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gobler 12-27-2012 9:47 PM

Any good VoIP choices?
I'm looking to drop my land line and want to set up a VoIP service. I have read consumer reports on several and the one I liked was VoIPo. Any one use them or can give ideas?

socalblue 12-27-2012 11:03 PM

Consumer grade VOIP solutions are more or less equal. Look for the features you want & compare prices.

The real key is the quality of your broadband service. Using the VOIP service offered by your broadband provider can have benefits in regard to quality of service, bundle pricing & one neck to choke should there be issues.

dwtt 12-28-2012 12:00 AM

I don't know which VOIP service you are looking at but I have an account with Skype and pay $38 every 3 months for world wide phone service. In the US, I have a cable modem with my broadband service from Comcast, and overseas I have ADsl service with a relatively slow modem. Even so, I can still make and receive calls with no problems, but sometimes the audio is bad when I'm overseas.
With skype, I have a local 510- area code phone number, which skype forwards to my computer if I'm logged on, or my cell phone overseas when I'm not logged on. The weak link in the chain is the local cell phone company where the audio gets garbled up and sometimes I can't make out what the is being said. When I want to call back to the US or to anywhere in the world, I would log onto my computer and make the call and the audio is fine on the other end.

den888 12-28-2012 4:12 PM

We use Vonage and have been quite pleased. It's much cheaper than a traditional landline service (e.g. - AT&T) and I have been able to outfit the whole house with phones (using a cordless phone system from Panasonic) and bypassing the traditional phone jacks in the house. Works well and $$ savings.

gregorio 12-28-2012 4:19 PM

A little off topic but anyone consider the ATT wireless home phone service? They claim I can add it to my family plan for $9.99 a month and share all the free minutes and LD.

Rob454 12-28-2012 9:26 PM

I have magic jack. Has worked great for me. I paid for 5 years in advance. I think it was 180 bucks for the whole setup. We used to pay 45 a month with At&t for basically the same phone features as magic jack. 3 months of regular phone service basically bought me the same service for 5 years. While I still need a land line I will never go with a phone company for land line service.

sholling 12-28-2012 9:47 PM

My personal favorite is Ooma. You pay around $140-170 for the device and then for the life of the device all you pay after that are state mandated fees and taxes - I'm guessing around $6-8/mo. They also offer premium feature pack for $10/mo. I've had mine 6 years and it's still going strong. But truth be told I most of my calls are over my cell phone and only keep it because I'm grandfathered in with a no longer available no taxes and no fees plan. You don't need their wireless handset, instead just plug in your wireless phone and you're good to go. I've never tested it with faxing (who faxes anymore) or alarm systems so I don't know how well that works.

Try going about 19:30 into this video.

gobler 12-28-2012 11:55 PM

looks like there are several vendors... I'm going to take some time to read up on the top five. I am hoping to have VoIP by the end of next month.

sfwdiy 12-29-2012 4:09 PM

I've had good results using an Obi box with Google Voice, if you're interested in getting a Google Voice number.

I love Google Voice, I've been using it as my only phone number for years now.

The main issue with VOIP though is that it comes down to the quality of your internet connection. If you want decent voip performance, make sure your internet connection has plenty of bandwidth and doesn't suck.


wahkuna 12-29-2012 5:25 PM

+1 for Ooma
much better than Skype or Magic Jack, but you can't beat them for the price!

cfm117 12-29-2012 6:44 PM

Internet speed really isn't the issue with VoIP quality. An average VoIP line only requires about 80k of bandwidth. It's packet loss that will make your call sound like garbage. May not even be at your end either.

MR512 12-29-2012 6:58 PM

I did the following:

Home line got it ported to google voice since I just use it for creditors etc and its just a voicemail. When I need to call to say activate a credit card, I use Google voice on my cell to call from that number...

Total cost over the last few years has been around $30... Also you can set it to ring your work number, cell phone, or any number when you do receive a call. So for example I was waiting for a call for a loan application and I took the call at my work number for free...

I have my cellphone that only good friends and family have...

I have a second Google Voice number that I give the riff raff!

not4un 12-30-2012 5:34 AM

ooma is great

high_revs 12-30-2012 11:25 AM

like sholling and not4un, i have ooma. has paid itself off at least 2x over (assuming $25/month phone bill with at&t). i got the bluetooth and handset version. you can configure it to be your answering machine and listen to messages over the internet and call logs (who you called and whoc alled you). i only use the basic service and pay only like $4/month for taxes.

67Roadster 12-31-2012 7:00 PM

+1 for Ooma.

I dropped AT&T land line and save $60 per month. Once you buy an Ooma, you only pay the taxes which is about $3.80 a month. I was even able to transport my AT&T number over to Ooma for about $45 bucks. My whole system paid for it self in 4 months. I've had it for over a year and no problems, except when the power went off for 8 hours...thanks So Cal Edison.

the86d 01-01-2013 2:03 AM

Ooma seems to be raved about even a few years ago, but phonepower worked pretty well, until I realized I couldn't run my alarm off of it in the current config (No home dial-up, of FAX on VoIP lines as a general rule due to speed, [improvements could have been made that I am unaware of,] or you have QoS knowledge).
$14.95month w/2 year contract, or even 2 years for $199.

I haven't had a MagicJack in a few years, but they have a PC-free device now (no USB to PC required).

gobler 01-01-2013 2:23 AM

Looks like Ooma or VoIPo are the choices after research on price, keeping number and features I want. :) Come Wednesday I will call VoIPo and get the last bit of info, from there involve the financial comity (aka wife).

sindominator 01-03-2013 3:30 PM

I have had Vonage for close to 10years now. Very happy, I was able to keep my original number and have had ever since. I moved from Mnt View to San Jose and now Tracy, and never needed to worry calling everybody up and distribute new number.

Clear calls and works well with international calls. You can setup lines, voicemail and i believe there is a fax option aswell.

Datdarkness 01-03-2013 9:06 PM

We have had Magicjack Plus ( no computer required ) for about 6 months now, been pretty good.
Paid $70 for the hardware. ( you connect a usb power adapter, and phoneline + ethernet on the other side. ) Came with 1 year of service.

Added 5 years of service for $100.

so a couple bucks a month, i say its worth wayyyyyyy more than you pay.
any questions you can PM me.

Fizz 01-03-2013 9:59 PM

Just keep in mind with any VOIP choices your limitation will be latencies; even rock bottom DSL has enough bandwidth. Your voice quality and connectivity will live and die by it.

ripperx08 01-03-2013 10:11 PM

I have an old Ooma set and I don't pay a dime, not even the FCC monthly fee ...

DEVOREGUNNER 01-04-2013 7:05 AM

Ooma for me, never made a better choice.

chris1911 01-04-2013 11:59 AM

As long as you don't go with 8x8. Vonage is better than they are.

gobler 01-04-2013 1:34 PM

Yeah. Ooma is good and all but after looking around I think VoIPo is our choice. They have the services we like, we can port our number and keep it even if we move out of state. Service is great according to consumer reports...

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