E-Gear Review: Vonage V-Phone
The V-Phone is a simple-to-use VoIP device that doesn’t require any software downloads or installation and can be taken anywhere you take your laptop. It’s a great way to extend the usefulness of your Vonage account when you’re away from home.
The thumb-sized V-Phone is essentially a standard USB flash memory drive (it actually includes 250MBs of free memory for copying files) with the Vonage application embedded in it and a wired mic/earphone for holding conversations. Because the software runs off the drive, there’s nothing to install on your computer. Just plug it into a free USB port on any broadband connected computer and start using. The application automatically launches when the V-Phone is in a USB port. You can then use either your PC’s number keys or your mouse to start dialing or receiving calls. The application includes a contact list, call history, transfer and hold buttons and a voice mail center. All calls and contacts are stored on the V-Phone, not the computer, so you take your numbers with you.
Sound quality is pretty good, though sometimes I noticed a minimal lag, depending on the quality of the network connection. I used the phone on several trips away from home, including overseas in Japan with no problems — calls that would have cost me $10/minute through the hotel’s operator.