To suck people into downloading their free app, Vonage is giving away 15 minutes' free international calling. Thereafter, you can pre-pay for bulk minutes, with the approximate cost being $2 per 15 minutes—billable to your iTunes.
Vonage, the VoIP company with the head-whacking commercials, has a new app for Android and iOS that lets users make free calls to Facebook friends over 3G and Wi-Fi. Finally, your reward for cultivating that extensive friends list.
T-Mobile and AT&T customers with Android phones can now finally download a Vonage VoIP app to their devices to make cheap international calls over Wi-Fi or 3G. They'll also get free domestic calls, but only over Wi-Fi.
As expected, Apple and AT&T have barred Vonage's international calling app from VoIP over 3G/EDGE. When you're out of Wi-Fi range, it instead redirects your call to local access numbers, where you're charged AT&T minutes as you access Vonage's rates.
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A recent lawsuit involving Verizon and Vonage has been settled, and Vonage has been ordered to pay Verizon $120 million due to patent infringements. The fine imposed on Vonage means they are edging closer to bankruptcy, with debts mounting to the sum of some $250 million prior to the court's decision, it looks like…
VoIP telephone service provider Vonage just began offering Visual Voice Mail, a text transcription service that turns all of your voicemail messages into text that's immediately emailed to you. Using a combination of speech-to-text software and human transcribers, Vonage is charging 25 cents per transcription, which…
Companies such as Vonage had better look to their laurels, as new kid on the block Ooma is looking to steal their thunder with a product that offers VOIP calls—but with a twist. From September, you will be able to get your hands on the Ooma, a hub that combines VOIP with regular landlines. But you have to shell out a…
SunRocket VoIP network has closed shop and will move its 200,000 customers to other carriers. Oddly, its website is still soliciting new subscriptions. [NYT]
Vonage will start offering calling cards loaded with around 200 free minutes, according to a daisy chain of well placed, yet anonymous sources. ("So oooo hot," said one member in the chain.) Apparently Vonage wants to target homesick business travelers who want to continue to use their home phone number while away…
VoIP provider Vonage made friends with hipster frog design inc., resulting in this pleasing router design that just might someday make it out of the basement and server closet and onto the desktop. It looks awfully purdy, plus it's designed to be more durable, too.
Amazon has the Linksys PAP2 Phone Adapter for Vonage at $59.99 plus a $100 rebate, which actually earns you $40 after all's said and done. The adapter works by plugging in a standard analog phone and an ethernet cable. Not a bad deal when you're actually making money.
Vonage, the VoIP company with an incredibly annoying theme song ("Woo Hoo") just released the V Phone, a VoIP phone contained inside a USB thumb drive which we mentioned a few days ago. I've been playing around with it for a while and can state conclusively that, yes, it is a phone and, yes, it does work.
Taking a page from Skype's book, Vonage announced the V-Phone: a USB stick that holds Vonage software allowing users to make Vonage calls from any broadband PC. This is pretty interesting news for Vonage users, since it lets people take their calls on the road pretty much anywhere.
The trick with this how-to is to transmit VOIP voicemail messages to an email account and then sync those MP3s to your iPod. Why you would ever want to do this... maybe because you get SO MANY VOICEMAIL MESSAGES YOU CAN"T STAND IT, but that's pretty rare. Anyway, MacMerc has full instructions, so do what you will.