unfettered competition, prices will ultimately move toward the real cost of carrying a phone call, says Geddes. On today's fiber-optic networks, that cost is essentially zero, he says. "So the correct price for the service of voice is zero."

AT&T has focused much of its efforts on adding clever features to its Voip in an effort to sell a product that offers more than a simple phone connection. It has developed a "do not disturb" function to block unwanted dinner-time callers, for instance, and fancy call-conferencing abilities.

"What attracts people initially is price, but it's the features that are the glue that keeps customers," says AT&T spokesman Tom Hopkins.

CallWave, a Santa Barbara, Calif., company specializing in VoIP, is so disdainful of the business of connecting phone calls that it avoids it all together. Instead, the company fashioned itself into a software design shop that works only on writing software for Voip service. One product lets customers route different calls to different places, so an annoying brother-in-law goes right to voice mail, while a boss's call rings on your home and cell phone.

So far, Callwave has been able to produce what few telecom companies have: new profits. For the fiscal year ended June 30, the five-year-old company reported a profit of $11.5 million, a sixfold increase, on revenue of $38.9 million, a 73% jump over fiscal 2003.

"No one has ever thought of phone service having separate parts," says Jessie Brumfiel, a company spokeswoman. "But now you can just be a software entrepreneur writing phone applications, and they can ride over anyone's transport."

Simply selling old-fashioned phone calls, it seems, is the one part of the phone business no one actually wants to be in.

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