I am considering making a move to VoIP and I was wondering if any of you folks here have had any experience with it? http://www.broadvoice.com has a plan for $9.95 that looks like something I would be interested in.
well...I am sure the quality of the equipment does matter but I have read other accounts of complaints about the constant background noise...I have never been a big fan of using voice chat on the PC with a microphone...too much like using a CB radio to me
Personally, I use Vonage (available from http://www.vonage.com). I have their premier plan ($34.99) which includes unlimited everything to anywhere in the US and Canada. They have a variety of plans and even offer call clarity control. There are several reasons why I like them. One of the reasons I like it is because of the unlimited everything (callid, call waiting, etc). The next is that you can have any number you want in any city, in addition to as many as you want (each additional number is $4.99). You can also have an 800 number or numbers and dedicated fax. Their system is portable and can be taken anywhere. Each converter (which is given to you free) requires 90K of bandwidth and you can have as many as you like. I personally have two (one for personal use and the other for business). The one that's for personal use is connected to my main wiring so I can use existing jacks throughout the entire house. The second is located in my office and has a dedicated fax, 800, and local number on it.
Vonage is a pretty good service and even includes 911 access, which is very unique for a broadband phone company. You should check them out.
Well...the Unlimited In-State Plan from Broadvoice offers all of these features for $9.95 a month:
Anonymous Call Rejection
Call Forwarding Always
Call Forwarding Busy
Call Forwarding No Answer
Calling Name Retrieval
Do Not Disturb
Last Number Redial
Speed Dial 8 and Speed Dial 100
Voice Messaging/Voice Management
Flash Call Hold
Flash Call Transfer
Flash Call Three-Way Call
Flash Call Waiting
Call Forwarding Selective
Calling ID Blocking
Calling Line ID Blocking Per Call
Calling Line ID Delivery Per Call
CommPilot Call Manager
Thats alot of features for $9.95 plus a few other charges which comes out to a lil over $11 a month. The only thing holding me back right now is there are no Mississippi numbers available yet. The service is available here but I would have to choose a temporary phone number from states like Florida, Connecticut, Virginia and a few others. Does that mean...if I chose a temporary number in Florida...and my mother wanted to call me...that she would have to pay long distance just to call me when I live about 3 miles from her? I am tempted to just wait until they have Mississippi numbers available...preferably numbers here in Tupelo.
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