Sorting out VOIP

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  1. backinit

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    My wife is starting a new job working from home. She will require a "land line" with unlimited minutes. We used to have Vonage, but in the end it was about $30 a month for 500 minutes.
    I'm looking into Voipo, as their unlimited plan is $15 a month before fees.
    Any recommendations? Her employer does not recommend Magic Jack devices because of past issues, FWIW.
     
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    I have phone through the cable co. $30/month unlimited long distance.
     
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    My .02 is NEVER get phone service from a cable company. When the cable goes down (every time the wind blows), so does your phone, and it always happens at the worst possible moment...like when you're dialing 911 or when Jenna Jameson (Brad Pitt for the ladies...unless you're one of those ladies who is into Jenna...) accidentally dials your number. Also the quality is not nearly as good as a good old copper wire. You'll hear bleed over from other folks talking, get weird dropouts, echo back of your own voice, distortion of voice, etc. etc. Don't even think of playing a guitar riff or music for someone over the phone with it, the frequency range is too narrow I guess, but all they hear is static.
     
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    I haven't had any problems with my cable phone. But hey YMMV.
     
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    I can tell you that Vonage uses a protocol called "Best Effort" for their service, which means they "try" to get those voice packets in ahead of data packets. Comcast uses "Packet Prioritizing", which means that the voice packets always get top priority ahead of data. Also, Comcast's service does not actually touch the 'net, although it uses Internet Protocol. I don't know about other cable companies.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    I use the newer magic jack that connects to you modem so it works even with your computer off. In Socal my cable never goes off. I like it. Has caller id and it takes voice messages to my email.
     
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    Comcast was the internet/phone service I had and described above. The phone was awful. I dropped it and just have internet with them now.
     
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    RLP said it. Ooma. We havent had any problems with it so far.
     
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    Google voice...its free.
     
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    We purchased an obihai adapter through newegg for $40 which we plan on using google voice with. We also purchased a refurb desk top computer for her with a 19" LCD for just over $200 as well. Nothing earth shattering...small form pent D 3.0 2gigs ram 80 gig hard drive but should be just fine for her business purposes.
     
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    Backinit - I also used the Obihai adapter with Google Voice for my business line. But haven't used it in a while since retiring. It worked OK. Sometimes a little wonky.
     
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    If we were going VoIP today, Ooma would be they way!
     
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    The adapter arrived today. It took about 10 minutes to figure, test and find a suitable phone number. There is about a 1/4 second delay which is acceptable for us. Not bad for free calls.
     

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