Verizon is looking forward to deploy FiOS Voice in 2009 to more markets. FiOS Digital Voice has been in limited deployment since September, in Virginia and Maryland. Starting early next year, Verizon will begin marketing the voice-over-IP service to new customers across the 14 states where it offers FiOS TV and Internet services.
FiOS Digital Voice, which is similar to voice services provided by cable companies like Comcast, provides customes with standard features like caller ID and voicemail, and web based messaging. Going beyond the traditional phone services, FiOS Digital Voice provides scheduled call-forwarding (also known as “follow me”), the ability to ring multiple phone numbers simultaneously (e.g., both home and mobile phone), phone-book synchronization and click-to-dial.
“These are voice services we have been lacking,” Gonzalez said. “We think this will be a real enhancement to voice service.”
Where will the Vonage and the likes will go? Doug Mohney at Fierce VoIP has some ideas.