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PC-to-Phone Service

Postby spanbgon » Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:07 pm

Can anyone recommend this service? I saw an ad for Yahoo that offers $.01/min calls but I'd like to hear from anyone actually using these services.

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Postby Jim Guinn » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:35 pm

Are you referring to VOIP....Voice Over Internet Protocol?

Like Vonage or many local cable companies now offer?

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Postby spanbgon » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:43 pm

Hey Jim....no I really don't expect to use it too often so I was trying to get around the monthly charge. Just something to where I can use my mic/speakers to make calls once in a while. I think it'll be good for support calls so rather than waiting 45min on hold from my cell I can sit at the computer and do it :)
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Postby Jim Guinn » Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:00 am

OK...now I understand. I used this technology a few years ago when it first came out, and it was "spotty", but I am sure the technology has improved greatly since then. Sorry I can't be of further help.

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Postby MommyEnterprises » Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:26 pm

Is Skype something you are looking for?
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Postby spanbgon » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:57 pm

I just downloaded Skype and tried it out. It's not that bad. People say the call is pretty clear and I can hear them so all is well. I am using an old microphone and ear buds though. I think it's time to upgrade :)

Thanks for the suggestion!
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I Cut My Cell Phone Minutes From 3,000/Mo to 700/Mo!

Postby kemet » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:57 pm

Skype is Great! I am saving hundreds of dollars per year. I use Skype Unlimited, which gives me unlimited calls to cell phones and land lines throughout the US and Canada for $29.95 Per Year!

Yeah, sometimes it is a little tempermental, but Skype makes it easy to do conference calls with up to 9 attendees, easy recording of calls and transfer of files of Unlimited size between callers. There is other stuff Skype can do that I have not even discovered yet.

Go for it!

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Postby Michelle Waters » Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:56 pm

Skype and other VOIP services are great -- when your internet is up and running properly. If you have highly reliable internet then VOIP is a great (and much cheaper!) option. However, even the best internet connection is not going to be as reliable as a land line.

Now, if you don't make or receive a lot of phone calls, and letting your customers get the answering service works in your business, then this would be an excellent solution.

I am considering switching to just Skype -- but I'm nervous about not having that phone sitting on my desk. LOL I'm still researching...
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Postby kemet » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:41 pm

I make tons of calls over Skype. That is how I was able to cut my cell minutes from 3,000 mo to 700. skype has so many features. You do not hav to let unanswered calls go to voice mail when you are not at the computer, Skype will transfer them to your land line or cell!

Try it, you'll see.

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Postby robert adams » Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:09 pm

keep in mind that if you are using dsl for broadband internet, then you can not get rid of your land line so you will not be saving any money that way.

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Postby Michelle Waters » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:01 pm

robert adams wrote:keep in mind that if you are using dsl for broadband internet, then you can not get rid of your land line so you will not be saving any money that way.

robert


This is true if your DSL service is on the same account as your business line. If, however, you are getting your DSL through your home phone service (this would only apply to home based businesses), then you can cancel the business line.
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Another Option

Postby Bill M Moore » Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:58 pm

spanbgon,

If you are using broadband Internet connectivity you can use a VoIP service like Vonage. I have used Vonage for 4 years and had a local and toll free number (cost me $39.00/month).

I have switched to MagicJack (another VoIP service); have used it for several teleseminars; and have been very happy with it. I purchased the OTO and ended up with the phone adapter and the VoIP phone service for five (5) years for $99.00. I do have a bundle package with AT&T (got rid of Comcast, another story) that has long distance service with it (wife did not to get rid of the landline).

You have to leave a computer on all the time with the MagicJack connected to a USB port. The only thing I have seen is you will need to reboot the computer once a month to reset the MagicJack. Here is the URL: http://www.magicjack.com

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Postby alexc » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:28 am

For PC to phone calls, the only option I would recommend based on experience is Skype. As long as you are using a decent broadband connection the problems are minimal and the costs are very low. Skype is expanding rapidy as well, and now there are some cell phones that have Skype built in, as well as the Playstation Portable (PSP).
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Postby Oregon Coast Guy » Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:18 pm

I'm a fan of Skype.

I use it for my voicemail, have my own Skype phone number and use it almost daily.

Many people I've talked to on their land-line were shocked to know that I was talking to them on my computer.
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Postby LeisaWatkins » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:34 am

We tried Skype for a while. We didn't really care for it. But that was some time ago. They've improved some.

We ended up just paying a monthly flat rate for unlimited long distance on our land line because it was just to inconvenient to make those calls sitting at a computer all the time. We weren't happy enough with the service to invest in a Skype compatible phone.

We'll try it again I'm sure.

My primary reason for not wanting to try it right now is that I like having the land line in case of an emergency or power outage. I have young children in the house and they can call 911 and have the call traced to the home when they don't know the address yet. When my youngest gets a little older I may consider using cell phones and internet phone service again.

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