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 No Need For Alarm Over Home Security With Vonage

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No Need For Alarm Over Home Security And VoIP

April 20, 2005

By Carolyn Schuk

VoIP service provider Vonage's marketing machine has been busily promoting the company's partnership with, a wireless alarm monitoring service based in Virginia, as the answer to the need for reliable home and business security monitoring without the use of traditional phone lines.

But while the PR blitz may be making a big splash, the alliance is not the first system that allows its users cut the cord on PSTN service. Ojai, CA based claims that distinction for its Alarm Broadband Network (ABN), which was introduced in January, 2005.

Monitored security systems have traditionally required conventional phone service to process alarm signals reliably. VoIP's well-known limitations working with devices requiring that digital data be transmitted over an analog connection — such as fax machines and personal video recording systems such as Tivo — inhibit alarm systems that send digital tones over copper wire to communicate with monitoring centers.

Many consumers attracted to the cost savings offered by VoIP don't realize that their security system doesn't work over their VoIP connection. Often the first indication they get is an alarm that doesn't go through.

 Posted by Vonage on Thursday, April 21 @ 21:27:41 UTC
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 Vonage Offers Remedy To International Calling Issues

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Over There? Call For Less

April 25, 2005

By Wilson Rothman

In a borderless world, phone bills can seem irrational. If it costs nothing to e-mail colleagues overseas, why should talking to them be costly? Two very different new products offer potential remedies to international-calling issues.

Vonage, the Internet phone service provider, is rolling its services into a little wi-fi handset. Designed by UTStarcom, it can hop onto any wi-fi network you have access to, including the networks for hire found at many airports and hotels.

Whenever you're connected to the Internet, you get all the phone services you get at home, even if you're not there. Friends and co-workers still just dial your domestic phone number, and when you call them, it's local. The catch is that once you're away from wi-fi, you can't really use the phone. Vonage has plans to introduce a phone with inexpensive Internet calling at home, but full cellular service when needed.

 Posted by Vonage on Thursday, April 21 @ 10:52:51 UTC
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 Vonage Wi Fi VOIP Handset To Cost $100

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Vonage Sets $100 Price Point For VOIP Handset

April 20, 2005

By Mark Hachman

LONDON-- VOIP provider Vonage has identified a $100 price point as the target for its upcoming VOIP handset, an executive said Wednesday.

Vonage, which is in U.S. beta trials with handsets from VTech and UTStarcom, plans to bring to bring the handsets out in the U.S. at the end of the summer or early autumn, said Kerry Ritz, Vonage's U.K. managing director. Ritz also disclosed that the company is in alpha trials with business customers for video-over-IP conferencing services.

In addition, Boingo Wireless plans to bring out its own VOIP phone through a partnership with SK Telecom, the company's president told an audience at The Wireless LAN Event here.

Although the first phones will be so-called "single-mode" handsets -- WiFi only -- the VOIP companies are already beginning to court and sign deals with traditional cellular providers. So-called dual-mode wireless/cellular phones are on the horizon, forcing VOIP providers to begin talks with traditional cellular service providers.

So why would a cellular provider, which charges by the minute or the packet, want to partner with a VOIP provider that could potentially sidestep their revenue stream? "Sooner or later it's going to happen, with someone," Ritz said. "It's inevitable."

Vonage's business model is to make the VOIP process as simple as possible, Ritz said, meaning that the company hopes to facilitate the process of authenticating the VOIP phone. Logging onto a hotspot often requires a username and password. Ritz said Vonage is experimenting with two solutions, either building in the authentication into the phone that would identify it to a network, or providing an easy method of inputting the login and password directly into the phone.

 Posted by Vonage on Thursday, April 21 @ 10:41:49 UTC
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 Vonage Premium Unlimited: Say Hello To VoIP

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Say Hello To VoIP

April 20, 2005

By Russell Shaw

VoIP isn't just a bunch of talk-we put out the call to 5 services that are changing the way we reach out and touch someone.

For the last couple of years, I have been writing about-but more importantly using-VoIP phones. VoIP is the common acronym for voice over Internet Protocol, a type of technology that makes it possible for you to make and receive telephone calls over the Internet rather than through your standard phone company landline connection.

If you're just hearing about VoIP for the first time, it may be easy for you to dismiss both the technology and its communications value for you. It's really no different then when cell phones first hit the scene. Seems like that turned out pretty well (although it really depends on how you look at it). In fact, Internet-based calling has actually been around for more than 10 years, but the initial services were undependable at best, and snap-crackle-pop-with emphasis on the crackle-almost as a matter of course. And to make calls between computers meant both parties needed a PC microphone as well as the same brand of phone software.

VoIP has changed everything. The quality is unsurpassed, and about as good as those placed through traditional phone wires. In VoIP, phone calls are routed over your high-speed cable or DSL (digital subscriber line) connection. With few exceptions (read about soft phones on pg. 58), you talk over your regular phone, which is hooked up to a PC. A broadband router, most of which cost less than $100, is attached to your PC as well.

We won't get too technical on you here, but just so you know, the "Internet protocol" reference in VoIP describes the way in which packets (small groups of bits and bytes) are sent and received over the Internet. This packet transfer happens when you download a Web page or send and receive emails. The process also occurs with calls you make over the Internet, which are translated into packets of data and then reinterpreted back to sounds (and in some cases, video too) at your recipient's PC.

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 Vonage Exec Tells Congress: Police The Big Telecoms

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Merger Critics Seek Telecom Regulation
Big Firms Need Policing, Congress Told

April 20, 2005

By Yuki Noguchi

Critics of consolidation in the telecommunications industry warned members of Congress that specific remedies would be necessary to ensure consumers are not harmed by a series of recently proposed mergers.

The proposed acquisitions of AT&T Corp. by SBC Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc. raise questions about how smaller players will be able to compete, they told the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights in a hearing yesterday.

The mega-companies could, among other things, drive up costs by requiring customers to buy multiple services bundled together, even if consumers don't want them, Consumers Union senior director Gene Kimmelman said.

Smaller providers are concerned about getting access to the larger companies' Internet and phone networks and getting a good connection over those lines. An executive with Vonage Holdings Corp., a national provider of Internet phone service, told members of Congress that regulators must police the larger phone companies, which might otherwise block companies such as Vonage from transmitting their own calls or connecting to the 911 emergency calling system.

"These mergers cannot be approved without conditions guaranteeing customers with Internet phones direct access to 911" as well as the public telephone network, said Jeffrey Citron, chief executive of New Jersey-based Vonage.

 Posted by Vonage on Thursday, April 21 @ 10:21:33 UTC
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 Vonage Plays A Role In The New Telephony Upheaval

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The New Telephony: A New Alphabet Soup Spells Industry Upheaval

April 19, 2005

By Bruce Meyerson

What do you get when you combine Voice over Internet telephony, Wi-Fi wireless access and cell phones?

Aside from an acronym-induced headache, you get yet another new telephone technology with the potential to shake an industry already whipsawed by tectonic change.

That may sound a tad dramatic, especially coming from a business known for tall predictions. Skeptics say it remains entirely unclear how and when VoIP, or Voice-over-Internet-Protocol phone service, will intertwine with cell phones and wireless Internet access - or whether any part of the business will suffer as a result.

And yet the appeal is obvious.

Imagine how nice it would be if you're talking on a cell phone when you arrive at home or the office and the call doesn't cut off or turn fuzzy when you step inside.

Instead, the call passes without interruption from the cellular network to the wireless Internet signal inside the building, as imperceptible to the user as when a call gets passed from one cell tower to the next.

Would that be the magic bullet that persuades more people to discard their old-fangled phone lines and go all-cellular? For those who've already replaced their regular phone service with VoIP, would there be less of a reason to keep two phone numbers if a cell can pull double duty?

Opinions vary, of course. At this point, the pros can't even agree on what to call this technological mixture, with possible names ranging from VoWF and Vi-Fi to bigger mouthfuls like wVoIP, VoWiFi and VoWLAN.

 Posted by Vonage on Thursday, April 21 @ 00:00:00 UTC
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 California Abandons Vonage; VoIP Regulation Fight

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California Abandons VoIP Fight

April 18, 2005

By Erika Morphy

The California Public Utilities Commission has become the latest state agency to abandon regulation efforts for VoIP services and equipment.

The agency has reportedly voted to withdraw from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals its appeal of an FCC ruling made last November that prohibited states from regulating Internet phone services.

The states have eyed VoIP with longing, given its potential for tax revenues. Incumbent telephony carriers also have been resentful of states' inability to regulate competing VoIP carriers, arguing that VoIP companies provide phone-like service and should be regulated as a phone company.

However, the Federal Communications Commission took the opposite stance in its November ruling: VoIP is an information service -- not a telecom service -- and is to be treated as an ISP.

Not Alone

California was not the first state to challenge this view.
Last year, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission made and then lost essentially the same argument when it claimed it had the right to regulate Vonage, a leading provider of VoIP service to consumers.

 Posted by Vonage on Wednesday, April 20 @ 20:32:08 UTC
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 Alarm.comTM Forms Alliance with Vonage® To Offer VoIP Security Systems

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Alarm.comTM Announces Marketing Alliance with Vonage® To Offer VoIP-Compatible Security Systems to Vonage Customers

McLean, Virginia, April 19, 2005 —, a leading provider of wireless, Web-enabled security system technology, today announced a marketing alliance with Vonage Holdings Corporation, North America’s leading broadband telephony company, to address the growing need for Voice-over-IP (VoIP)-compatible security systems for residential and commercial VoIP customers.

Through its participating Security Dealers, will offer Vonage customers a reliable, phone-line-independent security system that transmits alarm signals from a customer’s home or business wirelessly to a central monitoring station, which can then contact local authorities in the event of an emergency.

Monitored security systems which require traditional phone service have prevented some VoIP customers from canceling their traditional phone service and recognizing the full economic benefits of VoIP telephone service.’s long range wireless solution provides VoIP customers reliable security event signaling that is not dependent on their phone line.

 Posted by Vonage on Tuesday, April 19 @ 17:02:55 UTC
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 Cal. PUC withdrawing appeal of FCC VoIP Ruling

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April 18, 2005

By Staff

As expected, the Cal. PUC is withdrawing an appeal of the FCC Vonage decision preempting state regulation of VoIP services, signaling PUC acceptance of the FCC action. The move reflected a decision made during the closed litigation part of the April 7 PUC meeting. The Cal. PUC was the first state to appeal the FCC order, leading court officials to consolidate all other state appeals into one case at the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals, San Francisco. The PUC's 3-1 decision to withdraw its appeal may lead other parties to move that the case be relocated to another federal circuit.

PUC Pres. Michael Peevey said he voted to drop the appeal because it's "a loser issue." He said VoIP is "obviously" an interstate service. He said he wanted the PUC to address telecom technology changes through more productive avenues.

 Posted by Vonage on Tuesday, April 19 @ 00:00:00 UTC
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 Vonage Review: The UTStarcom F1000, Vonage’s WiFi Phone

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Review Of The UTStarcom F1000, Vonage’s First WiFi Phone

April 15, 2005

By Peter Rojas

It’s been almost a year and a half since we heard the first rumblings about this, but we finally got to spend a few days with the UTStarcom F1000, Vonage’s long-awaited WiFi phone. Is it everything we were waiting for? Well, not exactly, but as a proof-of-concept we definitely like where they’re going with this. Read on for our impressions.


First off, the handset itself has all the cutting edge styling of a late Nineties Nokia and if you’re the type that’s embarrassed to pull anything but the latest Sony Ericsson or Motorola out of your pocket (it’s ok to fess to this!), you might feel a little “weird” using the UTStarcom F1000 in public. Otherwise, the phone will remind you of a vintage cellphone in more ways than one—if the design doesn’t do it, perhaps the small, grayscale LCD or old school interface will do the trick.

[Note: Vonage made it very clear to us before they sent us the handset that the F1000 is in beta, so keep that in mind as you read this.]

 Posted by Vonage on Monday, April 18 @ 17:42:59 UTC
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