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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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How do you call 999
On Apr 27, 2017 at 13:52:02

Trafford Posted:
Seems like a
question. We
rely exclusively
on a Vonage system
for our

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How do you call 999
On Apr 27, 2017 at 05:42:50

diazou Posted:
Hello, It's
compatible with
Android your phone
? Thanks!

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On Mar 28, 2017 at 07:42:33

jeddaisg Posted:
Hi all We have
a Vonage VOIP
system for our
office. Lately,
our call quality

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beast321 Posted:
I don't know if
you heard, that
many more
Dreamcast games
are opened up

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tplink Posted:
Im trying to add
my HT802 vonage
adapter to my home
network. I
currently have

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Vonage behind switch
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DWSupport Posted:
After recent
Vonage update that
took place on the
4th and 5th of
Nov. E-mails with

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Voicemail Not Forwarding to Outlook Accounts
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peterlee Posted:
Had a call from a
Hospital in Ajax,
Ontario to my home
Scarborough, Onta

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I am looking for a
product that will
make my phone ring
louder so I can
hear using

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Commentary by Steve Effros
Of Ducks And 'IP' TV (Part I)

I'm confused (yes, I realize there are some readers who are saying that's not a surprise). But I'm getting very frustrated because I keep getting different answers to what I think is a pretty straight-forward question: what is "IP" TV?

Try it. Ask folks in our industry, ask telephone people, the programmers, Silicon Valley types. Ask engineers, Wall Street guys, the consumer press. I guarantee you'll get lots of different answers.

Let's start with the letters. There's little debate on this. "IPTV" stands for "Internet protocol television." But lately we've learned that's not quite enough information. Think of "VoIP." We know that means "voice over Internet protocol." But the Voip telephone service cable operators offer (I prefer the terms "cable phone" or "digital phone") is very different from the "Internet phone" offered by companies like Vonage. Ours is location-based in the consumer's home. We use our own secure networks and provide full e911 service. The "Internet phone" providers use the Internet to shuttle calls around. Their customer base is, or can be, mobile. Thus, the emergency-
services issue arose, the FCC acted on it, and the press merrily talked about "VoIP" phone service as though it were all one thing. Not so.

OK, back to "IPTV." To begin with, when you start your round of questions, some people will think you're talking about "ITV," or "interactive television." Now over the last four or five years, since the meaning of that
has morphed too, from two-way, truly "interactive" things like Wink to the current usage, which includes VOD and even DVRs, it's not totally clear what
"ITV" is either. But let's leave those folks out. We'll just talk about the somewhat technically savvy types who understand that "Internet protocol" is simply a method of sending data. "Hardware and software standards that govern data transmission between computers" is one dictionary definition.

Now there are plenty of other standards that also govern data transmission between "computers" or "digital set-top boxes," which technically are also computers. No magic here. IP is just another way of transmitting data, or in our case, video. Some folks use MPEG 2, or soon the more efficient MPEG 4. Others use IP from companies like Microsoft, which claims its protocol is at least twice as efficient, so broadband suppliers can deliver video, even HD, with far better usage of their bandwidth.

But some companies, like SBC, want to make "IPTV" sound like something totally different from what it is-the delivery of video signals. They claim that since they will only be "sending" one signal down the line at a time, using "IP" from a central location to the viewer, that, somehow, makes them something other than a cable system. I'm not sure why. If Time Warner decides to change its modulation scheme, or deliver "switched video" as it has announced, does
that mean it is no longer a cable operator? I don't think so, not under the current definitions, which say that if you deliver video signals, including broadcast channels, in a local community to subscribers who pay for that service, you are a "cable operator." Throwing around new terms for new ways to provide the service does not change the service. "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, ...etc." More next time.

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