A telephony inflexion point

And the free-phone beat goes on. Tim Bray discovers the wonders of Internet telephony (sans even would-be service providers like Vonage):

“I can have a free videophone call home, that goes on as long as I need to and nobody’s counting minutes or running up a phone bill. Let’s see; free telephone with video, or pay-for-it telephone with no picture. Costly and voice-only, or free with a picture. I think this is what an inflexion point smells like.”

It is increasingly hard not to imagine how the regional Bell operating companies (RBOCs, in telephony parlance) are not in desperate trouble. Disagree? Try having part of your business that represents 60% of your profits go to zero in five years and see how you fare.