Sign up

Vonage Forum Menu

Vonage Forums
Vonage VoIP Forum
mikebrown Posted:
there, Please
check out -

In The Forum:
Hard Wiring - Installation
Hardwiring in a Rental House
On Oct 24, 2017 at 22:29:48

mikebrown Posted:
Hello, I think
you should consult
it with the Expert
they can surely
help you

In The Forum:
Hard Wiring - Installation
Hardwiring in a Rental House
On Jun 24, 2017 at 09:15:34

Haniltery Posted:
For wipe call
history also some
of the offline, in
gengral , it
usually apply to

In The Forum:
How to Delete call history from online account?
On May 09, 2017 at 06:14:26

diana87 Posted:
You have to use
VPN service to
and get free
access while

In The Forum:
Recent calling problem from Egypt
On May 02, 2017 at 17:28:06

dconnor Posted:
What is the main
number on the
account? And
which one is the
virtual number?

In The Forum:
Vonage UK
How do you call 999
On Apr 27, 2017 at 18:52:02

Trafford Posted:
Seems like a
question. We
rely exclusively
on a Vonage system
for our

In The Forum:
Vonage UK
How do you call 999
On Apr 27, 2017 at 10:42:50

diazou Posted:
Hello, It's
compatible with
Android your phone
? Thanks!

In The Forum:
IP PBX for small business
On Mar 28, 2017 at 12:42:33

jeddaisg Posted:
Hi all We have
a Vonage VOIP
system for our
office. Lately,
our call quality

In The Forum:
Ethernet Cable; Wiring schematic? 568-B?
On Feb 23, 2017 at 18:33:52

beast321 Posted:
I don't know if
you heard, that
many more
Dreamcast games
are opened up

In The Forum:
Fax - Tivo - Alarms
Using phone as a dial up modem for Dreamcast Gaming
On Feb 16, 2017 at 03:16:51

Av8rix Posted:
Sorry to start a
new thread on an
old topic but when
I google “Vonage
MAC address

In The Forum:
New adapter and router -- MAC change
On Jan 11, 2017 at 01:07:21

Vonage VoIP Forums

Vonage In The News
Vonage Expands International Presence with Investments in Asia Pacific Region

Vonage to Present at the Oppenheimer 20th Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference


Vonage Customer Reviews
Salt Lake City: impressions after several months
Salt Lake City: impressions after several months

Review: My First Day With Vonage, Excellent!
Review: My First Day With Vonage, Excellent!

Great Price, No Complaints
Great Price, No Complaints

You need some common sense.
You need some common sense.

Vonage Customer Review: One month with Vonage, and...
Vonage Customer Review: One month with Vonage, and...

Vonage Reviews

Post new topic   Reply to topic  Vonage® VoIP Forum - Vonage News, Reviews And Discussion » Vonage Forum Archive
Author Message

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:13 am    Post subject: 911 worries Reply with quote Back to top

While waiting for my phone number to get transferred to Vonage, I've been doing some reading and thinking about Vonage's 911 feature, and what I've found is a bit disconcerting. I guess I have three concerns about how this might work (or fail to work) in an emergency:

1) General Voip reliability concerns. You know, something like this: "Oh! You're having a heart attack! Um, just a sec, I have to run to the basement and reboot the ata..."

2) Questions about how well Vonage is setting up 911 service so a 911 call is directed properly: "Joe's Pizza. What's you emergency?"

3) Finally, I'm a bit concerned that someone might pick up a Vonage phone in an emergency and not understand that it is necessary to specify a location. After all, public safety officials have spent decades trying to teach people that in an emergency, in most locales, even if you are unable to talk, dialing 911 will summon help. Based on that assumption, it is possible that a guest or someone working in my home might make a (potentially fatal) mistake in how they use the Vonage phone in an emergency.

After thinking about all this I decided it was prudent to keep at least minimal POTS service as a backup in case of an emergency. But once I'd come to that conclusion, the whole financial rationale for Vonage also seemed to evaporate.

In my area (Michigan), the cheapest local service seems to be about $25.00 per month. If I combine that with Vonage at $35.00, we're talking a monthly total of $60.00. That's more than SBC for unlimited local and long distance dialing, and with SBC, I don't have to worry about 911!

Am I missing something?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You have valid concerns. Where I live at in Texas, 911 is incorrect about 30 percent of the time. What concerns me more is people who use a cellular telephone has their only means to contact 911. The location is unknown, and if you are lucky, and your cell phone has a GPS option, the agency answering (if an advanced agency) only knows your location with 300 feet (or more).
I agree that the 911 on Vonage is not perfect, but you can always verify with the agency you list as your PSAP if they have the correct address for your Vonage telephone.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 8:29 am    Post subject: Kinda Reply with quote Back to top

Well I was looking into it and if you want a very minimal phone line all you have to do is pay $2.00 a month but then if you make any calls under that line, the price goes up fast. This would just be a way of having 911 available to you.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

badloss: Which company has the $2.00/month line?
Full Forum Member
Full Forum Member

Joined: 1064934432
Posts: 41

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I've read that even if you have the phone co. disconnect your service, you can still dial 911 using the line that is run to your house and it will go through.

I have no idea if this is true or not (but I read it on the internet, so it must be true! Lol ).

"I'm not in denial - I'm just very selective about the reality I'll accept." - Calvin
View user's profile Send private message
Full Forum Member
Full Forum Member

Joined: Aug 10, 2003
Posts: 45
Location: Milwaukee, WI

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The phone company, by regulatory enforcement, has to provide basic emergency services in areas served by 911. What that usually means is that you cannot have a phone line without 911 access. That also means that they have to provide people with 911 access for whatever that access charge is without being a full customer (kind of like how cable companies must provide local channels for a regulated basic tier charge).

Now, I'm sure the marketing geniuses at the bells realize that this type of connection isn't a great money maker so who knows how in the heck to order that type of a line. The one possible twist on the situation - they may charge you a whole bunch to connect the line because you aren't getting their basic service package. Time Warner will gladly give you the local channels for the basic fee as required by law - after a lovely $100 trip charge for the connection and wiring.
View user's profile Send private message Yahoo Messenger
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

All times are GMT - 5 Hours

Vonage Service Plans

Vonage VoIP Members
Members List Members
New patsykf3
New Today 0
Yesterday 0
Total 101029

Who Is On Site
Visitors 1
Members 0
Total 1

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

Site Search

†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 for details.

** Certain call types excluded. 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 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 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: 0.30 Seconds and Pages In The Last 60 Seconds
The Vonage VoIP Forum