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I’ll Call Home for Christmas: Our Vonage Box

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I’ve been provided a free Vonage Box and 12 months of free Vonage service in exchange for this and future Vonage posts. 

Just in time for Christmas, we received a Vonage Box in the mail. Merry Christmas to us!

The Vonage Box allows us to call our families and friends in the States (and vice versa) as if we had a U.S. phone number. In fact, we do have a U.S. number now. It’s a regular 10-digit number that friends and family can use to call us from their land lines or mobile phones as if they’re calling any other U.S. phone number.

Both Nick and I are close to our siblings and parents, so it’s really important to us that we can stay in touch. Unfortunately, not all of our family enjoy social media and email as much as I do, so it’s awesome that they now have a way of reaching out to us without incurring international calling fees or spending unwanted time online.

It took less than 15 minutes to set up our Vonage Box, and we’ve had great luck so far with call quality. We’ve made a dozen or so calls to the U.S., and we’ve received several calls from the U.S. as well.

Learn more about Vonage’s international calling plans here.

With our previous international phone service provider, we experienced frequent dropped calls, especially if we were on the phone for an hour or more. We’ve yet to experience a dropped call with Vonage, and friends and family tell us that it sounds like we’re calling from right next door.

One of the things I really like about the Vonage Box is that it comes with visual voicemail. When someone leaves a voicemail for us, a text-based version of that voicemail is emailed directly to me. This means that I can check our voicemail even when we’re traveling.

Have you used Vonage? What was your experience like?

 

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11 Comments on I’ll Call Home for Christmas: Our Vonage Box

  1. Poekitten
    January 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm (6 months ago)

    Having lived overseas and I did NOT have something like this, this is great! It would have made staying in touch with family and friends so much easier.

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    • Melissa
      January 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm (6 months ago)

      It really does, and I think our parents like knowing that they *can* call us if they want to (without incurring expensive international calling fees).

      Reply
  2. Fran (@freeborboleta)
    January 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm (6 months ago)

    this is awesome for oconus family, it never even dawned on me haha

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  3. Jo
    January 7, 2014 at 3:35 am (7 months ago)

    My parents use Vonage and love it. Congrats for getting such a sweet review opportunity– that’s so cool! :-)

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    • Melissa
      January 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm (7 months ago)

      I was really excited about this one, and we love it so far. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!

      Reply
  4. Lana Beyond TheScale
    January 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm (7 months ago)

    I am going to share this on the mil spouse FB group I’m part of. I have been very curious about Vonage but have also been intimidated by it! You make it look super easy to set up and use :)

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    • Melissa
      January 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm (7 months ago)

      It really *was* easy to set up and use, Lana. It took just a few minutes, and the majority of that time (in our case) was trying to get to our electricity and internet hookups behind our entertainment system. My husband performed some impressive acrobats. :)

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  5. Jessica Lynn
    January 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm (7 months ago)

    We almost got vonage to use when we lived in Italy, but in the end we went with using Google. I could call home from Gmail for free, so that worked out pretty well. I have a few friends who used vonage, though.

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    • Melissa
      January 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm (7 months ago)

      Jessica Lynn, does Google give your family the ability to call you, too? I’d been using Skype + a German landline setup that allowed us to pay a fixed rate for unlimited US calling, but neither were convenient for family or clients to use to call me/us in Germany.

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  6. Kristen
    January 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm (7 months ago)

    what a wonderful tool for oconus families! Being able to feel connected is so important!

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    • Melissa
      January 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm (7 months ago)

      Absolutely, Kristin!

      Reply

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