As always, Vonage Welcomes new companies to the market as competition tends to breed innovation. However, with more than 2.2 million active subscriber lines, and growing every month, Vonage's service offering has proven successful against other VoIP providers, including free or deeply discounted offerings which have been in the marketplace since the mid-90s. Emergency dialing capability is one of the major concerns weighed by the consumer when decided to switch to VoIP. Vonage has proudly turned up Enhanced 911 for 94 percent of our subscriber lines, the fastest turnout in the history of 911 roll outs. In fact, our vice president of Regulatory Affairs, Stephen Seitz, was awarded Industry Professional of the Year for spearheading our E911 Effort. We are confident that Vonage provides the biggest bang for the communication buck. WIRED magazine recently agreed, rating Vonage the highest in best overall value compared to a variety of different competitors, including free offerings and cable offerings.
MagicJack says it expects to provide emergency services when it is formally launched in April.
In case you're wondering: I'm not promoting MagicJack vs. its rivals. My reason for focusing on it is because I believe investors in public companies do need to know about private upstarts, especially if they're being run by people who have shaken things up in the past, as has MagicJack founder Dan Borislow. Doesn't mean he'll be a success here, or that the product will work as billed, but it would be foolhardy to ignore.