An anonymous reader writes: Dear Slashdot,
It seems in this uber-age world that voip is becomming a prevalent and developing technology. Having paid attention to scene for the past few years, our favorite US network components providers (D-Link, Linksys, Uniden) are jumping to the bit to create voip hardware targeted to the masses, which is welcome competition to mystery-name OEM products. However, despite vendor interest, almost every single piece of neat new VoIP hardware seems to be married to some provider, be it Skype, Packet8, Vonage, Broadvoice or otherwise; with the former swallowing most of the goodies. What kind of glitz and glamour devices can I use at home with my asterisk server? Is there anything new and awesome that hasn't been swallowed whole by the telephony 'man? Will the future of VoIP be owned by mothership companies? AT&VoIP?