'Tis the season for VoIP deals a plenty. Also, the new, annual "all you can eat" plan from Skype was bound to make waves in the industry, and lo and behold, the competitive response from other service providers are beginning to sound out.
This morning, ViaTalk, a New York-based VoIP service provider that provides residential broadband telephony service of the same ilk as Vonage (they also have SMB plans), announced that they too are putting a little something extra under the Christmas tree this year. As part of a special holiday promotion, new ViaTalk customers can get a free year of telephone service when they pay for the first year of service in advance.
The residential service is normally $199/year -- with the promotion, new customers can get a full year of unlimited calls to the tune of $99.50 a year for two years. It's doesn't pack the same punch as Skype's deal, but then again, ViaTalk is competing primarily against Vonage and other broadband VoIP providers, not Skype.
The offer is available for a limited time, and is open to new customers who have not had ViaTalk within the past 60 days.