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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-15-2005, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

I'm sick of paying out of my ass for Ma Bell, and have broadband.
VOIP phone service would cost about half of what I pay now
but I have no idea what kind of sound quality I would get.
What do you think?

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-15-2005, 09:09 PM
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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

I have two folks I work with that have the Vonage service. They both worked in Bangkok, Thailand until recently. One of them has since moved to Ft. Lauderdale. I tell you this because it was kind of neat, all he had to do was plus his device into the new location and the line worked right away and he kept the same 301 area code number.

I've had several conversations with them while in Thailand. The one thing I was impressed with was that there was no delay that I could tell. When I used to talk with them over normal lines there was always a few seconds delay.

I guess you would say I was happy with what I heard. Quality was great. In fact, almost made the switch myself. I didn't because I'm not happy with the possibility of outages. I know that my Comcast cable modem has gone out a heck of a lot more than my plain old telephone system has. The outages on the cable modem can last for 24 hours or more. That just is not accetable to me so I have not made the change.

I may add VOIP as an alternative but it won't completely replace my POTS stuff right now. Maybe someday.


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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

Talk to Rage Im pretty he sells VOIP stuff and has some experience with it.
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-16-2005, 10:21 AM
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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

I considered it when I wanted to ditch Bell, but my high speed lite isn't fast enough. As well, I didn't like the idea of not having a phone line if there was a power outage, unless you have a generator to run your PC.

I ended up going with Sprint Canada. It's about $20 cheaper a month than Bell, and their customer service is way better.
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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

my friends have att voip, i hate it. many a time i hear dropouts when i talk to them... probably because they have at least 10 bittorrents going at any given time

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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

I have had Vonage for about 2 or so years, I love it, except when bittorrent gets too busy lol...

If i am on the web or whatever, it works great.
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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

I don't like the idea of sharing data & voice over the same line - as was said, can be issues with congestion. Mostly though, I don't want my telephone service going out if there's a power outage. POTS is powered from the phone company, not your house, so is much more resistant (I've never seen a POTS line go out) than VOIP is to outages. VOIP also has some 911 issues, but those are becoming less relevant.
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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

[quote author=MZ6ZoomZoom link=topic=25532.msg345922#msg345922 date=1121557240]
Mostly though, I don't want my telephone service going out if there's a power outage. POTS is powered from the phone company, not your house, so is much more resistant (I've never seen a POTS line go out) than VOIP is to outages. VOIP also has some 911 issues, but those are becoming less relevant.
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That's why God invented the cell phone.

About 50% of the people I work with use VOIP, and if I was paying the bills (live with 'rents) I'd go to VOIP in a shot. The fact that you can take it anywhere in the world and still have unlimited calls in Canada/USA, as well as checking your voice messages with any internet connection in the world is schweet.


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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

Ya, I was worried that our internet goes down once in awhile, but it's maybe once a month so I'm not as bothered. Besides, both my wife and I both have cell phones.

The other thing is that VOIP will cut our costs by 60% which is huge. As long as the voice quality is good, I'm not worried about downloading since I almost never do it anymore, and have a fast connection.

The 911 thing though is a pain in the ass, since they can't track cell phones either.

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Re: Anyone tried voice over IP for residential phone service?

I've had Vonage VOIP service for a while now .. paying $14.99 isn't bad, vs. the $40+ i was paying with Verizon.

I dont have any signal quality issues, if people don't know, they can't tell I'm on VoIP .. some of my buddies have
switched over after talkin to me and finding out how great it sounds. I have cable internet, for what it's worth ..

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