Vonage's new USB Thumb Phone

Vonage found the right tool for a travel warrior like me.  This thumb
vault-like VoIP device plugs into any PC connected to the Internet.  It
even has a built in headset. I can imagine this will start to scare cell phone users who are sick of paying high rates for roaming.  I can also imagine business travelers will love the idea that they can bypass Hotel's inflated rates for outgoing calls.  One just needs a PC and an Internet connection.  (assuming that the PC isn't sitting behind a firewall blocking necessary ports!)

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Hurm, maybe, maybe not. First, it's easier to bypass hotels with a cell phone. Okay, that works unless you're an American traveling in foreign countries where U.S. cell phones generally don't work outside the U.S. Second, Vonage requires high speed internet. Not every hotel has high speed Internet, and among the ones that do they often charge you through the nose for access. Third, There are other USB-phone gizmos, though this Vonage gizmo sure takes the cake for small size. Plus I think the others require that you install some software. So there's a lot of convenience with this thing. I wonder if Vonage requires it to be a soft phone tacked onto your regular vonage account?

Posted by David Herron on August 03, 2006 at 12:13 AM PDT #

Oh ... I'll bet this works with "Any PC" so long as "Any PC" is a Windows machine. That's kinda like Henry Ford saying you can have your car in any color you like as long as the color you like is Black.

Posted by David Herron on August 03, 2006 at 12:16 AM PDT #

Thank you for your comment..

#1 The hotel rates for Internet access might be high, but the Internet data rates are usually better. If you are like me, you need Internet access anyways, so why not use it for phone calls?

#2 Frankly.. I'm more likely to use Skype or Gizmo on my Mac PowerBook G4 when I travel. I'm interested in this if I'm doing personal travel or if my laptop gets stolen. So yeah.. this wouldn't be my primary telephone choice.

#3 How many Internet cafes have you been to that doesn't have Windows running? I work at Sun and would like to think that some of them are out there runing Linux, JavaDesktop or Solaris. The sad reality is that nearly 100% are Windows.

Posted by Jonathan Hawkins on August 03, 2006 at 04:22 AM PDT #

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