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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 1:54 pm    Post subject: NYT: The world is your phone booth. Reply with quote Back to top

From the article (see news):

NYT wrote:
Perhaps the biggest problem is that the phone works only in "open" Wi-Fi hot spots or on certain encrypted networks for which the user possesses the encryption key. It cannot be used with Wi-Fi services that require signing on through a browser, like the hot spots available for a fee at Starbucks. That makes the Vonage F-1000 useful mostly for travelers who spend time in open Wi-Fi environs.

Even Vonage will tell you that this phone is primarily intended for non-roaming users. Here's why:
  1. Only four WiFi profiles can be stored. This means that by the time you have your home and office profile stored you can only add two more.
  2. Autoscan function could be considered to be against the law in some states.
  3. Calls can't be transferred between access points that don't share the same DHCP server or are not on the same subnet.
  4. Access to many free hotspots that require web activity to obtain a routable IP address is not supported at this time.

This misunderstanding by the press was the result of Vonage's initial announcement back in January that set expectations for this phone way to high. In my opinion, Vonage needs to really spearhead a standard to allow Voip devices to use access points based on stored profiles and some type of pre-registration system, but until there are dual mode GSM/WiFi phones available this whole concept is a dead end.

As an alternative to these recent brain dead articles that parrot press releases, I point you to a column by James E. Gaskin released on 10/31/05. Although he gets the Starbucks part wrong he manages to point out who this phone is for:
If you spend more than $10 per month on long distance with a cell phone and mostly call from office locations, you can save money with the Vonage Wi-Fi handset.

However he does note another disadvantage of the phone:
This brings us to a second point: How hard are these phones to configure and use? Currently, they're too hard, but upcoming models promise easier configuration and new features.

Finally even he does not directly address a problem that has been discussed here. This is not simply another piece of equipment to use with your Vonage service, the handset itself represents a second phone number and all of the integration problems that brings on board.

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