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Last night, I got our Vonage phone service working at our house. It seems to be working OK now. I'm still a little wary since this is the second router they sent us. The first one worked fine for the first 20-minute phone call I placed, but then we had problems with it for a few days. I finally called tech support and convinced them to send me a new router. The new router arrived yesterday, and last night I ran it through the paces -- I made and recieved a few calls to cell phones (mine and a friend's). I made a couple of long-distance calls to my parents and my brother. I checked out features like Caller ID, Call Waiting, and 3-Way Calling -- they all worked fine. The voice quality was good. It wasn't pristine -- there was some background hiss at times, but it wasn't bad. My brother said that the voice quality was better than my cell phone usually is. I connected our multi-handset cordless phone to the router and it worked fine, too. I configured the router for internet browsing (changed the admin password, turned off the wireless hotspot (for now), oppened up the BitTorrent port and configured it to have low QoS priority, etc.) and it worked great. I made a few phone calls this morning and surfed to a few internet sites and it all still seems good.

I really hope it works out, because if it does, we'll have a big cost savings and more features than we had with BellSouth. I'm not ready to endorse the service yet -- I want to give it a few months to make sure that it continues to be good. If it's consistantly as good as it was last night, I'm going to be happy with it. I'll let you know when I'm ready to endorse it. In the mean time, if you're planning on switching to Vonage anyway, let me send you a referral so I can get a kickback. But don't take my offering of referrals as an endorsement. Yet.

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eagle243
Mar. 7th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your Vonage service works well. I talked to our neighbors the other day, and their VoIP service is just terrible... if I was him I would switch back to a landline - or go cell-only. I dunno what the difference is - maybe it's that I'm recording all of those podcasts? ;) - but his service is just amazingly poor.
theevilhalf
Mar. 7th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
We went with Lingo and haven't regretted it one bit. Our attitude about VOIP is that it's in its infancy just as the landline based phone system was at onetime. Of course it is progressing faster along to maturity. The only problems I've noticed are bandwidth related and if the phone is having a problem so is our internet connection. Bandwidth demand usually outstrips bandwidth availability. I've noticed that when problems do occur (which is rare) it's usually between 3pm and 8pm.

We _love_ the savings - we pay ~$22/mo. which includes tax &tc. All our calls in North America are local and also to most of Western Europe. I've been tempted to call Buckingham Palace to ask if they have Prince Albert in a can.

The person who turned me onto Lingo travels on business constantly. He takes his phone router with him all over the world. 95% of the time an internet connection is included with his room fee which lets him stay in touch cheaply and easily. Talk about number portability. He gave up his 'world-phone' when he got VOIP. His daughter lives in Japan and has a US number through Lingo, which saves tons of money.
christtrekker
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
But don't take my offering of referrals as an endorsement. Yet.


Just after the kickback, eh? ☺
drmellow
Mar. 7th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
At this point, yup. ;-)

I hope to be able to come back in a couple of months with an endorsement.
captain_phil
Mar. 8th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
I had vonage for a while, and didn't have any problems with it, the only reason I got rid of it was we have Internet Phone Servie through work, and I get unlimited long distance etc for about $17 a month.
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