Talk Is Cheap: Switching to Internet Telephones reviewed by Robert Pritchett
Author: James E. Gaskin
Released: July 2005
$20 USD, $28 CND, 13 GBP, 12 Euro
Strengths: VoIP for the non telco geek.
Weaknesses: Focus on Vonage and Skype, mostly.
Talk Is Cheap: Switching to Internet Telephones by James E. Gaskin pokes fun at the existing
telcos and delights in sticking it to them with Voice over IP options in this short 9 chapter book.
If you have either DSL or cable service for broadband connections, moving to VoIP should be an
easy activity. James Gaskin devotes a lot of attention and tries to balance between two leaders in
the current VoIP market; Vonage (phone centric) and Skype (computer centric). I use both and
experiment with others, so you may see I enjoyed reading what he had to say.
And surprise! he shows how you are already using VoIP without your knowledge.
James does a great job comparing costs between legacy phone systems and broadband options
and also asks the right questions regarding quality of service, reliability and 911 services.
What I like most about the book is that he attempts to not get in too deeply into the acronym
happy telco speak, prevalent in the industry.
An area that he also points out is the Telco inroads being made by the incumbents into Internet
services. And may I make an observation he neglected to mention? Telcos service customers like
stallions service mares and that is why millions of people have been moving to broadband dial
This book is a great entry level intro to VoIP.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8