Vonage launches unlimited calling in Philippines; Yahoo bowing out of Japan

Wireline industry news from across the Web:

> Vonage customers in the Philippines can ditch the calling cards as the VoIP provider launches an unlimited voice plan for $64.99 monthly, which also includes unlimited calling to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. News release.

> Internet TV provider Boxee has raised $16.5 million in its latest round of financing. Story.

> WiFi is heating up in Ireland as Eircom looks to increase its hotspots around the country from 1,000 to 4,000 by 2013. Story.

> Beijing-based UTStarcom will discuss its fourth-quarter and full year results in a conference call for investors on March 11. Details.

> Is Yahoo! dumping its Japan business to focus on the threat from Google and Facebook? Reuters says the search engine giant is in "advanced talks" to bow out of its joint venture. Story.

> Usage based billing may be on the menu at Charter as the MSO looks for ways to lure dial-up and DSL users into the broadband age. Story.

And finally... DirecTV chairman and CEO Michael White told potential investors that his company can't see a winning strategy for satellite broadband, and that there are no plans for a facilities-based, high-speed Internet offering. Story.

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