Our first experience with VOIP was when we ported our AT&T landline
number to T-Mobile's no-longer-offered T-Mobile@Home $10/mo. add-on to
our cell-phone plan. That seemed to work fine, but we were unable to
keep it when we switched from a prepaid cell-phone plan to month-by-month.
We then ported that number to Google Voice (with the Obihai VOIP box).
This was possible because our number now counted as a cellular number; I
don't know about now, but then only cellular numbers could be ported to GV.
Then for a period of several months GV became unusable with the Obihai
boxes, and it was at that time we got the PhonePower service. We still
have the GV number as a "public" one that forwards to the PhonePower
number, which we give out to very few people; outgoing calls show up as
the GV number too. Everything works fine.
On Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:47:20 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
Up here in Ontario Canada, I have used MagicJack - which gives north
america-wide free calling and local numbers are available in most
places, but no porting of numbers in Canada although they have been
promising it for about 5 years.
Cost, over and above the cost of the device is something like $18 per
I bought an OOMA box for home - porting the number cost $39.00,
monthly charge is $4-ish and free long distance anywhere in Canada.
Phone voice quality is good. Occaisionally I get an echo - but no more
than on my cell (actually gnerally better)
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2:46:23 PM UTC-4, Frank wrote:
You just request Ooma to port it over, which you can do online.
I think they charge $40 to do it.
One thing to be aware of is a problem I ran into when trying to port
with MajicJack. Only a single, basic line can be ported. In my case
I had distinctive ring with a second number set up on my Verizon
landline. I had used the second ring # for a fax in the past, but
hadn't used it in so long that I didn't even think about it. So,
I put a port request into MJ. Their system accepted the port request
and a few days later, it came back that they could not port it for
the above reason. OK, so you'd think that would be easy to solve.
It was on the Verizon side. I just had them put the line back to
the basic service. Of course that also cost me another month service
on Verizon. So, then I go back to MJ and try to put the port request
in again on their system and now their system won't accept that number
to port. It just said "this number cannot be ported", where previously
it had accepted it and tried. Clearly this is a MJ issue. I wasted
a lot of time in chat with MJ support and all they have were idiots,
chatting in broken English. No one could escalate it, address it, etc.
That's when I took the thing back to RadioShack.
So, if you're going to do a port, make sure you don't run into
I have been using 1-VOIP (previously called "VOIP Your Life") since 2007. I
pay $20.55 per month, which includes 500 minutes in the US and Canada. We
make very few phone calls and have never come anywhere close to 500 minutes
in a month. It comes with a variety of call filtering options, voice mail,
and virtual phone numbers.
It has worked very well for us. We haven't had any issues except for my own
network problem that prevented incoming calls from getting through. I reset
my modem, router, and switches and never had the problem again.
I had a different VOIP provider before 2007 (don't remember their name),
but they went out of business.
Before we switched to VOIP our local phone company charged almost $100 per
month (We're in a rural area). That was with NO long distance, and NO
filtering options of any kind. All of our family, and even stores in the
closest town were all long distance. Once I could get high speed internet,
switching to VOIP was a no brainer.
Because of the terrain here, we can't get reliable cell signals so that
route was not an option.
On Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 11:29:07 AM UTC-5, HerHusband wrote:
Check out Ooma. $4 a month, hardware costs $120 max, you can find it for
half that on Ebay. I've been using it 8 months now, works very well for me.
Sound quality is overall very good. Sometimes I do hear a slight echo, but
not really bad. I'd say it's not as good as the premier VOIP, eg Vonage
or your local cable company, but close enough that for $4, it's a great deal.
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