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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

October 14 2005

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. In today's edition, we'll see how much Vonage spent on Internet advertising last month, and where that ranks when compared with other advertisers. We'll catch up on some appearances Vonage execs will make later this month where E-911 is sure to be discussed. 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 threads about those hidden excise taxes on Vonage service, as well as what a Vonage subscriber who has had the service for a year now really thinks about it.



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Once Again, Vonage Ranks Near The Top of Internet Advertisers

Each month, the Nielsen/NetRatings research service ranks what it believes to be the top 10 Internet advertisers. It does this by recording the number of times that banner ads appear on specific Web sites. Then Nielsen combines this info with its own research on how many people visit these Web sites every month as well as with additional information about how much these sites charge advertisers every time they show one of their ads.

If you think that Vonage is one of the major advertisers on Web sites, you are right. The Nielsen/NetRatings numbers are out for September, and they show that in terms of all companies -both technology and non-technology - that advertise on the Web, Vonage was third in the amount they spent on advertising, and ranked fourth in terms of what ad people call "impressions" - the number of time a specific person sees a specific ad. If, for example, you saw Vonage banner ads 47 times in September, that would be 47 more "impressions" for Vonage.

OK, now for the numbers. For September, Nielsen/NetRatings estimates that Vonage spent around $12,486,500 for its online ads. That placed them third, behind two non-tech companies, Apollo Group, Inc. (University of Phoenix) and LowerMyBills.com. And as far as total Impressions, Vonage ranked fourth with 2,653,619,000 (that's more than 2.6 billion), behind the two advertisers I have mentioned plus another university, Devry Inc. Given that so many folks start school in September, I am not surprised at that.

Vonage To Present E911 Update

There's another one of those Voip conferences coming up. The Internet Telephony Fall 2005 Conference & Expo is getting closer. It will take place in Los Angeles from October 24-27. I noticed that one of the three members on a October 26 panel called "VoIP Regulatory Update: Will You Be Ready?" will be Steve Seitz, VP/911/Regulatory Affairs for Vonage. 

I'm sure there will be a lot of talk about the E-911 rules. I won't be there, but I am sure lots of reporters and bloggers will. And I will be tracking what they report and posting it right here in the Digest.

And speaking of the bloggers...

 

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 writes about who he thinks might want to buy Vonage should the company ever put itself up for sale. He's begin to get some interesting comments on his post.

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog doesn't seem to think much of the lawsuit Sprint filed against Vonage. But if you think that Tom is critical (and he should be), you ought to read what one of the respondents to his post about the issue thinks!

Jeff Pulver of Pulver.com writes a long post this morning in which he feels impassioned about the U.S. Government's wishes to have Voip calls through Vonage and other providers able to be tapped in case law enforcement feels bad guys are on the line. He also cites multiple reports that Vonage service was one of the few reliable communications options available in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Mark Evans of the Mark Evans Blog also makes posts about a hypothetical sale of Vonage, as well as the more realistic procedure underway to try and make Vonage a publicly traded company.

Chris Pirillo, a very well known and well-informed blogger on lots of topics, devotes part of a post on his C:PIRILLO.EXE blog to who he thinks might buy Vonage.

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog seems to think the Sprint suit against Vonage might be a prelude to a bid by Sprint for the company..

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch also writes about what he thinks about Vonage selling itself, and gives his opinions about the price being speculated about for such a sale.

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog has a very specific idea what phone company might want to buy Vonage should it ever put itself up for sale. Hint: that company is headquartered in Georgia.

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, Ted doesn't specifically mention Vonage this week, but as I wrote the last couple of weeks, he links to an article he's posted on the O'Reilly Network that explains some key issues that companies that are thinking about upgrading to VoIP should consider. Here's the link: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/09/23/voice-over-ip-faqs.html.


Speaking of companies and consumers thinking about upgrading to VoIP, sometimes we see threads about this on the Vonage Voip Forum. So let's go there now: 

On The Vonage Voip Forum

Sometimes, we get new members who do not yet have Vonage service. We see that many of these new members join us so they can make posts with questions about the service. We welcome you to the Vonage Forum. Not only do we hope you get your questions answered here, but we sure hope you stick around!

New Vonage Forum Member srinik has been thinking about signing up with Vonage, but was wondering about the cost. So he's started a thread that he's named, Basic Question - How much it costs to have the Unlimited US?

"Does Vonage charges any taxes?," srinik writes, explaining that he's asking about "any regulatory fee on the top of $24.99 flat price. I am looking for 'Premium Unlimited $24.99' US/Canada."

Vonage Forum Member HunterMcD responds.

"Yes (Vonage) charges sales taxes if you are a NJ resident and the also charge FET (Federal Excise Tax $0.75 Regulatory Recovery Fee $1.50," he adds. "My total bill comes to $27.24.

Then, HunterMcD quotes the Vonage site that says  they "charge 3% Federal Excise Tax on all service charges. Applicable sales tax is charged on service and equipment. We also charge a Regulatory Recovery Fee of $1.50 per phone number in your account."

That strikes srinik as quite a deal. 

Srinik posts back, saying that it looks like even with those charges, Vonage service still looks like a better deal than that he has with his current phone company. 

On a new Vonage Voip Forum thread called Improved service, Vonage Forum Member pitroad  has some interesting things to say.

He says he has been a Vonage customer for about a year. He says he's had a few issues here and there but all and all has been happy with the value. "One issue early on was the length of time it took to get to a real person when placing a trouble call," he writes. "Back a year ago you could count on 45 minutes at least. I called today regarding a 'message waiting' problem I was having (no light or broken dial tone when a message was received). I was connected to a real person ... within one minute. 

"My issue was resolved very quickly, pitroad adds. "I must say I was actually surprised but happy to see the improvement."

"I think the biggest improvement is that I have not have any problems for a while now," writes libbyloo, who has been a Vonage Forum Member for more than six weeks now. "That's quite a change. I haven't even got a need to call them (Vonage)."

And then this from Trowski, who won't shy away from criticizing when he feels it is warranted to do so: 

"I will take both," he says, referring to quick service and no glitches. "no need to call, and when I do issues are taken care of quickly...gotta love it."

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 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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