Om Malik reminds us that Vonage is in court today. Vonage is fighting Verizon's patent infringement suit which would cost them $66 Million, 5.5% in future royalties, and very likely their company. I can't offer much on the merits of the case. I'll leave that to Om and others. What I can say, is that I have no reasone to kick the Vonage horse while it's down. I'll say it now, perhaps in eulogy, I've had a good experience with Vonage.
You may recall, that I heard strange noises on my Vonage line back in 2004. Admittedly, these were early days for my relationship with VoIP and it took a bit of getting used to. Vonage was pretty new back and they were working out some bugs. Just a few months later I was singing a different tune. In March of 2005 I still felt like an early adopter, but I felt like my risk had been rewarded. The service was (and is) working and I was saving some cash. I still feel the same way today. I don't know if I am a power user of Vonage's home service, but I do integrate it with my GrandCentral number, and I have purchased from them a remote phone number which makes me a local call for my family 500 miles away. It all works pretty well.
Like I said in Om's comment section... I’d sign up for Vonage again were it not for the it’s apparent and impending doom.
About Phil Yanov
Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.
He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.
His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.
He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.