Leading Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Vonage was granted a number of patents in early October by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new patents showcase a bright future for internet phone and Vonage's service. Plus, patents allow consumers to see where and how VoIP technology is advancing. And these advancements haven't gone unnoticed. In fact, according to Seeking Alpha, Vonage's stock (NYSE:VG) rose 2.9% after the new patent announcement.
Here is a condensed list of all the newly-issued patents:
- U.S. Patent No. 9,401,997 - pertains to the use of third-party applications with a VoIP system; specifically, how these integrations perform and interact with the system
- U.S. Patent Nos. 9,419,988 and 9,426,302 - security measures for both users and providers in relation to fraudulent messaging and call activity
- U.S. Patent No. 9,356,953 - security measures for the identification of "spoofed" messages, where the message's source can be identified and validated
- U.S. Patent No. 9,451,507 - mobile and messaging features in relation to communicating over a data network
- U.S. Patent No. 9,462,136 - displaying a sender's ID with outgoing messages
- U.S. Patent No. 9,444,944 - call processing features, including reconnecting two parties trying to call one another at once
- U.S. Patent No. 9,461,844 - improvements to Quality of Service
On top of this, in May of this year, Vonage was also granted seven other patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These patents encompassed everything from Communications Platform as a Service (CPaas) to Unified Communications as a Service (UCaas) to Quality of Service (QoS). Chief Legal Officer Kurt Rogers had this to say about these new patents and technology advancements:
"Our most recent patents broadly cover unique features applicable to Communications Platform as a Service, enabling developers and enterprises to embed contextual communications into websites, apps and business workflows. Using CPaaS solutions, businesses are able to increase customer engagement by seamlessly providing direct, relevant and actionable communications to their customers across any mode of communication, on any platform, from text, to chat app, to social media, to voice."
In total, the company currently owns the rights to 132 different patents, with over 200 patent applications pending. Their patents cover a wide range of telephone products and technologies like extensions, virtual telephone numbers, toll-free numbers, mobile, business desktop, and more in addition to their domestic and international calling plans. You can view all of Vonage's patents listed on their website.
But the company isn't solely focused on achieving new patents. They are more about delivering quality VoIP service to their customers by providing the customization and flexibility that customers are seeking. All at a competitive rate. Numerous of businesses are making the switch to VoIP due to these factors, and because static copper-wired traditional phone systems are slowly becoming outdating.
Vonage is one of the biggest names in VoIP telephony and offers two types of VoIP to consumers: business VoIP and residential VoIP
Their business VoIP plans and tools from Vonage cater to small business as well as mid-level markets and large enterprises. Their small business VoIP plans enable consumers to customize their phone system to meet their needs by adding only the number and type of extensions they need. And this includes a robust set of over 40 included features that will help any business effectively communicate. Plus, with multi-line discounts available and no long distance charges, Vonage makes it easy for small businesses to have access to a reliable VoIP phone system. Their mid-market and enterprise solutions are tailored towards the bigger businesses that want unified communications, cloud services, and integrations as part of their VoIP phone system in addition to the most necessary features like call recording, video conferencing, mobile connect and more.
Vonage's residential VoIP offerings are tailored towards consumers who want affordable local, long distance, and even international calling. They offer affordable monthly calling plans that vary in pricing depending on which plan you choose. Most of their plans come with a 1-year agreement and also include free shipping and free activation, with plug-and-play installation that makes setting up a phone system easy. They also make the switch to VoIP painless and stress-free by letting customers keep their existing phone number. Customers can simply use their website to check and see if your current number is portable to a new Vonage service.
All of this and more is available with phone service from Vonage, one of the biggest household names in VoIP. And their latest patents are proof that they are continuing to grow and work towards helping ensure steady progress in the VoIP industry.