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Will a low-cost cordless phone finally convince you to pull the plug on the PSTN? That’s what SunRocket and ATS hope with their scheduled announcement Tuesday of a cordless, multi-handset VoIP phone that will be available for as little as $19.99 after a rebate. Whether or […]

Will a low-cost cordless phone finally convince you to pull the plug on the PSTN? That’s what SunRocket and ATS hope with their scheduled announcement Tuesday of a cordless, multi-handset VoIP phone that will be available for as little as $19.99 after a rebate.

Whether or not such easy-to-use gear — or the convenience of a bundled service — will help lift troubled SunRocket out of the bottom of the VoIP provider pool is another story.

In the latest VoIP market statistics from TeleGeography, SunRocket is barely visible, trailing far behind indy compatriot Vonage and the soaring telephony businesses of the nation’s leading cable companies.

Still, if SunRocket and its $199 yearly service price makes sense to you, the digital, enhanced offering that ATS introduced last year might be the way to go VoIP in cordless style.

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On the positive side, the ATS DECT phone (that means Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications, I had to look it up too) sounds like a winner, with its ability to steer clear of interference from other phones or the microwave oven by virtue of its using the 1.9 GHz band, like other DECT devices.

But you have to wonder if SunRocket’s service is such a lure that you would pass up some of the Skype cordless phones hitting the market, or this cool job from Philips. Or you just might wait for the promised Vonage Wi-Fi model, though you might miss a lot of calls in the meantime. (SunRocket said its ATS offering will be priced at $69.99 $99.99 MSRP, then marked down to $69.99, then adding a $50 rebate after service activation.)

If nothing else, the bundled phone (which SunRocket’s draft press release said will be offered at “one of the nation’s largest office superstores”) might help SunRocket boost its user numbers over the 200,000 mark; according to TeleGeography, SunRocket’s current apogee is 181,000 total users, less than a tenth the size of Vonage’s market-leading mark of 2.11 million domestic subscribers. In the fourth quarter alone, cablecos Time Warner and Comcast both added bigger-than-SunRocket numbers — 211,000 for T-W, more than 500,000 for Comcast — making you wonder how much longer the SunRocket (or any indie-VoIP provider) has to ride.

  1. [...] SIP-compliant VoIP platform. Retail customers will be able to easily activate the multi-handset cordless unit for Internet phone service by choosing from any of SunRocket’s offerings, including its pioneering all-inclusive $199 Annual Edition — which delivers unlimited free calling throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, enhanced voicemail, over a dozen free built-in calling features, enhanced 911 calling, plus the option to keep their existing phone number. Paul Kapustka over at GigaOM has a great write up on this at ‘Pull the plug on PSTN with Cordless VoIP?’ [...]

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  2. Here in the UK I doubt very much if VoIP will a replacement for an existing landline any time soon.

    The average homeowner is already tied to a telephone contract to connect to the Internet, and the call rates are very competitive, so why would you change?

    I decided to go totally VoIP about 6 months ago, but i’m not going to start saving money until I move to Cable broadband instead.

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  3. With Verizon Fios hitting the market i think more people will ditch the PSTN in the US, especially with all the charges taxes and fees they add on.

    We carry the largest selection of Skype Hardware online, and have seen a huge increase in the sales of the RTX 2-in-1 Cordless DUALphone- todate the best selling Skype phone, this gives them the choice to use both the landline and VoIP, then decide if they want to ditch the PSTN.

    http://www.nycommsdirect.com/2-in-1-Cordless-DUALphone-p/2-0001.htm

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  4. Paul Kapustka Tuesday, March 6, 2007

    MonkeyMagic, didn’t BT just cross the 1 million VoIP user threshold? But maybe people don’t even know/care it is VoIP if they are buying an Internet service bundle.

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  5. SunRocket – A right choice!
    For the price of
    $199.oo for a whole year of service of which includes customer service and tech support in the good ol United States of America. A free phone dependiong on the offer. Rewards points good for great stores gift cards etc.

    How could you go wrong?

    They give you depending on signup offer an extra 3 that’s three months on top of the 12 making it a total of 15 that’s fifthteen months of unlimited calling with long distance for 1 dollar under $200.oo, how can any one complain!

    Remember that’s about $13.27 a month!!!!!

    SunRocket has added jobs in USA and the team has a great caring concerned attitude.

    Ever tried called a land line carrier only to be outsourced to some far off place as SunRocket did for awhile back? I am sure the answer is yes. As SunRocket found out it was not in the best interest of the customer or the company to outsource jobs that we need right here in the US of America.

    Even if this company went out of business you could spend $200.oo using a land line with long distance and less features in less than 4 months.

    No one can predict the future of any business and state they will be there in the future. I for one hope that a company such as SunRocket continues becomes more visisable as an option to consider when making a service provider choice.

    Also use your credit card when making your purchase for any products or services. Chances are that you can usually recover your money. If not sure call your credit card issuer and if the do not look for one that does. BankRate.com is a good resource for card offering choices.

    I hope for all us SunRocket customers that the Sun stays shining and Rocket gets pass the moon into the depths of outer space!

    No, I do not work for SunRocket.

    I do however thank the some of the outstanding people such as Walter, Shane, Allen, Lisa, Leslie, Laura, Matt, Mason, Brian, Michael, Jeff, John, Jason, Josh, Josha, Ben, Hannah, Emiley.

    These are just a few of the wonderful stars that have assisted me since June of 2006.

    Yes you will need help at some time or another as technology evolves. For this price and these people you get your money’s worth and much more!

    Try it out .. . . after all you have a free 30 day trail gurantee.

    Good luck and be patient. Any good thing is worth checking out.

    ***** 5 Star Rated even with the work in progress. A real value for your dollar. A real bang for your buck!

    Mi Be

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