[kwlug-disc] VoIP home phone from Teksavvy (TekTalk)?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Aug 3 01:43:51 EDT 2011

If there is

Colin K wrote, On 08/02/2011 8:30 PM:
> its voip

That's a feature, not a catch. (-:

> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM, William Park <opengeometry at yahoo.ca> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Has anyone tried VoIP home phone from teksavvy.com (called "TekTalk"),
>>    <http://teksavvy.com/en/res-homephone.asp#tektalk>
>> or from any other ISP?  I'm wondering, for $9.95/month, what's the
>> catch?

There are a number of teksavvy users on the list, and if memory 
serves, there were messages that went by a few months back about their 
voip. I may be confusing them with eyesurf, though. If you search the 
archives for eyesurf, I think you will hit the messages streams I 
vaguely remember.


Hopefully any such users will also respond to your message query.

If there's a catch, it is, at least, vendor dependence. Whether that's 
important to you, or if you're looking for a simpler turnkey solution, 
YMMV. I expect, though, also being your ISP, gives you greater 
assurance of quality of result (they have control of their own network 
to investigate and resolve), and someone's feet to hold to a fire. But 
that is NOT to say you won't have equally happy results, elsewhere. 
You rolls the dice, you takes your chances.

BTW - Acanac is out if you were thinking of their cable, and number 
portability is important to you. They don't do that yet. And have 
steadfastly refused to provide any hints as to where/if they're going 
in that direction. Vapourware.

To my mind, something like voip.ms is more attractive - removing 
vendor dependence. If I move, doesn't matter what ISP I use, then, 
nothing changes on my voip end. No aggravation of migration, number 
portability not even a question, timing of old service start, timing 
of new service start, parameter reentry (setting up forwarding), etc. 
(I guess I'm assuming my current provider doesn't offer service at the 
new location, here.)

I don't think it matters where you go, you'll always be at risk of 
provider acquisition. Unlimitel being acquired startled me. Not to say 
they have had any service interruptions as a result (I wouldn't know), 
but such acquisition must have some non-zero level of irritation for 
the end user. Even if only to ascertain that all will remain well.

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