The voice service is delivered over AT&T’s U-verse IP network, which delivers fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) before using customers’ existing copper in homes. AT&T’s U-verse voice application completes the company’s IP triple-play slate of services.
“Consumers want their services to work together to keep them connected to their world, and AT&T U-verse Voice is another way we're helping consumers do that better than anyone else," said Chad Townes, AT&T VP and GM for Connecticut. “Just like U-verse TV has changed the way people watch television, U-verse Voice will change the way people use their home phone."
While AT&T and Verizon have lost landline customers to cable operators that offer VoIP services, AT&T is trying to distinguish its VoIP service by including features that it said the competition can’t match.
One example is combing AT&T U-verse voice and wireless voicemail with U-verse messaging, which provides a single voice mailbox that can be accessed from any phone line or PC.
In January, AT&T announced that it had finished testing the voice component of the U-verse service, finally adding the third element of the triple-play that U-verse was designed to deliver (story here).
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