You got to hand it to Dan Connor, founder and site administrator of Vonage Forum. Not a part of Vonage but independently run, they've amassed more than 19,000 members since they started up in March, 2003.
I check there periodically, and found a thread based on a real interesting premise. Connor, it seems, was thinking that when some Vonage users travel to see family over Thanksgiving - or are hosting visiting family members - some of the conversation at the dinner table might go, "so why don't you call more often?"
If your relations then tell you that well, long-distance calling adds up, that might be the time that VoIP loyalists would say, well let me tell you about this thing called VoIP, and then go on to suggest they sign up with Vonage or some other VoIP provider.
Connor threw that thought out there in a thread he titled "Will You Suggest Vonage To Your Relatives Over Thanksgiving?
The thread has gotten more than 20 replies. Not surprised the sentiment is somewhat pro-Vonage, but that doesn't mean some of the posts don't make for entertaining reading. Perhaps the most interesting of these posts came from a Vonage Forum Member named Talk4Cheap, who writes:
"I've been with Vonage for almost 2 months now, and have only had sporadic caller id problems. Maybe twice since the new firmware. Today was the first time I have ever had a problem with it (cable was out for about 3 hours), but it directed them to my cell phone no problem and then went back after the internet came back up.
"BellSouth calls me about 2 times a week now asking me to come back. Offering unlimited US calling for $45 with all the features. I just stop them now and tell them what I have...they usually say well I can't beat that so have a nice day. One lady asked me how many minutes I got for that price and I told her unlimited, and then she asks "well how many minutes is that?" I (repeated 'unlimited'). Her response was "wow, that's a really good deal - have a nice day."