Vonage sued by defunct VoIP company

By Justin Mann on August 23, 2007, 7:00 PM
As if Vonage wasn't having enough issues with their fight to stay afloat, they are now being attacked by a former competitor. SunRocket, which went belly up quite a while ago, shut down their VoIP services and now is targeting Vonage in a huge lawsuit.

The company claims that Vonage played dirty in getting new customers, by illegaly obtaining a list of SunRocket customers after being unable to buy the list outright:

According to the suit, filed yesterday with the Court of Chancery in Delaware and tracked down by The Reg, Vonage illegally obtained a list of SunRocket's former customers after an unsuccessful bid to purchase the list straight from the SunRocket.
Vonage claims the suit has no merit, of course, and claims they obtained the list legally. Regardless, suing after you've already been forced out of the market doesn't make a whole lot of sense, unless you are looking to either re-enter the market or just want a chunk of change. Even if the suit did have merit, Vonage is struggling financially currently and is finding it difficult to get more subscribers in the first place.

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Space_Cowboy said:
Look who's calling the kettle black! The liquidation company that is now in control of SunRockets assets played dirty themselves. Prior to SunRocket shutting down their servers, they tapped into everyone’s phone adapter and altered the sysadmin password so you couldn't use the device with any other company except for the two they are in bed with which are Packet8 & Teleblend. Of course these two companies deny that the sysadmin password was altered, but how is it that they can sign up customers using the exact same device that people were using from SunRocket?!? They can't without them knowing the password so the configuration can be altered. Even though these devices were subsidised just like cell phones you buy from any telecommunications company. The phone is owned by you 'the customer', and is private property. The same applies to the phone adapters that SunRocket provided to its customers. I consider what this company has done is an invasion of privacy and theft. I really wish some legal begal would realize this an create a class action suit against the liquidation company.
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