Converting to Vonage phone service - David Woodsmall
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VoIP phones will not work during an electrical power outageI DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYTHING OTHER THAN A HARD-WIRED (REGULAR PHONE COMPANY
PHONE SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH SEVERE MEDICAL PROBLEMS OR VERY ADVANCED AGE -
THE REGULAR PHONE SYSTEM HAS BATTER BACKUP, ENABLING YOU TO MAKE/RECEIVE A CALL
DURING A POWER OUTAGE (UNLESS YOUR PHONES REQUIRE THAT YOUR PHONES BE PLUGGED
INTO A WALL ELECTRICAL 120VAC OUTLET [THESE PHONES, DEPENDING ON THEIR
DESIGN, WILL NOT WORK DURING A POWER OUTAGE]).
VoIP phone services (uses the internet) will FAIL if EITHER you lose power to
Your HOUSE or your IP Provider (Internet provider) either loses electric power
OR Malfunctions - THUS a NORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED HARD-WIRED PHONE IS THE
BEST FOR USE IN ANY EMERGENCY.
CELL TOWERS DO NOT HAVE BATTERY BACKUPNOTE that Cell phones (at the cell towers) do NOT use any battery backup.
If the cell tower loses Electrical power, your cell phone will not work
if it uses that particular Cell Tower.
ONLY A REAL, OLD-FASHIONED, HARD-WIRED PHONE (that does NOT require
electrical power to work) WILL FUNCTION DURING A POWER OUTAGE.
We switched to a Vonage VoIP phone systemWe just switched to (this won't make any sense to some people) Vonage Internet (VoIP) phone service
(instead of Bell South's (now AT&T) regular telephone service over wired phone lines. We expect to save
between $35 and $40 a month. We like to save money.
OOMA is a cheaper, less well supported (opinion) VoIP similar to Vonage.
ooma - Wikipedia
My Review of the Budget Slimming Ooma VOIP System
Currently, 5/2/2010, Ooma provides free phone calls only within the USA.
Neither Vonage nor MagicJack encrypts your actual phone call, which utlizes VoIP.
My experience with Vonage has been quite good, except when Time-Warner's cable signal
was very weak.
I have friends and neighbors using Vonage - some have had perfect service for 5 years, others, like my
neighbor Kitty, had horrible experiences, and had gone back to regular Bell South (AT&T) wired
Vonage requires a connection to the Internet.
We are saving about $40 a month (we have a 500 minute, incoming calls, free incoming calls. This is
saving $50/month from not having Bell South phone service and about $5/month from not using Pioneer
for long distance. We are paying about $19/month for our Vonage service. NOTE that Vonage will
not work if either YOUR power goes out OR your Internet service goes out. Also not the emergency
calls are slight different (and will not work if Vonage does not work [see above]). You also
have to leave your cable modem connected (I normally turn mine off when not usiong the internet).
I've seen that Vonage is financially shaky, but it has the best Service Record (reviews (PC Magazine - 4/23/2015).
Vonage Forum - Reviews
Any current Vonage customer (such as us) can "invite" other people in the USA to convert to Vonage -
both the Inviter and the Invitee get several months of service free (or is it 50% off?), if the
Invitee accepts the invitation to convert to Vonage. Valid only if service/equipment purchased
If a person accepts the invitation to convert and does sign up, there is small icon on the web
page for accepting the service for for home use, that says OTHER PLANS. I clicked on the
OTHER PLANS and signed up for the cheap 500 Minutes (outgoing) a Month plan - TOTAL
COST is less than $20 a month. Additional minutes are 3.8 ?? cents a minute (under 4 cents
a minute). Incoming calls are free. I can call anywhere in the continental US without extra
fees. Caller ID, and other stuff is free. You have to buy a small piece of equipment, but
with an instant rebate, I paid $9.99 for this. We also paid a $25 activation fee.
You can keep (if Vonage works in your area) your Current phone number (if you
wish). You can also GET A PHONE NUMBER LOCATED IN ANOTHER AREA.
For example, I could get an Orange County, California Vonage phone number, and then
people calling me from Orange County would be making local calls (not long distance) -
THIS could be very useful for families.
You can get two separate phone numbers with the Vonage equipment. The new Vonage equipment
is much nicer than that of a year ago. Here are a few small pictures of the hardware we use:
Vonage - Main menu
Vonage - incoming call - line #1
Vonage - Select which phone line's data you wish to view
Vonage - LOTS of INCLUDED Features
Some of the standard included features are:
Caller ID with Name
The SMALL desktop unit records all incoming and outgoing phone call phone Numbers
(date/time stamped). It times phone calls, showing the number of minutes on the desktop
unit. It shows you the phone number of both missed and received calls.
Keep in mind that of you convert and keep your current phone number, there will be a certain
amount of time (days?) where people calling you will have to use a temporary Vonage supplied
phone number to reach you, until YOUR LOCAL phone company switches your phone number to Vonage
- Vonage has NO control on when your current phone number is switched to Vonage,
UNlike my neighbor a year-and-half ago, out phone number switch was very fast. We received
the Vonage equipment on a Tuesday night. I did not have time to deal with it. On that Friday
morning, Bell South (AT&T) had already switched our phone number to Vonage. How did I know?
I picked up the phone and did not get a dial tone. I then installed the Vonage hardware, an extremely
easy task - all needed hardware was included (a cable and a very small electronic box), The
connections are both color-coded and completely described.
I moved one Time-Warner TV/Internet Ethernet cable, installed one short (new, supplied Ethernet cable,
plugged in the power supply, and I was off and running.
I did find a lot of noise on the phone line UNTIL I went outside and disconnected the Bell South phone
line from my outside phone connection box (another simple task). Apparently, still being physically
attached to the normal Bell South phone system caused some harmonic feedback (noise).
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