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For many of us, the rise of texting means that we don’t need to stutter our way through embarrassing voicemails – and that’s taking a toll on the number of voicemails that are being left. According to research Vonage provided for USA Today, this July saw an 8% drop in left voicemails from the year before, and a 14% drop in voicemails that were listened to by people who received them. Of course, the research covers only Vonage customers, but something’s clearly up (well, down) with voicemail. USA Today is pointing to texts and transcription services (which convert audio... Read more...
Who doesn't like free? Vonage, which is still around helping people who love home phones, is finally taking a serious leap into what's next: mobile. The company just announced the new Vonage Mobile iPhone and Android app, which lets users make free high-definition calls and send free texts to all users of the app, worldwide. It works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G data networks. When calling those who have not yet downloaded the app, Vonage Mobile provides ultra low-cost international calling with per-minute rates that are on average 70 percent less than major mobile carriers and 30 percent less than Skype.... Read more...
Did someone crown this week the week of VoIP? There's been quite a few things flying around -- namely, Google's decision to lower VoIP calling rates from within Gmail, and now, Vonage's decision to battle on the iOS front. Oh, and Viber came out with an Android app. See what we mean? Vonage has long since proclaimed to be the cheapest in-home way to call folks around the world, and now that's spreading to the mobile front. This week marks the launch of their pay-per-call international app for iPhone, with Direct Payment through your existing iTunes account. There's even free calling to 100 countries... Read more...
Facebook is a popular way to communicate with friends. However, one form of communication is lacking from Facebook: voice. That is, it was lacking until now. Recently, Vonage launched a new mobile application that will let Facebook users make VoIP calls. The app is currently available for iPhone and Android smartphones. To use the Vonage app, you must download and install the app from the App Store or Android Market and enter your Facebook log-in. After this, you'll be able to instantly start making free calls by tapping a friend's name. The app will even show which of your friends have installed... Read more...
Want to call overseas cheaply? There's an app for that.Almost counterintuitively, AT&T and T-Mobile already allows iPhone and Blackberry apps for Vonage, the VOIP provider, which just rolled one out for Android phones.For $24.99 a month, a customer gets unlimited calling to more than 60 countries (in some places it depends on the type of call, and calls to cellular phones are not included in some countries). On the iPhone, calls can be made over Wi-Fi or the cellular network and on the iPod Touch, just over Wi-Fi; on Blackberry only over the cellular network. The Android calls can be made over... Read more...
VoIP provider Vonage revealed applications for the iPhone, the iPod touch, and BlackBerry devices that will provide unlimited international calling to 60 countries. The iPhone and iPod touch apps will let users make unlimited Vonage Mobile calls in the U.S. via a Wi-Fi connection without using up cell phone minutes. For BlackBerry users, the new Vonage Mobile app lets you make unlimited international calls from your BlackBerry from any cellular area in the U.S. Although the apps are free to download, an unlimited international calling plan will run you $24.99 per month. If you're already a Vonage... Read more...
Wait a second, you Vonage users.  Although the legal news of late has not been kind to Vonage, they may be able to avoid financial ruin yet.  Today they announced a settlement with Sprint Nextel over their patent lawsuit, though certainly not without cost.Monday's settlement resolves all claims in the dispute, the companies said. Sprint agreed to license Vonage its portfolio of more than 100 patents on connecting calls between a regular telephone network and a packet-switched network such as the Internet. The $80 million Vonage agreed to pay consists of $35 million for past use of the... Read more...
One day after a federal jury ruled Vonage had infringed on Sprint Nextel patents, an appeals court reaffirmed the March decision against Vonage with regards to Verizon patents.  It's been a bad two days for them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed an order barring Vonage from using Internet phone call technology related to two of the three patents which Verizon claimed had been infringed. The court reversed a lower court's interpretation on the third patent, however, and ordered more proceedings to recalculate damages and royalties from a previous verdict of $58 million... Read more...
In what was pretty much a repeat of a March decision in which Vonage was found in violation of Verizon patents, a federal jury today ruled that Vonage is in violation of seven Sprint Nextel patents.Vonage has been ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 million in damages plus 5% royalties on all future revenue, though the defeated company said this afternoon it will file an appeal. Today's decision comes six months after Vonage lost a very similar case to Verizon. There, the VoIP provider was ordered to pay Verizon $58 plus 5.5% in royalties on all future revenue.If you are a Vonage customer, it might not... Read more...