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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Are there any decent business/enterprise-class internet providers in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by sektah
on Jan 2, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What is the best VoIP approach for a startup in the very early stages? [more inside]
posted by JPD
on Apr 25, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
, but they support voice calls only, not SMS.
posted by matrushka
on Jan 11, 2011 -
What system would be the best for forwarding my cellphone calls so I can stop getting robbed by RoBelLus (rogers, bell, tellus).
What I want to do is something like this,
but I'd prefer to have control over it so that I can decide whether or not my call ident sends to the recipient properly (this isnt totally necessary but I do like the idea of running my own pbx).
What I'm going to do is use the "Smart Dialing" option or some variant in my Crackberry or android phone (whenever it comes back from the repair depot), to call a PBX that will give me a dial tone than I want to have my phone automatically wait for a moment or two (to ensure the pbx has responded with a dial tone) than dial my desired number.
This way I can add my PBX's number to a "My Five" (or whatever its called for my provider). Thus essentially giving me unlimited calling.
Also forwarding calls from my pbx back to my cellphone would be ideal otherwise I would only be able to make outgoing calls from my phone and I want the best of both worlds.
Suggestions or solutions for how I'm going to be able accomplish this task would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks
on Oct 30, 2010 -
I often work during the day in libraries or coffee shops with wifi but I'm too cheap to buy a cell phone. I have a laptop and a recent ipod touch. What are some clever ways I can contact my wife at home when I have something time-sensitive I need to share? [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Oct 27, 2010 -
My Linksys T-mobile HiPort Wireless Router is sporadic and weird with my MacBook Pro 2007 Santa Rosa's wireless networking. What's the ideal way to fix this? Or should I get a new router? And what will we do when our contract is up and T-mobile shuts down the landline? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Oct 24, 2010 -
Anyone here using Vonage World plan? Is it good enough? Any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by zaxour
on Sep 30, 2010 -
Is there anyway to use an existing phone with Skype and a wireless router without a PC? [more inside]
posted by fleeba
on Sep 8, 2010 -