Wednesday, April 18th 2007

Vonage Infringing on Verizon copyrights; may be shut down soon

Most people know that Vonage is one of the pioneer Voice over Internet Protocol services, that allows people to use the telephone, running off only the internet. Unfortunately, to make this service happen, Vonage has been using patents owned by Verizon. And Verizon flagged them for this. Verizon wants Vonage to not be able to register any new customers until all patent issues are resolved. And as of the time this case went to court (April 6, 2007), Vonage had no such plans to do so. At this point Vonage has three choices. They can either spend an enormous amount of money re-doing their network so it's all their own, pay Verizon a premium for their technology, or to shut down completely.Source: The Inquirer
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6 Comments on Vonage Infringing on Verizon copyrights; may be shut down soon

#1
killatia
if that was the case verizon should have taken them down before vonage became popular.
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DaMulta
My stars went supernova
by: killatia
if that was the case verizon should have taken them down before vonage became popular.
Why, then they couldn't get a huge settlement out of the deal.
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#3
yogurt_21
best to pay up you can always make more money later with a working network.
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#4
wickerman
as a vonage user I think it would be a shame if a settlement wasnt reached to allow vonage to continue to offer the service it has been offering its customers, that being said I see no reason from a financial point of view for verizon to allow that :laugh:
I dont think any other company allows me and my folks to call friends and family in the UK (from texas) for free which is quite nice compared to 13 cents a minute that Time Warner's VOIP offers me right now (and i think its like 23 cents a minute from traditional lines) which saves us a fortune when we have those nice long hour and a half chats across the pond :respect:

My guess is verizon wont settle for anything less than a complete shut down or a full buyout so they can charge what they wish. Its their technology so they can pursue the matter as they wish, but I for one wont be a very happy customer if I lose my vonage.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
are people even using VOIP? perhaps businesses are but i cant imagine consumers would be. just you an IM program and use a mic.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wait, how is it Verizon's technology? Skype and AT&T call vantage are the same thing. To me, it seems like Big Brother handing it to little brother.
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