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Haniltery Posted:
For wipe call
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of the offline, in
gengral , it
usually apply to
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diana87 Posted:
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dconnor Posted:
What is the main
number on the
account? And
which one is the
virtual number?
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On Apr 27, 2017 at 18:52:02

Trafford Posted:
Seems like a
simple
question. We
rely exclusively
on a Vonage system
for our
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On Apr 27, 2017 at 10:42:50

diazou Posted:
Hello, It's
compatible with
Android your phone
software
? Thanks!
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On Mar 28, 2017 at 12:42:33

jeddaisg Posted:
Hi all We have
a Vonage VOIP
system for our
office. Lately,
our call quality
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On Feb 23, 2017 at 18:33:52

beast321 Posted:
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are opened up
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On Feb 16, 2017 at 03:16:51

Av8rix Posted:
Sorry to start a
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old topic but when
I google “Vonage
MAC address
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On Jan 11, 2017 at 01:07:21

tplink Posted:
Im trying to add
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Technology Journal: Mossberg's Mailbox

July 22, 2004

By Staff

[Technology columnist Walter S. Mossberg answers readers' questions]

Q: Awhile back, you reviewed a gadget or service that would allow the user to make unlimited long-distance calls via the Internet. I have a friend that is in desperate need of such a device due to her triple-digit phone bills. Would this help her?

A: You're thinking of Vonage, an Internet phone company. AT&T now has a similar service, and Verizon is planning one. These services use technology called voice over Internet protocol, or VOIP. All of them supply you with a box that links your phone to your high-speed Internet connection. They typically have plans that allow users to make unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada for a flat fee -- in the case of Vonage, $30 a month.

Whether Voip will help your friend save money depends on her calling habits.

If her bill is large because of many overseas calls, the savings may not be large. And if she doesn't already have broadband Internet service, she would have to sign up for that and pay a separate monthly fee of between $30 and $50.

But if she mainly calls inside the U.S. and Canada, and already has broadband, a Voip service like Vonage could be a big boon for her.

Q: I would like to disconnect my DSL service when I'm not using the Internet, to reduce my exposure to hackers and other problems. My DSL provider tells me it's a bad idea to turn off the DSL modem frequently, or even to disconnect the Internet cable from it, as there could be problems reconnecting. Is this correct?

A: It's unusual for a broadband user to shut down the modem often, or even to disconnect the Ethernet cable frequently.

But I see no harm in it. If I were you, I'd use the unplug-the-cable method, which avoids any risk of problems with rebooting the modem. Your computer would just have to re-discover the network each time you plugged the cable back in, but on most machines, that shouldn't be a problem.

Q: My Internet provider has convinced me to subscribe to their firewall service at a monthly rate of $4.95. They claim it will enhance my protection from pop-up ads and junk mail. Is this right?

A: Not necessarily. Firewalls block hackers from getting into your computer, and some also can stop malicious programs that may be hiding on your machine from sending data out over the Internet. I recommend that all broadband users have a firewall.

However, firewalls don't typically stop pop-up ads, or spam e-mails. These enter your machine through your Web browser and e-mail program. To stop them, you need separate types of programs -- pop-up blockers and antispam software.

It may be that your provider's firewall service includes pop-up blocking and spam filtering, in which case their claims make sense. But if it's literally just a firewall, you won't get the results they are promising.



 
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1Unlimited calling and other services for all residential plans are based on normal residential, personal, non-commercial use. A combination of factors is used to determine abnormal use, including but not limited to: the number of unique numbers called, calls forwarded, minutes used and other factors. Subject to our Reasonable Use Policy and Terms of Service.

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