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After recent
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Had a call from a
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rio
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HildBeft Posted:
You can recollect
password by
connecting the
router to your pc
and open the
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The devices are
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Hi these are most
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Has anyone setup a
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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

March 10, 2006

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. 

In the news, we'll learn what one telecommunications analyst thinks of Vonage's chances to win more small business customers. Today is Friday, (about time) the day for our In The Blogs feature. The bloggers are really busy with posts about Vonage this week. We'll also go over a Vonage Voip Forum thread about high phone bills from Vonage competitors, and check in on a thread that has been generating a huge amount of controversy and pickup lately.



In The News

Analyst Says There are Opportunities For Vonage in Small Business

According to an interview on Marketwatch.com, Ovum analyst Maribel Lopez believes there are promising priorities for Vonage as it, and competitors pursue the small and medium-sized business market. "It's not that big of a stretch to move from consumer to SMB" Lopez said, adding that it's a "fairly open market." The market is large enough for both Vonage and Skype to grow comfortably for a while, she said.

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, we are going to give you a round-up of what the blogs we read have recently said about Vonage recently.

Here's what the Voip bloggers have been writing about:

Jeff Pulver of Pulver.com mentions Vonage in "We Didn't Stop The Merger," a funny parody of an old Dr. Seuss children's story. Jeff also notes that his Spring 2006 VON show starts this coming Tuesday in San Jose, California. 

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog doesn't write about Vonage this week, but writes several posts in which he is critical about the AT&T-BellSouth merger and what it could mean for the Voip industry (including Vonage) as a whole.

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog links to a CNET article that says that Vonage is way superior to Skype. Here's a link to that article.

Mark Evans of the Telecom .. and Tech blog (he's from Canada, which is a northern country, and he writes about telecom and tech) takes Vonage Canada's side in their dispute with Shaw Communications. Shaw is encouraging their broadband customers to pay an additional $10 a month for guaranteed quality service for third-party applications such as Vonage. "At the heart of Vonage's complaint is the Internet's evolution into a two-tier system: better service (upstream and downstream) for those who pay, and best-effort service for those who don't. The CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) should waste no time in jumping on Vonage's filing because Canada's broadband carriers are chomping at the bit to launch new sources of revenue," he writes. 

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog puts up a couple of posts about the dispute between Vonage Canada and Shaw Communications (he says there is no relation. Last week, you may remember he picked up our Vonage Forum thread entitled Comcast vs. Vonage

Cowboy Neal, who posts a lot on Slashdot, started a Slashdot thread about the Vonage Canada-Shaw dustup called Your Rights Online: Vonage Files Regulatory Complaint Over QoS Premium. Here's the link.

Paul Kapustka of the Paul Kapustka blog analyzes the AT&T takeover of BellSouth, and what it might mean for companies like Vonage.

Bruce Stewart of the new O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Blog also talks about the merger.

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch talks about the merger, too. Last week, Andy linked to a post where a blogger who writes about a certain softphone service (whose company name begins with the same letter as "softphone" does - thinks about Vonage's IPO. 

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog writes about his fears about what could happen if net neutrality is not enforced. He was interviewed in the New York Times about this subject. He blogs a section of where he was quoted saying: "There's no limit to what they could charge for this high-speed lane and they could make the slow-speed lane as slow as they want," said Rich Tehrani, president of Technology Marketing Corporation, a media company that promotes Internet phone service. "There's no way to know today what the prices might be, but it could be anything, and that's the fear." Mr. Tehrani and others fear that companies that compete with the network providers - for instance, the Internet phone provider Vonage - may not get the chance to sign up for faster access, even if they want it." In an earlier post, Rich endorsed net neutrality by writing: "Phone companies publicly will tell you that they won’t do anything to impede the quality of Voip calls but there are subtle ways to alter quality without intentionally sabotaging individual services. Imagine the monumental temptation to reduce the quality of Vonage calls knowing full well that consumers will likely switch to your guaranteed quality phone service at the first sign of trouble."

On David Isenberg's isen.blog, he makes a post in which he has said he has heard from a Comcast representative that the problems Vonage has been complaining about with regard to Vonage over Comcast connections was a Vonage issue, but it has been fixed. David says that he is going to go to the Comcast vs. Vonage thread on the Vonage Forum and see what you Members think. More about that below...

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, he comes down solidly in the net neutrality camp. 

One of my favorite new blogs is written by Jack Decker. In his Michigan Telephone, Voip and Broadband Blog (which isn't limited to Michigan-related telecom issues, by the way), Jack writes that the dispute between Vonage Canada and Shaw Communications shows a good reason why net neutrality should become law in Canada as well as in the U.S.- where some Senators are pushing for it.

From time to time, we like to feature interesting and entertaining posts from Blogs that are not necessarily about VoIP, but mention Vonage. On a new blog I just found called xpax, the blogger by that name attacks the Shaw Communications voluntary $10 fee for Vonage Canada customers. "And it begins," he writes. Yet another ISP who forgets that their business is providing connectivity, not bending customers over their own kitchen counters and raping them. I've always had this gut feeling that Shaw is a craptastical ISP, but now my suspicions have been confirmed. Charging customers an extra fee so they can use their Vonage Voip service is fucking ridiculous. They call it a "quality of service enhancement" fee, but as we all know full well, there would be no technical difference. It's basically a blackmail fee. The only plausible reason for it is that Shaw wants people to use their crappy VoIP service instead. No, I haven't actually used it, but I can surmise that it's crappy because it costs more than Vonage (and lotsa people love their Vonage). If Shaw can't price their service competitively, perhaps it should just get out of that business.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

On a new Vonage Voip Forum thread called Good News - Phone Bills Going Up in My Area, Vonage Forum Member hookbill (he's got 11 parrots) doesn't seem "hooked" by the "bills" the regular land-line phone company that services his region (northeast Ohio) is planning to raise.

"They are saying on the local news that local phone companies are planning on raising their bill about 15 bucks a month as the 'larger companies' have figured a way to wiggle around the rule that allows smaller companies to be competitive," he writes. "I've never understood how there is competition since the phone company is dictated upon where you live. I mean I can't get SBC I live in Alltel land. And what about those phone companies that promise you a phone line irregardless of your credit for 30 bucks a month? Who the heck are they and what's their scam?"

"Vonage is better.. and cheaper," Vonage Forum Member houuser writes from Houston. 

VonageTPA, who also has a land line with a traditional phone company in addition to his Vonage account, adds that "land line is supposed to cost $28.95...which it does, in a way... but by the time they tack on all of the fees & crap, it's $40.81, and the only feature I get is caller ID!"

By the way, a few days ago we told you about Comcast vs. Vonage, a very controversial and popular thread in which many of you who use Vonage over Comcast lines have been complaining about service quality. That thread keeps growing still: on Friday morning, there were more than 250 posts and the thread has been visited more than 22,000 times. Many technology websites and blogs have picked up on this. If you haven't been to this thread, check it out. If you have, you should stop by again and catch up with what your fellow Vonage Forum Members are saying. Looks like this thread will be around for awhile!

How To Edit Or Delete Your Posts

Whether online or off, most of us have said things we later regretted, or realized we could have said or explained better. I know I have said my share.

I guess it is that trait in so many of us that makes at least some Vonage Forum Members curious about how to edit posts you have made, or even how to delete them should it become necessary to do so.

Here's an explanation of your options, as I explain on the Vonage Forum FAQ

Unless you are the board admin or forum moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post (sometimes for only a limited time after it was made) by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. If someone has already replied to the post you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic, this lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if no one has replied, it also will not appear if moderators or administrators edit the post (they should leave a message saying what they altered and why). Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

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 popular Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week feature! And soon, we'll be opening up that Member of the Week selection to your votes!!




 
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