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Best VOIP to replace home phone landline?

It seems like I am the last person on earth to give up my expensive residential landline. I did sign up with Vonage but quickly cancelled when I realized I was being lied to and getting conflicting answers about fees/billing (then I read the horrible reviews about their customer service). I do not like talking on my cell phone and always grab for the landline when at home if I need to make an outgoing call. I want good quality (no delays, echoes, etc.), competitive price, good customer service and reliability (yes, I want it all!). [more inside]
posted by Lylo on Oct 27, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I set up an offline network and simulate VOIP/email?

Help me simulate the internet, without the internet! [more inside]
posted by jet_manifesto on Aug 10, 2014 - 2 answers

How best to get rid of office landline?

I work from home and have an established business phone number that I need to keep. I'd like to port the number somewhere that sends the call to voicemail and return the call with my cell phone. I don't need to call from the office number, just receive voicemails. Do you have any recommendations for services you like that are cheap? I found "parkmyphone.com" which says what I need would be $5/mo plus $20 transfer fee to port the number, but don't know if it is reliable. I don't know anything about Skype or voip solutions. GoogleVoice doesn't allow landlines to be ported into it. If it matters, I have an Android Galaxy S4 with T-mobile for my cell service. Thanks!
posted by DB Cooper on May 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I use an old CallVantage VoIP router on Vonage?

I have Vonage. I want to know if I can replace a broken VoIP router with an older VoIP router I used when I had CallVantage and if it will work, even as a temporary solution. [more inside]
posted by tckma on May 2, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I convince my VoIP router (PAP2T) to connect?

I'm trying to get my VoIP at home (through a PAP2T, working perfectly until now) working with a new router (Linksys DIR-825), and having no luck past a certain point. My provider's support service isn't very supportive. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Home phone service for Google Voice XMPP refugees?

Like a lot of folks, I bought an Obihai VOIP adapter primarily for the free Google Voice XMPP calling, and like a lot of folks, I'm saddened by the loss of the essentially free home phone service. Obihai has listed Anveo and Phone Power as "Approved Service Partners", but there seem to be a lot of other options out there, and I was just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for BYOD VOIP providers that are affordable but also likely to be around in a year or two so I don't have to find a new provider on short notice.
posted by tonycpsu on Apr 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Spam telephone calls to a landline?

I have been getting many spam telephones to my landline (VOIP). Any suggestions on what authorities to contact? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Jan 22, 2014 - 13 answers

What VOIP services play well with CenturyLink DSL?

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? [more inside]
posted by diode on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

IP Phone twisted pair usage versus PC 10/100

Rookie question perhaps... What more wires in a CAT5 cable other than TX+ TX- RX+ RX- does a standard IP phone use? I ask because I had one cable run where the PC had 100% connectivity, but when I plugged in an IP phone to the same run, it would not receive an IP (PC was DHCP as well but it shouldn't matter) and resolve to the network. I finally re-punched the wall plate and patch panel and it worked like a charm. I have been combing the web for an answer on this, and the best I found that the phone may require additional wires in the cable if it is PoE, which this particular run is not Powered. Head scratcher for me...maybe someone out there has an answer! Thank you :)
posted by unktone on Aug 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Help setting up the OBI100 (Google Voice questions/confusion inside!)

I need to set up a new google voice number to use my Obihai OBI100 strictly for work. However, I do not have an extra number to associate with the google voice account (and don't want to use my current google voice number that is used for personal purposes). What cheap options are there available to me to do so? [more inside]
posted by apip on Jul 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Wireless headset and softphone setup for Mac-based SMB?

For the last two years I have been trying to implement what I think is a pretty straightforward VOIP solution which has in turn probably taken around twelve years off my life. We operate a great IP-PABX system in our 10-person Mac-Laptop based office that we are very happy with, and for the last three years have been running IP handsets but have been desperately seeking a solution that would enable us to use softphones with wireless headsets (non-bluetooth). Has anyone here done anything similar with a degree of success? My list of demands is as follow: [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Jun 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Best mobile data provider in Montreal?

I want to replace my cell phone with a mobile data plan and VOIP client. What's the most cost-effective option in the Montreal, Quebec area? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Feb 4, 2013 - 1 answer

Are there any decent business/enterprise-class internet providers in Los Angeles?

Are there any decent business/enterprise-class internet providers in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by sektah on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Canadian area code/rate centre VoIP DIDs

VoIP: How much should I really be paying for Canadian DIDs in major metro areas? Currently paying $2/mo for US numbers and $5/mo for Canadian. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 24, 2012 - 1 answer

Skype

Alternatives to Skype for video teleconferencing -- bummed out by crappy audio quality. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Oct 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Facetime for Android?

Is there a way to talk make a Facetime call from an Android phone to an iPad? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Sep 14, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business?

How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Forwarding from SIP to landline, no monthly fee?

How can I forward a sip address to a landline, with only a fee for the call itself? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 26, 2012 - 1 answer

Replacing Skype?

I use call forwarding, Skype-to-go, and Skype online numbers extensively. Recently they changed their cost scheme. What can I use to replace it? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Best way to stay in touch with family back in the States?

Moving to Germany next year, how best to stay in touch with everyone back in the US? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Aug 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Is there a wifi cordless phone?

Is there such a thing as a wifi cordless phone that works with a landline? [more inside]
posted by sharding on Jul 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Use old iPhone as a second phone over wifi but with primary phone number

Please help me design a method for using an old iPhone to make and receive calls on my current AT&T wireless number by WiFi, preferably for free. Ideally, I would like to have this old iPhone (without service), sitting on my desk, ringing when calls come into my current AT&T number, and when I make outgoing calls via Wifi, the caller ID shows my current number. The reason is primarily that AT&T coverage is horrible inside my house, so the ability to do this by wifi at home would be great. But I hate the confusion created when you make outgoing calls and the number is different. I can think of very convoluted ways to do it, so I'm asking you smarties if you have a better way.
posted by DesmondDoomsday on Jul 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Google Voice phone calls over wi-fi using android 2.2 cell phone.

Seriously considering buying Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V (android 2.2) phone tomorrow, would/will be my first foray into any phone even beginning to resemble smart. My main question: how difficult is this phone to set up to use Google Voice telephone number over wi-fi, calls in-bound and out. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jul 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Office phone won't work.

I need some help with my Avaya 1100 series phone, and our support guy is totally unresponsive. Anyone know anything about these things? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Redirect landline telephone to foreign number.

How can I redirect my US number to non-US number? [more inside]
posted by lapsang on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Best Blank Sheet Phone System

What is the best VoIP approach for a startup in the very early stages? [more inside]
posted by JPD on Apr 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Wireless router with QoS for home use?

Recommendations on routers with QoS, please? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Mar 20, 2012 - 8 answers

VOIP Upgrade

I'm thinking about getting an Obi110 VOIP appliance to replace our T-Mobile @Home service that's set to expire soon and keeping us tethered to an expensive plan. Is Google Voice the best service to go with, or should I go for another SIP voip provider? 911, either built in or third party, is a must. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Feb 18, 2012 - 4 answers

How to have speakers ring when a headset is plugged in.

How do I set up Google Voice to ring my computer speakers when I have a headset attached? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Feb 10, 2012 - 4 answers

How do we make our PBX grow with our company?

Where should I look and what should I look at for replacing our old Norstar/Meridian PBX? Should we replace the hardware or switch to a hosted solution? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Two wire systems diverged in a campus, what should the less traveled one do?

University campus switching to VOIP. The landlines are perfectly good. What else can they be used for? [more inside]
posted by jwells on Jan 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Unlocked ATA boxes driving me crazy

Internet Telephony using unlocked ATA boxes ---- it's 2012 , is this even doable yet? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jan 19, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I record phone conversations on my Windows computer?

How do I record phone conversations on my Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Residential VoIP providers?

What is the best residential VoIP/landline provider out there? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Video chat US/China?

What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Oct 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Making a VOIP phone wireless

My VOIP phone requires a wired ethernet connection. But after an office redesign, my VOIP phone is now far enough away from the router than an ethernet cable isn't an option. Is there any way to get the VOIP phone (LinksysIP phone SPA 942) connected to my router via wifi? Some way to make it seem like it's on ethernet (like a wireless ethernet adapter or something)?
posted by cg1 on Oct 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Landline in Seattle?

Do I need a landline? Do they still exist in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Better-quality voice calling, complete with silences and breath sounds?

Is there any VOIP or other audio-chat-over-the-internet software that doesn't massively compress the audio and flatten quiet moments into complete silence? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Aug 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Need Sipdroid VOIP equivalent for the iPad 2

Looking for Android Sipdroid VOIP equivalent for the iPad 2? More inside... [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Jul 14, 2011 - 5 answers

USB headset with physical multiplexer/switch

USB headset with a physical switch that enables speakers. OS X. Can I (my employer) buy such a thing? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jun 30, 2011 - 5 answers

business voip phone services

I am looking for a good VOIP provider for a medium size business - any recommendations or experience to share? [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on May 23, 2011 - 9 answers

It must ring loudly and proudly.

I need a external telephone ringer that is similar to the Doro Ring Plus Teleflash that will work in the US on a VoIP telephone. Specific product details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on May 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Help Me Dump AT&T

AT&T be gone. What are my options to have a land line at home? Can I use the phones I have? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Apr 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Best VOIP options?

I've got a VOIP service that's really inexpensive, a first year, new client deal. That's about to expire and my rate will bump. While it's still inexpensive, I'm wondering how I can get control of this and not be at the affect of a external company, specifically how can I control my public phone number, keep my calling rates low, and avoid having an external company call the shots. [more inside]
posted by diode on Apr 4, 2011 - 4 answers

4G VoiP tablet instead of Cell Phone?

My T-Mobile contract expires in a couple months, and I'm considering ditching smartphones entirely and getting a tablet, instead. Anyone have any experience with this? Especially VoIP experience. [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Apr 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Anyway to get one Google Voice account to play nicely with two phones using VoIP?

Two LG Optimus Android Phones. One Google Voice account. Anyway to get both phones to play nicely using sipdroid & GV as the outbound & inbound calling method? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Mar 18, 2011 - 3 answers

I don't need caller ID because it's always my MIL

Sorry if this seems repetitive of other threads about home phone, VoIP, etc. I've read those, but my special snowflake situation is this: [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Feb 28, 2011 - 16 answers

is there a mobile call encryption solution for absolutely untechnical people?

is there a mobile call encryption solution for absolutely untechnical people? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jan 27, 2011 - 10 answers

VOIP to Replace Security System Hardlines

My alarm system uses one main phone line and one backup phone line to check in with the security service company by, apparently, dialing and transmitting tones to a 1-800 number. Paying $40 each month, even for two measured lines, seems quite unnecessary, if a cheaper "VOIP" replacement could help instead. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

How does one get a virtual international phone number that is SMS-capable?

I'm looking to get a virtual international phone number that can send and receive SMS text messages and can be used with my US mobile phone. I've found Virtual Phone Line and VoipVoip, but they support voice calls only, not SMS.
posted by matrushka on Jan 11, 2011 - 3 answers

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