D-Link already makes a Pocket Router- something you can carry on the road with you. Priced at $69.99, It can connect computers to enable sharing of files and hotel Internet access, as well as wirelessly connect any Ethernet-enabled client to a 802.11b/g network.
But it appears that D-Link is also planning a Pocket VoIP Router. No word of such product is on the D-Link site, but from a read of the Trademark application, it sure looks like such a device is in the works.
From the Trademark application, we learn that this device would be an "electronic apparatus in small form factor for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications and communications over wired Ethernet-based and/or wireless networks, namely adapters."
Verizon has gone to market with a lower-priced version of its VoiceWing VoIP service, coupled with an aggressive nationwide marketing plan. The new offering is a $19.95 per month plan, available anywhere in the United States, that offers unlimited incoming calls and 500 minutes of domestic outgoing calls.
Verizon’s only plan until now has been a $34.95 plan with unlimited calling. Verizon DSL customers get a break and pay $29.95 for that plan. The pricing, at $5-$10 per month more per month than competitors such as Vonage, had left Verizon in a weak competitive position outside of its home service area. The new $19.95 plan is priced the same for all users nationwide.
In addition to the new lower-priced plan Verizon has also spiffed up its VoIP service with faxing capabilities, the ability to block up to 20 pre-designated phone numbers and to reject calls from anonymous callers. It’s also become the first major VoIP provider offer 411 residential 411 directory assistance listing for VoIP phone numbers, although that feature is only good within Verizon’s own service area.
The new faxing capability requires a Linksys PAP2 telephone adapter, and Verizon said that it will trade out the Cisco adapters it had been providing customers at no charge.