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Can Verizon hear Vonage now that VoIP provider is allowed to keep adding customers?

Vonage and Verizon headed back to court this week for a judge decision on whether the Internet phone provider could be granted a second reprieve while the lawsuit proceeded.  According to a press release, Vonage was granted the permanent stay of injunction by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit of Washington D.C. on Tuesday of a previous court's injunction that would bar the company from signing up new customers.

Following the April 6th decision by the U.S. District Court of Alexandria, Va stating that Vonage was not allowed to sign up new customers using certain VoIP technology, the company was granted an emergency stay, allowing it to sign up new customers as the trial progressed.

"We thank the appellate court for its thoughtful consideration of the merits of our case," said Jeffrey Citron, Vonage chairman and interim chief executive officer. "It's business as usual for us. We will continue providing reliable, quality digital phone service at the best value in the market and connecting thousands of phone calls every day. We remain focused on growing and strengthening our business and driving toward profitability."

Vonage will continue its service by paying the quarterly royalty of 5.5 percent to Verizon through the litigation, on top of posting a $66 million bond required by the court.  The company's current financial status allows it to maintain these fees for the stay in order to make progress in the ongoing trial.

Vonage executive vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary, Sharon O'Leary, remain very confident in the strengths of the company's legal appeal. "We believe the original verdict was based on an erroneous claim construction -- meaning the patents in this case were defined in an overly broad and legally unprecedented way," O'Leary stated, "We are confident this error will be rectified by the appeals court, which hears intellectual property cases exclusively. As a result, we remain highly confident Vonage will prevail on appeal."

Existing Vonage customers will remain unaffected by the patent litigation, and the company feels very optimistic about the outcome of the trial.

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By TheLiberalTruth on 4/25/2007 12:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
I know I'm happy to hear this. I'm going to be canceling my Verizon service in favor of VOIP soon. Sorry Verizon, but you have to compete for phone business these days. :)

RE: Great!
By GlassHouse69 on 4/25/2007 12:47:35 AM , Rating: 2
yeah, i agree. i am goign to sign up with them now. i have to read some more about this before i do.

vonage is great.

RE: Great!
By TwistyKat on 4/25/2007 6:27:37 AM , Rating: 2
I think VOIP is still not ready for prime-time - at least when I test-drove it last year.

RE: Great!
By OrSin on 4/25/2007 9:31:50 AM , Rating: 2
I had Sunrocket for 3 years now and it great. Vonage sucked to me 2 years ago. Sun rocket got better feature and alot cheaper. If it waws not for this i would only have a cell phone. But i got 3 line for $16 and unlimite long distance to North america and my internation rates are great. I was paying 3 cent/minute to Spain last year.
Typical land line are so costly abd dont have any features.

The one I use the most is call forwarding to all my phone (work, then cell, then office partner number) I got any message email to me and texted to my cell phone. This help in my line of business alot.

RE: Great!
By djcameron on 4/25/2007 10:24:46 AM , Rating: 2
I like Vonage's SimulRing feature. If you call my phone number, all my phones ring at the same time... home, work, and cell.

RE: Great!
By Elvis2 on 4/25/2007 8:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
I've used Vonage for over two yrs. now. $24.99 a month..period. screw verizon. when i got my divorce and moved into an apartment, i signed up with verizon for my phone and dsl. i was told it was $86.00 a mo. i get my first bill and it's $187.00! wtf?!? i'm told: "well, didn't anyone tell you about the deposit, modem fee, etc"? ah...well no, they didn't. i'll pay the bill. cancel the account and you can yank the f'n phone wire's out of the wall as far as i'm concerned. talk about nickel and diming you to death with excise taxe's, fee's, local crap. screw e'm (verizon)! $24.99 a mo. with all the addon's. i call long distance all the time. i'm perfectly satisfied and hope they win the battle :)

Why even have Vonage/landline?
By Cobra Commander on 4/25/2007 8:35:35 AM , Rating: 2
What is the purpose of a VOIP phone / land line if you have a cell phone? Seems a complete waste of money to me. Phones tethered to a residence is so 20th century... :P

RE: Why even have Vonage/landline?
By Zirconium on 4/25/2007 9:18:47 AM , Rating: 2
What is the purpose of a VOIP phone / land line if you have a cell phone?
Say you have an emergency and your cell phone battery is dead? Or if you need to call 911 at home and for some reason your cell phone isn't working? With a land line, you are guaranteed the five nines; that the service works at least 99.999% of the time. That means that in a year, your telephone service will be out, on average, for at most 5 minutes and twenty seconds. On 9/11, my father was in New York and he was not able to use his cell phone to call us to let us know that he was alright. However, he did manage to make his way to Brooklyn, and called us from a relative's house using a land line while the cell phone service was overloaded.

RE: Why even have Vonage/landline?
By SpaceRanger on 4/25/2007 10:14:30 AM , Rating: 2
That, and what about devices that are still dependent on having a land-line? Most satellite receivers require users have their land-line hooked up to them, so they can send and receive PPV billing information. There's also a surcharge if your receiver isn't hooked up to a land-line (even if you never use PPV's).

Sorry, but I can't hook my cellphone up to my 2 receivers...

RE: Why even have Vonage/landline?
By lumbergeek on 4/25/2007 10:40:17 AM , Rating: 2
Not only that, but my wife's cell phone bill would kill us, if we had cell service at our home in the mountains, which we do not.....

RE: Why even have Vonage/landline?
By AntDX316 on 4/26/2007 7:00:16 AM , Rating: 1
its more like Verizon just wanted the money that was suppose to be theirs and didnt want to hurt Vonage to the point of losing it all

Verizon doesnt need Vonages money to succeed they just wanted extra money but by accident they almost crippled them to the point of bankruptcy so in turn Verizon is sry for what they have done and is letting them use their patents and let new customers sign up

Verizon has a heart :) haha

Why have a land-line
By glitchc on 4/25/2007 11:24:11 AM , Rating: 2
In a real emergency, such as the power outage experienced by New York and Southern Ontario (I'm from Southern Ontario), VOIP and cell phones became essentially useless. In contrast, our land-line in the house kept working. Bell cellphones were also the only ones that continued to work albeit with limited reception. VOIP, on the other hand, was completely useless since it depended on an electrical outlet.

Since then, I've been a little put off by VOIP in the house as a replacement for a land-line. From an emergency standpoint, VOIP has a long way to go before it catches up to land-lines.

RE: Why have a land-line
By SpaceRanger on 4/25/2007 2:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
Everything would have been fine if you had proper battery backups for your cable/dsl modem and routers. I've got one UPS for all my data circuits and I've still had phone even during a power outage.. *shrug*

RE: Why have a land-line
By glitchc on 4/25/2007 8:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
This power outage lasted two days. Which UPS lasts that long?

RE: Why have a land-line
By trins on 4/25/2007 8:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
Which UPS lasts two days? Just the ones in Bell's COs of course :) (generators and batteries, but let's not get too technical)

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