I'm actually happy to see that the New York Times has reviewed both the Vonage and AT&T CallVantage Wireless Router/Telephone Adapters. I'm due to receive one next week from Linksys, who makes them for both VoIP providers.
I already have the Linksys PAP-2 for Vonage and feel it is a marked improvement over the original ATA-186 from Cisco which Vonage first debuted with. Even so, the PAP is still second in sound quality to the D-Link box from AT&T.
Once I get the wireless adapter I'll be able to see if it's the TA or the network that makes the difference. I'm betting that it's the network.
Yesterday I met up with Om Malik to talk tech, VoIP, blogging and life. Om has become a good friend, even if he is Mac centric and keeps teasing me about Windows.
We had to go to Staples after our coffee meeting as he just got a new Treo 650 to test. What was the first thing Om did? He went out and bought a one gig memory card. I guess when you have as much email coming in as Om does you need a lot of space for the device that has to be the newest toy idiot's must have list.
Given we both suffer from male patterned gearness I was happy to see someone else in the media isn't afraid to buy things, even if he gets most of what he wants for free.
I'm by no means surprised that Packet 8 has added virtual numbers. Just about every other VoIP player is heading or has headed in that direction, ever since Vonage first introduced the concept.
So when I look at the value of them I see the value in getting a number somewhere you regularly have people calling from to make it easier for them. This is why many service providers like plumbers, electrician, roofers and other contractors all have many numbers in metropolitan areas. To look local to their customers.
The cost for a foriegn exchange and the mileage led many to call forward a local number to a cell phone, as calls to cell numbers usually don't incur message units. But now with Virtual numbering a contractor or even a metro wide pizza delivery service can have numbers appear to be everywhere and terminate whereever they want them to. That's one value of virtual numbers from where I sit.
I've had more than a few readers ask me what's up with Vonage's UK strategy, so this news should help provide an opportunity for those there learn more.
EDISON, N.J., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- John S. Rego, CFO of Vonage Holdings Corp., North America's leading broadband telephony provider is scheduled to participate in the three UK-based conferences listed below. Mr. Rego will discuss Vonage's plans to expand to the UK, as well as its leadership role in the North American broadband telephony market.
Event Details: Who: John S. Rego, CFO, Vonage Holdings Corp. What: The Voice over IP Forum 2004 "The Challenges Facing New Entrants to the Market" World Telecommunications Conference 2004 "VoIP - Breaking Into New Business Models" IIR - Telecoms Conference When: November 29, 2004, 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM GMT November 29, 2004, 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM GMT December 1, 2004, 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM GMT Where: Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, UK Royal Garden Hotel, London, UK Strand Palace Hotel, London, UK