Comcast is gearing up to launch its much awaited VoIP service in parts of Maryland and Virginia, reports The Washington Post. The report says that Comcast will sell it as “Digital Voice service” and will cost $39.95 a month to those who subscribe to Comcast’s cable and high-speed Internet service, and $44.95 for those who buy one of the two services. The stand alone service is going to cost $54.95 on its own. (This cannot be good news for Vonage!) In this initial phase it might be a good enough offer to lure customers, but as Verizon rolls out its FIOS, one should expect the second largest phone company to go on an offensive. In the near term, Verizon could very easily make its basic (old school) phone service so cheap that price-sensitive users will have little reason to switch to Comcast. Nothing like the sound of two elephants in a mortal combat. I am looking forward to the skirmish!