Anyone using Vonage?
Just curious what your opinions were. The pricing was too good to pass up ($15/month for basic service with 500 minutes per month included.) With the bundled features like voicemail, you'd be paying close to $100/mo for an equivalent telco business line...
No, but I was interested in this as well. The idea of having a 212 area code in Brooklyn appealed to me, as well as a 2nd area code near my mom so it's just a local call for her.
The current package entails a $29.95 activation fee, and apparently they provide the adapter for "free" with no strings as to length of service. And there is a money back guarantee if you return everything and cancel within 14 days. There's no big investment up front.
A guy that does a bit of contract work for me (web stuff, mostly) uses Vonage, and it seems great. He cancelled his regular land line, he was so pleased. I haven't tried it myself, but I have spoken directly to someone who has. That's hearsay, and so not admissible in court, but definitely admissible on JOS.
>I haven't tried it myself, but I have spoken directly to someone who has.
I use vonage, and gave my sister a vonage account for x-mas (she lives in australia, I live in california). the sound quality is indistinguishable from a regular phone line, in my experience.
I use Packet8. $19.95 for unlimited calling, except international. No complaints.
I've been using Vonage for a few months, with an added twist... I live in the 252 area code, but my wife was constantly calling her mother in 704, running our phone bill way up.
I've been using Vonage for several months now, and I'm completely sold. The call quality is often indistinguishable from a landline -- with one caveat. It's sensisitve to network utilization, in particular outgoing bandwidth. Yesterday I was copying a bunch of files over the vpn and doing an internal backup, and the call quality was so bad I had to cancel both activities. I have ASDL, so I think that exacerbated the problem.
I have been looking at these solutions for a bit now. A friend of mine just got service (www.zoom-phone.com). He is very happy with it. I plan on doing the same. I am moving out of state. I will get a new number in my new location and a 'virtual' number (my old telephone number) so that all my friends/family can call me and it wont be a long distance call. The virtual number is only $5 more a month - plus all the other services you get not a bad deal.
Both my partner and I have been using Vonage for about 3 months now, and it works incredibly well. As Matthew said, however, it can be sensitive to network utilization.
That's a good point, can you measure how much bandwidth Vonage uses? At what point do you notice degredation of quality? Can you bandwidth cap your computers so you don't experience this kind of problem?
One thing I'm curious to play with is Vonage's quality of service user adjustment. They have three settings: 90 kbps, 50 kbps, and 30 kbps. You set it in your preferences page on their web site. In fact I intend to first try it at 30 and 50 kbps on my home ISDN "just because".
> can you measure how much bandwidth Vonage uses?
Alo, if anyone wants to hear what the sound quality is like, send me an email with your phone numer, and I'll give you a call on the Vonage phone. I have the unlimited $35/mo plan :)
We have also got rid of our regular land line sometimes this is a problem and other times the vonage works great i did have to install a router. When i first started using the system i lost the dial tone every other day i went back and forth with tech support at vonage they were somewhat helpful they sent me a free router to put inline and i have not had a problem since (about 9 days). The only other problem that has happened our voicemail is very crackly and distorted they said they are working on it. But all in all it is nice not to get that once a month surprise other charges from the local phone company well thats about it. Just one more thing whoever came up with this web page thanks for thinking of others. Ok this is it you can try this with low speed cable but i recomend the highest one.
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