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Police and intelligence agencies are lobbying hard for means of snooping on internet-based telephony, arguing that they need them to catch criminals, reports Peter Warren


In numerous advertisements, you are encouraged to buy an internet phone so you can make free calls to friends. Meanwhile, a gaggle of online programs such as Skype boast of the boon of online calls: they’re free. But the UK’s top law enforcement agencies don’t see it the same way.

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There is no such as a free lunch, they say. But how about completely free telecommunications, including free connections?

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Itemised bills for fixed lines and big mobile phone charges could soon be consigned to history, but our future communications will still come at a price, reports Peter Warren.

In days gone by, the telephone was a thing of awe: an object admired for its usefulness but feared for its apparently limitless ability to cost money.

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Written by Michael Streeter

I have seen the future of telecommunications and today I called London on it. From my home in France, and using just my computer, a microphone and some free software, I was able to speak at length to a colleague without being bothered about the expense. For apart from the price of my local internet connection, the call cost me nothing.

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