[kwlug-disc] VoIP Question.

unsolicited at swiz.ca unsolicited at swiz.ca
Tue Feb 8 14:44:24 EST 2011


On Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:26:04 -0500 (EST), John Van Ostrand
<john at netdirect.ca> wrote:
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>> Scenario: We have an employee who will be in Cosat Rica in a couple of
>> weeks : permanently.
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> I think Unlimitel probably has a server anywhere that it monetarily
makes
> sense. I always pictured them with one main location, where their VoIP
is,
> and small PRI-to-VoIP systems in places where it made more sense to
co-lo
> that equipment than to backhaul a PRI. They give you an IP address to
> connect to and that's the one you use with your account.
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Check me on this: Is it not relatively simple to change providers after
the fact (assuming you're not tied to a particular phone number, and even
then that's just time for the providers admin time to process things)? [Add
in a 2nd 'line' later, take out the first when things sort themselves out?]

i.e. Go with what makes sense based on what you know at the moment,
knowing you will be able to switch to something better should you need to,
relatively easily?

Also, I guess we should all remember - once you remove POTS from the mix,
the need for 3rd parties diminishes. So, although there may be no
requirement for Cambridge and Costa Rica to talk, it's just an asterisk to
asterisk connection, so you may as well leverage it to whatever extent it
makes sense?

So, choose an appropriate local DID provider for local phone calls (or
even just get a local phone line [and SPA?]), knowing you can make LD calls
originating out of Cambridge in the mean time, if you have to?

It being pretty hard to evaluate things like latency and provider
reliability, except through direct experience?

Does any of this ring true?



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