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Before I moved out of Seattle, Washington USA, I had activated my Vonage service to bring to the Philippines. However, after I arrived in Early-October 2006, I had learned that PLDT has not installed DSL service.

While waiting for PLDT to install DSL service in my (now) in-laws home, I researched government regulations, regarding internet services, including bills signed by President Arroyo, herself. My Philippine-based relatives and friends never heard of such a regulation, so I contacted my friend at the NTC. - Aparently, the NTC has other duties that give them financial gain... Such as confiscating unlicensed radio equipment.

I would not worry much about NTC regulating Voip services... What to worry about is, Meralco... To me, Meralco is becoming an Enron... It's not good to have a monopolistic power company.

PLDT finally installed DSL service into my home in Mid-November 2006. So far, the only outages occur is with PLDT, itself, usually for bad weather or financial problems within PLDT.

So far, I had Vonage service working when at least two (2) typhoons had passed by or came close to Pasig City. As a Safeguard, I don't run computer equipment during bad weather because of the high-potential of high voltage surges in the power line and telephone line. So, if there is a Typhoon closeby, I simply turn off my devices, unplugging them from the wall outlets, and go to a nearby shopping mall, as I can usually predict a brownout before it happens.

Other than Vonage, I use Skype, Gizmo Project, SightSpeed, and EchoLink. EchoLink is Exclusive for Amateur Radio Operators. Since the NTC imposes tight laws upon Amateur Radio Operators (have to pay fees for having the equipment, etc), I am forced to use EchoLink instead of my own radio equipment. Originally, I had thought the FCC was bad... The NTC is worse than the FCC! It seems the NTC makes a profit from collecting from the Radio License fees rather than Voip enforcement.

Recently, I had heard, or was informed that Vonage service takes priority over Yahoo voice service. I had tested that out, the Commercial Vonage service takes ALL the bandwidth from the Free Voip services. That is good, because I pay for my Vonage services and would not want someone with a Free service to make my service have poor function. When I was at Netopia, frequently, to use Airborned Access Wi-Fi service, I called my USA-based friends through Skype. While I was on the phone call, network gaming and Yahoo voice had problems. It actually got worse at Netopia when I was talking through Skype. Multiple computers could not use the internet until I ended my phone calls within Skype. Netopia could not tell me to stop using Skype because I am using Airborne Access Wi-Fi, which I had already paid 6-months package. I have been using Airborne Access when PLDT myDSL service goes down. Then, I use Skype to check my voicemail in Vonage. (My Skype account forwards to my Vonage line...)

My Vonage configuration goes through a router with a strict firewall. I feel that is mandatory. Disabling the DHCP part on the Vonage adapter also increased reliability. My router gets attacked 3,000 times an hour. The culprit are pirated versions of Microsoft Windows, as only Windows-ports (135, 139, and 445) are the ONLY ports being attacked. Don't let the Vonage phone adapter suffer from thousands of attacks per hour. If you are going to bring a Vonage phone adapter to the Philippines, be sure to bring a decent router with a internal firewall. If the software within the Vonage phone adapter is busy filtering thousands of attacks per hour, how can the Vonage adapter stay reliable? I let my router block the windows ports. I use a Mac and my desktop PC is running Linux. Vonage, and the DSL internet service, has been 99% stable until a typhoon it within 75 kilometers.

When in the Philippines, if the Vonage phone adapter loses it's connection due to a bad storm, just unplug the internet and go to a shopping mall. I expect the service will be down until the next day, so I prefer to do something productive when the internet is down. While other people curse their internet provider for outages, I just follow the old familiar music title, "Don't Worry, Be Happy!"

On my Mac, I have Dashboard software that uses Click2Call. It works great and I don't have to manually dial numbers. Click2Call also works when the computer is on a different network. For example, I was able to have my dad's Vonage phone adapter call my Vonage phone adapter, just by using the Click2Call software. (I know my dad's Vonage account info... Because I was the one that set it up.)

Anyways, the phone I am using for my Vonage phone is an old black PLDT phone. I have labels over the PLDT logo and I have the phone mounted on the wall, so it is not in the way of my wife and I. She likes Vonage, too, because she is able to talk to my dad in Seattle. Also, I play recorded voice messages (from my Filipino relatives) to my dad through my Vonage phone line.

Have a Nice Day, Everybody!

Marcos Miranda



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Vonage Phone with US Phone Number in the Philippines?


Hello all. I would like to ask the group if anyone was able to get a Vonage phone
yep. an officemate subscribed to vonage, sent device to cebu. works great. 8)
I using vonage now here in quezon city.. everything seems to work perfectly..
if i visit philippines next year il make sure the hotel im staying has dsl :wink:
Thanks for your replies. A slight variation to my initial post, is it possible
No, currently Vonage offers phone # is North America and UK only.
i agree :wink:
Thank you once again for your replies. This is an awesome board. Che: I was
You can pretty much bring the vonage phone adapter in the phils babylon and it will
what would be the best time to visit there? its seems to me typhoon is a normal occurence?

mcmiranda posted "Before I moved out of Seattle, Washington USA, I had activated my Vonage service" on 12/21/2006

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