broadband telephone

sonoma1993

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anyone using broadband telepnone such as vonage, im not sure what other companies there are, but how do you like it compare to regular phone service?
 

FoBoT

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i use sunrocket

it really really depends on your internet connection quality

this sites test reflects closely my VoIP quality

http://www.testyourvoip.com/


i would not recommend it to anyone that doesn't have a beefy cellular telephone plan, we added a 3rd cell phone to keep at home when my wife and i are out of the house, for cases where our kids are home and the VoIP might go out
 

Dulanic

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I use vonage, works great, and a hell of alot better then paying $40-60 for normal phone service.
 

BriGy86

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Originally posted by: sonoma1993
vonage is avaiable in my area, what service plan do you have?

i use vonage, and the sounds seems fine (also using comcast cable internet)

but i would suggest not relying on the voicemail feature too much- it tends to lag and let you know when you've gotten messages long after they've actually been recorded

the greatest benefit is the free caller ID and free long distance (i guess you could say)

our plane is unlimited local and long distance in anywhere in the us or canada (also puerto rico) for 25.99 a month
 

Mayfriday0529

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Now 34$ but for like 6 months i paid $21. In the beggining it had some issues and not so many features, but now everything is cool.
The only thing i hate is the Voice mail system.

 

BriGy86

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also i thought it was a bit of a cluster fvck to set up but after that i haven't had a lot of complaints

you need to make sure that the 911 feature is availible too

- another problem might be if you have to run lines, basicly the only phone jack in our house now is the one by the vonage adaptor

- i've been told that the customer service at vonage is complete crap also, but i personally haven't had too much trouble with them
 

BriGy86

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Originally posted by: sonoma1993
how does it affect your internet speeds? i have comcast high speed cable.

i haven't really noticed a difference, but then again our phone isn't being used a lot

im sure speed decreases some what when the phone is in use
 

sonoma1993

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with vonage, do you get unlimited local and long distance calls? is there a limit on how many calls a month? long distance charges?
 

BriGy86

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Originally posted by: sonoma1993
with vonage, do you get unlimited local and long distance calls? is there a limit on how many calls a month? long distance charges?

well with the plane that is 25.99 a month there is not limit as far as i know

if you go with the 14.99 a month plane you get 500 or 1000 local and long distance (not sure on the specifics)

but if oyu pay the 25.99 you should be able to call anywhere in the US or Canada with out any additional charges

calling internationally other than that like England or Australia they charge by the minute
 

Xionide

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I have vonage+comcast. I really like it. Sometimes it seems as if their is a bit of a delay but who cares for the price. I notice no real speed difference either. Tech support is top notch imo. I wanted all the phone jack to work in my house so I just went out to the phone box and disconnected my POT line from the house. Then I plugged the vonage into the phone jack with a splitter so I can use the phone in my room too. All the phone in my house work.
 

NikPreviousAcct

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I like getting my voicemail emailed to me. I like being able to check my phone messages from anywhere that has an internet connection. I like to be able to check caller ID logs from anywhere that has an internet connection (because my phone only saves the record of the last caller, whether they left a message or not).

However, if power goes out, you have no phone at all, which REALLY suck.
 

BriGy86

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Originally posted by: Xionide
I have vonage+comcast. I really like it. Sometimes it seems as if their is a bit of a delay but who cares for the price. I notice no real speed difference either. Tech support is top notch imo. I wanted all the phone jack to work in my house so I just went out to the phone box and disconnected my POT line from the house. Then I plugged the vonage into the phone jack with a splitter so I can use the phone in my room too. All the phone in my house work.

so by disconnecting the phoneline from the ground your calls automatically get rerouted to the vonage adaptor just because its plugged into the wall?

and also have you had any trouble with voice mail?

we didn't recieve a few till about 5 days after they were made
 

BriGy86

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Originally posted by: Nik
I like getting my voicemail emailed to me. I like being able to check my phone messages from anywhere that has an internet connection. I like to be able to check caller ID logs from anywhere that has an internet connection (because my phone only saves the record of the last caller, whether they left a message or not).

However, if power goes out, you have no phone at all, which REALLY suck.

well usually now days with cordless phones if the base goes out you have no phone either, even so lots of people have cell phones now

the fact that you can listen to voice mail through their site is nice, but the quality through doing that is crap
 

NikPreviousAcct

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Originally posted by: BriGy86
Originally posted by: Nik
I like getting my voicemail emailed to me. I like being able to check my phone messages from anywhere that has an internet connection. I like to be able to check caller ID logs from anywhere that has an internet connection (because my phone only saves the record of the last caller, whether they left a message or not).

However, if power goes out, you have no phone at all, which REALLY suck.

well usually now days with cordless phones if the base goes out you have no phone either, even so lots of people have cell phones now

the fact that you can listen to voice mail through their site is nice, but the quality through doing that is crap

The quality is just fine. Besides, it's not just through their site. If someone leaves me a voicemail, Vonage actually emails me the .wav file.
 

sonoma1993

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thanks for the help guys, now will vonage and all of the other broadband phone companies bring us closer to live video phone talk?
 

FoBoT

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i have all my network equipment including my VoIP box on a UPS , so the power would have to go out to the ISP to drop my service
 

sonoma1993

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now whcih phone router do you guys use? do you have it hooked up to your exisiting router? right now I have the linksys wrt54g wireless router
 

Xionide

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Originally posted by: BriGy86
Originally posted by: Xionide
I have vonage+comcast. I really like it. Sometimes it seems as if their is a bit of a delay but who cares for the price. I notice no real speed difference either. Tech support is top notch imo. I wanted all the phone jack to work in my house so I just went out to the phone box and disconnected my POT line from the house. Then I plugged the vonage into the phone jack with a splitter so I can use the phone in my room too. All the phone in my house work.

so by disconnecting the phoneline from the ground your calls automatically get rerouted to the vonage adaptor just because its plugged into the wall?

and also have you had any trouble with voice mail?

we didn't recieve a few till about 5 days after they were made

No, instead of plugging a phone into the back of my voip router I plug it into a splitter. One end of the splitter goes to my phone and the other end goes into the phone jack in my room. Thus connecting all the other phone jacks to it.

I have had a few problems with voicemail but none like that. Just cant access it at certain times.
 

Kevin1211

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Originally posted by: Crono
I have Optimum Triple Play. Cable, VOIP, and Broadband each $30 for a year, then $40 something each. All 3 are very good quality, and I haven't had any problems.

that deal is only goof for a one year sub right? so after a year, you pay normal price?? or am i wrong?
 

BatmanNate

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I'm also with Sunrocket, the price is right. $16/mo won't even get you a vanilla local phone line from Qwest here, after the taxes.
 

BriGy86

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Originally posted by: sonoma1993
now whcih phone router do you guys use? do you have it hooked up to your exisiting router? right now I have the linksys wrt54g wireless router

i have this one
 

BriGy86

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Originally posted by: Xionide
Originally posted by: BriGy86
Originally posted by: Xionide
I have vonage+comcast. I really like it. Sometimes it seems as if their is a bit of a delay but who cares for the price. I notice no real speed difference either. Tech support is top notch imo. I wanted all the phone jack to work in my house so I just went out to the phone box and disconnected my POT line from the house. Then I plugged the vonage into the phone jack with a splitter so I can use the phone in my room too. All the phone in my house work.

so by disconnecting the phoneline from the ground your calls automatically get rerouted to the vonage adaptor just because its plugged into the wall?

and also have you had any trouble with voice mail?

we didn't recieve a few till about 5 days after they were made

No, instead of plugging a phone into the back of my voip router I plug it into a splitter. One end of the splitter goes to my phone and the other end goes into the phone jack in my room. Thus connecting all the other phone jacks to it.

I have had a few problems with voicemail but none like that. Just cant access it at certain times.

do i HAVE to disconnect that POT line?