Who will have the most VoIP subs at the end of this year?

New post in Telephony Online has a leading broadband analyst predicting that at?before the year is out,?

New post in Telephony Online has a leading broadband analyst predicting that at?before the year is out,?two VoIP-over-cable providers could have more subscribers than Vonage.

?I think Time Warner and Cablevision can take the lead in VoIP from Vonage this year,? Teresa Mastrangelo, principal analyst with Broadbandtrends.com, tells Telephony Online's Carol Wilson. ?The cable companies are being very smart in making their VoIP look like traditional phone service so that customers don't have to make any extra effort to change services.?

Wilson adds that Time Warner Cable is picking up 10,000 new VoIP subs a week, and that Cablevision - marketing VoIP under its Optimum Voice brand-?is signing 1,000 new VoIP users a day.

Well, could be. Vonage has more than 600,000 subscribers, and Time Warner Cable started the year out with 220,000. Cablevision has more than 222225,000.

TWC, at least, could pass Vonage if it turns out that Vonage has gotten its share of early adopters - and that the next phase of propective VoIP subscribers would opt for a more familiar brand.

But see, that's why Vonage ads are everywhere. They know that to get past the early adopters and become a mass-market play, they have to be more familiar to Joe and Mary SOHO.

Which of the standard (not talking softphone) VoIP services do you think will have the most subs when the year ends? Predictions are welcome via our TalkBack feature.

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