WSJ.com - Vonage Makes Phoning Through the Internet Convenient and Cheap "If you're sick of your local or long-distance phone company, you now have an alternative: Internet phone calling.
Internet calling can save you money, and allow you to add features and flexibility unheard of in the traditional phone industry.
The idea of making voice calls over the Internet isn't new. For years, some Internet users have been doing this, mainly to save money on international calls. But it was a pretty techie process. You had to use a PC, or a special phone, and find the other person in some special online directory, or by typing in an Internet address. The quality of calls was lousy."
I've been using Vonage for a couple months now, along with an inexpensive AT&T dual-line speaker phone. I'm a very happy Vonage customer, and I'm also happy to be a thrice-wired (Vonage line, home line, and AC power -- i.e., no batteries to worry about) phone user; my AT&T Wireless/Sony Ericsson/Jabra Bluetooth headset is fine when I'm mobile, but it just wasn't sufficient for all of the conference calls etc. I have from my office.