Communications Briefs

By Staff On Nov 6 2006 - 8:00am

Vonage Offers New Calling Features

Holmdel, N.J. — Vonage announced several new dialing features for its VoIP customers, including the ability to dial in for traffic and weather reports. A partnership with will send weather forecasts to Vonage subscribers who dial 700-WEATHER from their Vonage-enabled phones. Once they enter their ZIP code, they can access current weather conditions, 5-day forecasts and severe-weather warnings. Vonage also launched a free traffic reporting service to customers in 26 states. Vonage users can dial 511 from their Vonage-connected phones and receive local traffic reports free of charge. According to Vonage, the call is routed from Vonage's network to a user's local 511 Advanced Traveler Information Service (ATIS) based upon the address of the customer registered for their 911 service. Vonage said that there are thirty 511 systems operating in 26 states. Finally, Vonage customers in select locations can dial 811 to find out if it's safe to dig holes on their property.

Auvi Intros Skype/Landline Cordless

St. Louis — VoIP hardware maker Auvi Electronics announced a dual mode cordless phone for use with Skype's PC VoIP service. The PHIP65 connects to a landline and a PC via USB for Skype calls. The phone uses DECT/1.9GHz technology and is expandable up to four handsets. The handsets feature a speakerphone, caller ID, three-way calling, call transfer and differentiated ring tones to identify Skype and landline calls. Skype contacts are displayed on the unit's LCD display and the phone offers 10 hours of talk time and 120 hours of standby power. The PHIP65 is shipping this month for a suggested $129. Accessory handsets will be on the market in mid-December for a suggested $79.99.

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