Verizon to Vonage: All You Phone Calls Are Belong To Us
In a move designed to infuriate the technical community (yours truly included), the judge in the patent case between Verizon and Vonage has issued an order that Vonage is prohibited from completing calls from its service to a regular phone line. The implication is that Verizon is claiming that it should have exclusive use of any method of connecting a phone call from a PC to a land line. What does this mean? Goodbye Vonage, Broadwing, Packet8, Skype, AT&T Callvantage, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, etc. The entire phone industry is at stake.
Verizon has done something very VERY stupid. They've gone and ticked off tens of millions of consumers AND dozens of competing companies by trying to enforce a patent that should have never been granted in the first place. (Hey guys? Prior art? Duh?) I'm really ticked because I'm a Vonage customer.
Vonage hasn't been a perfect company to work with, but I'm getting phone service with more minutes than I can use for under $20 a month. I don't have service disruptions and the calls are always clear. If I have to change to a regular land line, our phone service will likely be jacked up to nearly double what we pay right now.
I'm hoping Verizon gets its posterior handed back to it on a silver platter. In the meantime, I'm looking at moving our phone service somewhere else.