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After recent
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rio
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You can recollect
password by
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massrman Posted:
The devices are
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margins , please
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On Sep 30, 2016 at 00:48:03

massrman Posted:
Hi these are most
commonly used SIP
PBX interops and
their
configuration
guides,
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On Sep 30, 2016 at 00:37:45

Sammy00 Posted:
Has anyone setup a
W52p phone for
vonage? I have
a W52p with two
wireless handsets,
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On Aug 30, 2016 at 10:38:01

James44 Posted:
Hi, I am
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479 Area Gets Net Telephone Service New Jersey Firm Offers Technology


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479 Area Gets Net Telephone Service New Jersey Firm Offers Technology

February 12, 2004

By Alex Daniels

Vonage Holdings Corp., an Edison, N.J.-based company, this week began offering telephone service over the Internet to residents in the 479 area code who have access to highspeed Internet services.

The company began offering the service to callers in the 501 area code in November. The service, which does not include Internet connection charges, offers subscribers unlimited local and long-distance calls for $ 34.99 a month. Subscribers receive a box manufactured by Motorola to plug their phones into the Internet. Calls are placed using voice over Internet protocol, or VOIP, technology. Because the voice traffic travels over the Internet in bursts of data, rather than phone lines, it has been exempt from federal regulations that govern how calls are taxed, as well as wiretapping and emergency service requirements.

That could change.

The growth in Internet phone service has prompted the Federal Communications Commission to review the technology. It isn't clear whether the commission will leave the service largely unregulated, make Internet telephone providers conform to traditional telephone rules, or develop a new set of rules.

A decision could be reached by the end of the year.
Last year, there were about 135,000 Internet phone subscribers, a minuscule amount of the 110 million American households with telephones, according to Daryl Schoolar, a senior analyst at market research company InStat/MDR. He predicted that number could grow to 1.8 million by 2006.

But if federal regulators place new rules on Internet phone providers, that growth could stall, Schoolar said.

Internet telephone providers shouldn't be governed by the same rules as landline telephone companies because it will limit their ability to innovate, said Louis Holder, executive vice president of product development at Vonage.

One concern is that it is difficult to fix service charges on Internet hook-ups, because online phone service isn't geographically specific. For instance, a subscriber in New York could pay for a 479 area code, leading to confusion over how to dole out universal service fees that fund connections in rural areas. Federal regulators worry that classifying Internet phone services as a data exchange could make it difficult to guarantee emergency services and undercut the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which allows law enforcement agencies to conduct electronic surveillance of telephone lines.

Vonage provides the technological means for surveillance of calls made on its system but would prefer voluntary industry compliance.

"Hopefully, we can control our own destiny on wire tapping," Holder said.

A joint filing to the FCC in December by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted law enforcement agencies would have no enforcement mechanism under a voluntary scheme.

For now, Internet phone services haven't established a large enough customer base in Arkansas for state regulators to take much notice. "We're waiting to see what happens at the FCC," said Bill Dennis, manager of telecommunications and quality service at the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Dennis said if the technology's subscriber base grows, it could cut into the state's Universal Service Fund, which helps subsidize phone connections in rural areas. Carriers pay 0.8 percent of their revenues from in-state calls to the fund. In 2003, the fund collected $ 10 million through November, the last month for which figures have been compiled.

Vonage's Holder said 1,000 customers had signed up for service in the 501 area code. The company plans to have 150,000 subscribers in 150 markets by the end of the year.
Other, bigger names, including AT&T and Time Warner Cable, are getting interested in Internet phone service.

SBC Communications Inc., the San Antonio telecommunications giant, offers voice services over the Internet for business customers, and is "very excited" about the prospect of offering the service to residential customers, according to Ted Wagnon, a company spokesman. However, he said the technology that enables Internet dialing needs to mature before the company will offer it to residential customers.

He noted problems with sound quality and security.
"We're continuing to research it, to address some of the known shortcomings in consumer VOIP," Wagnon said.
In Vonage's service agreement, the company notes the telephone service does not work in the event of a power failure, which would prevent customers from dialing 911 for emergency services.

The system does not allow for automatic 911 dialing. Instead, callers must activate an emergency feature and wait for a confirmation e-mail, indicating they can go ahead with the call. The agreement asks subscribers to notify any household guests that regular 911 service is not available.

Holder said security was a big concern before the company made the service available, but that the device used to plug the phone onto the Internet provided protection from potential eavesdroppers.

"The box is locked down and secure," Holder said.



 
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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.

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