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In Defense of Lance Ulanoff

VoIP bloggers are more prone to wearing blinder or at-least pink tinted glasses. Backing out a few of them, like Aswath/Andy, I think many are not willing to look at some of the issues with VoIP, and how consumers interact with the VoIP services. Today Russ and some others are beating up on PC Magazine’s Lance Ulanoff who gave five reasons why he doesn’t have VoIP. And there is not a single reason Lance cites which makes him clueless, as some else called him. He doesn’t write for VoIP geeks, and neither do other reporters. Humans, don’t want to deal with the minutiae that gets most of us lathered into a frenzy. Russ doesn’t offer convincing arguments. Sorry buddy, on this one you are just not seeing the big picture – ease of use and features that work matter, to consumers. Irwin Lazar offers his own reasons why he doesn’t use VoIP either, and he is no VoIP hater.

4 Responses to “In Defense of Lance Ulanoff”

  1. umm am I the only one who thinks use voip and if something shjould go wrong power outtage or whatever to just use your cell? i see 10 yr olds with cell phones now.. even a prepaid emergency cell phone for back up.

  2. lickedcat

    All valid points but a bit of FUD in there for good measure. Here’s what I do. I kept my PSTN line, but I got myself a outbound VoIP service from For $9.99 a month I get 600 minutes of no charge N.American calling (boht local and LD) plus access to some pretty low international rates. Since my program outbound service, I don’t get calls from the PSTN which is OK with me. I basically use it to reduce my long distance charges. I was paying 9 cents to Portugal now I pay 2 cents.