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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - September 9 - 11, 2005

Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

September 9, 2005

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. Today we will look at all this talk that Skype may be putting itself up for sale, and what that might or might not mean for Vonage. In our popular Friday In the Blogs feature, we review what some of the Voip bloggers we read regularly have written about this week. Finally, we'll look at a new Vonage Voip Forum thread from someone who is moving and wants to be sure when in that process he should notify his current phone company that he wants to switch over his phone number to a Vonage number. Finally, we'll tell you about a thread in which one of our most helpful Vonage Forum members is asking other Forum Members to help him out with a short test. 

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What Would A Skype Sale Mean for Vonage?

Over the last couple of days, the media and the Blogosphere have been buzzing with talk that Skype is talking to eBay about buying them out for $3 billion or so.

I suppose such a deal might mean that when you buy stuff on eBay you could talk to your buyer or seller over Skype for free. But since we are all about Vonage here, let's look at the meaning of what such a deal could be for Vonage customers.

I found it interesting that after the Wall Street Journal first printed those rumors, eBay stock dipped a good bit. Meanwhile, some Internet phone companies like Net2Phone and 8x8 (Packet8) that are already listed on the stock market found their shares rising.

That indicates to me that shareholders in those companies look at what some companies might want to pay for Skype and think that maybe some deep pocketed company will come along and buy them out.  But here's the thing. Those two companies do not have the financial backing or resources that Vonage does. So if and when Vonage does go public with a stock sale - as is widely believed they will - they will probably reap the benefits of technology investors beliefs that VoIP is hot. Which it is, you know. And for Vonage, which would raise money from a stock sale to help fund expansions -that could well mean more services, and in more places.

We'll continue to watch, and report.

As, I am sure the bloggers will. Speaking of those bloggers who write regularly about Voip and Vonage:


In The Blogs

We read about 15 Voip and IP-telephony-related Weblogs. Some we read more than others, but we enjoy most of them. Face it, bloggers are opinion-shapers. So today, as we do each Friday, we are going to give you a round-up of what the blogs we read said about Vonage during that week.

Here's what the Voip bloggers have been writing about:

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog gives his take on that Vonage one-million-connection announcement. Also, I see a lot more comments to Om's post of last week about what all these new Voice over IM announcements- such as Google Talk and Microsoft's purchase of Skype-like softphone developer Teleo- means for all VoIP subscribers.

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog also writes about Vonage's announcement earlier this week that it has surpassed one million connections. 

Jeff Pulver of mentions that Vonage has been honored as one of the Pulver 100. Pulver writes, "2005 has been an amazing year for Voip – and the companies named in the Pulver 100 have made significant contributions, by helping to spread IP communications worldwide with little or no dependence on traditional telephone network, equipment, or service providers. This year’s Pulver 100 continue to represent the future of the communications ecosystem, and we’re proud to honor them." He notes that many Voip providers (that happens to include Vonage) will be at the Fall VON show in Boston the week of September 19. By the way, I'm planning on being there, too.

Mark Evans of the Mark Evans Blog also weighs in on that Vonage announcement.

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog writes about what other bloggers are saying about Vonage's announcement earlier this week that they have topped the one million connections milestone.  Incidentally, last month I found Russ' new post on the O'Reilly Windows Dev Center called Setting Up Vonage With Your PC. 

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch writes about the IO Gear, a new speakerphone that works with Vonage SoftPhone.

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog says Vonage's passing one million connections indicates the company is well-prepared for the future. "IMHO Vonage will have an amazing IPO," Rich writes. "They are on fire and more and more people are switching in countries where Vonage doesn’t really officially do business. They are setting the world on ablaze and part of the reason for this is that they have no real global Voip competitors right now and they own the mindshare online, in print and on TV." has a Forum thread called How's Verizon 3.0mbs/768k with vonage?, in which one member says the Vonage connection over Verizon should be as reliable as the Verizon pipe itself.

advancedippipeline's Paul Kapustka also comments about that Vonage one million connections announcement. 

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, he links to an article he's posted on the O'Reilly Network that explains Vonage and other Voip services. Here's the link:

Finally, we sometimes like to link to posts that are not written by VoIP bloggers, but are written by "regular" bloggers who deal with Vonage.

In that vein, on the Jeffrey Friedl Blog, Jeffrey Friedl has an entertaining post describing how he successfully hooked up his Vonage service. 

So speaking about hooking up your Vonage service...

On The Vonage Voip Forum

New Vonage Voip Forum Member hfwarner3 is moving tomorrow. Hey, best wishes on the move hfwarner3- from someone who has recently been there and done that with his own family.

While hfwarner3 doesn't currently have Vonage service, he can't wait to start his up. But he does have some questions about moving his existing phone number over to Vonage. That's why he started a thread and named it, Advice before purchase - Moving/DSL to Cable/Number Transfer.

OK, here's the deal.

"We are moving into our new house in Kennesaw, Ga (just northwest of Atlanta) this Saturday," hfwarner3 writes. "As part of the move, we are canceling our EarthLink DSL and going to cable modem. We would also like to cancel our local phone (see ya BellSouth!) and go to Vonage." 

Now, hfwarner3 is looking for advice on how to manage this process. 

"We want to port our existing number over and Vonage says it is available," he writes. The cable modem is not going to be installed until Monday. We have a cellphone, so not that big of a deal, but we would like phone capability soon." 

Hfwarner3 then asks what the best step by step process is for this procedure. "Should I cancel the DSL first? Should I go buy Vonage retail and activate online or should I buy it online? If I don't cancel my phone service (per Vonage instructions), when does it get cancelled and when can I stop paying for it?" 

Veteran Vonage Forum Member scerruti then provides yet another of his very helpful answer. That's no surprise, because as I have said here before, scerruti, who we have honored with our Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week, always provides helpful answers.

"You have issues if you cancel your number before you port it," scerruti points out, giving advice that everyone thinking of porting their number over to Vonage should consider. "I would purchase your Vonage equipment, via this site or at a retail store, whichever you prefer and begin the port process ASAP. 

"Separately," adds scerruti, "I would look into moving your phone service as I described, especially if you are losing physical control over the location where the local service is." Scerruti even browsed the BellSouth website, which, he notes, says that you might be able to suspend your BellSouth service and port your number away. But scerruti sounds more confident in the first approach, and I tend to agree.

After reading that advice, hfwarner3 then thought about his options, contacted BellSouth and updated us with another post.

"I have placed an order with BellSouth. They are going to move the phone line to the new house on Saturday (for a small fee of $42.50)," he says.  "Once it is moved, I am taking off all the features except call forwarding. The Comcast cable broadband (6 Mb down and 768 Kb up rocks!) gets turned on Monday." 

After hfwarner3's Vonage service is hooked up, he says that he "will activate the Vonage and put the order in to move the phone number. When Vonage sends me my temp number, I will forward all calls to them temp number. Once the number is ported, I will cancel the Bellsouth line and be a happy Vonage customer!" 

Hfwarner3 adds that doing all this this will also give him a phone line at the new house to use to get the TiVo set up. "I was planning on using the neighbor's line, but this will make it easier," he says.

Then, scerruti posts that hfwarner3's plan sounds good, but in his colorful words, the $42.50 BellSouth is planning to charge hfwarner3 for doing this "bites, though."

I'll say it again: scerruti is always there for other Forum Members with advice. But now, he's posted a thread directed toward Vonage users in the UK. The thread title describes scerruti request: Will you call me in the US as a favor?

A reasonable request. Here's why scerruti (whose first name is Steve) is asking for this favor:

"A user of my activity download tool is asking for some changes in how the phone numbers are inserted into the Excel spreadsheet," Steve (OK, scerruti) writes. "In order to make the change I need to know have a record of how international calls will appear in the activity section of Vonage's web site." 

Scerruti writes that the best way for me to deal with this is to have someone call me on my Vonage line and then for me to also return the call."  He then asks Vonage UK users to "please PM me if you have a UK number and would be willing to call."

Tell ya what, scerruti. I'll even help you out with a link that will call up the PM (Private Message) link for this thread. If you are logged on here to the Vonage Forum, are a UK-based Vonage user and want to send Steve a message to get this call scheduled, click here.

As we close out today's Digest, I'd like to remind you once again about some more options you have to receive the Vonage Voip Forum Digest every day. If you go to this page:, you will see a list of RSS Newsreaders from which with one or two clicks, you'll be able to get your Digest delivered directly to your Newsreader each morning. The Newsreaders we've linked to on that page include such reliable and trusted services as Bloglines, Feedster, My Yahoo!, Newsgator and Feedburner. I am open to add others, just contact me with the info of the Newsreader.

That's what's hot about Vonage today. We'll be back on Monday morning with our next edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest, including our very popular Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week feature!!

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