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Posted on 2011-02-12
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Instead of using an "internet" phone from a cable company with their "packages," I have been looking at VOIP choices like "magicJack" and "NetTalk." The good thing about NetTalk (and therefore the bad thing about magicJack), is that NetTalk can be used by plugging it directly into the router and not having the computer always on. But than there is the issue of phone sound quality (static, etc).
Any advice I can get on an moderate to inexpensive (cheap) VOIP, I would appreciate your thoughts very much.
Thank You.
GadgetDude
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by:jfaubiontx
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There are a number of similar providers. Teliax and Vitelity are two of the ones I'd suggest. Both have packages that include the Analog Terminal Adapter (ATA) hardware that your talking about. You can also buy your own ATA and buy the service from them. Vitelity offers a number with SIP for $1.95 per month and calls at 1.4 cents per minute. Teliax offers bring your own hardware plans with no monthly fee and calls at 2 cents per minute.

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by:GadgetDude
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There is regret that I display my ignorance concerning all matters "VOIP," but in checking the Teliax and Vitelity sites, one thing stands out: their expensive monthly rates.  When I consider them - in comparison with - NetTalk (which, after the first year is only $29.95 for an entire year); it would appear that NetTalk is a least expensive choice (quality of connection not withstanding).
Perhaps I need a more intensive study of all things VOIP before investing in either time or money.
I am probably missing something here. I shall consider your suggestions.
GadgetDude
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jfaubiontx earned 125 total points
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Beware of the $20-$40 per year deals. These are typically done by either resellers or someone that has put together an asterisk system and is selling off service. VoIP is what I do for a living. The providers I suggested are providers that I use and that some of my customers use. Since u sell business systems, perhaps I hold my VoIP providers to a different standard but we have tried many and Teliax and Vitelity are the ones I trust my business with. Dropped calls, garbeled voice, noise and echo generally mean no sale to my customers. I also like the fact that they offer pay as you go and different points of presence since I can try one and if the call quality isn't there I can switch to the other with no contract to lock me in. Your milage may vary but if you're courting the $25 per year crowd, expect to get what you pay for.
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by:GadgetDude
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Thankfully, you have given me something to think about. I will do additional research and compare that research, and your comments, with my budget. I will respond shortly.
I am grateful.  GadgetDude
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by:GadgetDude
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I apologize for responding so late; but, we have moved our offices out of San Francisco and to Las Vegas. Don't we all love MOVING? (Yeah, I'd rather have 3 teeth pulled WITHOUT Novocaine.   LOL
Thanks.  GadgetDude
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