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I've always been interested in this technology, but stopped following its development awhile back. My vonage line put in in September 2002 never caused me any trouble and so I stopped paying attention to it.

Skype phones started turning up on ebay really cheap, so I got a couple of them. There was a Skype craze that ran through secondlife that caused me to do that, and it was fun while it lasted, however it died out after voice got implemented. The phones of course work perfectly well regardless, and they rekindled my interest in VOIP technology.

I have discovered that on the vast majority of google / yahoo searches, just about everything I come up with is dated 2006. Granted, it is still fairly early in 2008, but did NOTHING happen in 2007? Did development of this technology stop? Did the regular phone companies incorporate flat rate voip into existing phones, negating the need to do anything different for the regular customer? Or did everybody just go so heavily toward the cell phone only world that landlines, regardless of how cheap they may be, became obsolete by their basic nature?

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shockwave77598 February 27th, 2008
As I recall, Vonage lost a Patent dispute with Verizon about the core tech involved - specifically, the use of TCP packets to send audio over regular Internet backbone. Verizon won in Spring 2007, so anyone doing anything with VOIP probably got very cold feet when they saw Verizon win close to 200 Mega$ from Vonage.

VoIP is basically a fully-developed standard like TCP/IP now.

wolfwings February 27th, 2008
There's simple no huge breakthroughs left, it 'just works' across Linux, BSD, and Cisco NAT now, and is even available on cell-phones. My Nokia 6086, for example, is a T-Mobile VoIP phone that can scavenge any 802.11a/b/g network for when I'm inside a building, for example.

So, basically, yeah. It's rolled out, everyone up to and including cell-phone providers are offering and using it, it's the basis for all the 'bundled' internet+phone services now (you almost can't get a mixed-mode T1 in many areas anymore, they just give you a data T1 and a VoIP box usually now since it's easier to provision and has higher call-capacity) and almost all the SoHo phone systems rely on it to the exclusion of all else. Even Asterisk (the free VoIP server originally for Linux, now for most platforms) is reaching maturity, though the configuration files are still a pain if you don't find a toolset to manage them for you.

c_eagle February 28th, 2008
I agree.. it probably has a lot to do with cel phones.
I don't know if this is a factor also, but I heard of some pretty severe cancellation fees with Vonage also, which is one of the main reasons I never went for it.

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