Friday, June 17, 2005

Vonage Announces Big Trade-In Wireless-G for Free

Vonage announced a special promotion that allows any customer to upgrade their existing router to a Linksys Wireless-G router with 2 telephone ports configured for Vonage service at no cost. This offer is available for anyone wishing to upgrade their current router when signing up for the Vonage Broadband phone service.

The way the trade-in works is like this: the customer purchases the Linksys Wireless-G router (WRTP54G) and receives a $10 rebate from Linksys and a $20 rebate from the reseller. The customer activates their Vonage account and after 90 days of service, they get a $50 mail in activation rebate from Vonage. The customer sends in their old router and receives an additional trade-in rebate of $50 from from Vonage. Total rebates are $130 and based on estimated selling price of $130, the router is free.

The promotion runs from June 12, 2005 through July 23, 2005.

Looks like a great way to upgrade your current network to Wireless-G and save about 50% compared to traditional phone service.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Skype Announces New Version, Added Features

Skype has released a new, upgraded version of it's application, as well as brought it's voicemail service out of beta.

In reviewing the new version, it's more intuitive and has an improved look and feel. The voicemail feature is still my favorite, it's just easy to use. They've also added a feature that allows you to leave voicemail messages for your Skype contacts that don't subscribe to voicemail.

Additionally, they've added more ways to import contact lists from other services like MSN and Microsoft Outlook, enhanced profile options and more instant message features.

The Skype software allows you to call other Skype users at no cost, call traditional telephone numbers for approximately 2 cents per minute worldwide, setup an incoming telephone number in 8 countries and throughout the US, setup conference calls, use voicemail, instant message and share files. Skype reports they have 42 million registered users, over 1.5 million SkypeOut subscribers and are registering approximately 150,00 new users daily.

I use Skype for both business and staying in touch with friends and family around the world. For those that work at their computer, it's a great way to communicate without picking up the phone.

It's a pleasure using the Skype software and service. I predict it will continue to grow and be a leading VoIP provider with innovative solutions for telecommunications.

You can download Skype for free.

Have fun and enjoy the new version!


Monday, June 13, 2005

DLink Partners with Lingo VoIP, Offers Free Trial

DLink, best known for it's networking equipment, has partnered with VoIP provider Lingo to offer a VoIP solution that includes hardware, service and a free trial.

The offer includes up to $150 in rebates, first month of service free, free VoIP router hardware, no contract and no activation fee. It's only available for online orders through June 30th.

Over 220 area codes in the US are available and you can keep your current phone number. Calling plans start at $7.95 for Lingo to Lingo calls. Lingo is a leading VoIP service provider for both residential and business customers.

To get more information, visit

Happy VoIPing!


Saturday, June 11, 2005

Vonage Adds Puerto Rico, E911

Vonage recently announced adding Puerto Rico to it's locations customers can call at no cost with their unlimited calling service plans. Calls to Puerto Rico are a toll call for Vonage basic plan subscribers.

E911 (Enhanced 911) service was also added for customers in areas covered by local telephone carriers SBC, Verizon and Bellsouth.

Happy VoIP!


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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

VoIP Poised For Growth: Statistics

VoIP is growing strong. Here are some statistics of where it's going:
  • By 2010 VoIP will account for $80 billion - or 40 percent - of the $200 billion US telecommunications business.
    Source: The Yankee Group
  • 1 million residential and small/home office subscribers in North America in 2004, a number expected to reach 17.4 million by 2008.
    Source: Infonetics
  • North American voice over IP service revenue topped $1.3 billion in 2004, and is expected to soar 1,431% to $19.9 billion in 2009
    Source: Infonetics
  • 20 percent of US businesses were using some form of VoIP be the end of 2004.
    Source: In-Stat/MDR
  • For residential and business markets, 94% of respondents (service providers) offer hosted IP voice by 2005, up from 56% in 2004
    Source: Infonetics
  • 1 million plus VoIP consumer subscribers in the US alone by year-end 2004, a figure expected to reach 3 million by the end of 2005 and rising to 6 - 7 million by the end of 2006.
    Source: IDC
  • Worldwide Wi-Fi VoIP handset revenue totaled $45 million in 2004 and units totaled 113,000.
    Source: Infonetics
  • The number of cable VoIP subscribers in North America jumped 900% between 2003 and 2004, from less than 50,000 to close to half a million, while cable broadband subscribers grew 26%, from 17.7 million to 22.4 million.
    Source: Infonetics

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