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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - December 5, 2005

Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

December 5, 2005

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. In the news, we'll learn a little bit about how Vonage decides what type of Vonage ads will appear on the Internet. We'll also talk about a new product that some celebrities may be carrying around with them soon. We'll also point you to a Vonage VoIP Forum threads about difficulties with the simulring feature, as well as a problem one Forum Member has been having with his second phone line. This being Monday, it's also time to meet our newest Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week.

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Vonage Marketing Exec: We Do Ads That Won't Offend

As the company which spends more money on Internet advertising than any other, Vonage is in the position to set the tone for Internet advertising. Not only on which sites they place ads, but the type of ads. 

A Vonage executive tells David Ho of Cox Newspapers that the company focuses on a high volume of ads to keep costs down and is more interested in getting direct responses from users rather than building brand awareness, Vonage marketing director Caroline Finch says. She tells Ho that Vonage uses everything from text ads to video but tends to stay away from rich media effects. Finch said she uses her own tastes as a guide when picking ads. "I try not to do things that I would actually be offended by," she says. "We've found that simple things work the best.

Vonage WiFi Handset Praised By Celebrity Car Mag

Celebrity Car magazine is largely devoted to the fancy, six-figure automobiles that celebrity performers and athletes drive - and of course, the gizmos they put in their rides. Or will be, soon. 

According to Celebrity Car, we'll be seeing the rich, famous and even those who want to be rich and famous - using the Vonage F1000 Integrated WiFi Handset. And though, the price is not set that only the rich and famous can afford it.

"Imagine making phone calls when others can’t," Celebrity Car magazine's reviewers write.

"So you’re at the airport. Your cell phone is getting horrible reception and calls are being dropped. What do you do?," the reviewers ask. "If you had the Vonage F1000 Integrated WiFi Handset, all you need to go is get to an access point (which are nearly everywhere nowadays) and make your calls, Vonage, the world’s leading voice-over IP provider; brings users a single-line Voip phone that looks and functions like your regular cell phone."

"All you have to do to connect is turn it on be at a hot spot and you’re good to go," Celebrity Car adds. "Although we would like a color screen, the WiFi 802.11b compatibility is second to none. Price: $100.


On The Vonage Voip Forum

Vonage Forum Member fiveohoh has been saying "uh-oh," all weekend. That's because of a problem which has led him to start a thread and name it, problem with second line.

"I just had a second line added and when someone calls it from an outside line it prompts them for a voice mailbox number automatically (like if you were checking your voicemail remotely). I can call it from the other line (both are on one Motorola adapter)," writes fiveohoh. While saying that he is going to call Vonage about this on Monday, he's "just gotten the line hooked up" so he hasn't been in a huge rush to fix the problem.

But even before fiveohoh places his Vonage call today, his post was answered by Vonage Forum Member PhoneEar.

"Yeah, you'll want to make sure the line is provisioned correctly," he suggests. "Can you dial out? "Just for fun, try dialing in again. It may have taken a little time to provision the service," PhoneEar adds.

"Have you viewed the line in Vonage's portal?," PhoneEar asks. "There may be a message related to the line that you need to attend to."

Vonage Forum Member ArnB has been having trouble getting Vonage's Simulring feature to work with his cell phone. He's created a thread called Simulring gotcha in which he describes the problem.

"Simulring works fine, but this is a gotcha if you forward to your cell phone and live in a dead cell phone zone," writes ArnB. "I could not understand why I was getting no calls at home with Simulring to my cell phone. I figured out that my cell phone provider answers immediately when the phone is not in communication. 

"When I was home my home phone never rang and I found all my messages on my cell phone voice mail," ArnB adds.

"I was forced to disable Simulring, but I really liked it when I was away from home," he writes. He says that in his situation it's just too much of a bother to turn his the feature off and on all the time. 

"One solution is to turn off your cell phone voice mail or change the time to answer to the max about 30 seconds (check under call forwarding on some models)," writes Vonage Forum Member spdickey. "That way the cell will never answer the phone when not available (turned off or no signal), busy (usually goes to call waiting) or no answer (gets a recording after about 30 seconds. Answer your home phone before 30 seconds, and set Vonage voice mail to 25 seconds to prevent your cell from answering first."

That solution gets the ear of Vonage Forum Member PhoneEar.

"Hmm... how does that keep your cell from automatically going (to voice mail) when the network can't see your phone? Callers to mine don't even hear a ring when this occurs," writes PhoneEar, who adds that  turning off Voice Mail isn't an option for him (work phone).

Then spdickey replies, "that's the only glitch when the cell phone is turned off or out of area ("unavailable"). On GSM phones you can set VM to not answer when unavailable, but will forward to VM if busy (unless you have call waiting turned on) or unanswered after a set number of seconds. Mine is set for 30 secs.

"My biggest glitch is when I call home using my cell phone that is on the simulring list," spdickey adds. "Since my phone unavailable (when dialing, cell phone call waiting is not available) the call immediately is answered by my cell voice mail. I reach my spouse on her cell phone in those cases."

Well, it's Monday, time to meet our Vonage Forum Member of the Week. You may have noticed that Vonage Forum Member PhoneEar participated in the two threads I've chosen to highlight for today's Digest edition. But there's more. Besides being an active and knowledgeable member of the Vonage Forum, PhoneEar (whose real name is Dave Field) is a Minnesota-based engineer whose website is Not only that, but he has a new book by the same name on sale on Here's the link.

If you want to see art of the cover, here it is:

The Editorial Description of the Book on Amazon says:

"Longing to break free from the phone company’s tethers? This is the place to start! Realizing that Voip is still just an acronym to many (and an intimidating one at that), author Dave Field speaks squarely to you, the consumer, demonstrating that you don’t have to be a technologist to start achieving significant savings through Internet phone services. Keeping acronyms to a minimum, introducing important terms in sidebars, and using anecdotal accounts of real-world installations to personalize the subject, this guide provides everything you need to know to evaluate, select, and install VoIP systems. 

"After learning just what Voip is and how it came into being, " the description ads, "you’ll quickly get down to the nitty-gritty with chapters on choosing a phone service, planning for VoIP, installing the equipment, setting up service, common Voip problems (and their solutions!), security, getting the best value from VoIP, traveling with VoIP, and the future of VoIP. Scattered throughout, you’ll find plenty of tips and sage advice to ease the way."

I wish to publicly thank Dave for both his mention of The Vonage Forum in chapter six and for his mention of me in the acknowledgements.

By now I'd bet you want to read more Vonage Forum Posts by PhoneEar/Dave. You can get a list of his most recent posts by clicking here.

So How Do We Come Up With Those Titles For You Members?

I am sure that many of you have noticed that next to each posts, we have a description of each Member- "Vonage Forum Associate," Vonage Forum Evangelist," etc. Most of these titles are assigned based on the number of Posts Members have made.

There's no secret formula. In case you are wondering, here it is:

New Forum Member 1 Post; Vonage Forum Member at least 10 Posts; Vonage Forum Associate, at least 25 Posts; Vonage Forum Junior, at least 40 Posts; Vonage Forum Senior, at least 75 Posts; Vonage Forum Master, at least 150 Posts; Vonage Forum Evangelist, at least 300 Posts, and Vonage Forum MVM, a minimum of 1000 Posts.

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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