Internet telephone

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Phil Washburn, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    has anyone here used internet telephone yet? i have 2 phone bills, plus my tracfone, and i would like to lose them. SWB is the sorriest company i have dealt with, and it irritates me to no end to have to give them my money. i am just not sure about the versatility and reliability of internet telephone
     
  2. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    Phil, it irritates me to give my money to a lot of Co's., compared to service LOL

    I don't care much for any phone CO. I understand the , "can you hear me now " phrase. I can't hear phone calls most of the time. LOL. We use SWB and finally got on a L. distance plan just to get them to stop asking. After two months, they up the price and it wasn't worth it. We canceled L.D. plan. Now they started charging $3. bucks a month just so we can have L.D., use it or not. Myself, I can't stand the phones for many reasons. Got rid of
    my cell phone a few years ago. My wife still has one. She want let me touch it. I'll throw it in the fire. LOL.

    I'm not sure what internet phone is, unless your meaning something like call wave or cell phone internet. Internet is something else I don't surf. Its BOC for fun, looking up laws, business, puter repair is all I do on internet. I'm not a member on any site except BOC and if it wasn't for BOC and puter stuff, I wouldn't have internet.
     

  3. tspergin

    tspergin New Member

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    the internet phone service works just like the phone co but uses your broadband service you hook up a regular phone to a modem and it goes thru your internet service it costs 24:00 a month and that includes unlimited long distance anywhere in the US and canada,voice mail call forwarding with ID,call waiting conference calling and etc,I have had it for over a year and it is great you can also get a 800 number for 4:00 extra a month or multiple numbers for 4:00 each,if you want to check it out go to vonage.com
     
  4. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    The reliability of internet phone service, depends on the reliability of your broadband, NON DSL internet service. It is just as clear, if not clearer than regular phone service. One drawback that a lot of people have with internet phone service is that they are unable to have more than 1 connection. IE 1 phone connected. However, with the new expandable cordless phone systems you can have several phones all using one "BASE" that is connected to the phone connection.

    Another drawback with the internet phone service is that right now, Uncle Sam hasn't started regulated fees associated with the service. How is that a drawback? As VOIp (Voice Over IP) becomes more popular, there is a high probability that Uncle Sam will start charging fees similar to what are charged by your current local telco.

    All in all, VOIp service is becoming the "new" phone service. It works very well and has many features that are not available with regular local service. One such feature lets you have voicemail, that is automatically converted to text and sent to you in an email, and follow me service. You can setup 5 or 6 numbers, and if it is an emergancy, the person calling enters a code, and it trys the 6 different numbers in order trying to reach you for the emergancy call.

    Two different companies that offer VOIp are:
    Vonage
    AT&T

    there are more companies, I just don't remember who they are off of the top of my head.
     
  5. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Phil,
    I do computer tech support for a company called dlink. All of our phone systems are Voice Over IP or internet phones. They can be good, but it really depends on the reliability of your Internet Service Provider. Like our service can be good at times, but other times it is scratchy and difficult to hear, because our server is no twhat it needs to be. One other thing to consider with VOIP phones is make sure that if you get one you have a cell phone or a local telephone line in your house. If the power goes out and someone is hurt you cannot dial 911 with a VOIP phone.

    -Brian
     
  6. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    Quality and service, something you can put in the history books for a while until they get r all ironed out... LOL
     
  7. joesf

    joesf New Member

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    I have vonage with 911 enabled. Works really good with my my broadband service and vtech wireless phones. Only drawback is that we don't have a local service so anyone that calls us from a land line get charged long distance. This is not a big deal to us because most of our calls come from people with cell phones or we call them back.
     
  8. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    Guess ya got a love cell phones. :glare:
     
  9. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    when I saw this it kinda reminded me of those solar powered flashlights that the japanese came out with years ago!!! good idea but kinda defeats the purpose.
     
  10. rodpod

    rodpod New Member

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    I have not used vonage or any other VOIP services before but I used a program called Skype. www.skype.com It works real well if you have a headset on your computer and want to talk to people over the internet with broadband. They have some plans to dial out to real telephone numbers and also something to let you pick your own phone number in any location that have available to let people call you. Not sure how well it works though. To dial out and have your own number it costs money.
     
  11. tank3544

    tank3544 New Member

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    i second that on skype .. used it a little bit .. works pretty well