[kwlug-disc] VoIP replacement for land line

acitta1@gmail.com gwalsh at notw.ca
Thu Oct 24 23:50:45 EDT 2013


I have been using Callcentric for several years. I like how everything is a-la-carte. I find features like call treatments really useful. I can have particular numbers forwarded to voice-mail or blocked or have incoming calls ring first at home and then on my cellphone. Prices are cheap, from pay as you go to various plans including 800 numbers. Phone numbers are $1.95 each. 

Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
>I am reviving an old thread, since I am in the market for replacing my
>land
>line.
>
>Currently Bell charges ~ $34 a month with no features at all. The only
>thing that is stopping me is that we have a monitored alarm system that
>requires a land line. Some people tried to connect the alarm system to
>the
>pseudo land line coming into the VoIP device, and it worked with some
>systems. Most reported it does not work though. My current company
>requires
>something like $600 to upgrade the keypad to add a cellular option
>instead
>of the land line, and add $10 a month for that.
>
>I use a lot of minutes to the USA, and others in the house us a lot of
>local minutes, so pure voip.ms may not cut it. Even with a DID and
>$4.95 a
>month (Kitchener Waterloo) for incoming, there is still a $0.01 per
>minute
>outgoing.
>
>MagicJack seems iffy if you transfer your current number to them, so
>don't
>want to risk that with a company that does not have phone support.
>
>Currently considering Ooma. It is a hardware VoiP device that offers
>almost
>free calls to Canada (almost because you pay $4 a month in taxes and
>government fees, and you get 911).
>
>If you want unlimited US calling, then you do it for $10 a month.
>
>And they have a 30 day trial, after which you can return it, or switch
>your
>current number to it.
>
>It is sold at Costco (online only) with a WiFi adapers
>http://www.costco.ca/.product.576100.html
>
>Or at BestBuy/Futureshop retail with a Bluetooth adapter (for those who
>don't have handsets)
>http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/ooma-ooma-telo-voip-internet-phone-system-with-bluetooth-adapter-telo-canadabt/10216459.aspx
>
>Any one tried that?
>Anyone has voip.ms with many family members talking locally and to the
>USA?
>Anyone has a monitored alarm with a VoiP system or cellular? Which
>company?
>
>
>On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com>
>wrote:
>
>> I currently use voip.ms.  It's not free, but it is pay as you go.
>> Currently I spend about $25 every three-four months for my 519
>number.
>> They charge $5.95 / month for the phone number and in US/Can it's
>something
>> like $0.0052 per minute.  (0.52 cents)
>>
>> Example:  In April I spent 04h 41m 39s on the phone.  It cost
>$1.58875 for
>> that time.
>>
>> I've never found a reliable 'free' solution that doesn't cost some
>amount
>> of money initially.  For a while, you could pay Fongo $50 for plain
>old SIP
>> access and use whatever device you wanted, but that changed.  Now
>it's an
>> ATA you purchase and I can't comment on their reliability.
>>
>> I just use a small PC as an asterisk server and a Linksys ATA to let
>my
>> old fashioned phones work, but you could just use a free SIP
>softphone to
>> talk directly to voip.ms...
>>
>> --
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