Internet based phone service reliable?
Are these internet based phone service such as Vonage reliable?
I guess if internet goes out phone service goes out right?
Are there any problems with connection time, speed, sound quality etc.?
And which service would you recommend.
I like to “ditch” AT&T so bad, but I’m kind of afraid to do it.
I guess I have a cell phone if internet service goes out I guess.
There is only 1 reason to switch to VoIP… To Save Money!
You can save tons of money using VoIP rather than PSTN phones.
If you already have a cell as your backup comms and 911, then I say go for it…… Get VoIP!
Yes, there are reliability issues related to using VoIP.
Yes, if Internet goes down, so does your VoIP phone, too.
These days, Internet connections are highly reliable…. At least where I live in Alberta, Canada. Over past 4 years I have had DSL Internet, and now Cable Internet….. Both have been Very Reliable with no down-time, that I can recall, in past couple years.
“Most” reliability issues people have with VoIP is Not with service providers, but with your Equipment Hardware, such as Modems, Routers and ATA VoIP telephone adapters. Most VoIP services sell you VoIP hardware made from the same big-name manufactures (perhaps re-branded for their service name), such as Linksys, Motorola, Grandstream, etc. The equipment is reliable, BUT problems usually arise due to “configuration” problems that don’t work for a particular situation or circumstance. It helps to have a little tech-savvy when problems arise….
Problems can be compounded when your equipment is Wireless-G. So, it comes down to how tolerant you are about dealing with technical issues when things go awry or need a little “tweaking”.
I am currently using VoIP 100% for all my phone calling.
I officially pulled the plugh on Ma Bell six months ago and hope to never go back. The savings are substantial. I get a lot more features and flexibility at a much lower price…. How can one ask for more?
I use InPhonex as my “primary” home-phone VoIP service provider. They provide E911 where I live in Canada, even though InPhonex is a USA-based company. (find link through my profile)
I have their “LiteLine” service for $7.95/month.
I use CallCentric as my “secondary” home-phone VoIP service. I have a local-area phone number for $1.95/month + 1.5 cent/min incoming and 1.9 cent/min outgoing calling + all bells & whistles for free that Ma Bell charges an arm&leg for.
CallCentric is BYOD (bring your own ATA adapter).
So, I purchased my own Linksys PAP2T phone adapter through VoIP Depot in Canada. I configured the PAP2T for InPhonex on the adapter Line-1, and configured it for CallCentric on Line-2. So, I have just 1 VoIP adapter configured to work with 2-separate VoIP service providers.
CallCentric and InPhonex provide free softphones so you can use their services with a PC too. Or, use a 3rd party configurable softphone with their service, such as CounterPaths’s “X-Lite” free downloadable softphone.
For alternative softphones and PC calling I also use Gizmo Project (now Gizmo5), Skype, Efonica, and Hotfoon.
So, even if you don’t pull the plug on AT&T completely, you can use VoIP to save tons of money on long-distance calling alternative.
Internet Service w/o Phone Line?
I was wondering what is the best wireless/dsl internet that I could get without having a home phone! I pay for a home phone that we do not use I don’t even have a phone hooked up to the jack! Would love to save money!
The best home internet services are either Fiber such as At&t U-Verse and Verizon FiOS or Cable from providers like Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, etc.
DSL Internet service is a little cheaper, but considerably slower than it’s cable and fiber counterparts.
If you want DSL, most providers such as Verizon, At&t, Qwest and others offer what is known as naked or dry DSL.
Any DSL connection still requires copper phone lines between the DSL modem and the phone company. What DRY DSL does is eliminate the need for a active phone line, thus reducing your cost.
As far as wireless goes, you just connect a wireless router to your cable or DSL modem to provide wireless broadband Internet to WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, iPods, smartphones, Wii, etc.
Service providers vary in pricing and service levels by geographic area. I suggest you find a comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.
The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can’t.
You’ll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 100Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 3 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.
Choose the best one for your Internet usage and budget.
Who’s the best cable, internet, and phone provider in PA?
I’m moving to the Allentown area in the next month, and I’m setting up all my utilities and services before we arrive so that everything will be in place. I was wondering, who’s the best provider of cable, internet service, and phone service in the area? I’m getting so many different choices, I figured I’d ask the Y.A. community for their personal recommendations. Thanks a lot.
AT&T U-Verse is the absolute best in my opinion. We’ve had out digital TV service, high speed internet, and phone with them for the past year and a half and we are very satisfied with their service and pricing. Give them a call at 1-877-363-1762 10a – 8p Est, they give $300 cash back to new customers.
Home Internet Service Provider?
We have at&t internet at my house and it really sucks, Its slow, and goes out ALL THE TIME. What is another home internet service provider that has a reliable connection and good speed for a decent price? Any other phone carriers? I just need to get rid of at&t, their service is horrible. Thanks 🙂
Did you try contacting AT&T and reporting the problems. Sound like it could be a problem with the line. Any bad connection from your house to their main connection box could be causing those problems.
This happened to me once and AT&T replaced the line from the pole to the house, put a new box on the house plus replaced about two blocks of line. Missed a day of internet but it worked great after that.
You can contact your Cable company for faster internet but it will cost more.
Hi, I live in a town called Hinesville Ga. and we only have one phone Co.I ordered internet service from another provider and was happy until I was told by my local phone Co. that if I continued to use the provider than I would be billed for each call to the internet provider because it was a bussiness and I would have to pay for the calls even though I have unlimited long distance. Is this legal because i have been paying a lot for the service I have and I really cannot afford it. BUT….. I need my computer because it is my link to the world as I am disabled. Thank you for any help or answers you can provide.
I would suggest that first you request a written copy of the terms and conditions of your service plan from your phone company. Next, you should find the section that defines charges for business calls. I never heard of charges that depend on if the called party is a business.
Any questions can go to the Georgia Public Service Commission.
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