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Old 03-27-2007, 03:02 PM   #21
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What's the difference between Vonage and Skype?
I am curious about Skype also. Aren't these the same euro guys who just sold to eBay for a $billion something? Same guys who brought us Kazaa P2P downloads? Their web site talks about free on-net calls (Skype to Skype) and $29/year unlimited in North America to off net phones. Sounds like a good deal.
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Re: I'm done with phone company - time for Vonage?
Old 03-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #22
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I am curious about Skype also. Aren't these the same euro guys who just sold to eBay for a $billion something? Same guys who brought us Kazaa P2P downloads? Their web site talks about free on-net calls (Skype to Skype) and $29/year unlimited in North America to off net phones. Sounds like a good deal.
Yeah, I guess the only problem I'm aware of is that they used the P2P "structure" to route calls. In effect, calls go through your bandwidth/ISP/computer, so all of the other users support your calls, and vice versa. From what I know about P2P, this can be a drag on your internet speed (if you're doing other things - downloading, etc. while lots of P2P data is going through your computer). Easy to fix when not downloading, shut off your computer. Not really the case, in the case of Skype, unless you don't want/plan on receiving calls.

...If I'm understanding all of this correctly.

See Skype criticism.

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Re: I'm done with phone company - time for Vonage?
Old 03-28-2007, 08:35 AM   #23
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Re: I'm done with phone company - time for Vonage?

UPDATE: Stopped by Best Buy last night, picked up the "free" Vonage adapter. Had to pay $50 or so for activation and first month's service at time of purchase. I also have a $140 rebate coming to me from Best Buy.

Went home, tooled around a little, and got it working no problem. I did have to modify a setting on my network (which took 2 seconds) to reserve enough bandwidth for the VOIP phone to work. Before I did this, my router/internet connection was getting overloaded and there was a 1-2 second lag in speaking over the phone (kinda like you get w/ cells occasionally).

Nice clear signal, called some folks and they couldn't tell it was VOIP.

I haven't hooked it up to the whole house yet because my phone number hasn't been transferred over yet.

So far so good. It looks like the monthly bill will be $17.87, maybe a little more. There was also a $39.99 surprise fee I didn't know about that applies when you cancel service. I can get the fee refunded if I mail in the phone adapter I got for free. Pretty impressed with the service/experience so far.
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Justin, I got the exact same post card a little while back. I called them up I'm not sure what I did, but I got them to switch me to a rate plan that does not have any sort of minimum monthly fee. I believe the only catch is that I had to commit to a long distance plan that had a ridiculous per minute charge (0.29/min??) I'll try and lookup what plan I'm under when I get home. My local carrier is SBC and I'm in Southern CA.
That's what we did, too. We don't have a monthly fee but have to pay 28 cents/min if we make LD calls. We never do. We use the cell phones instead and try to call on off peak hours which is "free." I use email for everything I can.

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