What VOIP services play well with CenturyLink DSL?
December 13, 2013 3:43 PM Subscribe
I'd like to move from using a land line to a VOIP service over my CenturyLink DSL. I'm afraid the service will suck. How can I evaluate this before committing to porting my phone number?
posted by diode to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I had a VOIP phone (VOIPO) on Comcast for several years. The service was moderately okay, meaning it didn't suck too bad most of the time. Usable with some noticeable latency. Best part was $8 a month. Killer deal. Then there's the Comcast cost, which was $60/month, which sucked, so I moved to CenturyLink DSL for Internet service at less than half the cost.
On the DSL circuit, my VOIP connection got totally unusable. No one seemed to be at fault, neither Centurylink or VOIPO could point to a real cause for this. Next step >> landline.
That's where I am at now, paying more for Internet plus phone than I was on Comcast + VOIPO. Of course, the phone service quality is better.
I'd like to go back to VOIP and wondering what VOIP service might play well with Centurylink DSL? Also, I would want to evaluate the service for a month, are there any VOIP services that are offering that kind of deal?
Finally, if I am doing the evaluation and seeing dropouts, latency or failures of various kinds, what kinds of tests can I do to see what's going awry? I have networking chops, at least I can ping servers, and run traceroute. Another way to phrase this might be, if there are problems how can I ascertain whether it's an overbooked consumer DSL network causing issues or something a bit more active in the way of degrading or de-prioritizing VOIP connections that are not in CL's interests to support.