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Old 05-29-2013, 04:55 AM   #1
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I am moving into a new house looking for ways to trim my utility bills. I am looking into viop options for our phone line and fax. My family seldom places calls from our landline anymore, but would like it as a backup. Out of all the different options vonage, magic jack, obi with google voice, does anyone have any experience with using any of the viop options?
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:17 AM   #2
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Vonage hands down - negotiate your deal with them.


I have the world plan (unlimited calling to 64 countries ) for 15 dollars a month.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:22 AM   #3
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better known as Voice Internet Over Protocol?
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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lol, yeah I was going to say, It's VoIP, not VIOP.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:58 AM   #5
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Best VIOP? Try Foneco.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:07 AM   #6
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My parents have had Vonage for years. Here are a few observations I've had:

1) You can't talk on the phone while downloading large files (e.g., torrents)

2) Make sure you have a good broadband connection (especially upload speed) or people won't be able to hear you

3) It used to save you a lot more money than it does now. ISPs raised the cost of internet a little while after Vonage came out, so utility bills ended up evening out pre-VoIP to post-VoIP, with people still stuck with a traditional phone now being raped. You may want to see if your ISP offers a VoIP phone bundle with your internet, but I'm assuming your ISP doesn't offer VoIP since you're asking about Vonage. (side note: my parents have had better luck with ISP VoIP than Vonage - however that may be just be a result of overall better technology over the years).

4) You are sometimes required to use a special router/modem for VoIP. These routers often suck. My folks have to power cycle their router/modem 3-4 times a week.

5) Like baja said, unlimited long distance (or even the world plan) is convenient if your wife likes to talk on the phone to long-distance friends/relatives.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:19 AM   #7
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My parents have had Vonage for years. Here are a few observations I've had:

1) You can't talk on the phone while downloading large files (e.g., torrents)

2) Make sure you have a good broadband connection (especially upload speed) or people won't be able to hear you

3) It used to save you a lot more money than it does now. ISPs raised the cost of internet a little while after Vonage came out, so utility bills ended up evening out pre-VoIP to post-VoIP, with people still stuck with a traditional phone now being raped. You may want to see if your ISP offers a VoIP phone bundle with your internet, but I'm assuming your ISP doesn't offer VoIP since you're asking about Vonage. (side note: my parents have had better luck with ISP VoIP than Vonage - however that may be just be a result of overall better technology over the years).

4) You are sometimes required to use a special router/modem for VoIP. These routers often suck. My folks have to power cycle their router/modem 3-4 times a week.

5) Like baja said, unlimited long distance (or even the world plan) is convenient if your wife likes to talk on the phone to long-distance friends/relatives.
I have had poor (Fiber optics now) internet speeds for years and my Vonage worked well at those speeds but like you said don't try to download anything and use the phone.
I only have to reboot my Vonage box about once a month if that.

They even offer a fax line, too bad Doom didn't know about that.
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Hard to beat Skype with video but only as a second option.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:52 AM   #9
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What kind of cell phone do you have? If it is Android get Google voice. Great for international calls from both in and out of the country
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:03 AM   #10
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My parents have had Vonage for years. Here are a few observations I've had:

1) You can't talk on the phone while downloading large files (e.g., torrents)

2) Make sure you have a good broadband connection (especially upload speed) or people won't be able to hear you

3) It used to save you a lot more money than it does now. ISPs raised the cost of internet a little while after Vonage came out, so utility bills ended up evening out pre-VoIP to post-VoIP, with people still stuck with a traditional phone now being raped. You may want to see if your ISP offers a VoIP phone bundle with your internet, but I'm assuming your ISP doesn't offer VoIP since you're asking about Vonage. (side note: my parents have had better luck with ISP VoIP than Vonage - however that may be just be a result of overall better technology over the years).

4) You are sometimes required to use a special router/modem for VoIP. These routers often suck. My folks have to power cycle their router/modem 3-4 times a week.

5) Like baja said, unlimited long distance (or even the world plan) is convenient if your wife likes to talk on the phone to long-distance friends/relatives.
We had Vonage for calling international. If was OK at first but the call quality was always a little sketchy. Wife now uses Google Voice from her call phone to call home. Works much better and cheaper.
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My GF and her roommates have Magic Jack... really cheap like $20 a year. The quality sounds great, I couldnt notice any degredation in sound while using it.
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My GF and her roommates have Magic Jack... really cheap like $20 a year. The quality sounds great, I couldnt notice any degredation in sound while using it.
They have the best, high quality commercials.
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I use voip at my business. 12 + lines and yes- multiple faxes running 24/7. Never had any issues or anything. But then I am a business so I am sure its alittle different then personal usage.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:06 PM   #16
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I keep saying viop like an actual word in my head and it makes me giggle. Not because it sounds like any other word, but I keep picturing my Grandma trying to figure out what a viop plan is. She would have totally butchered VoIP too.
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so I just jumped off the VoIP line and went AT&T home wireless. It is a cell phone for your house and comes in at 19.99 for an unlimited line or 9.99 for and add-on family plan line. So far so good and cheaper than retail Vonage. Plus, no broadband connection impact.
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