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Old December 6, 2013, 09:41 AM
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I'd like to get a family member off Bell telephone's high rates, and I know someone using voip.ms, but I know nothing about the service. Anyone used it, or have complaints? They apparently have a 3500 incoming minute plan, with outgoing billed at 0.005c per minute, for $1.99/month, or $5.99/month for premium service where "call quality is expected to be better and touch tone is more reliable".

There's a cheap adaptor on amazon.com, haven't found a canadian supplier yet. Amazon.com: OBi100 VoIP Telephone Adapter and Voice Service Bridge: Electronics
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Don't bother waiting for a sale. The $10 or $15 you'll save on the device will be more than offset by Bell's insane monthly rates on a POTS line.

You'll need a stable internet connection, and DMTF talk-off will be an issue with virtually any consumer-grade adapter you pick.

I use freephoneline for myself and most of my family with very few complaints. There was a 2 week period where Fongo (parent company of freephoneline) was performing upgrades and our connections were unstable, but it's been problem-free since.
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Old December 6, 2013, 10:18 AM
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Is there a huge difference in quality between a standard voip service and something like the magic jack?
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Old December 6, 2013, 03:45 PM
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I think the Magic Jack needs a pc to be running all the time, i'm looking for a standalone thing. I wonder how easy it is to set up, voip.ms said they need up to 4 weeks to get my number from Bell!
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Old December 6, 2013, 04:31 PM
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Canada Computers | VoIP & Unified Communications | Cisco SPA112, 2 Port Phone Adapter - Affordable and Feature-Rich Voice over IP (VoIP)
I think the Magic Jack needs a pc to be running all the time, i'm looking for a standalone thing. I wonder how easy it is to set up, voip.ms said they need up to 4 weeks to get my number from Bell!
Nope... the newest versions can plug directly into your router. The issue with MJ is that there's an annual $10 fee to keep your Canadian phone number (no charge for number in the US). Other than that... my young lad prepaid 5 years worth of unlimited NA LD for $200.
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Nope... the newest versions can plug directly into your router. The issue with MJ is that there's an annual $10 fee to keep your Canadian phone number (no charge for number in the US). Other than that... my young lad prepaid 5 years worth of unlimited NA LD for $200.
Your worried about privacy and google but mention magic jack? Oh silly people.
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Your worried about privacy and google but mention magic jack? Oh silly people.
I don't believe any voice products are safe from prying eyes, and I believe you mistake my problem with privacy/google... I have no secrets worth keeping, but detest grubby marketers getting a free ride to my information. :)
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Yes, that's what you want. I'm running the same thing.

You'll pay $2 / month for the phone # then per use. The packages might be a good idea if you use your phone enough. North America rate now is approx $0.01 per minute

My experience with voip.ms is: It's perfect. I've never had an issue and my monthly bills are well under $3

I haven't got faxing to work solidly yet, that's my only complaint.
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I have been a voip.ms subscriber for a few years now and can easily recommend them without hesitation.
That being said, they are a BYOD (Bring your own device) based service with the setup and call features implementation left up to the user. This isn't to say that they don't give good support, they actually have great support. Setting up the type of call/answer and phone features is all web based and stocked with many configuration options including the management of multiple DID's (Phone numbers). This may be daunting to the average user let alone setting up a voip adapter, even though if you've ever configured a wireless router then you already have the skill level necessary to do that.

All in all, voip.ms is a fantastic service but if all someone wants to do is to make and receive simple phone calls then the "Magic Jack Plus" may be a better bet. Withe the Magic Jack Plus the pc isn't needed but obviously a working internet connection is.
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Thanks, I think I will go with that Cisco unit. Magic Jack sounds like a nice easy idea but always had that 'infomercial' stigma to it for me, not sure I like that.
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