I'm considering getting this so I can reduce my cell phone minutes/reliance. Anyone had any experience with Vonage. Are they pretty reliable? I know not 911-reliable, but reliable enough to use as an incoming/outgoing phone for normal calls?
How does the voicemail over Internet functionality work?
Vonage is as reliable as your cable connection, or your electric service; trouble with either affects Vonage service.
Voicemail sends the .wav file to your email addy. The function works, but I do not use it, simply because I don't need it. Check the features list; you can also forward calls, or ring a second number. (see "ring lists")
I have found Vonage to be reliable, with excellent sound quality. I currently have my modem at a remote location, and use the softphone for my home location. I use the SJ softphone with excellent results.
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If you'd asked me a few months ago, I would have said they're great. More recently, the sound quality has deteriorated a lot when the net is at all busy. Oddly, people say they can hear me fine even when they're so garbled I can't understand them. My conenction is a T1 which is not particularly heavily loaded, so I don't think it's at this end.
Nothing's changed at my end. My Internet connection is a T1 that runs the three blocks from my house to the router at the phone company's central office, and they're connected to Sprint. The router and the ATA connect via an Ethernet switch.
The Vonage ATA has a static IP address, 220.127.116.11. Feel free to ping it a few times and see if you see anything strange.
All I can say is so far so good. A lot of features and the so far the quality is very good. One day I had three PCs connected to internet, was on the phone (Vonage of course), and a remote control to one of the PCs from a remote location was in progress -- and all performed.