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Vonage – The 1995 Cell Phone

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In an effort to experience VoIP at its fullest, I got rid of my landline in Alaska and have been using Vonage all summer.  Today – it dawned on me that the experience was very similar to that of using a cell phone 10 years ago.  While Vonage has a high novelty factor and provides additional functionality (in this case stuff like a “portable 303 phone number” and voice mail to my email), its performance is erratic.  Sometime it works great, sometimes it sounds like I’m talking to space aliens from planet mumble, and a few times a day I simply get disconnected (remember the cell phone dropped call phenomenon – of course, if you live in the bay area, you still experience it every time you drive down 280.)

I’ve got Skype / Skypeout set up and have used it a little, but not nearly as much as Vonage.  I’ll spend more time on Skype the balance of the summer and see if it’s any different.

  • Jason Dean

    I have been using Vonage for about eight months and I have had literally no problems with it. Well, I guess that’s not 100% true. The caller on the other end can occassionally hear a “beep” like I pushed a button on the phone–but I didn’t. All in all, however, that’s a minor problem in the face of a drastically reduced phone bill and TOTAL FREEDOM from the dreaded telemarketer!

  • http://peterhoskins.typepad.com Peter Hoskins

    I had the same issue with a lot of quality and dropped calls. I was told it was my wifi crashing with my cordless – both were 2.4GHz. Miraculously, since the day I bought a 5.8GHz phone set (I needed a new one anyway) Vonage has been flawless.

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