I know several of TMC's reporters and staff know VoIP, Inc. very well, including Shawn Lewis the COO + CTO (the "brains" of the operation I'm told) and Steve Bratton the National Sales Director, as well as the CEO. I'll see if I can dig up more information on the deal between Vonage and VoIP, Inc. Though my guess this deal is under non-disclosure. Well, at least Vonage customers can rest easy that their service isn't going to be shut off. Wonder if Verizon is happy about this. They may have caused Vonage to pay more money to VoIP, Inc. but their "end game" was probably to shut Vonage down entirely. I'm guessing VoIP, Inc.'s stock (currently $0.23/share) will skyrocket (maybe Vonage's too) when the market opens at 10am. You're welcome for the stock tip! ;)
Update 5pm 4/3/2007 - I received this from Kristy Heintz at Weber Shandwick - a PR firm representing Vonage stating that the deal with VoIP, Inc has nothing to do with the Verizon vs. Vonage lawsuit. This is a bit surprising since Arc Technica is usually a very reliable source.
I saw your blog this morning about Vonage and VoIP Inc. and wanted to clarify the inaccuracies mentioned.
The VoIP Inc. 8-K filing has caused much confusion in the marketplace. Vonage’s deal with the company is a termination deal, and is completely unrelated to the development of workarounds. Basically, VoIP Inc. is no different from any of the carrier partners Vonage utilizes to get inbound calls from the PSTN to customers, or vice versa, IP calls to the PSTN. Again, this deal is completely unrelated to the pending litigation between Vonage and Verizon.
Could you please change your blog to reflect the correct information? Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Here is a link to Eric Bangeman’s updated blog post on Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070402-vonage-hangs-up-on-verizon-patent-infringement-with-new-agreement.html.
After the story ran, Ars was contacted by a Vonage spokesperson that claimed that the agreement with VoIP, Inc. has "nothing to do with the patent situation." She described the deal as another termination deal similar to those Vonage has signed with other carriers, reiterating that the agreement was unrelated to the Verizon agreement. However, an unnamed source at VoIP, Inc. suggested to TelecomWeb that Vonage would indeed be using its network to carry its calls, while refusing to speculate about the patent dustup.