IPTV and VoIP over the same network is closer to becoming a commercial reality for AT&T. The telco, which now has 549,000 IPTV customers on its U-verse broadband network, has started testing a VoIP offering over the same network facilities in San Antonio, Tex. The company is preparing two different U-verse VoIP plans according to a story at Network World. U-verse Voice Unlimited will cost $40 a month for unlimited local and nationwide minutes, and U-verse Voice 1000 will cost $30 a month for 1,000 call minutes.
Perhaps AT&T was waiting for U-verse IPTV to cross the 500,000 customer mark before it added voice to the same network, but this move actually has been a long time coming. The telco giant said last fall that it wanted to bundle IPTV and VoIP by the end of last year. Then, just weeks ago, it had affiliate marketers stop selling its CallVantage VoIP offering.
- see this story at Network World