I just switched to Vonage.
It's a mixed bag but seems to be getting better as I straighten out my
problems. For me it was not as straight forward as I had hoped.
The sound quality at times is very good and at other times it is very
poor. Seems like if my kid is playing a game on the internet and
streaming video, the band width is sufficient but some dastardly
firewall is slowing the packets down and causing sound problems. The
firewall is built into the router and the router is not programmable
because it's pretty old -- Verizon DSL estimates its 8 years old.
That's the biggest issue but will be fixed in "2 to 3 business days"
when the new router gets here.
The second sound issue came and went and I finally tracked it down to
Carbonite. So I had to throw Carbonite into Low Priority mode. That
seems to fix it.
So it's up and working. I guess my biggest issues are that I have the
older router because I've had DSL for so long.
If it wasn't for those two issues, it would have been a much easier
Anyway, I thought I would throw it out there in case anyone else is
considering switching. In the long term, I think it'll be good. In
the short term, it could be an easy install but it was a on the tough
side for me.
Good luck if you're trying it.
We have VOIP here. Our cable speeds are 8.5/2.6 Mbps.
We also have DSL from AT&T. It's about 750kpbs.
We use cable internet for regular stuff and the VOIP plugs into the DSL. We
got the DSL when the cable went down for six days! Heck, man, we couldn't
even buy stamps (although I did score a personal best at Solitare during
Anyway, on the third day of cable outage, we signed up for DSL. We now have
redundant capability - like having a spare tire.
In ordinary usage, nothing interferes with the VOIP connections. If the DSL
goes down, we simply plug the VOIP input wire into our cable-connected
router and we're back in business.
I have FIOS with verizon.
The internet part has been rock solid.
unfortunately the phone service hasnt, and sadly verizon tech support
once with noise on incoming calls, which the first tech documented it
took over 6 weeks and calling EVERY BUSINESS DAY FOR 3 WEEKS, and
esclated to verizon presidents office, to say nothing of their
refusing to put us back on copper, they futher refused to cancel the
phone part which wasnt working because we were under contract.
I finally threated bto ngetn the mnedia involved when I found out the
problem effected every FIOS customer in our central office.
Network techs foundn it was a noisey router but it took WEEKS:(
After that the battery in the brand new FIOS box failed, they wanted
ME to mpay for it, I refused they finally did but it took 2 weeks, of
the stupid box beeping alarm 24/7 they kept promising a battery in a
few more days, I finally said if the battery isnt dropped at my door
today I am canceling EVERYTHING VERIZON.
battery magically appeared......
then we have a large tree thats on a abandoned right of way left over
when the homes were built in 1950. the tree is being supported by the
main FIOS line./
its against their company policy to trim a tree, they wait till the
line breaks then fix it.
verizon sent fios tv sales reps to my door, after the 3rd visit I
showed him the tree, and meant it when I said the next saleasman is
harrasement, I called the police and reported him, he lacked the
solicitation permit, complained to verizon presidents office, and the
daily phone calls finally stopped.
The mail contnues in bulk:( so just for the heck of it i am sending
the marketing guy who signed the last flyer i letter about my crappy
experience. i wonder if anyone will answere?
In october my contract is up:)
My one line will be a identi ring number on my existing copper line.
I will go elswehere for internet, or if I keep just the FIOS internet
part will NEVER be under contract with them EVER!!
with nearly everyone having a cell phone how many really need a home
incidently vonage is the highest cost VOIP provider..........
other service providers charge less and perople appear happy.
Heck magic jack is basically free...........
In a true DISASTER a regular phone line will likely work.
Your cell phone is coded at activation as to access during
Other than calling 911 a cell phone will likely go busy during a
emergency so first responders can use their cell phones
In my 62 years on the earth I have really only seen that happen once
when the "DC Midtown" exchange locked up, after the JFK assassination.
My mom was still able to get a call through but it took over an hour
to get dial tone. By then I had walked home :-(
No interest. No checking. What provident purpose would be served?
They are dead, injured, or well, and there's nothing I can do about it. Not
worrying is a skill that can be learned.
Admittedly, in the case of, say, rioting, we could coordinate our
responses - like getting the goblins in a crossfire so they are wiped out
entirely - but that's a pretty rare situation. All my friends and family are
already primed to report to the fortress in such an eventuality, bringing
with them as much of their ammunition stores as they can carry.
They were only doing that for a short time until someone realized the
law of unintended consequences applied. What if you are trapped or had
some valuable information or whatever and your phone doesn't work
because of some prioritization scheme?
I have had Vonage for 4 years now. Once in 4 years we were without
Internet for a day. My cell phone worked fine that day. Also once
during that time our power went out but I plugged in the generator and
we had phone and internet. My Vonage bill is $20 a month because we
pay for it a year at a time. The features you get with Vonage are
great and land lines don't even come close to what they offer. I
would never go back to a land line.
We have one office land-line.
A couple of weeks ago we got a call from AT&T. They said they wanted to
reduce our bill because they wanted to keep our business. "How much" I
"For the services you currently get, your new monthly charge will be $24.00
(down from $60.00)."
"Well.... okay, we'll give it a try," said I.
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