Fanfare for the common man
The good men over at VoIP User have crossed the 500k call barrier. While obviously not a major contributory factor in France Telecom's woes, this is nevertheless an impressive result. Recall that VoIP User was set up by two friends as a project to create a space for those interested to try out VoIP without the community incurring any costs (outbound call costs are offset by revenue from incoming calls to premium-rate numbers, so the community is "minute neutral"). The community is nearly 20k in size now, and gaining about 40 new members per day. And people said it would never work!