Broadband phone service provider, Vonage (news
alert) just struck a deal with networking products developer,
NETGEAR, Inc. (news
quote), to develop a suite of broadband telephony devices. The
phones will be bundled with Texas Instruments� VoIP and WLAN chipsets
and compatible with the Vonage�s voice over IP
tutorial) service. First products coming out�a voice-enabled 802.11g
wireless router followed by a wired two-port telephone adapter/router.
These wonders are said to be up for grabs by Vonage�s customers by
October of this year, just enough time to make it into your holiday wish
The news will surely
make many Vonage customers put on their happy faces, as they will be
able to unwire themselves by going Ethernet cable-free thanks to NETGEAR.
The company�s phone adapters and routers will provide users with much
longed-for flexibility and mobility of a wireless home network, a relief
for many customers that look for wireless voice services and data
networking. Vonage�s VoIP service features will remain the same, now
wireless customers will keep making and receiving calls with their phone
number remaining intact.
Vonage is a pioneer within its industry, and the Vonage service
demonstrates a unique application for our networking products,� said
Patrick Lo, NETGEAR�s chairman and chief executive officer of NETGEAR.
�Vonage has been offering our traditional wired routers to their
customers for more than a year. So, we�re extremely gratified that they
have now chosen NETGEAR to provide them with a solution integrating two
of the fastest growing technology areas, wireless and Voice over IP,
into a single device.�
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|Johanne Torres is the Assistant Editor for
TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was
the Assistant Editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She
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