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    Looking for VOIP recommendations.

    I know we have some networking gurus here so I wanted to ask what VOIP service I should get.

    My wife and I use our cell phones the majority of the time. We have Sprint service but there is no Sprint coverage at our home. When we moved in we installed an Airave, it is kinda like a personal cell tower. It works ok but our phones don't always ring if someone tries to call. This is not a big issue most of the time but several weeks out of the year my wife is on call and the hospital needs to be able to get ahold of her.

    I know there are several options out there to us.

    1. Comcast Phone - I hate to give Comcast anymore money than I have to. There phone service is $14.99 a month and we don't need all of the long-distance or international calling.

    2. Local Phone co. - I have not looked at prices yet but I'm going to guess that prices are going to be around the same as Comcast.

    3. VOIP - This is what I'm really looking for information on. I know there are plans that are closer to $5.00 a month and that sounds way better.

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    Most of the people that I know of that are using VOIP at home are using MagicJack.

    I know some others were using something that was tied to Google voice but my understanding is that Google killed that option.
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    Having no cell service anywhere near where I live, I've used a VoIP service for years now. The service I use has been rock solid - cost comes to $7.71 per month ($149 for 2 years plus tax comes to $185) including all taxes and e-911 fees when I pay for 2 years at a time. Plenty of features and the box is included for free. The reason I went with them is this is a spin off of HostGator which is a big web hosting service that I have also used for years. The couple times I've had to contact tech support (for either hostgator or voipo) I've received a response within 20 minutes.

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    What type of internet service do you have and what are the speeds?

    I would go with Google Voice (free) and run it off the PC / tablet

    If you want / need / desire the feel of an actual phone, buy an Obihai OBi110 Voice Service Bridge and VoIP Telephone Adapter ($60 - one time) and use it with Google Voice. A phone will plug right into it and operate as a regular phone.

    With Google Voice you can set the number up to not only ring your PC / tablet / Obihai adapter but also your cell phones simultaneously. This way, if the hospital has your wife's GV number and she decides to go to town they still only need to dial the one number.

    I've been using GV for years and it has been pretty rock solid. I have one number that I give out that will ring my cell, my desk, my on star. If I change any of my phone numbers it does not affect anyone as they have my GV number which stays the same. WHen I visit my parents, my tablet is with me and I can answer calls from it or I can direct the line to ring their number.
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    I went to MagicJack about two years ago. Sixty bucks to start and thirty bucks per year. It didn't take long to realize a savings from the thirty five dollars per month I was paying Time-Warner.... Two months! I have it plugged in my UPS and it has worked flawlessly with three cordless and one corded phone on the circuit. You do have to dial the area code with all calls, including local, but that isn't so hard. And you do lose service when the Cable or power is out. That's when the cell phone is handy.

    Three co-workers have switched to MagicJack based on my bragging of how much money I am NOT giving to Time-Warner each month, and all have reported excellent results.
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    Another vote for ooma. It's actually around $3/mo but it's just for taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixm22 View Post
    I know we have some networking gurus here so I wanted to ask what VOIP service I should get.

    My wife and I use our cell phones the majority of the time. We have Sprint service but there is no Sprint coverage at our home. When we moved in we installed an Airave, it is kinda like a personal cell tower. It works ok but our phones don't always ring if someone tries to call. This is not a big issue most of the time but several weeks out of the year my wife is on call and the hospital needs to be able to get ahold of her.

    I know there are several options out there to us.

    1. Comcast Phone - I hate to give Comcast anymore money than I have to. There phone service is $14.99 a month and we don't need all of the long-distance or international calling.

    2. Local Phone co. - I have not looked at prices yet but I'm going to guess that prices are going to be around the same as Comcast.

    3. VOIP - This is what I'm really looking for information on. I know there are plans that are closer to $5.00 a month and that sounds way better.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    Mike , Don't know when your Sprint contract runs out , but my guess is US Cell would provide better coverage than Sprint where you live. Plus it runs off Verizon network when they have no coverage in that area.
    VOIP was just coming in 7-8 yrs ago , I installed a few phones in some of the company buildings , seemed OK . I know why would a phone company want VOIP when the building I was installing it was our Central office where your Dial Tone comes from.. Just a back up plan in case the building was down, and cell service was done. We could go to plan C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    Mike , Don't know when your Sprint contract runs out , but my guess is US Cell would provide better coverage than Sprint where you live.
    It is only at my house that I don't get good sprint coverage and I happy with what I get with sprint and what I have to pay to get it. I'm just really looking for a plan C of my own.


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    Quote Originally Posted by felixm22 View Post
    It is only at my house that I don't get good sprint coverage and I happy with what I get with sprint and what I have to pay to get it. I'm just really looking for a plan C of my own.

    Doh! Just realized that you already have the Airave... Nevah mind!
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