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Traditional Home Phone providers?

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Traditional Home Phone providers?

My parents can't live without their traditional home phone. I tried a few voip solutions and since they call overseas a lot they complain about the quality.

Both Rogers and Bell want $60+ just for thr home phone.

What other options are out there? I see Primus (through Costco) offers traditional home phone for around $40.

How does Rogers specific Ignite/VOIP compare to traditional?

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Rogers only uses facilitated VoIP.

You'll have to stick with Bell or third party providers that use Bell lines.

I have been using Google Hangouts over wifi to call Germany and it's excellent.

Voice quality on VoIP.ms and freephoneline.ca have always been good for me.
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Go with www.voip.ms. I've been with them for well over 10 years and can't complain about anything. It's voip but excellent quality of service.
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Rogers WIRELESS home phone, its about $20 bucks a month, my cumpare has it, its basically a cellphone box that you plug your home phone into, its not voip and has a dialtone and everything plus its cheaper than the regular landline from robbers
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- Wireless home phone. Uses regular home phones, including cordless, but plugs into a base that connects to a wireless network. Low cost solution but you're limited to being inside the home.
- Talk and text only wireless BYOP plan. $25-30 depending on your wireless provider of choice. Easy to use any unlocked phone old or new.

For calling overseas I'm assuming they do so from home.
- Calling cards. Very low cost but audio quality isn't great.
- If they have wifi at home then whatever chat app they use that supports voice calls, e.g., Whatsapp, Wechat.
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connects to a "Cellular" network. not wireless like wifi
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They've tried both thr wireless home phone's and voip like ooma. Both have a weird echo/delay.

They are on Rogers Home Phone now. Not the ignite since it's the only service they have but they find the quality good.

Would voip.ms or fpl be any better than ooma in terms of quality?
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I got my home phone with Telus down to <$6 a month but doesn't help you back east.

If they use a computer, try Skype? Quality the few times I've used it is very good.
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Tijuana wrote: My parents can't live without their traditional home phone. I tried a few voip solutions and since they call overseas a lot they complain about the quality.

Both Rogers and Bell want $60+ just for thr home phone.

What other options are out there? I see Primus (through Costco) offers traditional home phone for around $40.

How does Rogers specific Ignite/VOIP compare to traditional?

Thanks
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Tijuana wrote: My parents can't live without their traditional home phone. I tried a few voip solutions and since they call overseas a lot they complain about the quality.

Both Rogers and Bell want $60+ just for thr home phone.

What other options are out there? I see Primus (through Costco) offers traditional home phone for around $40.

How does Rogers specific Ignite/VOIP compare to traditional?

Thanks
Fairly sure even Bell is POTS only up to a point, prob voip on their backend as well. I doubt anyone routes analog over copper anymore past the "last mile" ($$$). Nothing is perfect, echo is still going to happen at times no matter what.
That said, voip.ms is my reco as well - been a user for over a decade, few to no issues. Also, used to call s.e.asia a lot, no problems. Nowadays, I just tend to use signal/whatsapp/duo what-have-you.
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Voip is only bad when you go cheap and have no control over the codec or routing. Even Bell is actually VOIP once your call goes beyond the local switch.
You need to use Voip.ms and set it to use a high quality codec like G.711 and also pay for the premium routing. Every link in the chain is going to affect your
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Tijuana wrote: They've tried both thr wireless home phone's and voip like ooma. Both have a weird echo/delay.

They are on Rogers Home Phone now. Not the ignite since it's the only service they have but they find the quality good.

Would voip.ms or fpl be any better than ooma in terms of quality?
I would say have the try it before cancelling the current one. may cost a bit to try as you need an ata but at least you won't need to deal with switching back and stuff.
my parents on on ignite home phone and had no complaints. Were on FPL but the one thing that made them switch was the mandatory voicemail on FPL and no way to turn it off.
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I've used voip.ms for home phone for close to 10 years - it's a fantastic service. I don't call overseas much but when I do it's been excellent. I've also called back to Canada from my voip.ms account while on vacation and had good experiences.

Poor voip call quality can often be fixed by "tuning" your ATA (if possible with your service).

OP, have you thought about 911?
My mom is on a Bell POTS line for the 911 service. Voip only offers e911 and I don't think Rogers Wireless home phone has traditional 911 either.
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If I get something like the HT801, do I still have to pay for the unlock key from voip.ms?

Am I able to make changes to the configuration file remotely?
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Tijuana wrote: If I get something like the HT801, do I still have to pay for the unlock key from voip.ms?

Am I able to make changes to the configuration file remotely?
There is no unlock key like freephoneline.ca. You use your username and password to set up the voip adapter.

You can make changes from the Voip.ms website.

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