Vonage has now recieved its second patent relating to virtual phone numbers. The first patent, No. 7,386,111, was issued June 10 2008. The new patent, No. 7,680,262, is titled “Method and Apparatus for Placing a Long Distance Call Based on a Virtual Phone Number,” and allows consumers to escape long distance and international calling charges when placing long-distance calls. The patent was issued on March 19, 2010.
Under the new patent, consumers can choose a virtual number in whichever area they wish to establish a virtual presence, and faraway friends and family can then call from that area for the price of a local call. Vonage currently offers virtual numbers in over 17 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Nick Lazzaro, senior vice president of information technology and product management at Vonage, describes the new patent as “unique” and says that “This breakthrough takes advantage of our Session Initiation Protocol-based network and enables our customers to save significantly when they communicate with their friends and families across the country or around the world."
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