Vonage: Making Calls to Santa

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 28, 2006

I have been slamming Vonage in posts for months now, for various good reasons. But now, I want to praise the Web-calling company for a really innovative new service. Parents buying presents for your kids, listen up: Vonage offers you a direct line to Santa.

Here’s how this service, called CallSanta, works: Kids can use a Vonage line to dial 1 (700) CallSanta. There, they can listen to a recording from Santa and leave a message reciting their long gift lists. Those voice mails to Santa are then forwarded to their parents’ e-mail boxes, so the Vonage account holders know exactly what to put under the tree.

To me, this is a prime example of the type of cool services Web-calling can offer. So far, we haven’t even tapped into Voice over Internet Protocol’s (VoIP) amazing potential. Most Web-calling companies have simply offered the same boring services that telcos have offered for years. Now, that’s slowly starting to change. CallSanta is just the beginning.

In the future, I imagine using Vonage to leave a voice mail shopping list, which Vonage would then forward to my neighborhood grocery store, which will fill out the order. My doctor might phone a prescription into my pharmacy, which will e-mail me when the prescription is ready. That e-mail might contain a voice file, in which my doc explains exactly how to take the pills. I can think of a million cool services like that. Indeed, VoIP is about to become much more than a substitute for traditional phone service.

Reader Comments

Toby

December 5, 2007 3:17 PM

Another VERY cool web-calling service is www.2callsanta.com. Here, anyone can place calls to Santa or have Santa call them. The calls are for children and parents can customize each phone call to the children. Parents can choose from a number of different topics and can have Santa praise the child for doing well (Nice) or encourage the child to do better (Naughty).

Viby

December 12, 2007 2:35 PM

An even better service is the one from callsanta.org. Anyone can call Santa.

With the others you either have to pay or have to be a subscriber to their phone service.

Toby

December 14, 2007 3:52 AM

2CallSanta.com is NOT a single recorded message. This site actually lets you build a call to your kid and have Santa praise your child for making good grades or have Santa encourage them to do better using the big potty. Plus you can customize Santa's question to your child. The entire experience is recorded and available via your login. It's insane!

Linda Monsety

November 24, 2009 11:03 PM

Ya... but you still have to pay with the other services! The only decent FREE service I have found is CallSanta.org.

- LM

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