May 23, 2006 4:58 AM PDT

Vonage, poised for IPO, has rivals at its heels

While Vonage is still the largest Net phone company, cable operators are rapidly catching up by offering bundled services.
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that's not my experience w/ Vonage and Time Warner
I have Time Warner for cable and broadband internet, in upstate NY. And I have Vonage for phone. For $27.24 (that includes tax) a month, I get unlimited long distance and local phone services from Vonage. Time Warner has a bundle that includes phone, broadband and internet, and it would cost me $10 more a month than what I'm currently paying for all my Time Warner services and Vonage.

The bundle does save customers a couple of dollars over what they'd pay if they added up the price for each service by itself, but since Vonage has a lower price than Time Warner's base phone price (Time Warner charges $39.95 for internet phone), Vonage is still a better deal.

I did have to do a bit more work. If I'd ordered Time Warner's service, they probably would have set up the device for me, but it wasn't hard to do, and I didn't have to agree to be at home at a certain time to do it.
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that's not my experience w/ Vonage and Time Warner
I have Time Warner for cable and broadband internet, in upstate NY. And I have Vonage for phone. For $27.24 (that includes tax) a month, I get unlimited long distance and local phone services from Vonage. Time Warner has a bundle that includes phone, broadband and internet, and it would cost me $10 more a month than what I'm currently paying for all my Time Warner services and Vonage.

The bundle does save customers a couple of dollars over what they'd pay if they added up the price for each service by itself, but since Vonage has a lower price than Time Warner's base phone price (Time Warner charges $39.95 for internet phone), Vonage is still a better deal.

I did have to do a bit more work. If I'd ordered Time Warner's service, they probably would have set up the device for me, but it wasn't hard to do, and I didn't have to agree to be at home at a certain time to do it.
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