AP: Sprint Voice Calls to Mimic Internet

My spin: Packet switched calls are cheaper and more efficient than traditional circuit switched analog networks. Big businesses are seeing the value of VOIP telephony and many smaller businesses are using systems from 3COM and Cisco to get on the band wagon also.
News Clip: KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sprint Corp. announced Tuesday that it has begun transforming its telephone network so voice calls are transmitted in “packets” ó the same way data moves over the Internet. The move is designed to lead to a wide range of improved services for consumers, such as online voice-mail management.
While an increasing percentage of calls these days skip traditional phone circuits and are routed as data packets, Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint is among the first major telecommunications company in the country to begin converting its entire network to the newer system. (full story)