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The World of Business Just Got Smaller

June 27, 2005

By David Grossman

Did you ever tally up your expenses after a trip and get that sick feeling when you realize your telephone calls cost more than your hotel room? I was very disappointed recently to learn my cell phone would not work in Asia. I received more bad news when my calling card provider told me it would cost me $2.30 a minute to call the U.S. from Asia. Even after scouting out a variety of calling card options, the lowest rates I could find would still be $.35 a minute, or $21 an hour. That's a lot of Yen, Won and Bhat.

But my technically savvy friend, Richard, had a suggestion: Check with my Internet phone service. Much to my delight, Vonage gave me two options: 1) use my laptop with a headset or 2) bring my router and a phone along on my trip. In either case, I could use Vonage to route my calls over the Internet. This opened up a whole new world for me.

I use Vonage at home for all of my local and long-distance calls. Vonage piggybacks on my high-speed Internet connection, and doesn't utilize the local phone company's lines or equipment. This technology is called "Voice over Internet Protocol," or simply VoIP. I have unlimited long distance and local calling for a flat rate of about $25 per month which sure beats any local phone company offering.

For my trip, I threw my router box and a small phone in my suitcase. When I plugged the router into the high-speed access port on the other side of the world, I instantly had phone service without paying a single cent to the hotel or the local phone company. As I called Richard to thank him and let him know his idea worked, I felt like Alexander Graham Bell must have felt in 1876 when he placed the first telephone call to Mr. Watson.

But it got even more interesting when my phone rang in the middle of the night and the other party thought they were catching me at home. Surprise! I'm in Japan. Of course, it was daytime in the U.S. when my colleague phoned, so after that I shut the ringer off when sleeping, lest some other unknowing individual back home decided to call me at 3 a.m. Japan time. When I awoke the next morning the little red light on the phone was blinking away and my caller ID told me who was trying to reach me while I slept.

It was truly amazing to dial "local calls" within my home area code from another continent using only a seven-digit number. Additionally, using my router gave me the same secure, encrypted Internet access I use at home.

I discovered the one major drawback to this method of telephony when I arrived at my next hotel: no high-speed Internet access in the rooms. So much for unlimited free calls. I desperately searched the city for an Internet café that would allow me to plug in my laptop, but none would allow it. So I resorted to e-mail using the Internet café equipment. Another problem with the router/telephone method is that it does not work with a wireless network since the router needs to plug into an Ethernet connection.

For those who can't carry their router on a trip because it would leave the family back home unable to access the Internet or use Internet-based phone, Vonage offers another option. For $10 per month Vonage equipped my laptop with their "SoftPhone" product, an additional line, and 500 free minutes of calling time per month. (Additional minutes were only 3.9 cents.) All I needed then was an old pair of headphones and a $25 microphone from Radio Shack and I was in business.

The beauty of SoftPhone is that it will work in a wireless environment. Unfortunately, I soon discovered that Wi-Fi has not yet arrived at the Starbucks or McDonalds I visited in Japan, but I was able to make and receive phone calls via my laptop on the wireless networks at Kansai and Seoul's Incheon International Airport.

For the visually inclined, you could easily add a video camera to your computers at both ends to see your family, friends or business partners while you chat from across the globe.

Vonage is just one of many Voip service providers. With around 700,000 subscribers they have a little over 1/3rd of the market. Another popular Voip option is Skype, a British company that offers free downloadable software and free, unlimited calls as long as you are calling from computer to computer. Skype also caters to those who prefer to pay by the minute. For approximately 2 or 3 cents per minute, you can make calls to any phone in most countries in the world using "SkypeOut."

Vonage and Skype will soon have plenty of company as all the big cable and telecommunications giants are getting into the Voip business.

For those who despise cell phones you are probably groaning by now and thinking, "Oh no, one more way to intrude on my private life and give the boss a way to reach me 24/7 around the world." It's true, with Voip technology suddenly you have no excuse for not calling your home or office from anywhere in the world…unless you conveniently forget to bring your microphone, headphones or router and phone along. Not that any of you would do that, I'm sure.

It's always interesting to me to see how new technology changes our behavior. In the middle of sending an e-mail message to a colleague while in Asia, it occurred to me I could pick up the phone and talk with him instead. Suddenly, the world got a little smaller.

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