Vonage to IPO?

ZDNet and WSJ are reporting that the VoIP firm Vonage is planing an IPO to raise $600m, after having raised $400m with VC cash.

If this is true and works out, Skype will need to make its move soon. Either by its own IPO or by acquisition
What seems odd to me in all this is how the Telcos have stood around
and watched this players move in on their turf.  Of all the
possible suitors mentioned for Skype (usual suspects include Google and
News Corp) I never hear the likes of BT or AT&T making their
play.  I don’t get it.

(btw, at home we use both Vonage as our land line and Skype and MSN Messenger for PC based videocalls).

Comments (6)

  1. David Rayner says:


    VOIP has been soooo looong coming, the poor dinosaurs thought they could carry on ignoring it!!

  2. tony roth says:

    I don’t know of a co that does not provide voip, at this point vonage is all hype with no real benefit vs the traditioal co.

  3. stewart says:

    BT have a piece of software called ‘bt communicator’, it’s just that the calls cost the same as using the bt landline, which is a crap marketing idea, I mean why would you bother?

  4. MSDNArchive says:

    Tony, i disagree. Vonage is the cheapest option in my area for a landline. That is a very real benefit.

  5. MK says:

    Try the new MSN messenger 7.5 for voice calls. The audio quality is vastly improved.

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