VOIP Telephone service experience
Nate Duehr email (remove spam text)
On Jan 6, 2008, at 4:25 PM, Peter van Hoof wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am considering switching from a landline to a VOIP service
> such as Vonage to reduce cost. I am wondering about experience
> with such service, recommendations of one company or another etc.
Works, and anyone technical can understand the real limitations and
explain them carefully to their family. (reliability issues, 911
I wouldn't put only VoIP service in any home where small children who
aren't old enough to know the address or communicate it to a 911
dispatcher, or where an elderly person lives, or anyone with serious
medical issues. Other than that, for the average home -- it does what
it does, and seems to be fine for day-to-day phone service.
(Here's a nifty idea for someone to market -- make an emergency box
that has a reasonably guarded button/switch that plays a loop of a
recorded message. Record a message that says an emergency button has
been pressed by someone at X address and have this box play that to
the phone line attached. Market it cheaply to VoIP phone users.
> Do the boxes typically drive several phones at the same
> time (ringer equivalent)?
Haven't had any problems, but can't find a RE number on any of the
ATA's I've used yet. If you have a house with a real bell ringer in
every room, I suppose you might have problems with ring working
reliably but most electronic ringers are using so little power anyway...
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