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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:07 am    Post subject: Taxes, Temp numbers and 911 info. Reply with quote Back to top

Thinking about switching here. How much can I expect to pay in taxes /911 surcharge etc per month? Currently I am playing $9.28 on $24.94 Mad

My plan is to evaluate the service for the free 30 day trial period before switching my number. I understand Vonage gives you a temp number during this time period?

RE: 911 dialing: Do you have control over what ALI is presented to your local PSAP or is it automatically the same as the billing info?

With Vonage am I automatically unlisted? IE do I have to pay a fee like Qwest?

Is there any way to turn off features you dont want? For instance I prefer my answering machine to screen calls and am not a fan of call waiting.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The taxes will be about the same. Those are set by the local and federal governments.
You get a temp number until you number is ported over (if that is what you want done)
You have to tell Vonage what address the phone is at. The number that is assigned by Vonage is what is sent to 911.
Vonage numbers are unlisted. If you port a number it still will be listed.
You can disable any features you do not want.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thank you very much for the quick reply. I am disappointed about the taxes, I will have to think about this some more> We are not heavy long distance users.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

skolvikes wrote:
Thank you very much for the quick reply. I am disappointed about the taxes, I will have to think about this some more> We are not heavy long distance users.

Though it is buried in the help section on the Vonage website, there is a tool that you can use to calculate your startup and monthly costs at:

http://www.vonage.com/help.php?article=586&category=52&nav=6

Just select which plan you want, type in your zip code and press "Calculate".

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

skolvikes wrote:
Thank you very much for the quick reply. I am disappointed about the taxes, I will have to think about this some more> We are not heavy long distance users.


For what it's worth, I'm paying roughly $19.80 total for the "$15" plan, so the total in taxes and fees is substantially lower than you're currently paying.

Many things that people think are taxes are actually fees that the phone companies are allowed, but not compelled to collect (and pocket). It's unfortunate that Vonage chooses to collect several of them, and somewhat dishonest IMHO, but at least the total is still less than what you pay for traditional landline services.

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