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01-24-2007 10:48 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Tyler

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Anyone switch to vonage? Care to share your thoughts good/bad?

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01-24-2007 10:52 AM  10 years agoPost 2
hootowl

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I had it and got rid of it. Kept dropping our voice going out to certain areas. Person on the other end would be left in the cold.

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01-24-2007 12:45 PM  10 years agoPost 3
CHOPPER D

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I just recently switched after a coworker recommended them.He's had their service for 6 months with no problems. So far so good here, saving about $30 a month.

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01-24-2007 03:10 PM  10 years agoPost 4
scatbass

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I've had it for 1 1/2 years...had some minor issues early on that were due to the adapter (router) that they sent. Once I got this replaced, I have had zero issues.



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01-24-2007 03:31 PM  10 years agoPost 5
wakeboarder2342

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i had it but it sucked, there would sometimes be like a 5 second delay from when you spoke to when they heard it!

i have a pretty good internet connection but not the best so that could have been the cause?

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01-24-2007 04:32 PM  10 years agoPost 6
scatbass

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Yeah, your internet connection bandwidth is the key here...I would bet that most of the issues that people have had with Vonage are due to their internet connection either dropping packets or fighting for contention, not Vonage itself.

If your internet connection is not pristeen and reliable and/or you're not an IT geek, then Vonage might not be for you



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01-24-2007 04:37 PM  10 years agoPost 7
GimbalFan (RIP)

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$1440 saved over 3 years, no problems. Bandwidth is important though -- 512k down / 128k up would probably be the minimums. On their site they have a bandwidth test to see how well it'll work for you.

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01-24-2007 05:02 PM  10 years agoPost 8
hootowl

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I had the fastest connection available... cable high speed. They tried a bunch of things to fix it but were unsuccessful.

I now have Verizon FIOS which is fiber optics.

If Vonage worked we'd still be using it.

Some of the disadvatages was if Vonage was down, so was your home security system. Land line is much more reliable around my area.

Also 911 was a bit hokey with Vonage.

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01-24-2007 05:38 PM  10 years agoPost 9
Tyler

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speed

I just performed the online connection speed test @ Vonage's site and was reported to have a 6.88 mbps download and 240k upload speed.

When I do a search for available area codes, most surrounding cities are shown, but my home town is not. I will have to contact them and see if my city is supported.

My Internet connection is much more reliable than my phone service seems to be.

Anyone know anything about the WiFi phone they offer? For some reason cordless phones simply don't work well in my home. I wonder if wifi would be a better option.

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01-24-2007 05:40 PM  10 years agoPost 10
GimbalFan (RIP)

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I believe the area code search links only to a database of area codes that are known to have high-speed net connections. Just because your specific code or city isn't listed shouldn't matter -- just hasn't made it into their database yet.

If you're connection is fast enough (and it is) you should be good to go.

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01-24-2007 05:42 PM  10 years agoPost 11
rudyy

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No issues here. I am using cable broadband for the internet connection. It saves me about $35 per month or $420 a year.

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01-24-2007 06:53 PM  10 years agoPost 12
RCHeliJim

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Customer for over a year now - so far so good



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01-25-2007 04:02 PM  10 years agoPost 13
wakeboarder2342

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How in the world are you guys saving 35-40 dollars a month on your phone bill? heck my phone bill with qwest is only 25 bucks a month and then like 5cents a min for long distance which i never use as nearly all cell phones are free long distance so i use that. Vonage is still 24.99 a month but with free long distance. So unless your using a TON of long distance i cant see how you are saving anything. Plus it has other negatives such as.

1- if the power is out so is your phone
2- if the internet is down so is your phone
3- 911 is weird in some places
4- i was alwayas having to reboot my modem
5- unless your internet connection is great it sucks, and i had 600kdown and 256 up!

anyway i cant see how any of you are saving 35 bucks a month

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01-25-2007 04:12 PM  10 years agoPost 14
RCHeliJim

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Qwests lowest plan option is $25.99 a month BEFORE taxes and other charges. And that is on the plan where you choose 3 features only. With Vonage, I get dozens of cool features for $28.50 a month AFTER taxes. I am saving 10 bucks a month (after taxes) and getting alot more out of it, not to mention the fact that I can call a heli buddy in England, Canada, Mexico, all the US for free on my home line.

Most of the problems with Vonage would be attributed to a persons ISP, not Vonage itself. We have only had 2 times in a year when the phone wasnt working - both times due to Comcast. I have reset my vonage modem once in a year. Not really a hassle if you ask me.

I havent had to use 911 yet, thank goodness, but if I did - my cell phone is always there also, so no biggie. (besides I hear the vonage 911 in my area works flawlessly).



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01-25-2007 04:27 PM  10 years agoPost 15
wakeboarder2342

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understood but my question still remains how are people saving 35 dollars a month?

and the 25 dollar plan isnt the cheapest plan from qwest, i think you can get like a basic plan for 15 bucks or something.

and what are these other features you are getting over the 3 that qwest gives? i get caller id, voicemail and call waiting and i cant think of a single feature i have ever needed or wantedd above those 3!

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01-25-2007 04:40 PM  10 years agoPost 16
RCHeliJim

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understood but my question still remains how are people saving 35 dollars a month?
Thats easy, long distance. Also businesses are saving tons of money - vonage only charges $5 a month to make a line a 1800 number, and only $10 to have a dedicated fax line.

I can forward all calls anywhere, or with a simple USB adapter, I can take my "phone" anywhere I go. I get email notes on voicemails, can listen to them on my PC. I can get a second number to my same phone for a few bucks a month and choose the area code for it, meaning that a friend or business contact in a remote city could call me as if it were local to them - saves them money even though they are not a Vonage customer.

Did I mention the free long distance to Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the US?? That alone is worth the whole sub price.

I have a cheap cell phone package with very limited minutes, so when I want to make a long distance call I can at home without worrying about costs and minutes. I have tons of family out of state (mostly in CA) and its nice to be able to call them whenever I feel like it.

Anyways, to each his own. I have been more than happy with my Vonage service.



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01-25-2007 06:06 PM  10 years agoPost 17
Jeff_M

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I just got Vonage about 2 weeks ago, and so far been very happy with it. It only took 5-10 minutes to set up, and we have had no problem's. The only bad thing was that we were not able to keep our same phone#. The change will save me about $35 a month, and I still have a cell for backup for the occasional hiccup.

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01-25-2007 06:57 PM  10 years agoPost 18
CHOPPER D

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In my area verizon was charging me just over $45 a month and that was with no long distance calling. We don't make that many calls a month so i went for the $15 500min. a month plan vonage had, comes out to $17 and change after taxes.

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