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VoIP Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Lord Vader, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. bobnielsen

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    I have the $17.99 Vonage plan (originally $14.99), since I never come close to 500 min/mo. The voice breakup issue is there a lot more than I would like, but that may be related to my ISP (Clear with ~400 kbps upload speed).

    I notice that nobody has praised MagicJack :D
     
  2. quizzer

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    Any updates on ALLVOI?
     
  3. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

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    One big advantage Vonage has that keeps me with them: my standalone fax line that works very well.

    I've had a few friends who switched to Ooma, VoIPO, or others, and whenever they tried to send or receive a fax, it was a nightmare. Vonage seems to be able to handle faxing much better.
     
  4. brian188

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    www.quantumvoice.com

    Meets all your needs, and IMO destroys everyone mentioned here with price/value and quality. Plus no BS fees.
     
  5. Lord Vader

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    How does it do for faxing, though? This is a BIG thing for me. After reports from some friends who have had problems with faxing, I admit my Vonage is looking better all the time.
     
  6. spartanstew

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    Why not just use efax?
     
  7. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

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    Much more difficult than you think. I need a standalone fax machine. Efax won't do it for me.
     
  8. trdrjeff

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    How does that destroy Ooma? $199 for life of the unit.
     
  9. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

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    But faxing is not that workable with Ooma.
     
  10. trdrjeff

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    True, most of them do poorly. I learned that long ago when I tried to get the ole DirecTiVo to call in over Sunrocket :D

    I would think there has to be a good solution for faxing today. Most everything I do in the office by fax comes straight to email.
     
  11. Lord Vader

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    Much of my faxing is done directly with senders/recipients who lack the ability or knowledge to efax. They utilize direct faxing; consequently, efax is pointless for me.
     
  12. spartanstew

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    Nobody knows I have an efax account. Everyone assumes that the fax number on my business cards it a land line fax.

    It's just a phone number they fax to. The fact that it comes in my email and I can print it is information they don't have or need.

    When I scan and fax via my computer to their fax number, they again have no idea it didn't come from a fax machine.
     
  13. trdrjeff

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    +1 no one on the other end would know its not coming from or going to a regular fax
     
  14. The Merg

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    Yup, same for me. I use jfax, which is the main competitor of efax. No one knows that it goes to my e-mail. The only weird part for me is that since I don't pay for a local number, my fax number has a CA area code. No biggie for me though.

    - Merg
     
  15. spartanstew

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    The days of area codes having meaning are eroding.

    My business card has a Detroit cell phone number, a Cincinnati office number, and a Dallas fax number.
     
  16. Lord Vader

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    It is not my desire to pay for efax or jfax or other similar service if I can accomplish the same thing via my current VoIP setup.
     

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