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Old April 12, 2009, 12:54 PM
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Hello!

I'll be moving out in July, and I started to look around for a good ISP and phone service provider. I would really prefer to avoid Bell!

I heard good things about :
- Teksavvy
- Radioactif
- Colbanet

Colbanet is also interesting because they have their own equipment ---> no throttling + caps

At first, I wasn't sure about paying for a phone service... I could use my cell only. Since I'll have to pay around 8$/month for a dry line, I may get the phone service.


Could I do like :
Teksavvy (phone) + Colbanet (internet) and avoid the dry loop fee?


Any suggestions guys?
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Old April 12, 2009, 01:12 PM
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I'm no where near Montreal, so I can't say but here's some general tips:

Keep your cell and pay the Dry Loop.
If you really need a landline, consider doing your own VOIP.
Depending on your usage, you can have a phone number for a few bucks a month. (Yes you read that right)

A friend of mine introduced me to Voip.ms :: Worldwide VoIP Origination and Termination
$9 a month gets me 3500 minutes incoming and $0.015 per minute outgoing.
Long distance is cheap too. Plus if you use Asterisk there's a TON of neat junk you can do.
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Hmm interesting :P

I'm a total VOIP noob tho :P
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Depending on the scale of which you want to do things, it's either really hard or really easy.

Even if you buy something like this:
NCIX.com - Buy Cisco PAP2T-NA VoIP Adapter 10/100 SIPV2 2 Port RJ-11 Call Wait Forward ID Transfer & Conferencing - PAP2T-NA In Canada.
and get an account at voip.ms you can get started on dirt cheap VOIP.

It's when you add an Asterisk server into the mix that things REALLY get interesting.
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I am in Montreal.

I use Teksavvy as my isp & voip.ms as my voip provider & am very happy so far.

Note that voip.ms is a Pay As You Go service but their rates are very low and they run a feature full service. You also have to set up your own voip adapter, I use a Grandstream 502, but it's not that hard to do at all. I had my phone up & running including signing up, configuring my adapter & activating my new loca number in under 45min.
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have been with radioactif.com for about 2 years. I have no complaints, the speed is good and consitent, but there is absolutely no customer service. I've switched for teksavvy to avoid bell trhrottling. I love teksavvy, no trottlhing and good customer service. I recommende you going that route. BTW i'm in montreal too.
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With Teksavvy, don't you get throttled unless you're using MLPP ?
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you also have distributel and videotron which are decent.
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Videotron is what I have rigth now, and their speed is great, but a 20 GB cap is a joke. I'll rather pay 40$ for a Dsl dry loop (unlimited or 200 GB cap) than 65+tax for a 10 mbps and 100 GB combined . I would go for videotron if I was working full time rigth now, but I'm still 1 year away from my CA exam :P
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With Teksavvy, don't you get throttled unless you're using MLPP ?

You can actually do Single link PPP which I understand twarts trottling.
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