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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

October 6, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

First, I have an announcement I know many of you readers will be interested in. We've just added two new, very funny Vonage Commercials to our Vonage TV Commercials Forum section of the Vonage Forum.

We've added Vonage TV Commercial - Beauty and the Geek and Vonage TV Commercial - Dolphins. I've just linked to each of them, so check them out!

Those two commercials join the many others we list, and are available for viewing in the Forum. Each ad is just a click away!

In the news, we'll learn what new Vonage product has just made its debut in the U.K. We'll go over a Vonage Forum thread about Vonage voice mail. We'll check in on Vonage's stock price. And this is Friday, which is our In The Blogs day.

In The News

Vonage V-Phone Introduced in the UK

Vonage has just released its USB  V-Phone in the U.K.

"It gives users the same telephone number from wherever they are, and being Voice over IP, calls costs less than on standard BT lines," writes Emil Larsen of the U.K.-based Personal Computer World. "Aimed primarily at travelers, it weighs just 18g and is the size of a pack of gum.

"It comes with the Vonage talk software preloaded onto the USB stick, so users don’t need to load it onto a broadband enabled Windows computer to get full access to their landline with voicemail," Larsen adds.

Larsen also mentions that a standard 2.5 mm stereo earpiece microphone is inbuilt, which is compatible with many mobile phone headsets.

"The £19.99 price includes a 250 MB flash drive, which can also store all user contacts and recordings of calls," Larsen adds. "The £7.99 a month tariff includes all calls to UK landlines."

Just in case you are metrically challenged like me, 18g (grams) is about two-thirds of an ounce. And 2.5 mm (millimeters) is about 1/10 of an inch in size.

And as far as those prices, £19.99 is about $37.50 U.S., and  £7.99 is right around $15.00 U.S.

One more thing-we have a Vonage UK Forum here on the Vonage Forums. Its a popular forum that has recently exceeded 1,500 posts. Many of the posts and threads there are of interest to Vonage subscribers no matter where they are. Oh, don't let me forget- here's the link.

On The Vonage VoIP Forum

There's an interesting new Vonage Forum thread that is entitled, Configuring voicemail so no password has to be entered? The thread has been started by new Vonage Forum Member miked2.

"With our old Qwest voicemails, if you were accessing voicemail from the phone number itself (i.e., if your number was 555-555-5555 and you called into voicemail from a phone having this number)," writes miked2, "you didn't have to enter your password, and it would also take you right to the new messages (if any), without having to go through any menu prompts."

And then miked2 asks his question.

"Is there any way either of these two functions can be done with Vonage voicemail?," he asks. "That is, I'd like to set it up so that if I'm calling from my home phone (w/the Vonage #), that I don't have to enter the password, and/or that it'll take me right to new messages, without having to go through any menu prompts."

Then miked2 gets two good answers to his question. The first is from Vonage Forum Member jmelcher, who writes:

"Add the voicemail number to your phone address book/memory (speed dial) with appropriate pauses to include your password and the prompts to listen to new messages... like this: *123pp####p1p1 *123 being the number to access voicemail from home p=pause #### = voicemail password 1 = menu prompt tp access new messages and listen to new messages," he advises. "Works like a charm for me."

That excellent post is followed by one from fellow Vonage Forum Member mundy5.

"I concur with jmelcher," writes mundy5. "I actually have a Panasonic phone that has a voicemail dialer and it records my password and I can even record 1,1 and it will play my message without any entry on my part.

"But if you don't have this feature, you can certainly program it into your phone book portion and make it your first entry," mundy5 tells miked2.

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 said about Vonage recently.

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

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog writes lots of posts previewing the Internet Telephony show in San Diego next week. Look for new from the show about products that are used in Vonage calling.

Alec Saunders of Alec Saunders .LOG doesn't write about Vonage this week, but he does write about some of the other calling services he has tried lately.

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch links to a post on TechCrunch in which Michael Arrington is skeptical about several new companies that have a "steal minutes" business model about cell and VoIP calling.

Jeff Pulver of writes about Internet TV, as well as a Voip application for the Second Life virtual world website.

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog comments about what Vonage Chairman and Chief Strategist Jeffrey Citron said in USAToday this week about competition from cable broadband service providers.

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog recently wrote about his experiences canceling Vonage's service. By the way, several Vonage Forum Members took Tom to task for this. There's a Vonage Forum thread about this issue, which has been named, Tom Keating Cancels Vonage Service.

Mark Evans of the Telecom .. and Tech blog (he's from Canada, which is a northern country, and writes more posts about telecom and tech) compares YouTube and Skype, listing Vonage as a key competitor to Skype. 

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog writes an article in which he linked to a post written by a well-known developer in which the developer said Comcast lied to his wife about Vonage. And in a post not related to Vonage but which I noticed has gotten a lot of pickup, Russ wrote an investigatory article about why Apple seems to be having such big problems with the use of the word, "podcast." 

Paul Kapustka of the Paul Kapustka blog is very skeptical about some of these polls going around that seems to indicate the American public doesn't want net neutrality. Recently, he wrote about Vonage Chairman and Chief Strategist Jeff Citron's Fall VON 2006 keynote speech.

PhoneBoy of the PhoneBoy blog has been doing a lot of video blogging. 

Ted Wallingford of Signal To Noise writes lots of posts about some flashy new wireless and VoIP services.

Garrett Smith of the Smith On Voip blog writes about some new Skype devices, as well as a major development in the Asterisk, open source-VoIP world.

Ken Camp of the Realtime-VoIP offers his view on an article on mobile Voip that appeared recently on the Wired Magazine website. 

From time to time, we like to feature interesting and entertaining posts from Blogs that are not necessarily about VoIP, but mention Vonage. In this new My Space blog I found yesterday afternoon and it is named raginggosu, blogger Nick, who is a United States Marine, writes: "Sprint has absolutely no signal anywhere in the entire area that I will be living at for the next 6 months... Anyways I should get my Vonage phone hooked up soon. My number will be 855-1756 and you guys in Michigan can call that just like a local number." Caution, though: Nick uses some colorful language...

Vonage Stock Report

On Friday  on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $6.99 a share, which was down 26 cents from Wednesday's $7.25 a share but higher than the session low of $6.05 a share. Total Vonage shares traded on Thursday were figured up to be 61,500 shares.

Once again, our Vonage Stock Forum can be reached from this link.

Steve48 Reaches 2,500 Posts

Steve48, whose actual name is Steve Gray, made his 2,500th Vonage Forum post early yesterday. Although Steve hasn't been with us here much longer than a year, he's got the second most number of posts of any Vonage Forum Member. And as you may already know, Steve48 is our current Vonage Forum Member of the Week.

We all owe Steve a big debt of gratitude for his giving of his time and expertise.

Check Out Our New Vonage Forum Toolbar

After a ton of hard work and months of beta testing, I am happy to announce the release of the Vonage Forum Toolbar.

The Vonage Forum Toolbar can provide you with easy desktop access to your Vonage Voicemail as well as total minutes used during your billing period, It works for all, and users.

The Vonage Forum Toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

If you have questions, or comments, I've made a NEW Vonage Forum Toolbar Thread. Here's the direct link.

We've Updated Our Voip Speed Test

I wanted to call your attention to our upgraded Voip Speed Test.

Instead of the simple upload/download test, this one has all the reporting that is needed to diagnose ISP issues such as Jitter and Packet Loss.

The advanced report screen has been configured with a "Copy to Clip Board" button so you can easily paste the results in the forums.

I would like to thank the following members for giving valuable input during the beta testing: reebok, Steve48, NateHoy, VonageTPA, Trowski and scerruti.

For those of you that are interested in the details behind the results, the following are the tests parameters:

The test is located in Washington DC.

The data.bin file for the speed test upload/download is 10Mb with 8 seconds max time out.

75,000 bytes is used to calculate the number of supported Voip lines.

Other variables:

Voip lines simulated =1
voip bytes per packet =8
voip simulation seconds =10
voip packets per second =75

If you have any questions about this test, feel free to post them in this thread.

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 Forum Member of the Week feature!!

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