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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

December 13, 2005

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. In the news, we'll let you know that yes, the Vonage UTStarcom F1000 Wi-Fi Phone starts shipping today. We'll let you know about this phone's capabilities. But if your kids have something else on their wish list, we'll let you know how and even where, they can call Santa directly over Vonage. We'll get an update on a  Vonage VoIP Forum thread about a controversy in which it appears that Vonage calls have been blocked by the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, and what some Vonage users there - some of whom would want to call their U.S.-based friends or family over Christmas - have decided to do about it. We'll also review a thread in which one of our most familiar members has figured out how to direct-dial his Vonage box from his PC- and he tells you how to do so as well.



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Vonage Wi-Fi Phone Starts Shipping Today

Today, Vonage announces that the UTStarcom F1000 Wi-Fi Phone has started shipping. The F1000 will allow Vonage users to use their Vonage account when they're connected to any public hot spot. on Tuesday the availability of its long-anticipated portable Wi-Fi phone that allows users to use their Vonage IP telephony when they're connected to any public hot spot.

That's a public hot spot, not any hot spot that requires a fee paid to an existing Wi-Fi provider- such as the subscription or fee-based Wi-Fi hot spots available in some national coffee house and bookstore chains.

But Louis Holder, executive vice president of product development for Vonage, tells ZDNet he believes that these issues will eventually be resolved. As cities, like Philadelphia and San Francisco, start blanketing their cities with wireless Internet access, users will have access to wider Wi-Fi coverage.

"The trend is definitely moving in that direction where more cities will offer free and open Wi-Fi in a lot of public areas," Holder tells ZDNet.

Your Kids Can Reach Santa over Vonage

Vonage says through Christmas, children will be able to dial *101 from a Vonage line and hear a recording from Santa Claus. After hearing the recorded message, they will be able to leave Santa a message and tell him what they want for Christmas.

If, like many Vonage Forum Members, you happen to live in Northern New Jersey not far from New York City, you will be able to bring your kids to any of four New Jersey 6th Avenue Electronics stores on select days from December 15-18 to give customers and their children the opportunity to try Vonage's service and dial Santa. Children can dial *101 from a Vonage line to leave a message for Santa Claus.

Here are the stores and the times:

At the following 6th Avenue Electronics locations: 22 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ; 331 Route 4 West, Paramus, NJ (closed on Sundays); 701 Route 440 South, Jersey City, NJ and 1734 Route 46 West, West Falls Plaza, West Paterson, NJ.

At the following times: Thursday December 15, 5 p.m. - Close;; Friday December 16, 5 p.m. - Close; Saturday December 17, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday December 18, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

I'm guessing that not only kids will use this service, especially dialing *101 from a Vonage home phone.  Heck, there are things I want for Christmas, too. But I will let my wife surprise me. 

On The Vonage Voip Forum

In yesterday's Digest I posted that many North Americans who work in the energy industries are sent by their companies to energy and oil-rich nations. Qatar, which is in the Middle East, is one of those countries.

It's natural for the friends, family and colleagues of these execs and workers to want to call them, and vice-versa. For many, Vonage comes to mind as the best solution. But what happens if it appears that Vonage and other VoIP calls are being blocked in a country where you want to use Vonage to call to, and from?

Vonage Forum Member bmardini suspected this was the case. To learn more, he's started a thread that he's titled,  Loss of Voip in Qatar.

"Did any one lose their Voip service in Qatar? If you did, we need to get to gather and figure a way to resolve this problem," bmardini writes. He goes on to state his belief that the ADSL provider in Qatar is blocking the VOIP protocol to stop people from using this service, and monopolize the international call rates. "We no longer can contact our families in the states, can any one help?"

Vonage Forum Member MikeK posts that he's been experiencing the same problem.

As he so often is, Fellow Vonage Forum Member scerruti  is quick on the trigger with a reply post that has lots of info, mentioning similar occurrences in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

VonageForum Member SteveV then posted that he had spoken to the Qatar ADSL provider's customer service department, and that they had to block Voip because a cable break reduced their available bandwidth. SteveV mentioned that the provider told him they hoped to have the situation resolved by the next day.

Well, a petition has just started. Vonage Forum Member ahmad has started such a petition. You will find it linked from Ahmad's post, where that link goes to a page with the Web address of http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/838444935?ltl=1134476598.

The petition is addressed to Chase Untermeyer, US Ambassador in Qatar, Embassy of the United States of America. The petition reads in full:

Dear Mr. Untermeyer,

It is very sad to see all fellow Americans mistreated by a local telephone company, which is of course "QTEL".

I am aware that this matter is not political but rather a social important one to all American families residing in Qatar. For many reasons, we have personally accepted our jobs in Qatar and recognize its financial benefits. However, in exchange we are helping all of Qatar and the people of Qatar.

To make this short, most of us have purchased the Voip service to contact our families in US. For many Americans here in Doha this service is our main link to our families in the US. Every time we lift the phone headset we feel like we are still at home in America, and we can contact any one we want.

Qtel has decided to increase its level of greed and blocked this service or other that specific protocol in Qatar.

We feel that this matter is or beyond "discrimination" against all Americans in the state of Qatar. We feel what has just happened is a case of greed and that the government officials may be not fully aware of it since the company is a semi-governmental.

We would like to ask you to help us by passing on this specific problem to State of Qatar officials. We hope that this would be one of your next important topics to discuss of your agenda.

Thank you for your time and considerations in this matter.

I just checked this morning and several Vonage users and Forum Members have already signed this electronic petition. And Bloggers are already picking up on this controversy. Ted Wallingford has already posted "Vonage customers stymied in Qatar" in his well respected blog, The VoIP Weblog. And I noticed that Russell Shaw has posted about it on his ZDNet blog at http://blogs.zdnet.com/ip-telephony/?p=793.

Vonage Forum Member paul248 has started a thread called How to direct-dial your Vonage box.

"Today, I successfully completed a call from my PC, directly over the Internet to my family's Vonage line. All you need is the IP and phone number of somebody on Vonage, and the call should go through normally, in theory at least," paul248 writes.

"First, you need a SIP client. I don't know if this one's the best," paul adds,  but it's freeware and rather simple: http://www.nch.com.au/talk/

"In the configuration under the 'Lines' tab, just fill in some BS values for the display name and SIP number," paul advises. The last 2 lines can be left empty, because this is a direct IP call and doesn't need a proxy.

"Now go back to the main window, and type this in the white box:
sip:X@Y:5061

"Replacing X and Y with these values:
X = the 11-digit phone number, like 13135551212; Y = the Vonage box's IP address." Paul adds that you can grab this info from http://checkip.dyndns.org/

"After that's typed in," paul suggests, "hit the green phone button, and it should start ringing.

Paul adds though that if you're placing your call from behind a router, then the usual port-forwarding procedures may apply.

 

So What Does All That Voip Alphabet Soup Mean?

Do all those abbreviations you read about in Vonage Forum threads and elsewhere confuse you? Well, we have a handy guide to all VoIP-related abbreviations you are likely to encounter, and what they stand for. So if you see another jumble of letters that doesn't make any sense, why not hop over to our Voip Acronyms page? You can find it at http://www.vonage-forum.com/voip-acronyms.html.

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 Wednesday morning with our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest !!




 
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