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Vonage, Nortel Settle Patent Dispute
And for once, Vonage doesn't have to shell out millions...
by Karl Bode 02:01PM Monday Dec 31 2007 Tipped by Phoenix2088 See Profile
The VoIP patent settlements just keep on coming for Vonage, who today announced they've settled their legal dispute with Nortel Networks. Fortunately for the struggling VoIP provider this settlement won't involve any monetary payments. Instead the settlement involves a "limited cross license":
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The companies will each license three patents to the other, Nortel spokesman Mohammed Nakhooda said today in a statement. They'll drop claims of past damages, and dismiss those related to other patents, Vonage and Nortel said. Vonage shares rose as much as 10 percent.
Vonage has settled four other patent suits already this year.

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rudnicke
Premium
join:2004-10-23
Rantoul, IL
kudos:4

Stand Up!

Would the next in line to sue Vonage please stand up.

SkyBlue9

join:2007-03-31

Meanwhile

Vonage is wondering who is next. And how long they can dish out money. Whether its worth is to pay out all the royalties without raising their rates.

Shrapnel64
Premium
join:2001-01-24
VA, USA
kudos:1

Re: Meanwhile

In my opinion, you're right that Vonage is wondering who is going to be next on the list.

It is also my opinion that Vonage is in a catch 22 -- if they raise rates and pass the costs on to their customers, they will start looking for alternatives as their rates will be with that of their competitors. Vonage from what I've seen offers you everything possible, much, much cheaper than say AT&T's VoIP service.

If they raise rates, a lot of people will be upset...some will pay, others will go with someone who they feel more comfortable with, and who has a lot of reliability behind them (AT&T for example).

CylonRed
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join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
At some point in time they have to raise their rates. They were losing tons of money before the lawsuits and the lawsuits just made it worse...
Kearnstd
Space Elf
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Mullica Hill, NJ
kudos:1
what i find interesting is all these so called patents, why wernt the lawyers sicked when Vonage came out. clearly the owners wanted hopes of big bucks lawsuits vs the Cease and Desist that you would normally have to use on someone small.
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TJ_in_IL

join:2006-06-10
Winthrop Harbor, IL

SunRocket LLP vs. Vonage??

I am waiting for the results of the SunRocket vs. Vonage lawsuit (claiming violation of privacy).
Will be interesting to see how much noise the defuct provider will make.

TJ
--
TeleBlend- Your Local Broadband Phone Company????

Trinijoy
Premium
join:2005-09-12
Brick, NJ

Yeah okay.

I think this is actually funny for the Judge to let these cases even go.

S_engineer
Premium
join:2007-05-16
Chicago, IL

I lost on Vonage stock...

I bought at $2.45 and sold it at $2.07. I wonder if it will ever hit that magical $3.00 mark.
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Let's pluck 'im and see if he's ripe!"
- Larry (MEN IN BLACK, 1934)

meister_sd
Premium
join:2006-01-29
La Mesa, CA
kudos:7

Re: I lost on Vonage stock...

Well, I liked this:

"Vonage shares rose as much as 10 percent."

I guess that amounts to about 3c... hehe

swsamurai
Premium
join:2002-04-17
Bakersfield, CA

You should be happy. A friend and I both got the "invitation" to join in on the IPO. Both of us were "accepted", but I backed out at the last minute. He ended up buying something like 2000 shares at the IPO special price... I think it was something like $12 a share.

Be glad you were not there! It is still a bitter topic for him. He sold at about $4 a share.

Oh well... you just got to look at it like this... do not gamble with money you cannot afford to lose.

yep101

@northropgrumman.com

Vonage lives Go Go Go

I love my vonage

Link8

join:2001-12-16
Davis, CA

Re: Vonage lives Go Go Go

Raising the rates? That's exactly what the phone companies/cable companies want to do to Vonage, force them to raise their rates by suing them.

entropy1
Premium
join:2002-09-25

VOIP is Junk

Vonage is still around? Eeep. What a crap company.

clickwir

join:2001-06-21
Dickson City, PA

1 recommendation

Re: VOIP is Junk

Actually lots of people have Vonage and it's great. I've never had a service from a company be so hassle free and just all around great. I highly recommend them. It's sad to see Vonage get trashed on by people that know nothing about them. Vonage is awesome.

entropy1
Premium
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Re: VOIP is Junk

I was attempting to amuse myself. My neighbor actually has Vonage. He complains about Vonage and drinks constantly. Such is life.
ANWDREW0

join:2004-01-21
Sterling, VA

Re: VOIP is Junk

His cable is probably shit and Vonage works fine
At least that is my experience. When Comcast is down
so is Vonage. I purchased some stock and am glad I did.

Can't stop these checks from pouring in

MrMaster
jetsetter
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join:2000-12-16
St Thomas, VI

Re: VOIP is Junk

said by ANWDREW0:

His cable is probably shit and Vonage works fine
At least that is my experience. When Comcast is down
so is Vonage. I purchased some stock and am glad I did.

Can't stop these checks from pouring in
said by ANWDREW0:

His cable is probably shit and Vonage works fine
At least that is my experience. When Comcast is down
so is Vonage. I purchased some stock and am glad I did.

Can't stop these checks from pouring in
Checks from Comcast?

entropy1
Premium
join:2002-09-25
I think he has DSL actually. By the way, bragging about money online is lame. It makes all your comments ineffective thereafter.

a333
A hot cup of integrals please

join:2007-06-12
Rego Park, NY

-.-

What's Vonage???

HD_Ride
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join:2000-10-18
Jerseyastan

Re: VOIP is Junk

said by entropy1:

I think he has DSL actually.
I had DSL for 7 years, overall I was pretty happy with it. I later added a few different VoIP services and the VoIP call quality was OK as long as I wasn’t doing any uploads or downloads. There is a big difference with VoIP over a Fios (or cable) vs. a DSL connection.

Jahntassa
What, I can have feathers
Premium
join:2006-04-14
Conway, SC
kudos:4
said by entropy1:

I think he has DSL actually. By the way, bragging about money online is lame. It makes all your comments ineffective thereafter.
I seem to have missed the part where calling something 'crap' without explanation, sources, or any other sort of reasoning makes your comments 'effective' in any way..

On another note, Vonage has been just fine for me.
Expand your moderator at work

swsamurai
Premium
join:2002-04-17
Bakersfield, CA

LOL

If he drinks constantly and then attempts to use Vonage, therein lies the problem.

I use Vonage all the time at home, especially to call my mother in Alaska. I use the TTY device on it and it has never given me a minute of problems.
Ulmo

join:2005-09-22
Aptos, CA
I just signed up for Comcast triple-play. I forgot about Vonage.

Does Vonage have Simultaneous Ring, and does Comcast CDV? I looked on Vonage's web site, and didn't see it, and don't remember it from Comcast's material.

Right now I don't care since my cell is temporary, but when I get rich again (get a full time minimum wage job or better) it might matter.
qworster

join:2001-11-25
Bryn Mawr, PA
Reviews:
·Comcast
·Verizon FiOS

2 edits

Re: VOIP is Junk

said by Ulmo:

Does Vonage have Simultaneous Ring?

Yes. For many years.
I looked on Vonage's web site, and didn't see it.
Look again. It's there under voice mail settings.

swsamurai
Premium
join:2002-04-17
Bakersfield, CA

I use the Simultaneous ring on vonage and point to mine and my wife's cell phones.

Heck.. the only reason we keep out landline is for the house alarm.

badtrip
Premium
join:2004-03-20
said by entropy1:

Vonage is still around? Eeep. What a crap company.
I've had Vonage for 3 years or so. The only problems I've ever had with the service is when Comcast crapped out.

IMO, Vonage is cheap, reliable and feature rich. I would hate to see them fold.

Shemp

@telus.net

Love Vonage

I love my Vonage. They have saved me huge amounts of money, and also my friends who can call me for free because of vonage access.