The introduction of the consumer-oriented 8x8, by comparison, offers unlimited North American dialing for the same price.(voice over Internet Protocol) calling plan will also test the lower limits of for Net telephony systems, as the package--dubbed Lingo--will retail for $19.95 per month. VoIP provider
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But VoIP technology and services are still in their nascent stages, and consumers have yet to embracein huge numbers.
The leading North American provider of VoIP service is Vonage, which recently surpassed 150,000 subscribers.
Industry experts said Primus, based in McLean, Va., would likely generate a good deal of attention with its international VoIP service. On the other hand, they believe that the company will need to rapidly draw significant numbers of paying customers in order to compete with the likes of AT&T, as well as regional Bell companies and cable vendors, which are also moving aggressively into the field.
"It will be interesting to see how many customers and how much revenue (Primus) has been able to generate one year from now," said Will Stofega, an analyst at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC.
Primus announced plans to begin offering the Lingo service abroad later this year but did not discuss overseas pricing.