Verizon bundles VOIP and wireless for enterprise customers

Verizon Enterprise Solutions (NYSE: VZ) has combined its enterprise VOIP with the company's wireless service to offer Wireless Connected VOIP which is targeted at enterprises. Customers will benefit from cheaper long distance charges as the combo-plan eliminates long distance fees on calls that originate from a Verizon Enterprise VOIP customer.

The service is automatically available to customers that use Verizon's VIPER (VOIP IP Enterprise Routing) platform, and eliminates domestic and international per-minute charges for calls between participating Verizon Enterprise VOIP customers, as well as calls from participating Enterprise VoIP customers to any Verizon Wireless phone number. The service does not include calls that originate from the Verizon Wireless network.

The service does not require additional customer hardware or software because the network automatically recognizes outgoing phone numbers associated with the account, which eliminates the need to "predefine" mobile users.

Service providers have been innovating with their VOIP services to remain competitive. Earlier this year TDS Telecom announced an offer directed to enterprises.  If a business buys a Polycom VVX500 phone to use with their managed service they get a second phone for a penny.

Interestingly, AT&T (NYSE: T) in April said that its seeing demand for its VOIP-based U-verse voice service even though customers are abandoning their POTS lines in favor of wireless.

For more:
- see this Verizon blog post

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Updated Aug. 11 to clarify VoIP origination-wireless termination specifics.