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Vonage sponsors MTV

June 16, 2005

It looks like Vonage is targetting the teenage demographic by sponsoring an MTV reality TV show. Targetting teenagers is a smart move since parents are less technically inclined, thus less willing to switch their tried-and-true landline for some new fandagled VoIP phone service. But teenagers can be quite convincing in having their parents switch, so Vonage is making a smart marketing decision by sponsoring an MTV reality show.

It's amazing how far VoIP has come. I see at least one VoIP commercial every hour I watch television - usually Vonage, but sometimes my local cable company offering voice over IP.

The reality show that Vonage is sponsoring is MTV's, the Real World's 16th season, kicking off Tuesday, June 21, 2005, 10:00p.m.

Get Vonage and a Free Linksys Wireless-G Router

June 13, 2005

This is a great marketing ploy by Vonage and Linksys that is a win-win for both, though mostly for Vonage since they get a perpetually paying monthly subscriber. Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., and Vonage, today announced a trade-in program for customers interested in upgrading their existing router for a Linksys Wireless-G Router configured with Vonage. For a limited time, customers can trade-in their used router – any brand, any model – for a Linksys Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Jacks for broadband telephony (WRTP54G) for free (after rebates), when they sign up for Vonage’s broadband phone service. Utilizing various rebates it essentially makes the router upgrade "free".

Vonage Announces Free Calls to Puerto Rico

May 16, 2005

Vonage solves Clearwire blocking problem, asks feds for help

April 22, 2005

Interesting news from RCR Wireless News

Vonage Holding Co., the largest independent Voice over Internet Protocol provider, has solved the problem at least one customer was having when Clearwire Corp. blocked access to Vonage's VoIP service, said Jeffrey Citron, Vonage chief executive officer, on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Clearwire is a new wireless Internet service venture backed by cellular pioneer Craig McCaw.

Citron said Clearwire admitted to blocking Vonage and said it blocked anything as high as 64 kilobits per second-the amount of bandwidth necessary for voice-but Citron said this was not accurate. "When we contacted Clearwire they told us that they don't handle applications of 64 k. That is obviously not the truth because we have worked with the customer to use another port.

Vonage Newsletter

March 29, 2005

Just the other day I received a Vonage newsletter in the mail. In the newsletter it discusses the new WiFi phone, how our troops are using Vonage to call home, a letter from the CEO, their 2005 advertising campaign, including TV commercials (woo woot woo woot woo) and last but certainly not least, it discusses Vonage's 911 service and how you must activate it. Made me wonder if the Texas lawsuit against Vonage caused Vonage to make a "special" newsletter just so they could mail it to all their customers explaining you must activate the 911 service. I'm sure a lawyer probably had a hand in telling Vonage it was a good idea to proactively notify their customers about 911 to help negate claims in the lawsuit that Vonage is "not doing enough to proactively warn its customers about the limitations in Vonage's 911 service", i.e.

Vonage IPO soon

February 28, 2005

Skype & Vonage Interviews

January 28, 2005

Vonage and CompUsa

December 21, 2004

Vonage announced a deal with Compusa to offer Vonage's broadband VoIP solution. The funny thing is I thought Compusa ALREADY was offering Vonage. Could have sworn I already saw a press release about this. I guess so many retail stores are offering so many various VoIP providers it's hard to keep track!

Death of Vonage?

November 3, 2004

According to this news release Yankee Group Expects Alternative VoIP Providers To Lose 47% Market Share to MSOs and IXCs/ILECs by the End of 2005.

According to the report, in the coming year, local VoIP providers will be facing the communications market leaders: AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner. Delivering primary-line voice service is a very resource-intensive effort. According to the Yankee Group report, Fighting Goliath: Can Alternative VoIP Providers Survive?, the MSOs are bringing VoIP to the mass market as a primary-line replacement.

Vonage Adds 600 Jobs

October 29, 2004

Interesting... Vonage is planning to add 600 new employees to their payroll. Perhaps they've finally heard all the complaints in the VoIP Forums and other online forums about their poor customer service and have decided to do something about it. Let's see how true this press release turns out to be.

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