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VOIP returns to Windows Live Messenger (in some countries)

I believe they used to offer this via Verizon Wireless in the US, but it looks like Microsoft has finally found a new partner to offer VOIP services over Windows Live Messenger again:

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp. has chosen Telefonica, the largest telecommunications provider in Latin America, as an exclusive carrier to provide Voice over IP (VoIP) services to Windows Live Messenger customers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, the United States and Venezuela, the companies jointly said Friday.

Telefonica, which has the largest telecommunications network in Latin America, has branded the service “Voype” has been chosen from a flock of several operators to be Microsoft’s sole provider of Voice over IP (Voype) services in the region.

Telefonica’s VoIP service works with Live Messenger and would allow Windows Live customers to make calls directly from their PCs to any landline or mobile phone in the world.

Clearly the objective is taking aim at eBay’s popular Skype Internet telephony technology, Microsoft’s Live Messenger VoIP solution may not be such a bad choice.

Thanks, Greg A.

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