Vonage will be offering its broadband telephony service for use with two different Linksys Voice over IP (VoIP) devices to meet the ever-growing broadband communications marketplace. Vonage subscribers will be offered a choice of the Linksys (PAP2) Phone Adapter with 2 Phone Ports or the (RT31P2) Broadband Router with 2 Phone Ports. In a few weeks, Linksys will also make available a Wireless-G Router with 2 phone ports (WRT54GP2).
Both the Linksys Phone Adapter (PAP2) and Broadband Router with Voice (RT31P2) are equipped with two standard telephone jacks, support session initiation protocol (SIP), and are compatible with a cable or DSL high-speed Internet connection. Both devices have Web-based configuration through a built-in web server, offer high quality, clear sounding voice service and are compatible with all common telephone features: caller ID, call waiting, voicemail, etc. The RT31P2 Broadband Router features three 10/100 BaseT Ethernet ports, supports advanced security management functions for port filtering, MAC address filtering, DMZ hosting and Quality of Service (QoS) to ensure best voice quality. The router also supports Universal Plug-and Play for easy set up and can act as a DHCP server.
Vonage is teaming with NETGEAR(R) to develop a suite of broadband telephony devices. These devices will incorporate the latest version of Texas Instruments' Voice over IP (VoIP) and Wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets, enabling consumers to benefit from integrated broadband voice and data applications compatible with the Vonage service. First available will be a voice-enabled 802.11g wireless router followed by a wired two-port telephone adapter/router. These products are expected to be available to customers of Vonage's innovative digital telephone service as early as October of this year in time for the Holiday season.
Vonage customers now have the option to free themselves of Ethernet cables for the flexibility and mobility of a wireless home network from NETGEAR. Customers can take advantage of the wireless option for both voice services and data networking with these NETGEAR phone adapters and routers. Customers of Vonage service place and receive calls on their existing telephone, with their existing telephone number, through a fast Internet connection enabling voice service concurrent with normal Web surfing.
Staples is the first national office supply chain to offer Vonage services in all of its approximately 1,200 stores throughout the United States and online at www.staples.com.
High-speed Internet customers, who have a standard telephone, can sign up for Vonage service by purchasing one of two Vonage starters kit at Staples, both featuring Linksys devices. Either device will allow customers to make unlimited calls in the US and Canada for one flat monthly rate starting at $14.99.