IP telephony lives yet. In the face of the strongest competition ever on conventional distance services, Voyager has chopped national and international rates on its voice-over-IP Voyager Phone service.
Calls between Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch are now 15 cents a minute, Australia 25 cents, the UK and US 40 cents, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea 50 cents.
Voyager's general manager Michael Farrell, says voice over-IP is still able to offer significant savings over switched services, particularly for businesses. The company is pitching Voyager Phone at small-to-medium sized businesses which make many calls between the main centres in New Zealand and key overseas destinations. The servioce carries no business loading or peak-time charges
Farrell says new international destinations are being added "all the time" to the network being built by Voyager's parent company, OzEmail. Further announcements on intelligent network features will be made soon, he says.