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Appeals court affirms injunctions ordered against Vonage in suit brought against it by Verizon

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RE: Whatever
By fleshconsumed on 9/27/2007 9:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
I've been "voip'ing" on a dial up connection making international calls (no extra money for you greedy phone companies) with Microsoft NetMeeting in 98-99 by using microphone and speakers connected to a PC, which works on exactly the same principle as VOIP, only without fancy headset.

While I'm not sure about the exact nature of the patent in question, what I'm sure about is that both Verizon and Sprint sued Vonage for the sole reason of eliminating competition. Why would customer pay long distance fees when he can just buy flat rate plan with nationwide calling from one of the numerous VOIP providers such as Vonage? The only reason Comcast/Verizon introduced VOIP is because they were forced to by their competitors, had there not been Vonage you still would be stuck with POTS and astronomical long distance rates. It's sad to see small startups who truly push the industry to be forced to close by the big guys protecting their monopoly.

RE: Whatever
By euclidean on 9/27/2007 12:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, it's all a money gain. What better way to make money than to hold a monopoly? It's interesting that the Communication companies here in America have such free reign of things while a Software company (micorsoft) is sued out the ass for doing essentially the same thing "supplying a product that works good enough for the majority of people and make sure that it is compatible enough for everyone to use but charge and arm and a leg, holding an effective monopoly over that given products market so that any other competitive company trying to offer something to it's consumer is so far behind that consumers don't want to switch."

Speaking of a monopoly....can a person or town sue/charge a company for having a monopoly in just a certain area, and not over the whole country?

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