While I am on the subject of fucking, I would like to nominate Vonage for FUCKING SUCKING!
I got Vonage while I was up in Canada so I had an easy/affordable way for friends and family in the USA to call me and for me to call them. It worked pretty decently for that task but since I have returned to the USA it has occurred to me just about every time that I have used my phone via Vonage that is an overpriced piece of shit service. While I say it is shit, it does have a few redeaming qualities about it:
Call forwarding/SimuRing: this service works well, and does not depend on their network to fwd calls, so it is just fine to use.
Voicemail: they have pretty decent voicemail, but the part about it that is â€œpure titsâ€ is the feature that allows you to email the voicemail to the email address of your choice. This is fucking awesome and allows you to easily forward voicemail to friends, family or coworkers. It is also great for documenting employees that call you while they are high.
Numerous local numbers/800 numbers: For just $4.95 a month you can add either a local number (for your callers) in like 8 countries in the world or 100â€™s of cities in the USA. It is pretty awesome. If I wanted I could set up a number in the UK so people could call me up using a non long distance call in the UK. I do not have anyone calling me from the UK so this is JUST AN EXAMPLE.
Portability: I could get the fuck out of the USA for 6 months and bring my Vonage router, and a phone to anywhere with a high speed connection and still run my business like I was in the USA. This is pretty awesome.
Now that I spoke of the praises, I will start to talk shit about the things about Vonage that suck:
Gay Ass Comercials: Seriously they push this shit way too much and Vonage is backfill on every website with CPA advertising. I can make $100 if I can convince one sucker to sign up for their service. I like money.
Voice Quality: If I used a poor quality cell phone, amplified it, put the speaker in my ass, and then a microphone in my mouth I would still have better quality then what people on the receiving end of the call would experience. I would have to add poor wiring and cutting out to the list to come close to the terrible quality one might hear if they talked to someone with Vonage. On the Vonage side of the call things sound fine and you never know how poor the quality is for the other person until you experience it for yourself.
Price: They say save tons of money, and you might if you are calling between the US and Canada 24 hrs a day, but most telecom companies now offer unlimited domestic long distance plans for like $20 a month. Also you need to have a pretty hefty connection to make Vonage sound less like shit. For me it was a cable modem VS a dsl. One would sound like ass, one would sound like shit. I choose the ass.
Many of the above features are available over skypeâ€¦ so I would recommend that to anyone who always has a computer on. The last piece of information is that it seems like it is next to impossible to tie your remote distant # or 1800 number back into your local land line when you want to switch away from Vonageâ€¦ so for me, I am kinda fucked and will be stuck paying for vonage to use my 800 # and Chicago number strictly for forwarding. LAMERZZZ
Anyone else have an opinion on Vonage?