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The patents describe technology for completing phone calls between Vo IP users and people using phones on the traditional public switched network, authenticating Vo IP callers, validating Vo IP callers' accounts, fraud protection, providing enhanced features, using Wi-Fi handsets with Vo IP services, and monitoring Vo IP caller usage.
Customers are responsible for maintaining their 911 location information at all times.Vonage planned to get better terms by paying down debt ahead of schedule, and by achieving sustained financial performance.Between March and June 2011, Vonage prepaid $70 million, reducing the balance to $130 million, the year-end 2011 target.Defining Your Idea and Understanding Patents Conducting a Patent Search Filing a Patent Application Receiving and Maintaining Your Patent Community Q&A You've created an invention that will revolutionize the way the world works, but how do you make your idea a reality?The United States Patent and Trademark Office issues patents for original, useful inventions that change the way people do things.On March 8, 2007 a jury found Vonage guilty of infringing three patents held by Verizon, and not guilty of infringing two other patents.
The jury ordered Vonage to pay US$58 million, and a royalty rate of 5.5% of every sale to a Vonage customer, back to Verizon.
Subscribers can obtain additional "virtual numbers" for a monthly fee. telephone number via the FCC's local number portability (LNP), not every phone number is available in every area code.
Vonage also offers virtual numbers in Mexico, Canada and Europe. Additionally, customers can transfer an existing number to Vonage, which can take up to 7 to 10 business days from the time the customer completes the Number Transfer Authorization (NTA).
Features for Vonage home phone residential service includes voicemail transcription; 411 calling; caller ID; call waiting; do not disturb; and a network availability feature which forwards all calls to a mobile phone if Internet connectivity is lost.
Vonage customers must have a broadband Internet connection, such as cable Internet service or DSL, through an Internet service provider (ISP).
If a customer dials 911 before the 911 verification is completed, the call will usually be routed to a national 911 call center where basic information must be given (name, location, nature of emergency, etc.), after which the call is transferred to a local public service answering point, like a local Police Department.