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Well we got rid of the cable guy today and went with a Satellite set up. Next is the overpriced phone.So are there any current or former Vonage users out there?
Check out Magic Jack Plus as well. I just switched my business lines over. I was paying $50/mo, incl taxes, for small business (1 phone + 1 fax number). I had Vonage for at least 3 years. I was able to port over my existing numbers and the annual cost is approx one months cost of Vonage. It has been 2 months now and so far so good!
I had Vonage for 5 years - great quality and service. The downside is that they gradually ramp up the charges year after year, I eventually moved to Ooma. I now get letters every few weeks from Vonage enticing me back with special offers, which they refused to do when I was a customer. Bottom line is that VOIP is a commodity, get a Ooma device and skip Vonage,
If you want features such as having a file sent to your email and having voice to text conversion,
Hi Chris,I have not used Vonage, but I've been a VoIP user for many years. My most recent provider was Viatalk, but I would definitely not recommend them.What I have now - and I really like it - is free, at least through 2013. What I did was get an Obi100 adapter for $38 from Amazon, and this works together with Google Voice. You sign up for a Google Voice number and follow the instructions for setting up the Obi100, which is specifically designed for use with Google voice. Sound quality is better with the Obi than with Viatalk, and there's less latency, so I'm not constantly "talking at cross-purposes" with the person at the other end like I was with Viatalk. Check out the Amazon reviews of the device. You can set your Google Voice number to also ring your cell, so you'll have one number for everything.On the negative side, there is no 911 service, but I have a cell phone service that provides that. And caller ID doesn't seem to work, but you can block callers pretty easily.For reviews of other VoIP providers, check out the VoIP forums at dslreports.com.
I use OBI also and haven't paid a phone bill in the past year. I had vonage for years before that and the only issue was the $30/month. They were both easy to set up, clear and reliable. People think Google is going to start charging for Voice but they haven't yet and free is good.
You also get two lines with OBI. I have a cell phone but no plan. I use Obi/Voice to make calls and text from my cell phone as long as I have Wifi access (work, home, school, coffee shops, McD's, etc.). What can I say, I'm cheap.
It seems the downside of the Obi for the OP is that GV only allows porting from a mobile number, and the OP wants to keep his existing home number. I've heard of people first porting their home number to a cell phone, then from the cell to GV, but that sounds like a real PITA, especially if you don't want to lose your existing cell number.Didn't know about that feature! I am using the cheapo PagePlus cellular service - 10 bucks for 100 minutes that last for 4 months. When you replenish with another 10 bucks after 4 months, any leftover minutes roll over. Data is crazy expensive though, so I just shut off data and texting from their web site and only use wi-fi for data. Main use of the phone is for any possible automotive emergency to call AAA, and for 911 service, so I need it to work where there's no wi-fi available.
If anyone is interested in Ooma there's a deal going on today in TechWoot for a Telo:http://tech.woot.com
Gents,Thanks for the responses and the information.I will look into all of the suggestions and see if they will fit my needs.My main need is to have a home phone with my existing number. I have had this number since 1990, even though most of my business and personal calls come to my cell, some clients will still use my home/office number.Chris
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