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Old 12-28-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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Question Vonage V-Phone?

Has anyone tried this? Turns any computer with high speed internet into a phone, unlimited minutes to Canada, US, PR, Italy, France, Spain, The UK and Ireland for 40$ a month? I'm curious, because if it's as good as it sounds, then it would make a lot of sense for my trip...
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Oh, and you also don't need to have any software on the computer so you can use it at any of the intenet cafe's with no problem... and it comes with a headset... Anyway, sorry to double post, just curious...
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I've heard of it but have no experience with the service. I usually get pre-paid phone cards if going out of country and then limit calls to just letting family know I'm not dead. For longer communication I use e-mail though. I guess the value would depend on how much you plan on using it while traveling.
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*laughs* I have a mother who worries when I leave the province.. So email isn't going to work for her... and I tend to enjoy yammering and I don't know how long I'll be gone for... I can understand it being too much for some people, but I can easily say I'm going to need to make 3 or 4 30 min (minimum) phone calls a week... Plus this way they could call and leave me voicemail (which would be great...)
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I haven't used Vonage, but another service you might look into is www.voicestick.com. Similar idea, but the calling plans are cheaper. You can make unlimited calls to the US/Canada for $19.99/mo (or use prepaid minutes).

Another cool feature they have is "Global call forwarding." My friends can call a local US number and it rings my mobile here in Iraq (or anywhere else I happen to be). If you're going to be in the same place long enough to get a sim card, it makes it easy for people to get in touch with you. It's free for them and .15/min for you.

I'm sounding like a bad radio commericial, so I'll stop there.
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Wow! That's even better! You're fantastic, thanks darlin!
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someone also makes a skype phone that works on wifi and is about the size of a celly. it is a media player and i think a camera to, i thought about one of those, sony makes it, it is called the mylo, and if you buy one you get a year of free t-mobile wifi access, which means any starbucks in the world

http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/01/h...the-sony-mylo/

what i like is the built in wifi finder on the side
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If you're dealing with monthly charges then it doesn't seem like it would be worth it if you're not constantly traveling. Now, as much as I wish I were constantly traveling, paying a monthly charge for the service seems like a waste when I'm stuck at home working. What I do is use a prepaid OneSuite account, which you can refill whenever you're about to hit the road again. They also have a VoIP service which works in the same pre-paid way as the calling card, so it's convenient in internet cafes, too.
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