VoiP / DSL - Help please

Old 12-19-10, 07:56 AM
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VoiP / DSL - Help please

Hello! I am attempting to join the 21st century and upgrade from dial-up internet. At the same time, I'm looking for an economical, reliable home phone service.

Currently, I have bare-bones AT&T landline phone connection that runs ~$34/month (which includes taxes). My All2Easy dial-up internet runs $5. So the goal would be to obtain both DSL and home phone for $40 or less. In addition, I would like to be able to use my cordless phone on any recommended setup.

I have read about Magic Jack, but it appears to be a little less reliable. I know Ooma has an upfront cost of ~$200, but excluding that, could that be the way to go?

As for the internet service, I've read about "dry loop" DSL (if I were to go VoiP for phone). Not sure of the cost, but AT&T has a current deal of $14.95/mo. for DSL.

Thanks in advance for any advice/recommendations!
Old 12-19-10, 02:35 PM
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Not easy to give a good answer. With dsl and a wirless network you should be up and running with a faster and more modern internet connection.

Closing your plain old telephone system POTS and going for IP telephony you will get a system going down when the power is down, or when the data network has trouble. Not so often, but still to consider. If you like me are real oldie, and like to keep a rotary telephone, it will not work on the IP telephony without an extra box like e.g. dialgizmo.

I just pay what it costs for telephony and data, and could probably have saved a lot of money, (to spend in medicaments against high blood pressure )

Old 12-26-10, 09:52 AM
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I dropped the land lines , 3-4 years ago Ive used magic jack , great when it works but its not reliable but what do you expect for 20 a year but betwee magic jack and a couple of cell phones I get along just fine
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Our phone and internet are through one company. we had vonage at one time but found that we could get a fast dsl line and phone through our cable company. The availability and types of services vary from city to city and state to state as to what cable and phone companies provide and provide well. all solutions are not created equal. you will need to make sure you have decent bandwidth. We have dropped our actual cable tv and view tv from our roku box. we've had it 1.5+ years now and i know other options are out there as well. (Hulu, etc.). But it is a one time fee for the box and then it just streams through your internet line. $$ savings opportunity there. YOu will not even have to buy the roku box since other items now allow that to streamline.

I've not really had any trouble with the phone going down. Maybe once every 3 months we have phone issues. but pretty rare at best. good luck. and please know that solutions vary by city based on provider abilities. If you are in a big city, typically you have better solutions to choose from.

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