DSL/VoiP service questions,do you have it?

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  1. mightybooboo

    mightybooboo Well-Known Member

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    Can I just get a DSL line from Verizon(or other?) with no other phone service(29.95/month)?Then i could just order a VoiP service and make my monthly calls,like the vonnage 500 minutes a month,free local/long distance service for 14.99/month?Is that doable?
    Tried to find at verizon site,no luck,but did email and will post that reply when I get it.
    BooBoo
     
  2. homebirtha

    homebirtha Well-Known Member

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    We just got hi-speed and it seems like it would save quite a bit of money to go VOIP. The one thing I'm hesitant about is power or IPS outages. I think if we do it, we'll keep our land line at the cheapest rate, just for emergencies. I think it's $12 or $15 a month just to have service, then pay-per-outgoing-call.

    As for the DSL, I don't know. My guess is the $29.95 is part of a package deal and they probably charge more for just DSL, but it still might be worth it.

    Oh, and also check if the VOIP offers 911 service. Most don't.
     

  3. caberjim

    caberjim Stableboy III

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    I have read in several places that VOIP works much better over cable internet than DSL.
     
  4. crashy

    crashy chickaholic goddess

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    We have VOIP and so far we like it. As for the 911 thing alls you have to do is go to the web site and 'kinda sign up for it' so we have it. But we pay through the nose for the internet we go cable.
    The VOIP is really cool tho we can call just about anywhere n no toll calls 24-7 :)
     
  5. homebirtha

    homebirtha Well-Known Member

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    Just curious...
    What company do you use? How is the sound quality?
     
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    crashy chickaholic goddess

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    We have VONAGE phone service and comcast ( :mad:) internet. So far the sound quality is fine really have no complaints.
     
  7. mightybooboo

    mightybooboo Well-Known Member

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    Ok,I have to keep a basic phone service to get the DSL.Did the Verizon plan with the wireless router for 29.95/month for up to 1500/384 service.Got a wireless dongle(network adapter) that plugs into the USB port and runs 802.11b at 11 Mbs for 20 bucks online to connect the desktop to the router.Should be ready to hook up by the 23rd of this month IF its truly available(they arent absolutely sure yet).
    Cant wait,we have dsl at work,sure makes the home dialup appear really slow.

    BooBoo
     
  8. homebirtha

    homebirtha Well-Known Member

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    They told us we could have it too. We had an appointment set up for installation, then they came back and said, oops, we were wrong. You can't have it. They did the same thing to my FIL. What a pain. I hope you have better luck!

    >Should be ready to hook up by the 23rd of this month IF its truly available(they arent absolutely sure yet).
     
  9. TheBlueOne

    TheBlueOne Well-Known Member

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    Our local phone company (locally owned) allows a DSL line without a landline so that's the route we went. DSL is $44 a month, Vonage another $16.93.
    As far as being w/o phone service during a power outage, pick up a computer battery backup unit at Sam's. The Vonage box draws millamps so the battery would last for days if not weeks. You also get some surge protection to boot.
    Verizon's "scam" about not letting you have DSL w/o a phone line is the "basket" appraoch first pioneered by AOL a few years ago. The idea is to have you purchase all your communication products; phone, long distance, digital cable, and high speed internet through one provider for a target price of $150 a month. That was a big reason for the TimeWarner/AOL merger. The increasing presence of VOIP is screwing that plan up.
    In short, we love DSL and we love VOIP and would never go back. We also love the fact that with VOIP you essentially have an unlisted phone number so it really cuts down on unwanted phone calls.
     
  10. Gary in ohio

    Gary in ohio Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Some DSL providers dont allow you to just have DSL but you also have to have phone service. You will need to talk with your provider to find out there policy.
    There is nothing technicallly stopping your from DSL with no phone service.

    VOIP takes 64KB of bandwith, if your DSL is only 128kb then 1/2 your bandwith is taken with phone calls.
     
  11. mikell

    mikell Well-Known Member

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    Keep your ears open a guy at work builds boxes for 50$ you just push a button to connect with someone else who has the same box. He talks to his brother in California every night while they are fine tuning it. When they get done it will be like a regular phone that you assign a phone number to. The net is digital it dosen't care if it's voice or porno it goes thru.



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  12. mightybooboo

    mightybooboo Well-Known Member

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    Gary,is that bandwidth used all the time,or only when you make a call?

    BooBoo
     
  13. Terre d'Esprit

    Terre d'Esprit Boer-ing Mom

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    Has anyone heard about doing VOIP over satellite broadband? I can only get direcway out where I live, we have no cable or DSL. Can I use VOIP over that, or is the lag too significant? I have searched in places on the internet trying to find the answer, but no luck. Anyone try it, or hear if it will work or not?

    Thanks,

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  14. Gary in ohio

    Gary in ohio Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Only when a call is active.
     
  15. momtoaz

    momtoaz New Member

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    I have my DSL with verizon 24.95 a month. Att $19.99 local for my VOIP and my basic service for my dsl. So much cheaper than any other package. I don't need long distance. We don't LD calls if we do I will just use my cell phone. ATT for me seemed to have the right package.

    But remember to change you dial tone line to basic service to the cheapest that you company offiers. That line now is just for the dsl. I think it is a joke that i need to keep it and pay all those taxes but this is America.
    :eek: :eek:

    Laura
     
  16. Janon

    Janon 993cc Geo Metro

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    I have Vonage VOip over a 5mb cable connection. Works like a charm and saves money.

    As Gary mentioned, I don't think you can actually subscribe to DSL without a land phone line. If you make lots of long distance calls, VOip may still be a money saver with a DSL connection.

    cheers,