[kwlug-disc] Cable Modem.

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Tue Dec 3 10:59:29 EST 2013


On Dec 3, 2013 12:25 AM, "unsolicited" <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>
> FWIW, I've always thought it would be a bad idea.
> If part of the point of vendor selection is to be vendor
> independent, getting VoIP with your carrier, then maybe
> having to move, seems counter-intuitive - if there are
> other choices available.

I absolutely agree with this. Decoupling and minimizing dependencies is the
best strategy. Bundling is bad, and makes moving away from a provider much
harder.

>
> Khalid was looking into USB dongle VoIP thingies not long
> ago - perhaps they have a role in your calling, too.

Magic Jack is still the cheapest option. You can get the device for $50
when on sale, add $10 if regular retail. For $30 a year you get free
calling to Canada and the USA and a Canadian number with caller ID ...etc
Moving your existing number to them is possible but some report delays and
snafus that made me wary of doing so.

I settled on Ooma Telo, which are more reliable and quicker to port
numbers, and offer a 60 day trial period (hardware is 30 days return via
Bestbuy).

The monthly cost 3.99 a month for free Canada wide calling, and $10 more
for USA which gives you an additional USA number, so relatives can call you
for free, and many nice features. The device is $150 but is discounted to
130 and bundled with blue tooth for a headset.

Oh, and it is Linux based with the source on their web site!
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