Vonage... Sweet Sassy Molassy
For those that don't know, Vonage is a service that uses evil-sounding VOIP (Voice over IP) technology to make phone calls over the internet. There are several nice consumer benefits that come with using VOIP instead of a regular landline, but the main one for Andrew is that his phone number follows him around wherever he goes.
So he can bring his router and a phone to Sydney, or Irkutsk, or Miami, plug into an internet connection, and people will be able to reach him at the same phone number.
I considered Vonage in early 2004, but decided against it because of so-so reviews. Not wanting to ship Andrew a broken product, and curious about the service, I took the router for a spin this evening and called Andrew on his mobile phone.
And holy crap, were we impressed.
The call quality was super crisp and there was no echo or delay. I've made several more calls with the same results, even when downloading an 80 meg file at 400 k/s.
I've heard terrible things about Vonage's support, which definitely gives me pause, but the cost is attractive and after playing with it a bit tonight, so is the quality.