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Dec 31, 2008
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Best VOIP?

Cheap price, unlimited local calls, and I have Bell if that matters.

I could only find old/dated threads and from what I read Comwave has **** quality.

Vonage seems expensive, is Acanac any good?
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Torgo91 wrote:
Feb 15th, 2009 11:42 am
Cheap price, unlimited local calls, and I have Bell if that matters.

I could only find old/dated threads and from what I read Comwave has **** quality.

Vonage seems expensive, is Acanac any good?
I use Acanac and am overall quite happy with the quality.

I do occasionally experience loud beeps while using the phone, though, which is kind of annoying.
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vbuzzer, us$50 a year. no problem at all.
or freephoneline ca$50 for life no problem as well.
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voip.ms, very high quality, very good price.
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CastIronStove wrote:
Feb 15th, 2009 12:33 pm
I use Acanac and am overall quite happy with the quality.

I do occasionally experience loud beeps while using the phone, though, which is kind of annoying.
Those loud beeps are caused by your ATA (Sipura ?) not the connection it self.
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I use Primus Talkbroadband, but I am actually looking at Voipgo.ca
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So for Voipgo and Acanac I have to buy my own device first? (ATA, is what it's called?) How many phones can I connect to an ATA? I have like 4 phones throughout the house.

Can I port over my number from Bell?
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Torgo91 wrote:
Feb 15th, 2009 5:15 pm
So for Voipgo and Acanac I have to buy my own device first? (ATA, is what it's called?) How many phones can I connect to an ATA? I have like 4 phones throughout the house.

Can I port over my number from Bell?
Yes it is called an ATA. You can usually have 2 separate phone numbers depending on the ATA. As long as you have a 4 handset system like this, you're fine.

You should be able to port your number from Bell.
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Vonage's Retention plan is 24.99 down from $39.99. Unlimited calling to CAN, US, ITALY, FRANCE, UK, SPAIN, IRELAND.

If you can stay under 500 min outgoing calls, then get the $14.99/month

The problem with other VOIP providers is that they don't have a good amount of money invested in their infrastructure and tech support/customer service like Vonage does. They service 2.5 million customers. They provide free device replacement even if you are out of warranty. I had 'em for 4 years and it's been solid.
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Torgo91 wrote:
Feb 15th, 2009 5:15 pm
So for Voipgo and Acanac I have to buy my own device first? (ATA, is what it's called?) How many phones can I connect to an ATA? I have like 4 phones throughout the house.

Can I port over my number from Bell?

Yes you are allowed to port out your number as long as it's not a regional number. The company can tell you if it is.

You can tap into your existing home wiring to use the service. Your wiring in your home acts like a circuit. Important to note, you need to disconnected the DMARC point ( main phone cable introduced to your circuit) So you can introduce your VOIP signal into one of your phone jack and rest of the phone jacks will get a live connection. Very simple.
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Sorry to dig up and old thread...

Im using Primus TBB and renting their voip router. Id like to find a cheaper voip provider and im wondering what you guys recommend as far as an unlocked ATA. Im assuming the difference between an ATA is just taking the internet signal and converting it to a phone, and a voip router is both a built-in ATA and a basic router?

Store preference?
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paulo500 wrote:
Dec 7th, 2009 2:02 pm
Sorry to dig up and old thread...

Im using Primus TBB and renting their voip router. Id like to find a cheaper voip provider and im wondering what you guys recommend as far as an unlocked ATA. Im assuming the difference between an ATA is just taking the internet signal and converting it to a phone, and a voip router is both a built-in ATA and a basic router?

Store preference?
The Linksys PAP2T is a popular ATA. You can get this ATA at Canada Computers. I am not sure what the best ATA/router combo is
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PAP2T is a great ATA. I got mine at Swiftgamers in Markham, it was about $50

I'd advise against eBay, since many are chinese knock-offs with high DOA or early mortality rates.

Traffic management, or QoS is important for VoIP, so I'd recommend any router that supports Tomato (3rd party) firmware. DD-WRT looks nice, but QoS doesn't work.


Routers that are known to work with Tomato:
- Linksys WRT54G v1-v4, WRT54GS v1-v4, WRT54GL v1.x, WRTSL54GS (no USB support)
- Buffalo WHR-G54S, WHR-HP-G54, WZR-G54, WBR2-G54, WBR-G54, WZR-HP-G54, WZR-RS-G54, WZR-RS-G54HP, WVR-G54-NF, WHR2-A54-G54, WHR3-AG54
- Asus WL500G Premium (no USB support), WL500GE, WL520GU (no USB support)
- Sparklan WX6615GT, Fuji RT390W, Microsoft MN-700

More info at: http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato
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Great info guys, Thx :razz:

I'll check these out!
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I've been using Vbuzzer for about 2-3 years now and I've never looked back at landlines since then. Freephoneline is great too but their softphone hasn't been very reliable for me lately.
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