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Yahoo! has begun beta-testing its latest Messenger client, rewritten to support VoIP-quality, full duplex, voice chat over broadband. The software works around firewalls using NAT but doesn't, as yet, reach to the POTS phone network - it's PC to PC only, for now. Leader Skype offers this capability, albeit thanks to a hokey billing system based on PayPal.

Yahoo! is lagging someway behind rival portal AOL. The latter introduced a VoIP client six weeks ago. AOL's VoIP client isn't quite integrated with its IM client, but it is fully featured phone service, available in 40 cities for $18.99 a month up, with plans at $29.99 and $39.99 monthly.

As Sun Microsystems' VP for broadband and media Glenn Edens pointed out in a recent interview, that's considerably more than the $20 cost of adding a long range plan to your old POTS phone bill. But that's the price of staying at the bleeding edge of emergent technology, we guess.

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