Vonage Voip Quick Review

Posted: Jun 29 2004, 3:21pm EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 10:00am CDT, in Shopping | Shopping Tips


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Vonage Voip Quick Review
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I have now the Vonage Voice over IP service since 1 month and I am actually very impressed by it. Kinda weird to be impressed by a service that does not offer more than any land line phone, but that is actually the beauty of it.

My reason for getting a VOIP service was to get a US phone number and be able to be reached anywhere in the world and of course the whole service should be inexpensive.
I researched quite a bit, but besides inexpensive, the service should work reliable. The message boards like on DSLreports are full with reviews of Voip services. VOIP is obviously taking off right now. Vonage gets mostly great reviews. Packet8 and BroadVoice and many others are not necessary technically challenged, but are lacking the support infrastructure and money Vonage has. Vonage raised in February 40 Mio USD and has 175,000 active Lines.

I signed up for the Basic 500 plan (includes 500 anytime min. in the US) for starters that costs $14.99. To activate the account and to receive the digital phone adapter hardware including the first month results in $57.78. Calls outside the free min. are 3.9c inside the US are and for instance calls to Germany are only 3c. Vonage has now a $29.99 per month plan that offers unlimited US calls.

I bought a low-cost ($59.99 for 2 handsets) 2.4Ghz phone from VTech (VTech ev2625) to use it with the service. I have the Vonage digital phone adapter behind the DSL Router connected as a normal network device. Vonage recommends to put it before the router to enable flow-control, but that's more hassle because you have to configure the PPPoE setup. When traveling it is not possible to connect the device before the router in most cases anyway.
The VTech phone behaves like any normal phone when connected to the Vonage box. Voice messages are indicated, calls are logged, etc. The call quality is in most cases very good. Sometimes there is a delay on one end or some noise on the line. In the month I had it, it never failed.
The Online account management is very easy to use and logs for instance all calls. Voice messages are also notified via email. There is also a software phone that can be used on the PC instead of hardware.
The most important point is that it works like a normal land line phone.
Overall I am so far very happy with the service and can recommend it.
More details on Vonage.

See also DesignTechnica's Vonage Review

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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