Verizon's Refund is Just the Start of a Shakeup in Wireless
October 4, 2010

Verizon just confessed to overcharging 15 million wireless customers. It's a tiny part of a much bigger problem for the wireless giant. Verizon Wireless padded the bills of 15 million customers with unnecessary charges, the company admitted in a terse statement released on Sunday afternoon. Verizon (VZ), which clearly hoped to bury the matter quickly, wouldn't specify either the average or the total amount of the overcharges. It simply said that most were small, a few dollars per customer, and promised full refunds. Total overcharges could run as high as $90 million. It's easy to assume the worst --

Apple Approves Vonage App
September 3, 2009

Apple may have rejected the Google Voice application from its app store, but another provider of voice over IP has had more luck

MagicJack Posts Big Sales
June 17, 2008

A little-known company that sells a low-cost device for delivering Internet-based phone service has been posting huge sales, the AP reported Tuesday. The MagicJack, which was invented by Dan Borislow and made by Florida-based YMax Corp., sells for $39.95 – a price that includes a year of free calls- and has been selling 8,000 to 9,000 units per day, according to the AP. These sales beat both of both established competitor Vonage and a similar service now being offered by cable giant Comcast. YMax, which is not to be confused with WiMAX, is based in West Palm Beach, Fla. What do you

Vonage Sued by Nortel
December 20, 2007

Having finally solved its patent litigation from seemingly every major telecommunications provider in North America, Vonage is now facing yet another patent lawsuit: this time, from Nortel. The Wall Street Journal reported on the suit Monday. The Canadian telecom provider filed suit against the New Jersey-based Internet phone provider, alleging that Vonage infringed on nine separate patents related to Internet phone service, 911 and 411 calling and “click to call,” Nortel’s spokesman told the Journal. Most strangely, this suit appears to have come about after Vonage acquired three patents from Digital Packet Licensing Inc. last year. Nortel had already been in legal entanglements

Court: Vonage Must Pay More
November 16, 2007

The Internet phone company must pay nearly $40 million more than originally planned to settle its patent litigation with Verizon, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Thursday, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington ruled that the case would not be reheard, Vonage was ordered to pay $119 million to settle, as opposed to the lower amount of $80 million. In recent months, Vonage has settled separate patent litigation with AT&T and Sprint as well as Verizon. According to the terms of the Verizon settlement, Vonage would have to

Vonage, AT&T Settle
November 9, 2007

The internet phone company Vonage on Thursday announced that it had agreed to settle the lawsuit filed against it by AT&T, the Wall Street Journal reported. Vonage has agreed to pay AT&T $39 million over five years as part of the settlement. The suit, which alleged patent infringement, had been filed less than a month ago, and represents the last of the major litigation filed against Vonage for infringing on patents, as the company settled with both Verizon and Sprint in October. The announcement of the settlement came as Vonage announced its third-quarter results, which included a net loss of 161.8 million-

Vonage, Verizon Settle
October 26, 2007

Vonage has agreed to settle its patent suit with Verizon, after a long-lasting court battle that has left the Internet phone company’s future in question. The Wall Street Journal reported that the settlement will either be for $80 million or $117.5 million, depending on the outcome of a still-pending court decision. The settlement follows a similar one, reached earlier this month, between Vonage and Sprint. However, the company now faces a third telecom lawsuit, this time from AT&T.

Vonage Sued Again, This Time by AT&T
October 23, 2007

The Internet phone company Vonage disclosed over the weekend that it had been sued, yet again, by a telecom giant for infringing patents, the Wall Street Journal reported. This time, AT&T says that Vonage is violating a patent which allows users to access an Internet phone system through a standard phone. The suit was actually filed last Wednesday, but Vonage did not disclose it until issuing a regulatory filing late Friday. Verizon’s suit against Vonage, which Vonage lost but is now appealing, led to a judge ruling that Vonage can no longer use certain technologies. Earlier this month, Vonage settled another suit,

Vonage, Sprint Settle Suit
October 9, 2007

The Internet phone provider Vonage on Monday settled its patent infringement lawsuit with Sprint for $80 million, the Associated Press reported. The move comes just over a week after a jury in Kansas City found that Vonage had infringed on Sprint’s patents, and ordered that Vonage pay $69.5 million in damages. As part of the settlement, Sprint has licensed more than 100 patents for use by Vonage. According to the AP, the $80 million settlement price includes $45 million for the combination of a fully paid future license and prepayment for services, as well as $35 million for past use. Vonage lost