vonage? pros and cons?

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    i am thinking about getting vonage...i think i can do the 10 buck plan with no problems....saving me 35 bucks a month....who has it and how does it work?
     
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    Sorry Bones. The only exposure is 2nd hand. I guy I worked with picked up Vonage. He said read the fine print very carefully, hidden start up fees.
     
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    oooooo free activiaton ...shipping and adaptor....limited time offer...

    they always get ya with hidden fees
     
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    Apparently there are other fees that they don't include in free activation, etc....
    You asked, just telling you what I was told.
     
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    to me the biggest drawback is lose your electricity, or your internet and lose your phone
     
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    Pros: It's cheap.
    Cons: It's worthless.

    Who uses a house phone anymore?
     
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    My problem with Vonage is it is to expensive. I have been using MagicJack for my calls for a few months and I have no real problems, other than needing to keep my computer on if I want to get call. I am thinking of switching to Ooma rather than renew my subscription to MJ, though I am hesitant about the comparatively high cost of the equipment a lifetime of free calls is pretty tempting, especially with the good buzz they keep getting. I am a bit leery about those taxes and fees though.
     
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    i have to have a house phone....to use my cell at home i have to go outside and down the drive way
     
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    Ever consider a cell phone booster?
     
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    I've been using Vonage for about 7 years now.

    Pros:
    • Portable (E911 won't work correctly if you move it out of the registered location, beware)
    • Easy to hook up to house lines
    • Easy call forwarding, voicemail, tracking phone calls (web interface)
    • Cheaper than landline for business
    • Cheap international calls
    • Call quality is good if your available upload (at the time) is 125K or more
    • Simple set up
    • Cheap local phone numbers in almost any area code - at one point I had my Atlanta main number and local numbers in: New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Miami.
    • Voicemails get emailed (although Google does this too)
    • Easy method to change account types

    Cons:
    • Network problems cause dropped/missed calls
    • Many points of failure for network problems
      • Subscriber's internet is down or spotty
      • Vonage SIP is clogged
      • Router issues at either your ISP, the backbone, or Vonage's ISP (rare and short lived, but frustrating)
    • Cascading call settings can be a bear to troubleshoot
    • Vonage tech support sucks balls
    • Expensive early termination fees
     

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