Vonage offering unlimited international calling via mobile phones

Vonage offering unlimited international calling via mobile phones

Summary: Vonage's international calling plan is stepping up to be a more affordable and flexible option as the service extends to mobile.

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Vonage's international calling plan is stepping up to be a more affordable and flexible option as the service extends to mobile.

The new Vonage World plan is as follows: Subscribers can call land-line numbers in over 60 countries from either their own land-line or mobile phone using the VoIP service for $25.99 per month. Users can also call mobile numbers in up to 10 countries on the same plan.

Vonage suggests that anyone who already conducts international phone calls for a little as an hour a week could save up to $250 with this option.

Mike Tempora, senior vice president of product management for Vonage, said that the mobile option was in high demand from its customers, citing that "70 percent said they make international calls while their away from home either by using a calling card or paying high carrier rates."

Additionally, the revamped plan includes the new Extensions feature, which enables customers to add any U.S. phone number (mobile, home or office) as another number on the plan. (Note that fax numbers as well as 800/887 and virtual numbers are not supported). That number can then double as a virtual calling card to re-route calls over the Vonage's network.

For example, this makes the most sense if a subscriber has Vonage World at home or work, and wants to add his or her cell phone number to the plan, or vice versa.

The process to take advantage of this might seem a bit complicated on paper, but it's rather straightforward. Once the user registers the number on his or her online account page, the user will then have to select a PIN number for validating the subscriber and the phone line later on. From there, when the user wants to make an international call, he or she just dials an access number, the PIN number and then the international phone number he or she is calling.

Tempora added that customers who use virtual numbers and/or international calling cards will find the process to be quite similar and intuitive.

Although this service is supported by any mobile device, there will be apps for iOS and Android in the coming weeks with a one-touch solution to streamline this process.

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  • Except...

    To many of the countries - it's ONLY to landlines. Mobiles aren't included.<br><br>It's still a great plan - I use it myself, but you have to be aware of that little gotcha. Also annoying, the Canadian and American Vonages don't quite offer the same services, which is odd since it's - you know - the Internet and so shouldn't have to be different.
    TheWerewolf
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  • From 1st month it was introduced I use it to call my India landline/mobile

    Now it's extended for 1 more number, which is really wonderful, for same cost. We use call forward now to do the same, but, it's more easier. I expect the Vonnage iPhone app eagerly...!
    jinishans
  • RE: Vonage offering unlimited international calling via mobile phones

    @ thewerewolf I agree with you I am also wondering why the Canadian and American Vonage don't offer the same service, I guess Vonage has some explaining to do about this to avoid confusion on their customers. With the 60 countries they mentioned that you can call, only few can be called through mobile phones, I think they should fix it for even Mike Tempora (senior vice president of product management for Vonage) knows how mobile option is in demand now a days . The plan seems to be great but the monthly subscription fee is not ideal if you really want to save more on your calling rates. One more thing I noticed about the plan is that it misses a lot of the high call traffic places like the Philippines, the call rates to the Philippines seems low which is quite enticing but I was surprised by seeing the contract fee which is pretty high. Just like Vonage, VoxCall also allows people to store more than one phone number on their international calling plan the only difference is VoxCall has no monthly subscription fee like what Vonage charges.
    angelbaluyut
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      JT82
  • RE: Vonage offering unlimited international calling via mobile phones

    I got burnt by Vonage a few years ago...tried to cancel and took four months and a half dozen charges from them before they finally canceled it. Grrrr...

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