Vonage Trying to Stay Alive

by Bruce Stewart

In the latest moves concerning the Verizon patent challenges to Vonage, the country's best known consumer voip provider has cut a deal with VoIP, Inc. to carry it's traffic in order to get around 2 of the 3 charges from Verizon concerning connecting voip calls to switched public networks. VoIP, Inc. owns its own nation-wide IP network and claims to own the intellectual property around its network and services.

It's hard to know if this will help Vonage survive this latest challenge, but many analysts think the Verizon suit will be the final straw in breaking the back of the voip carrier. Andy Abramson notes today that Vonage has also delayed their annual report filing to the SEC, and this "can't be a good sign."