Vonage starter kit for 21.99

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On BestBuy.com they are offering the vonage starter kit for 71.99 with a 50.00 mail in rebate. Bringing it down to only 21.99 for the hardware. This also includes a waiver of the one time activation fee that vonage normally charges if you buy through their web site. This a great deal for the money.

http://www.BestBuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?j=1&id=1066095107331&skuId=6138388&type=product


Just got this at CC a few weeks ago for $40 AR. Good deal!

See if you can get Vonage for your area code: http://www.vonage.com/area_codes.php

Is there any way to unlock Motorola VT1005?

If I sign up VoIP via www.vonage.com, I would get the phone adapter for free. One time activation fee is $29.99. So, what I really saved is $29.99 - $21.99 = $8 - $5.93 (8.25% tax in Cali) = $2.06 (actual saved amount).

Am I missing something here?

Yes, Shipping 9.95.

SSi said: [Q]If I sign up VoIP via www.vonage.com, I would get the phone adapter for free. One time activation fee is $29.99. So, what I really saved is $29.99 - $21.99 = $8 - $5.93 (8.25% tax in Cali) = $2.06 (actual saved amount).

Am I missing something here?

Can someone educate me on this vonage. Right now all i have is a local phone with DSL. I make all my long distance thru calling cards. Vonage requires me to have a broadband DSL which means i need to have the local phone service. If i have cable connection then can i just get without the local phone service from verizon or qwest ?

kewldealspdx said: [Q]Can someone educate me on this vonage. Right now all i have is a local phone with DSL. I make all my long distance thru calling cards. Vonage requires me to have a broadband DSL which means i need to have the local phone service. If i have cable connection then can i just get without the local phone service from verizon or qwest ?Some areas can now get DSL without having a land line from Verizon.

Get 10% off with coupon linked here at B&M.
Rebate link.

B&M price is 79.99, so applying the coupon will bring it down to the same price.

john89 said: [Q]Get 10% off with coupon linked here at B&M.
Rebate link.

Can't see what the big deal is. Right now, I have Cox local telephone service for about $12 per month plus taxes. I use One Suite for everything else, including regular calls to the UK. No taxes or federal charges on One Suite. The Vonage site says "may" have to pay taxes and there is a $1.50 line access charge. Only way it pays is for heavy long distance use.

Working in the industry I know VoIP works but can anyone vouch for the reliabilty, clearness, etc.. of Vontage.

tia

I've been using it for about a year and absolutely love it. If you buy the starter kit through a retail channel (i.e RadioShack, Best Buy, Circuity City) they give you a 30 MBG. You really have nothing to lose. If you're skeptical, try it out.

I have Vonage. It is fantastic. Normally a phone line from the local telephone company would cost ~$76.00 with all the features such as caller-id, voicemail, etc. that Vonage includes. Sound quality is crystal clear. Then you would have to pay for long distance on top of that.

I highly recommend it if you are into saving money and sticking to the phone companies that have been sticking it to consumers for such a long time.

nyrfan00 said: [Q]I've been using it for about a year and absolutely love it. If you buy the starter kit through a retail channel (i.e RadioShack, Best Buy, Circuity City) they give you a 30 MBG. You really have nothing to lose. If you're skeptical, try it out.

What's MBG?

RightHere said: [Q]kewldealspdx said: Some areas can now get DSL without having a land line from Verizon.

which ones? the thread you linked to doesn't say.

I assume he means 30 day money back guarantee

I was going to buy this until I found out that no numbers are available in my area.

Do you have to sign a contract with Vonage for certain commitment? I didn't see anything on the rebate form.

If no, is there a way to use this adapter with other VoIP Services, such as FWD?

SSi said: [Q]If I sign up VoIP via www.vonage.com, I would get the phone adapter for free. One time activation fee is $29.99. So, what I really saved is $29.99 - $21.99 = $8 - $5.93 (8.25% tax in Cali) = $2.06 (actual saved amount).

Am I missing something here?

You're missing the 2 free months of service that you get when you buy through Circuit City (and I'm assuming the same promotion applies to Best Buy). Also no shipping charges and you don't have to wait for it. Price match to Best Buy at Circuit City, you'll get an extra 10% of the difference off, and I can verify that you get 2 free months of service as well as no activation fee at CC.

Lessthanzero said: [Q]nyrfan00 said: [Q]I've been using it for about a year and absolutely love it. If you buy the starter kit through a retail channel (i.e RadioShack, Best Buy, Circuity City) they give you a 30 MBG. You really have nothing to lose. If you're skeptical, try it out.

What's MBG?

money back guarantee



You're missing the 2 free months of service that you get when you buy through Circuit City (and I'm assuming the same promotion applies to Best Buy). Also no shipping charges and you don't have to wait for it. Price match to Best Buy at Circuit City, you'll get an extra 10% of the difference off, and I can verify that you get 2 free months of service as well as no activation fee at CC.


Nobody has the 2 months free anymore, just one month now, even at CC. AFAIK

Also, Best Buy has it on sale for $71.99 this week.

I agree that buying it from a store is the best bang for the buck.
Service is clear and reliable.

I was a beta tester for these guys back when a 28.8k modem was the fastest transmission around. The voice quality was pretty decent back then already (1997), so I'm pretty sure that it will be great now. I'm impressed with how far this actually went.

Last time I checked, Vonage only offers a 14 day Guarantee. They don't refund all of your money, just some of it.

As for the service, it is really dependent on the quality of your internet connection. I have a good internet connection, I've had the service for 18 months now and it has saved me a fortune in international calls (which where the service really pays for itself and then some).

So, my recommendation, is search on dslreports.com to find out how to test your broadband line quality (latency, micro outages, and upload speed).

Also, does the BB kit also offer the first month of service free (that is what would make the kit worth buying in store).

Where do you call internationally - and how much does it cost? International calls are the bulk of our long distance usage.

clarity on calls to india sucks. dont even think about it.

I decided to check the rates myself and they're not THAT great, compared to what I currently pay on a calling card.

Local SBC would have cost around $30 for a no-frills land line. Vonage costs me $16.50 (500 min plan). I almost never do long distance. Local calls are good quality... no problems yet.

Saving $13.50/month. 911 has been a hassle to get set up because I live on a new street and Vonage uses Mapquest to figure out which dispatch to hook you to. Also, 911 calls the non-emergency number of your local dispatch... or it may not call your dispatch at all.

jackofall said: [Q]clarity on calls to india sucks. dont even think about it.

Don't blame Vonage for that. I've done work with a company in India and calls on a LANDLINE suck.

Why not spend that $16.50 on a few hundred additional cell phone minutes instead and loose that land line?
dealsdyker said: [Q]Local SBC would have cost around $30 for a no-frills land line. Vonage costs me $16.50 (500 min plan). I almost never do long distance. Local calls are good quality... no problems yet.

Saving $13.50/month. 911 has been a hassle to get set up because I live on a new street and Vonage uses Mapquest to figure out which dispatch to hook you to. Also, 911 calls the non-emergency number of your local dispatch... or it may not call your dispatch at all.

The real problem here is for having vonage, you need High speeed internet connection.
For having DSL, You need local phone connection and paying vonage on top of it is extra.
Paying for cable internet is much more expensive (~50$ for comcast compared to 25$ for SBCYAHOO), so we are loosing here.
Any cheaper cable internet in the bay area so that I can think abt vonage?

wak3er said: [Q]Can't see what the big deal is. Right now, I have Cox local telephone service for about $12 per month plus taxes.

Well, not everyone has access to such low cost local telephone services. I pay $25-$28/month (comcast or verizon) on my local phone without any addon-feature. So $15/month is big savings (saves $120/year for a $22 AR product, it's not bad). I'm ordering one.

My local SBC service costs about $26 for basic service with all fees included. If I switch to Vonage it will be $17 per month. So a $9 saving per month or $108 per year. The problem for me is the fax. Right now the line was shared. I guess if I used Vonage voice mail feature my fax cannot receive fax anymore. Can anyone share your fax experience?

shmoker said: [Q]Why not spend that $16.50 on a few hundred additional cell phone minutes instead and loose that land line?
dealsdyker said: [Q]Local SBC would have cost around $30 for a no-frills land line. Vonage costs me $16.50 (500 min plan). I almost never do long distance. Local calls are good quality... no problems yet.

Saving $13.50/month. 911 has been a hassle to get set up because I live on a new street and Vonage uses Mapquest to figure out which dispatch to hook you to. Also, 911 calls the non-emergency number of your local dispatch... or it may not call your dispatch at all.

Aye. That's my question. Is there really a need for landline phones anymore?

Your best bet for more accurate info might be to visit DslReports.com. I am currently trying out Vonage and can tell you that outgoing faxing on the single line works 100%. However, the faxing involves using a "*99" before the number to put the DTA device into a certain mode. I know that my outgoing faxing won't work without the *99. I am not sure what repurcussions this has for receipt of faxes on the shared line since you can't control the DTA on the incoming call. If you find out the answer, please update the thread.


michaelh888 said: [Q]My local SBC service costs about $26 for basic service with all fees included. If I switch to Vonage it will be $17 per month. So a $9 saving per month or $108 per year. The problem for me is the fax. Right now the line was shared. I guess if I used Vonage voice mail feature my fax cannot receive fax anymore. Can anyone share your fax experience?

kingno1 said: [Q]Paying for cable internet is much more expensive (~50$ for comcast compared to 25$ for SBCYAHOO), so we are loosing here.
schmoker said: [Q]Why not spend that $16.50 on a few hundred additional cell phone minutes instead and loose that land line?
I hate being the grammar nazi because sooner or later everyone makes mistakes, but these two came one right after the other and I couldn't stop myself <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> I think the words you guys wanted were "losing" and "lose", respectively. "Loose" means "not tight" (like when your shoelaces are about to come untied) or "out of confinement" (like when King Kong escapes). There is another, colloquial meaning that I won't mention in the family-friendly FW environment.

On the topic of VoIP, I'm thinking of picking up a Sipura SPA-2000 from Voxilla for $99. They're giving away a free month of Voicepulse service so it seems like a great way to get started without committing to a contract or ending up with hardware that's "locked" to a specific provider.

Anyone playing with VoIP might also want to check out Asterisk, an open-source PBX system that runs on Linux. It does all of the normal features like voice mail, music-on-hold, call forwarding, etc., but it's free and a basic SOHO system will run on low-end Intel hardware. In fact, if you're just doing VoIP and not using any POTS connections, you could probably run it in a VMWare session under Windows.

Forget Vonage Packet8 is much better and cheaper. Use any of the available codes from the internet to save $20 on the kit.

Just do a search on Google newsgroups for packet8 coupon code Linky

I have been using it for almost a year and the voice quality is better than vonage, monthly charges are only $19.99 for unlimited US and Canada calls

Lessthanzero said: [Q]which ones? the thread you linked to doesn't say.The linked article does give a few details, but not many.

"Verizon spokeswoman Briana Gowing said the company had made the offers in Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, and was working to expand it to other parts of Verizon's coverage areas."

inbead said: [Q]Forget Vonage Packet8 is much better and cheaper. Use any of the available codes from the internet to save $20 on the kit.

Just do a search on Google newsgroups for packet8 coupon code Linky

I have been using it for almost a year and the voice quality is better than vonage, monthly charges are only $19.99 for unlimited US and Canada calls

No more $20 coupon code for Packet8. All the coupon code is $5 now and I use muggu when I signed up.

Do you get charged if you call an 1-800 number? $14.99 plan looks good to me.

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Got my rebate from BB.... yipee



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