Vonage has inked a three year deal to sell EarthLink's wireless Internet service as a complement to its Internet phone service. The double play is a strategic move toward creating a bundle to take on incumbent cable companies and telcos that are already ramping up their own quadruple plays (voice, television, Internet service and mobile phone service). EarthLink is in the process of building out muni-wireless networks in cities across the U.S. The deal allows Vonage to sell EarthLink's service wherever it is available, and Vonage may sync up with other muni-wireless providers where EarthLink is not deployed.
For more on Vonage's deal with EarthLink:
- read this article from the WSJ (sub. req.)
ALSO: Esme Vos over at Muniwireless.com gives a detailed analysis of the EarthLink-San Francisco contract. It's not a done deal--yet. Article