The story of the Vonage Holdings Corporation begins with Jeff Pulver, who founded a company called Min-X in 1999 for the purpose of developing a market for the trading of internet protocol (IP) telephony airtime and capacity in spot and futures contracts. For the first year of its operation, most Min-X employees were former stock or bond traders.
In January of 2001, after attracting major investors, the company was incorporated as Vonage. The name was borrowed from Pulver's acronym "VON", for "Voice On the Net" combined with "age", meaning "era" .
Vonage offers a broad variety of domestic, international, and business calling plans. With most Vonage calling plans, you have the option of a one-year commitment, for a very low monthly rate, or no commitment with a somewhat higher monthly rate. Since Vonage operates via broadband internet, all of its services require you to have an internet connection.
Vonage offers hosted VOIP services and other phone services for small businesses. One of its more innovative features enables viewing all of the information about a caller, available on the internet, when the phone starts ringing.