Sign up
 Vonage  

       
 
Vonage Forum Menu

Vonage Forums
Vonage VoIP Forum
MichaelMub Posted:
PORN...
In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
The best pron
On Dec 04, 2016 at 10:22:56

Dwightkaw Posted:
kredyt bez
zaświadcze
24; kredyt bez
zaświadcze
24; o dochodach
...

In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
kredyt bez zaświadczeń
On Dec 03, 2016 at 03:27:10

Kevingrarl Posted:
Су
95;ас&
#1085;иl
1;
пі
76;пр&
#1080;&
...

In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
Сучас&
On Dec 02, 2016 at 12:51:38

IsaawUnace Posted:
does cialis work
as well as cialis
add.cgi buy
cialis cialis
the team <a
...

In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
Condition good pill instead of ed
On Dec 01, 2016 at 11:11:59

MatrickVop Posted:
buy cialis today
columbus oh
generic cialis
buy cialis online
registered users
...

In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
Classify miserly pills no means
On Nov 28, 2016 at 10:42:47

dracossumo Posted:
Ко
84;па&
#1085;иn
3; Tritel
пр
77;до
...

In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
&#1048;&#1085;&#1090;&#1077;&#1088;&
On Nov 27, 2016 at 23:00:39

DWSupport Posted:
After recent
Vonage update that
took place on the
4th and 5th of
Nov. E-mails with
...

In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
Voicemail Not Forwarding to Outlook Accounts
On Nov 10, 2016 at 12:23:26

peterlee Posted:
Had a call from a
Hospital in Ajax,
Ontario to my home
in
Scarborough, Onta
rio
...

In The Forum:
Vonage Canada
Topic:
Hospital Incoming call unable to connect
On Nov 08, 2016 at 11:59:50

TELLDOUG Posted:
I am looking for a
product that will
make my phone ring
louder so I can
hear using
...

In The Forum:
Vonage
Topic:
Looking for a ringer ameliorate
On Oct 26, 2016 at 09:21:30

HildBeft Posted:
You can recollect
password by
connecting the
router to your pc
and open the
browser
...

In The Forum:
Hard Wiring - Installation
Topic:
How to arrive at wifi password?
On Oct 20, 2016 at 05:05:49


Vonage VoIP Forums

Vonage In The News
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

Carolyn Katz Elected to Board of Directors of Vonage Holdings Corp.

Syndication

Vonage Customer Reviews
Vonage vs. Time Warner Cable SoCal
Vonage vs. Time Warner Cable SoCal



Vonage UK Review
Vonage UK Review



Vonage Pros and Cons for 2006
Vonage Pros and Cons for 2006



Vonage, a VT2142 and a RTP300, My Experiences - A Detailed Review
Vonage, a VT2142 and a RTP300, My Experiences - A Detailed Review



Salt Lake City: impressions after several months
Salt Lake City: impressions after several months




Vonage Reviews

Phone Call To The Future


Vonage In Print News

Phone Call To The Future

December 26, 2003

By Jerri Stroud

Time Warner offers digital phone. Vonage Holdings sells broadband voice. Other companies call their service voice over packet or IP telecommunications. But to what all are referring is voice over Internet protocol: telephone service transmitted over data networks.

"Everyone is making up new words because they decided that the best way not to sell something was to call it VoIP," said Judy Reed Smith, chief executive of ACM Group Inc., a technology research firm.


"It's been around for a very long time."

But it's becoming a mainstream service only now.

Companies ranging from supermarkets to service stations, colleges to credit unions, have used IP technology to combine voice and data traffic on the same network. As a result, they've reduced the amount of wiring they need and have gained tremendous flexibility.

Companies like AT&T have been using IP technology to transmit telephone calls since the early 1990s. About that time, equipment makers such as Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and 3Com introduced IP phone systems to replace traditional key systems or private branch exchanges.

As recently as three years ago, IP telephony was considered bleeding-edge technology. In those days, most voice calls transmitted over the Internet had a clipped or jittery tone that businesses rejected as unacceptable.

But that's changing. In the last month, several major companies have announced plans to offer Voip service to consumers and small businesses.

AT&T, which has offered Voip service to some businesses since 1997, will expand to consumers and small businesses in major U.S. markets early next year.

Time Warner, Sprint and MCI have announced plans for a joint Voip offering that will be expanded to most markets nationwide.

SBC Communications and Verizon, the nation's two largest local-phone companies, have announced IP service for consumers and business customers.

Savvis Communications added IP phone services to its data-network offerings about six months ago.

Charter Communications plans to offer IP-based telephone service in St. Louis and other markets next year. The cable company offers it in Madison, Wis.

Covad Communications, which sells high-speed Internet service to businesses and consumers, is planning to add voice services soon in partnership with Global Crossing.

Voip is "where the market is moving," said Marianne Gedeon, director of voice-data convergence for SBC. "If we want to be in the market, we need to be providing a voice over IP solution."

Mark Barber, vice president for telephony for Charter, said voice over IP "is a more versatile technology that paves the way for future services."

"The end user should have a more robust service, where they can integrate multiple media, such as video and voice calling."

Several changes have brought these companies into the IP fold.

Costs have come down, quality has improved and features have multiplied, making the technology a popular choice for companies that are expanding or moving to a new location.

In addition, federal courts and regulators have shied away from regulating VoIP.

This month, the Federal Communications Commission said that it would study IP telephony for another year but that the service could not be taxed in the interim. Meanwhile, a judge struck down a Minnesota utility commission's bid to regulate Vonage, a company that sells voice services transmitted from a consumer's high-speed Internet connection.

Others are striking a more cautious note.

New Millennium Research Council issued a report saying consumers could benefit from the technology. But the report said also that some safeguards should be put in place to assure that consumers keep access to phone service and that law enforcement and emergency services can function in the IP environment. The council, a Washington-based nonprofit group, examines policies related to telecommunication and technology.

Doing Away With The Switchboards

Several companies from St. Louis have been pioneers in using IP systems.

Schnuck Markets Inc. has been installing IP systems in new or remodeled stores for several years, said Bob Drury, senior vice president of logistics, manufacturing and information technology.

"The reason was that, in our stores, the cabling runs are long and expensive," he said. "We wanted to reduce costs," particularly when remodeling stores.

With an IP system, Schnuck could run one wire to serve its phones and checkout terminals.

"You can daisy-chain things together," Drury said. "That was unheard of" with traditional phone systems.

St. Charles Community College installed an IP phone system in January 2001 as part of a campus expansion program, said William Berry, vice president for administrative services.

"We did away with the main switchboard," he said. "All the telephone systems are just another feature of our underground fiber-optic network."

One of the biggest cost savings comes from moving or adding a new phone or computer. Before, the college had to call a phone technician to make a change.

With the new system, "You can just pretty much unplug your phone and just plug it into another jack," said Greg Wirth, the college's information technology administrator. "It's pretty easy."

An phone using IP technology has an Internet address, so the system knows where the phone has moved. Some systems use regular phones. Others require digital or IP phones.

"The other neat thing is that (the phone) gets its power from the network jack," Wirth said. "You don't have to worry about having it near a power plug." Also, the IP phone has a jack for attaching a computer.

But the flip side is that a power failure can knock out the phone system. Traditional phone systems have independent power, so they usually work during electrical blackouts. For that reason, keeping at least one circuit-switched line for emergencies, including 911 service, is usually a good idea.

Vantage Credit Union has had mixed results from its switch to IP phones, said Robert Socash, vice president of information technologies. The credit union has saved money on equipment and service with the system, which can be managed from any computer that's linked to the Internet, he said.

Also, the system sends customer calls to Vantage's branch in East St. Louis over the river to its service center in St. Louis, saving long-distance or 800-number costs.

But the company has some equipment from 3Com and some from Nortel. Sometimes the systems don't mesh.

Fixes From Home

Quality issues can arise when a company's data network isn't set up properly, said Rob McCormick, chief executive of Savvis.

In an IP phone system, a conversation is broken down into digital packages, called packets, that travel the network along with data packets for e-mail, computer files, Internet connections and everything else.

Changing a voice into packets uses the network more efficiently than circuit-switched calls because the packets don't include gaps in a conversation. When the voice packets reach the other end of a conversation, they're reassembled and turned back into sound. Voice packets are supposed to get priority over other types of data, but if they don't, they can sound choppy or clipped.

Adding voice to a data network "requires almost no bandwidth," McCormick said, "but it does require the network to be almost perfect."

Savvis began offering IP voice because many customers wanted to reduce their telephone costs and get additional functions, such as unified e-mail and voice mail.

But many customers couldn't afford to abandon their private branch exchanges, McCormick said. With such a customer, Savvis turns off the routing functions in the PBX so a computer gateway can manage the system.

IP systems give customers more features and flexibility than traditional phone systems, said Glenn Conley, president and chief executive of Metropark Communications Inc., a telephone-equipment firm in Olivette. Users can program the system to ring their office phones during work, their cell phones in drive time and their home phones in the evening. Or they can prioritize calls by phone number, sending some to voice mail while letting important calls through immediately.

For some customers, the best feature is integrated voice mail and e-mail. Voice messages are converted to a file and sent to employees computers. Employees can listen to the voice mail on their computer speakers, and forwarding a voice mail to a co-worker is as easy as sending an e-mail.

For many companies, the ease of managing an IP system is more important than any savings on long-distance fees, said Fred Brussee, vice chairman and chief executive of CT-Innovations Inc., a communication and equipment company in Chesterfield. Most of the IP phone systems can be managed through a Web interface, allowing for remote troubleshooting and reducing the need for service calls.

Drury, the Schnuck executive, said, "We can fix things from our homes over the Web."



 
Vonage Service Plans


Vonage VoIP Members
Members List Members
New RainaStrou
New Today 0
Yesterday 8
Total 99009

Who Is On Site
Visitors 83
Members 0
Total 83


Vonage VoIP Forum Members:
Login Here
Not a Member? You can Register Here
As a registered member you will have access to the VoIP Speed Test, Vonage Service Announcements and post comments in the
Vonage VoIP Forums

Vonage Stock Price
Value: 6.57
Change:   N/A
Up to 15 Minute Delay

Site Search
 

Social Bookmarks
 Printer Friendly Printer Friendly








†AK and HI residents pay $29.95 shipping. ††Limited time offer. Valid for residents of the United States (&DC), 18 years or older, who open new accounts. Offer good while supplies last and only on new account activations. One kit per account/household. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, promotions or plans and is not applicable to past purchases. Good while supplies last. Allow up to 2 weeks for shipping. Other restrictions may apply.

1Unlimited calling and other services for all residential plans are based on normal residential, personal, non-commercial use. A combination of factors is used to determine abnormal use, including but not limited to: the number of unique numbers called, calls forwarded, minutes used and other factors. Subject to our Reasonable Use Policy and Terms of Service.

2Shipping and activation fees waived with 1-year agreement. An Early Termination Fee (with periodic pro-rated reductions) applies if service is terminated before the end of the first 12 months. Additional restrictions may apply. See Terms of Service for details.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET REQUIRED. †VALID FOR NEW LINES ONLY. RATES EXCLUDE INTERNET SERVICE, SURCHARGES, FEES AND TAXES. DEVICE MAY BE REFURBISHED. If you subscribe to plans with monthly minutes allotments, all call minutes placed from both from your home and registered ExtensionsTM phones will count toward your monthly minutes allotment. ExtensionsTM calls made from mobiles use airtime and may incur surcharges, depending on your mobile plan. Alarms, TTY and other systems may not be compatible. Vonage 911 service operates differently than traditional 911. See www.vonage.com/911 for details.

** Certain call types excluded.

www.vonage-forum.com is not an official Vonage support website & is independently operated.
All logos and trademarks are property of their respective owners. All comments are property of their posters.
All other www.vonage-forum.com content is © Copyright 2002 - 2013 by 4Sight Media LLC.

Thinking of signing up for Vonage but have questions?
Business and Residential customers can call Toll Free 24 hours a day at: 1-888-692-8074
No Vonage Promotion Code or Coupon Codes are required at www.vonage.com to receive any special,
best Vonage cheap deals, free sign up offers or discounts.

[ | | | | | ]

Vonage Forum Site Maps

Vonage | VoIP Forum | How VoIP Works | Wiring and Installation Page Two | International Rate Plans 2 | Internet Phone
Promotion | Vonage Review | VoIP | Broadband Phone | Free Month | Rebate | Vonnage | Vontage | VoIP | Phone Service
Phone | llamadas ilimitadas a Mexico | Latest News | VoIP Acronyms | Deal | Philippines Globe Phone | Site Maps

The Vonage Forum provides the Vonage sign up Best Offer Promotion Deal.
If you are considering signing up for Vonage and have found our Vonage News, Customer Reviews, Forums
& all other parts of this site useful, please use our Vonage Sign up page.


Vonage VoIP Phone Service is redefining communications by offering consumers
& small business VoIP Internet phones, an affordable alternative to traditional phone service.
The Vonage VoIP Forum Generated This Page In: 0.62 Seconds and 601 Pages In The Last 60 Seconds
The Vonage VoIP Forum