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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - October 31, 2005

Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

October 31, 2005

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. In today's edition, we'll look at Vonage's advertising, and how the guy at Vonage who runs that says how those ads might be changing. We'll look at the reasons given by one broadband Internet access provider why he wants to charge Vonage access to their high-speed lines. We'll look at a new Vonage Voip Forum threads about a Vonage customer with a credit balance, and another who keeps hearing his neighbor's phone coversations over his Vonage line.

Vonage In The Headlines

Vonage Marketing Chief Says Vonage Ads Are "Evolving"

Today's USAToday has a major article on Vonage's advertising campaigns. Along with the article, they are running a poll in which nearly 1,200 adults polled last month by Harris Interactive Ad Research Service say what they think of these funny, "don't do stupid things" commercials.

According to the poll, almost twice as many people like the ads than don't care for them- 22% compared to 12%, to be exact. And these ads seem to be a bit more popular among women than men. Of people polled, 25% of women like these ads, compared to 20% of men.

Then, the article goes on to explain the ads, quoting Vonage marketing chief Dean Harris.

"Vonage goes for the funny bone by using video of people doing silly things, with Woo Hoo, The's song (best-known from the Kill Bill soundtrack) playing in the background. The message: 'People do really stupid things. Like pay too much for home phone service,'" writes the author of the article, Theresa Howard.

"Among the mishaps in the ads: a young boy swings at a ball with a bat, loses his grip and sends the bat flying through a glass door," Howard adds. In another ad, a man cuts down a tree, which then falls on his car. In a third ad, a young man fooling around on a treadmill, loses his footing and is propelled off the back. 

"The stunts in the ads, by Arnold Worldwide, Boston, seem too outrageous to be real but they are actual footage, most licensed from the reality TV show America's Funniest Home Videos," adds Howard. " 'We were looking for a way to provide brand awareness and cut through the clutter' of commercials on TV, Harris says. 'We think they have the visual impact and music to do that.' "

Now here's something interesting. Howard reports that Harris tells her these ads are evolving.

"While Harris considers the campaign successful, Vonage recently introduced a new series of commercials that are a variation on the theme. They spotlight features and prices, while silly things go on in the background," Howard writes. "In one ad, for instance, a man provides a testimonial about Vonage service in the foreground. Behind him, a lobster mascot handing out fliers gets caught in a revolving door. 

'We think that commercials have to be refreshed on a regular basis,' " USAToday's Howard quotes Vonage's Harris as saying. " 'People get bored or burned out. The campaign had done well for us, but we wanted to evolve it, and we did.' "

By the way, if you want to watch some Vonage ads, we have several of them available here on the Vonage Forum. You'll find more than a dozen of them available for your viewing and laughing pleasure listed on and linked from: To watch an ad, just click on the name of the one you want to view, and it will start playing on your PC.

Leading Phone Company CEO Sounds Like He Wants To Charge Vonage for Access

Today, Business Week Online interviews a guy named Ed Whitacre. He is the CEO of SBC, a  traditional phone company that is also one of the largest providers of DSL services that I happen to know many Vonage Forum Members use to access your Vonage service. 

After reading some of Whitacre's comments, it brought into even clearer focus for me why Vonage has added several lobbyists in Washington. Whitacre sounds like he thinks that Vonage should pay some sort of a charge to use his broadband "pipe" to deliver Voip services.

Here's what he said:

"How do you think they're going to get to customers? Through a broadband pipe. Cable companies have them. We have them. Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes? The Internet can't be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a ... Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts!."

On The Vonage Voip Forum

Vonage Voip Forum Member hasanahmad has an interesting "plight." Apparently, he has a credit balance on his Vonage account. Curious as to what happens from here, hasanahmad started a thread that he's called My Balance says -35.10 , what does that mean.

"Do I have to pay 35 or did I pay 35 extra," hasanahmad writes.

"Congratulations! You're owed some money unless somebody made a mistake." writes Vonage Forum Member galion. "Somewhere, somehow, in the great beyond you have overpaid."

As to what will happen to even things out, Trowski writes that hasanahmad's credit balance will be applied against next month's bill. 

Some of us have overheard our neighbor's conversations- especially when they leave their windows open or yell loudly. But seems as though new Vonage VoIP Forum member summer76 was listening in without wanting to. That situation encouraged him to begin a thread that he named I'm Connected To The Neighbors Network or Something.

"I was on the phone earlier then I hear ringing then I hear a conversation between two people. I hang up from my call," he writes. "I pick up the phone to dial out again and I hear the same conversation. I realize it's my neighbor." 

"I call my phone from my cell and it's busy. I went next door, tell him what's going on," writes summer76, who adds that his neighbor tells him they use a Voip service from their local broadband cable provider. he says they use optimum voice. "Summer76's neighbor unplugged their wireless router, but that didn't help. 

"I still hear the conversation for another hour and still can't dial out. I just now tried to dial out again, and now I all I hear is the "connection" sound on the line (like what you hear when dial up connects or something). So I STILL can't make or receive calls and I'm somehow connected to their network," he writes. "I unplugged all my stuff, my router, unhooked my cable and none of that worked. I'm on the Linksys RT31P2 router (NOT wireless)."

Vonage Forum Member Vonager then asks summer76 if he is using a cordless phone. Summer76 posts back yes, but adds that he swapped that phone out for a standard phone and no longer has problems hearing his neighbor's conversation. The thread goes on with interesting posts from Vonager and VonageTPA- both of whom say that if you are going to remain cordless, you should go for a digital cordless phone rather than an analog one that summer76 had been using. 

"The BIG advantage for you is that they're digital, so even if you are getting interference from your neighbors, you won't hear their calls, and they won't hear yours," VonageTPA writes about digital cordless phones. "I personally wouldn't use an analog cordless phone. I don't want other people freely hearing my business."

I hear ya, VonageTPA.

It's Monday, the day in which we select our Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week. Over these last several weeks, and especially including this past week, I have noticed a wide range of very helpful answers in posts made by galion. An electrical engineer by profession, galion is technically minded but writes in a very plain, understandable tone that doesn't talk down to newbies but is authoritative even on complex questions. He's been with us only about 10 weeks, but already has made about 130 posts. For all those reasons, we give galion our Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week. If you want to read some of galion's recent posts, click here.

Want To Write A Vonage Review?

Here on the Vonage Voip Forum, we have a lively review section. Here, readers and Vonage users post their reviews and opinions about Vonage service and equipment. The link for these reviews is:

What's that? Want to write your own review, and let others know what you think about Vonage service and equipment? Sure. Go to our "Write a Review for Vonage Voip Forum" page at On this page, you'll see the following spaces where you will want to enter the information that will comprise your review. 

In the Product Title box, enter the name of the product you are reviewing, such as the type of router you might want to review.

In The Review box, write your actual review. Try to write at least 100 words. Try to use good grammar and spelling, and please stay away from all-CAPS.

In The Your Name box, type in your full name.

In the Your Email box, type in your email address.

Next, you'll notice a Score pull-down menu. Choose a number from 1 to 10, with 10 being the top rating for the Product you are writing about

In the Related Link box, type the Web site address for the Product you are writing about. This is not mandatory, though.

If you enter a Related Link, you will want to give that link a title. Type the title in to the Link Title Box.

After you complete your information, click Preview to see how your entry reads, and will look when it is posted. If you like what you see, click Yes.

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 Tuesday morning with our next edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest !!!

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