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Vonage downtrend continues, support building June 23, 2006

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As shown in the chart below, the recent Vonage IPO has been devastating to its investors. But the question remains when will it stop? Using technical analysis, the chart below shows that the stock (VG) has formed a downward sloping price channel in its first month. One of the first indications of a trend change will be an upward break of the channel. On the current chart, the upward break is at the $9.50 level. Of course, stocks can always break to the downside as well. Be careful of false breakouts in either direction. False breakouts to the upside suck investors in before going down again, while false breaks to the downside shake investors out right before it goes up. So wait for the new trend to get established and break of the channel line will be the first indication.

Vonage First Month Chart

Another encouraging indicator from the chart is that volume has dried up. This is usually an indication of consolidation and necessary before a stock can begin its advance.

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Skype offers free calls to US & Canada June 23, 2006

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Through the end of the year, Skype is offering free calls to landline and cell phones in the US and Canada, according to their web site.. The promotion is another sign of the fierce competition in the VoIP market. Skype is already a major player in that market in Asia and Europe, but has yet to gain a strong competitive edge in the US and Canada. However, with the integration of VoIP into customer relationship management software like those offered by Salesforce.com, Skype is targeting business as well as residential consumers. The two-prong strategy will make for an interesting year. In the meantime, consumers can enjoy the benefits of increased competition.

Skpyeout charges continue to apply for calls to other parts of the world.

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Citigroup & USB to blame for Vonage’s IPO failure May 27, 2006

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Vonage failed to meet up to its pre-IPO hype, according to analyst on the street. Yes, they're losing money and competition is tough from cable telephony providers. But the real blame for the failure of the IPO should be attributed to the investment bankers who handled the deal – Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities and UBS Investment Bank Inc..
The price and timing of the IPO depends on the sound financial judgment of the investment bankers. Unfortunately, the investment bankers, Citigroup and USB, used poor judgment. There are a few general rules to follows, such as sell when investors are eager to buy and select a price which can be supported by the market.

Citigroup and USB could have released the IPO last quarter when the overall stock market and investor sentiment was higher or waited until the current slump in stock prices is over. Going forward with an important IPO after a multi-week decline in stock prices and sentiment cost investors millions, which I'm sure has caught the attention of a few securities lawyers.

Wall Street analysts and pundits will never blame themselves, but they were the ones in control of the IPO. Investment bankers are paid to handle the IPO process and advise the client, Vonage. It appears Vonage may have received some bad advice.

Below is a chart of Vonage during the first week of it's IPO. The stock opened at $17 Wednesday and closed at $13.02 Friday for a 23.4% loss for the week.

Vonage IPO

For full disclosure, I do not own Vonage stock and am glad I have not owned the stock to date.

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A lightweight Skype solution April 23, 2006

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Looks like it's going to be a great year for Skype. Every time you open a magazine or a browser, there's a new device that integrates with Skype's VoIP service. Cardo System's VoIP headset is one more device that leverages Skype functionality. The gadget is an upgrade to the company's existing Scala 500 VoIP Bluetooth headset.

VoIP version of the Scala 500
Credit: Cardo Systems Cardo's VoIP adapter

The headset works with a special USB VoIP Adapter that enables a computer user to connect to and voice-control Skype software from up to 30 feet away. The headset and adapter combo gives users remote voice control to search Skype's address book, place a call, disconnect a call, redial and minimize or maximize the Skype on-screen interface.

In addition to the new VoIP functions, the Scala 500 still maintains its ability to work as a standalone Bluetooth device for a mobile phone.

The headset weighs a bit over a half ounce. It can either run for 7.5 hours on a two-to three-hour charge or last for a week in standby. It has 13 different volume levels. The Scala 500 VoIP Bluetooth headset with VoIP adapter retails at an MSRP of $69.99.

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Skype’s new product development set to accelerate April 23, 2006

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In March, Skype announced development of  "Skype for Business (Skype.biz), which consists of new hardware, improvements to programs and a Web site dedicated to small businesses."  To further expand its products and services, Skype recently announced acquisition of Sonorit.

"eBay will issue 700,000 shares of stock to buy Sonorit and its subsidiary, Camino Networks. Skype said it bought the company for its engineering team, which should help Skype build new voice products for the future.

"We’re excited about bringing the talented Camino Networks team to Skype," Niklas Zennstrom, Skype’s CEO and co-founder, said in a press release.

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VoIP business demand expected to double in UK April 23, 2006

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Despite concerns over the voice quality of VoIP service, the number of UK businesses expecting to deploy VoIP in the next two years is expected to rise from 15% to 40%, according to BusinessWeek.

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VoIP’s Triple-Digit Growth April 22, 2006

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According to Business Week….

Internet-based calling is set to soar in 2006. As carriers aim to reduce the cost of sending phone calls and subscribers aim for lower phone bills, the number of people subscribing to Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, services will almost double this year, to 47.3 million, according to consultancy Infonetics.The number of residential and small business users in North America is expected to surge ninefold to 39 million by 2009. Europe's total will jump almost eightfold to 42.5 million, while the tally in Asia will leap to 49.9 million.

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BellSouth and Packet8 team up April 21, 2006

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According to InfoWorld.com (December 12, 2005), BellSouth is teaming up with Packet8 to offer VoIP service to residential customers. Unfortunately, the cost of the service through BellSouth is $29.99/month. But don't donate to big corporate coffers. Buy direct from Packet8 and save $10 a month. It's a no-brainer. BellSouth's willingness to partner with Packet8 is a testimony to Packet8's quality.

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BellSouth, 8×8 team up on VoIP
Residential VoIP will be rolled out to BellSouth's whole service area over the next few months

By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

December 12, 2005

BellSouth is now offering a residential VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service provided by 8×8, the companies said in a statement Friday.

The BellSouth Digital Phone Service is available now in a few areas, mostly in Florida, and will be rolled out to the carrier's whole service area over the next several months, said Bryan Martin, chairman and chief executive officer of 8×8. The Santa Clara, California, VoIP service provider will supply the equipment, integration and operational services for the BellSouth offering, he said.

The service costs $29.99 per line per month and includes a wide variety of features, including voice mail, according to Martin. Customers will be able to order numbers from any area code in BellSouth's nine-state coverage area, and the service will comply with 911 requirements. It is intended as a service customers can take with them when they move, Martin said.

8×8 has more than 100,000 subscribers to its Packet8 VoIP service and offers a small business service as well as video telephony using a special $99 phone, Martin said. BellSouth will trial 8×8's video service as a future addition, he said. In addition to BellSouth, 8×8 provides a private-label VoIP service through DSG International, the operators of Dixons electronics stores in the U.K.

BellSouth could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

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Should Your Business Switch to VoIP? April 21, 2006

Posted by voipservices in Business Voip, Voice Over IP (VOIP), VoIP.
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An excellent article by Entrepreneur.com exploring the question, "is VoIP right for small businesses?"

Though VoIP is quickly gaining popularity, some small businesses are still on the sidelines, concerned that VoIP audio quality is substandard, that the technology is difficult or costly to implement, or that their phone service will be interrupted if their electricity goes out.

The truth is, VoIP's benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks.

Author Peter Alexander then explores what every business should know about Voice Over the Internet Protocol phone service.

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SunRocket’s No Gotcha Policy April 20, 2006

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Can you imagine — a no gotcha policy from a telecommunications company! In these days of Asterisk (*) Marketing, it’s quite refreshing. I call it Asterisk Marketing because nearly all marketing promotions come with an asterisk (*) now. “Buyer beware” is more meaningful today than ever before. But SunRocket’s No Gotcha Policy speaks well for the company’s confidence in quality assurance.

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