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Vonage Offers In-Store Activations

11/09/2006 02:06:00 PM Eastern

Holmdel, N.J. – VoIP provider Vonage will begin to offer in-store activation for its Internet telephony service thanks to a newly minted partnership with GetConnected.

In-store activation initially will be available at Circuit City and is under development with other Vonage retailers, said David Goodwin, Vonage sales VP. Through Circuit’s existing GetConnected kiosks (which consumers use to activate broadband, satellite and other digital service as well), consumers can select their Vonage service plan and activate their hardware device.

The GetConnected partnership will allow Vonage consumers to get their rebates instantly and make the purchase of a VoIP device similar to buying a cellphone, Goodwin said. The company will continue to offer a “grab and go” model where consumers purchase equipment in store, activate it at home and mail-in a rebate.

The GetConnected kiosks will also allow Vonage to be more aggressive with short-term promotions, Goodwin said.

According to Goodwin, the kiosks will continue to offer other digital subscription services and possibly other VoIP services, in addition to Vonage’s plans. “We’ve found that some customers want Vonage, but don’t have broadband, so we feel this is an opportunity to help retailers add more services.”

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