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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - October 3, 2005


Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

October 3, 2005

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. Today we will look at how Vonage's success in keeping people connected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina might help Vonage and Voip win sympathy in the U.S. Congress for a bill that would grant Vonage and other companies an extension on the November 28 deadline they are facing to provide E911 services. We'll look at interesting new Vonage Voip Forum threads from a reader who wants to convert a sound file he's already recorded into his default outgoing message, and whether Vonage can run on Macs.

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Vonage Post-Katrina Response Could Help Delay November 28 E911 Deadline

According to the Congress Daily newspaper, the fact that Vonage services were largely accessible in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina- while other services were not- seems to be winning the Voip industry friends in the US. Senate.

Friends, the article, says, that could be influential in getting an extension to a deadline that is now less than two months away.

 Companies like Vonage are promoting a bill that would grant them relief from an FCC order mandating that they provide "enhanced 911" (E911) calling capabilities by Nov. 28. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sponsored the measure, which among other things would grant emergency responders immunity from lawsuits arising from taking 911 calls from Voip providers -- something they have when they take calls from traditional telephone and wireless companies. 

"We are the only class of carrier with a federal mandate to do E911, and yet we don't have the same legal protections that wireline and wireless systems have," said Vonage director of government affairs Chris Murray tells Congress Daily's Drew Clark.  "That is the most critical thing that we need to fix short term." 

"The response to Katrina is boosting the cause." Clark writes. "Testifying before the Commerce panel last week, Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron recounted how President Bush called New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin via a Vonage number. Perhaps more significantly, senators are paying attention to an argument that providers of voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) have been making about public-safety call centers: Because many call centers do not use Internet technology, consumers' 911 calls cannot be rerouted during crises. Citron noted that "many 911 centers are unable to transfer calls within a given state or region," a simple task for Voip providers. 

Besides offering some relief for Voip providers, Congress Daily notes the bill would modernize the public-safety 911 system. That has led Commerce Chairman Stevens and ranking member Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, to take an interest in the bill, which is also supported by Sens. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., and Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. Stevens and Inouye have agreed to support the bill and promised a markup by Oct. 21, according to an aide to House Science ranking member Bart Gordon, D-Tenn..., who introduced the companion House bill. A Gordon aide said the E911 measure would be part of a package of post-Katrina communications legislation, including a bill designed to let public-safety offices communicate with each other and legislation to modernize the National Emergency Alert service.

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On a new Vonage Voip Forum thread called Outgoing Message MP3 WAV *123 New Vonage Voip Forum Member hedgeface isn't hedging when he asks, "I have a pre-recorded outgoing message in .wav format. Does anyone know how can I 'upload' this message to become my default outgoing message?" 

Hedgeface lets us know that he's already tried blaring the outgoing message on PC speakers and 'recording' it *123 - with very poor results.

VonageTPA has a far better idea. Actually four of them.

"The best way is with a telephone hybrid... since most people don't have a $2500 hybrid just laying around," he writes, "there's a few other options. He mentions one direct method, and two indirect methods.

For the direct method, VonageTPA suggests that hedgeface "use a phone patch if available. Radio Shack used to sell telephone recording devices, which plugged into the phone line, had a pass-thru for the telephone, and came out to a 1/8" mini headphone plug. 

"Because of the simple circuitry, " VonageTPA adds, "you could plug this into your computer's sound card output and back-feed audio into the phone line. I think they were $9 or so, but I've not played with them in ages.

Now, for the indirect methods, "use a hardwired phone," VonageTPA suggests. "Cordless phones still generally have poor sound quality compared to hardwired phones." 

There's one more indirect method that sounds kind of like common sense - but not one that you would necessarily think of right off the bat. 

"Instead of holding the phone up to speakers, take a pair of headphones and hold the headphone against the microphone of the phone," VonageTPA continues. "This often produces a very good result. The regular-sized headphones that come with Walkmans work well, larger headphones work great, and the little ear-buds can work, but I've found you have to line them up precisely with the microphone then mash them down. 

VonageTPA adds an important note in closing: "The in-ear headphones (Sony loves making these) and other headphones that are hard plastic don't seem to work well."

I know there are a lot of Mac users out there. One of them is new Vonage Forum Member davek, who has started a thread called Macintosh computer support. Seems that davek is running Mac OS 10.4.2. Tiger, and wants to know if, given that fact, running Voip will be a problem.

"VoIP, as implemented by Vonage, doesn't require a computer, so the operating system of your computer is irrelevant," VonageTPA writes. "Now, if you want to use (Vonage) SoftPhone, which does require a computer, then it would matter."

"As TPA notes, the phone service itself does not require a computer at all," adds Vonage Forum Member CA1900. "A telephone adapter is plugged into your high-speed internet connection, and your plain-old telephone plugs into that adapter. A computer IS used to set up and make changes to your account, and can be used to listen to voicemails online, among other things." 

CA1900 adds that because all these features are done thru a Web browser, they'll work fine on a Mac. 

Finally, new Vonage Forum Member bjash points to an article on the Vonage site that discusses Vonage's compatibility with Mac OS X Tiger. The link is at 
https://www.vonage.com/help.php?article=524&category=25&nav=.

On Mondays, we honor our Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week. Today, we'll give the nod to Trowski, whose posts are always timely, helpful to other Forum Members - and as we saw this past week, sometimes funny as well. Plus, Trowski writes concisely and gets right to the issue. Trowski's now made 777 posts - not only a lucky number but the second most of any of our Members (not counting me). Here's a linked list of some of Trowski's more recent entries.

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: http://www.vonage-forum.com/syndication.html, 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 Tuesday morning with our next edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest,!!




 
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