Why can’t we all get along? VoIP Locked Hardware

Why are Voice over IP hardware providers putting out hardware that is locked to a specific vendor? For example, the new motororola vt2542 seen here on Smith on VoIP will be offered by Vonage as a locked device for Vonage. Since the price point is so low ($60.00 or so after a lame rebate of $40.00…don’t get me started on “rebates”), perhaps it is reasonable to consider this a throwaway hardware device if you decide to change your VoIP provider. I get the feeling that this is just repetition of the same old model of cell phones locked to providers.
Does anyone else think it is more than a litte ironic that the only convenient way to reach a Unicel cell phone from a Verizon cell phone is via the PSTN? And the only convenient way to reach a Vonage customer from Skype is also via the PSTN?

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One thought on “Why can’t we all get along? VoIP Locked Hardware

  1. Denis Baldwin

    The VT2542 is junk. It’s well documented now that many of us that have it have a device that resets itself often and loses it’s settings every time it does. It’s unacceptable, and vonage refuses to own up to it. When my contact is over, I’m bailing on Vonage. It’s not worth the headache.

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