Vonage seems to be singing a new tune and it's not the same song they sang when they got their two hundred million. That money was supposed to go largely to marketing and growing their subscriber base here in the USA and around the globe.
In an announcement today Vonage signed a multi-year agreement to speed up their local number portability efforts.
How efficiently they were porting numbers before was widely documented on sites like DSLreports so this moves means they are trying to fix their ability to port numbers. My guess is this also supports the DSLreports community's viewpoint that the Vonage way wasn't working.
Vonage, with this move, also appears to be spending more of its cash horde to fix its previously unrecognized or undisclosed shortcomings and deficiencies.
Vonage is also starting to find out and admit in veiled ways that becoming a REAL phone company is quite expensive if they really want to deliver the same phone services and offer the same capabilities that the incumbents already do. How this and other steps (E-911 at a cost of 60 million or more) that they will be taking to fix their internal needs (like a network) clearly impacts burn rate in my mind.
I wonder what the VC's who gave them their last round of cash are thinking now versus what will likely be said.