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Posted May 11, 2006
I'm already a huge fan of Vonage, the Broadband phone company whose quirky commercials and/or late-night infomercial you've probably seen. I've had Vonage service for more than a year now, and I've saved literally hundreds of dollars by using their $25-a-month premium unlimited service (local and long distance) which includes all kinds of things I used to pay extra for, like voicemail and Caller ID. This week, Vonage becomes an even better deal, because that $25 a month now includes calls to the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, and Italy. And the new Uniden UIP1869V Corded/Cordless Internet Phone Start-up Kit with built-in Vonage makes it easier than ever to get set up. The deal is that because Vonage connects to your broadband modem, your phone has to be near your computer, which not everyone's thrilled about. But this new Uniden kit means you can set up the main corded phone by your computer, and then stick up to 10 cordless phones (one is included in the box; extras, in different styles, start at $40) anywhere else in your home—and every one of them connects to Vonage and routes your calls (with crystal clarity) over the Internet. Now you don't need to be anywhere near your computer to call Park Slope, Peoria, or Paris for as long as you want.

$190 for the Uniden/Vonage phone at Comp USA, 1775 Broadway, at 57th St.; 212-262-9711; compusa.com; $25 a month for Premium Unlimited service

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