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Cheapest way to keep landline phone number but not service

I have a VOIP landline (through Time Warner Cable). I want to get rid of my landline service but keep that phone number and have it forward to my cell phone (Verizon). What is the cheapest and easiest way for me to do that? Thank you!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 17, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me choose network and security infrastructure for an office

We're looking at moving into a shared office building with a couple of other companies, in total about 40 people plus a small specialized school with another 50 students or so. This is a very nice opportunity, and I've been tasked with figuring out the shared network and related (phone, access control) infrastructure. I have a pretty good idea of what to get, but I'm not as up to date on options as I used to be, and I might be missing stuff. Help me with suggestions for good, economical equipment options. [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Jun 16, 2016 - 3 answers

What reliable VOIP software allows crosstalk?

I produce a podcast with guests chatting comedically in two locations. Skype and Google Hangouts mute one side's mic while the other side is talking, which really messes with people trying to interject jokes. Are there any (relatively simple) VOIP solutions that allow crosstalk and interruptions? (Audio consistency is much more important than audio quality, and we'd like to still have video.)
posted by YoungAmerican on Apr 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Metafilter, Please VOIP Me!

I'm considering some big cost-cutting changes to my home utilities (cutting my cable, changing up my telephony, etc.) but I'm a worrier. So - talk me into replacing my land line with VOIP service. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Apr 24, 2016 - 23 answers

Cheap-ish speaker phone for conference calls on Skype?

We have okay Skype calls one-to-one between our offices, but as soon as we add multiple participants at the other end, it becomes static hell. The prices for conference phones are out of our budget, so we need something under US$200 that we can plug into one person's laptop to share in a meeting room for 4-5 people on a Skype call. Please recommend something reliable and easy to use. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me setup my small business VOIP configuration

Currently we're using Voip.ms for toll-free and auto-attendant, and then Google Voice for call hunting and voicemail/transcription. This works ok, but the Google Voice side of it causes enough frustrations that it might be time to cut that out of the setup entirely. Here's about how I need the setup to work: Calls come in to our company number. We receive about 50 calls a day (not many). Auto-attendant picks up. Forwards to cellphones and/or softphones, depending on day/time. We have about 6 employees total that answer phones, with 0-2 that might have phone duty at any given time. Ideally, if one phone is busy it either tries another 'online' cellphone/softphone, waits in the queue (optional), or goes back to a central voicemail if no one is available. [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu on Jan 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Breaking up is hard to do

My phone service is VOIP through Comcast/Xfinity and, for the most part, I'm satisfied with it. But I keep having a recurring and troubling problem with the other person breaking up after about one hour; usually more than an hour, sometimes a little less. Can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Jan 5, 2016 - 4 answers

Can an old Polycom Soundstation EX work with iPhone or VOIP?

Is there an inexpensive way to connect a Polycom Soundstation EX to an iPhone 6, or a low-cost VOIP solution through her MacBook air (or our desktop PC)? [more inside]
posted by altcountryman on Jan 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me find a video conferencing system for server-side recording

We're running some automated-video-analysis studies of two people having a conversation over a video conferencing link. For that, we need to record the video from both perspectives on the server. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Sep 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Where to begin with VOIP

I need to find new VOIP hardware for my office. I don't even know where to begin. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Jul 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Videoconferencing: One packed room, some remote participants?

I have been tasked to "Put Jane and John on our conference room screen and put all of us on their laptop screens" to turn a regular teleconference meeting into a videoconference meeting. The problem is not Jane or John: They are in quiet remote offices with laptops and Skype accounts (or any other videoconferencing accounts you may suggest). The problem is us: Thirty colleagues, backs pressed against the walls, in a long, narrow, noisy conference room built for twenty, with no room to place cameras that will capture more than a few of us. [more inside]
posted by mississippi on Jun 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Low-cost options for calling Dutch mobile phones from US landline

In the next few days, I'll be making two long (90+ minute each) calls from the US to mobile phones in the Netherlands. I prefer to use my landline for these calls, which is Voip through Xfinity. Their international calling plan, which is $10 for 300 minutes, would be awesome but it specifically doesn't cover Dutch mobile phones. The Xfinity rate is $.30/minute, which is more than I'd like to pay. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Jun 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Emergency VOIP Service with no monthly charge

I have been asked to set up an emergency VOIP "phone" at my house. What's the best hardware/service combo for this? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 31, 2015 - 15 answers

Sonicwall tz215 2 isp's 1 lan and voip.

In a nutshell my small family business has comcast as a isp and a 3d party voip provider. Comcast as a business grade isp is not good in my neck of the woods (Chicago). My research ( google) informed me that I could use a Sonicwall tz215 and a 2nd isp as a fallback in case (ie: when) comcast craps out. can I use the fully configured Cisco router (static ip's for the phones and computers and VoIP stuff ) in line from the Sonicwall. So what I'm thinking is isp/isp-->Sonicwall -->Cisco router -->dumb switch?? Can this be done --if so how?
posted by prk60091 on Mar 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a new phone system for the office

What cloud based phone system should I get for my office? [more inside]
posted by banished on Jan 16, 2015 - 5 answers

(I Don't Want to Have) Telephony Nightmares

I am searching for an inexpensive way to provide phone service for a small business. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Jan 15, 2015 - 3 answers

VOIP provider that will work over AT&T U-verse internet

AT&T recently upgraded its wiring in our area and made U-verse broadband available. We had it installed (at 6 Mbps) the day after Christmas, and so far it is working well. Can we do VOIP phone through the AT&T router without getting the service from AT&T? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Jan 2, 2015 - 5 answers

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 - 16 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

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