Vonage to Release SoftPhone

Vonage will soon release a proprietary softphone that will allow its customers to make phone calls over the service without the use of a VoIP telephone adaptor.  

Vonage will soon release a proprietary softphone that will allow its customers to make phone calls over the service without the use of a VoIP telephone adaptor.

According to a Vonage company executive, the softphone capability the company will build into it's service soon will be limited to use on a single computer. Michael Tribolet, Vonage's Vice President of Operations, says the softphone product will be oriented primarily to current customers who travel.

Users who sign up for a $4.99/monthly second line from the company, will be given the choice of receiving specially written IP telephone software, with a separate phone number, that can be installed on one computer, Tribolet said. 

Currently, consumer broadband telephone companies offering unlimited service plans do not allow sofphone usage because it allows a user to share his or her account with many others by simply providing a user name and password.

Vonage will get around the problem by provisioning its softphone on only one computer and network MAC address. Tribolet says a user who needs to change the computer on which the specially designed software is installed can contact the company for reprovisioning.

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