According to an interview with AOL and Net Imperative AOL is planning on rolling out a VoIP service within the month that will be incorporated into its instant messaging service.
The article quotes Jonathan Miller the AOL chief executive saying “AOL Internet Phone Service” will use the instant messenger "buddy list" facility on AOL to show users whether friends were currently available.
The service would be rolled out first to AOL members in limited locations and over time made available to the mass market, Miller added.
The article goes on to say:
Customers will be able to use their existing phones through an adapter that links them in to their broadband routers. Miller added that the introduction of the VOIP service, the AIM service will become a "dashboard" for users to move easily between e-mail, instant messaging and voice calls.
This week, rival ISP Wanadoo launched its own VoIP service in the UK, charging users £4 a month to make free evening and weekend calls to any UK landline, as well as make free calls at any time to other Wanadoo Wireless and Talk users.