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The Wall Street Journal pointed out that in order to converse through their computers, EarthLink customers will have to be tricked out with accoutrements like headsets or microphones and speakers. They'll also have to dial through Internet addresses instead of phone numbers. Hmm, it doesn't sound too workable, considering EarthLink has always seemed to attract a demographic more similar to that of AOL or United Online (Nasdaq: UNTD), for whom low cost and ease of use are key elements.

According to WSJ, within a year EarthLink will offer a more conventional Internet telephone service, but of course, that will not be free.

Thanks for the heads up!

When I saw the press release I just briefly glanced at it thinking "Wow! This is really going to help them attract new subscribers."

Either way the shares have risen over $11 finally, so it does appear that ELNK is doing something right...

JT :)

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