They're Here...AT&T and Verizon

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David Byrd
David Byrd is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Raven Guru Marketing. Previously, he was the CMO and EVP of Sales for CloudRoute. Prior to CloudRoute, He was CMO at ANPI, CMO & EVP of Sales at Broadvox, VP of channels and Alliances for Telcordia and Director of eBusiness development with i2 Technologies.He has also held executive positions with Planet Hollywood Online, Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers, Sprint and Ericsson.
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They're Here...AT&T and Verizon

I have noted for some time that AT&T and Verizon were about to enter the VoIP market. Recently, a VAR asked me to compare AT&T's IP Flexible Reach product with Broadvox GO! SIP Trunking. It was not surprising that the Broadvox offering was less expensive. It was surprising that the AT&T offering was much more complicated. I can understand having different features but the packaging was just a bit odd.

In brief the pricing is as follows:

 

  • With a required T1, the customer must lease a VoIP Module card
    • Up to 12 CCS - $12/CCS
    • Over 12 CCS - $10/CCS
  • Set up Fees are $250 per site or location
  • On-net Calling (company site to company site) $20/CCS/month
  • Unlimited local calling is $30/CCS/month
  • Unlimited Local with 300 minutes of LD is $70/CCS/month
  • Long Distance and overage is priced at 5c/minute
  • Directory Assistance is $1.25 per call

 

As usual, AT&T is requiring connectivity under the guise of voice quality requirements. Again, we have registered less than 1% of customer complaints due to voice quality. Broadvox continues to support a Bring Your Own Broadband (BYOB) option. BYOB does require further testing to ensure the quality of the line but it allows a business to gain access to our services immediately without the potential of cancellation charges.

 

Unlimited local calling is more than double the GO!Local price of $14.75. Additionally, the unlimited local with 300 minutes of long distance is more than double our GO!Anywhere product which is $33.25.

 

I don't want to go into the rest of the pricing other than to note, ITSPs, like Broadvox, will offer a better price, reliable service and better customer support. We may not have the name recognition of an AT&T but once installed, businesses are quite happy getting to know us.

I would do Verizon next but their pricing appears to not be public. If any of you have their pricing and want me to perform a comparison, send it to me via this blog or to dbyrd@broadvox.com.



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