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Any "best" VoIP solution?

by JAROAM / November 30, 2015 8:57 AM PST

Skimmed through various threads about thoughts on VoIP. I'll ask again! Best solution for a solid VoIP experience to ditch ye olde landline? Thanks!

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Clarification Request
Won't this vary by country?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2015 5:31 PM PST

And support?

Your question often only gets spammers so let's make this a link free zone.

Tell more.

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by JAROAM / November 30, 2015 8:25 PM PST

This is just US. Sure support counts, but the best support is that which you don't need.

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Then bad news.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2015 7:07 AM PST
In reply to: Perhaps...

I've yet to find any VPN that didn't require some answers and sometimes an assist.

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A 'solid VoIP experience' will vary by location and install
by Pepe7 / November 30, 2015 11:00 PM PST

That's the crux of the matter. My Ooma might not necessarily work like your Ooma, etc. My friend likes GV but I still prefer a more reliable system....

I suggest you peruse the many other threads that exist elsewhere which go into very gory details regarding setting up VoIP with specific providers/hardware/networks, and going from there. IME has some very decent threads on this topic, FWIW.

Good luck.

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by JAROAM / December 1, 2015 7:52 PM PST

Don't some just use Google Chat/Talk/or whatever it's called these day for VoIP and call it a day? Of course, that'd require keeping your computer on 24/7, which some do. So something like Ooma and the like are simply the same thing but with its own box acting as the computer go-between? What's the difference?

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and Skype
by James Denison / December 1, 2015 8:25 PM PST
In reply to: Google?

that's popular too.

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Difference is...
by Pepe7 / December 1, 2015 9:04 PM PST
In reply to: Google?

...that quality and reliabity can and often do vary wildly. See my prior reply and do a little searching around other tech-focused forums. This truly isn't rocket science Wink

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I've been using Magic Jack for years
by James Denison / December 1, 2015 8:25 PM PST

Power from wall plug, Ethernet connection to always on router, other connection to a splitter, one side of splitter to wall plug, the other to my Panasonic DECT6 4 phone system. The standard phones on wall plugs also work just fine. I had to cut the outside like to prevent grounding out though, which is a problem I'd had with POTS often before then. Best phone service I've ever had, clearest sound, no background noise. I'm on a fiber optic system to the house.

Downside is no phone during power outage without using a battery and inverter to power the modem/router and Magic Jack module. We have 3 cellphones for times like that though.

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