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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm just wondering if anyone here uses Voice Over IP and how you like it?

I'm just plain fed up with my phone company right now. We signed up for a new plan that is supposed to save us all kinds of money. Well, the bill immediately jumped up $15, and has continued to jump up $10-15 per month every month since then. We were paying $90/month (including DSL service), and now it's $135. But we're supposed to be saving money with this plan. Right. So I want to research my options...
post #2 of 16
I have cable phone, don't know if a) you have cable or b) your cable company offers it, but I pay 39.95/month and I have caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, call you name it I got it, and VM, and unlimited long distance. I was paying almost that price with the regular phone company with no VM and no long distance! Haven't had a problem with it yet and I've had it for about 3 months
post #3 of 16
My friend has Vonage and loves it.
post #4 of 16
We have it through some local people. Works awesome and it's only ~$220 a year. I'll find the name of the company later.
post #5 of 16
I know nothing of it, Heidi. You sure are smart to research the matter before jumping into this new plan!
post #6 of 16
Heidi, do you have Qwest? We've had the same sort of problem with them. I'd be interested in learning what other options are out there too!
post #7 of 16
We use Skype - it works really well and is free
post #8 of 16
We use Vonage and LOVE IT! We have the unlimited calling to anyone anywhere for $25 month. The sound is very clear. Plus I'm not sure about the other companies, but last I had Vonage was the only VoIP E911 ready.

The only downside is since its dependent on electricity, if you're electric goes out and something happens then your outta luck.
post #9 of 16
I use vonage and love it and I have a UK phone number for $8 a month so my friends and family back home can call me for cheaper
I have skype as well but I wouldn't use it as an alternative to my home phone and the sound quality is a lot worse than vonage

Vonage also includes voicemail, caller ID etc
post #10 of 16
Can you keep your regular telephone number, as with a cell phone when you change carriers, or do you have to change numbers?
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by tuxedokitties
Can you keep your regular telephone number, as with a cell phone when you change carriers, or do you have to change numbers?
I was wondering that, too. I know you can when you change land-line carriers (not that we have any many other choices here...), but I don't know if you can with VOIP.
post #12 of 16
I haven't looked into this service, but did read last year concerns over their 911 service. I'm not sure if they have fixed it by now, but confirm what type of 911 service you are receiving when you sign up.

I think someone last year had to dial 911, but the person's area code was different from their home location. The 911 call was routed to a totally different area and couldn't locate the caller to send emergency services.
post #13 of 16
You can port your landline number, to any carrier. The downside to VOIP is that, if your power goes out or your computer crashes, you have no way to call the electric company or tech support.

For the first time, in over 5 years, I have landline service. It is through my cable company. I have phone, Internet and digital cable TV (125 channels), for 122.00 per month (includes taxes). I do not have voice mail or any calling features and I pay 5-cents per minute for long distance.
post #14 of 16
I work for a phone company and we're about to start offering VoIP. One of the pitfalls with it is that many companies don't have E911 service with it. It's good technology, but if you pursue, make sure you understand your E911 service. As someone said, if your power fails, you may lose your service, and that may be the time you need emergency service. May not be an issue if you have a cell phone as a backup.
post #15 of 16
With Vonage your computer can go out as long as your net connection doesn't as you plus it in to the router before the computer.

You can port your number but it takes a few weeks

With the E911 service we had to fill in a form stating our address and phone number etc... but we both have cell phones and my BF has a 'standard' business line at home too... the VOIP is my line.

The other thing i realised in choising my VOIP company, worried about the power going out etc was that our phone had to be plugged in to power anyway so it didn't make a difference.

Also check and see if you can use a regular phone or whether you need to use headphones or a special phone as they can get expensive
post #16 of 16
LOL I can honestly say I've never heard of VOIP. On our phone plan we have our landline and unlimited dial up internet.
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