The death of our phone

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 4:23 PM | comments: 4

After having 330-273-1336 in service for about nine years, today I killed the number and replaced it with Internet phone service. Fuck you, Verizon!

I don't live in an area where I could transfer the number, but given that 95% of those who call us are telemarketers, who cares. I was paying about $80 a month for the line itself, unlimited long distance, voice mail, caller ID, etc. Now I pay $25 for all of that to Vonage.

It took about five minutes to sign-up online, ten minutes to configure the new router I bought ($80 after rebate, and it includes 802.11g to replace by 'b), and that was that. I made my first IP-based call shortly thereafter. I disconnected the lines from the box on the house, and now the entire house is wired. Done. 911 configuration took about three hours, but it's active now as well.

I just got off the phone talking to a friend for about ten minutes. I can't tell the difference. I can't believe I waited this long. If you want to sign-up, let me know, and I'll give you a referral. I can get two months of free service, so I would appreciate it. :)



May 17, 2005, 10:14 PM #

"wuuuu uuuuuh, uuuh uuuh uuh uuh uuh"

Their commericials crack my ass. Watching dumb people always makes me smile.

Now for the big question. What are you going to do with the extra $55 a month. ;-)


May 17, 2005, 10:39 PM #

That money is already spent...


May 18, 2005, 2:18 AM #

My favorite is the lady running into the garage. The baseball bat through the glass door is quite funny too.


May 18, 2005, 3:40 AM #

I foresee companies like Vonage (mixed with the popularity of cell phones) crippling the current hard-line based phone companies in the coming few years. Unless they figure out a way to compete with what Vonage has to offer as well as the very low price, they will be sunk. Oh, and if I had money, I'd invest in Vonage like no tomorrow.

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