Voice over IP (VoIP)

Wednesday 17th November, 2004
I'm currently researching VoIP for personal use, I'd appreciate any feedback from anyone that has looked into it.

It's not exactly a new technology; but it's becoming easier and more competitive and therefore cheaper.

Basically you buy a new IP telephone (or just an adapter for an existing one) sign up online for an account and plug it into your broadband connection. Wireless IP phone are even available for those who prefer to be cordless.

You use it like an ordinary phone, dial it like your ordinary phone and receive calls on it just like an ordinary phone. Call charges are cheaper and there's very little or no base charges.

For me it would mean a switch over and then I'd just cancel my landline, a saving of about £10/month. This would make my combined TV/phone package with my cable provider (NTL) a little redundant...allowing me just to cancel it. I could then go any get Sky+ Satellite TV with the savings which is a much better service.

I'll report back with the projected costs/savings. I'm expecting the VoIP/Sky+ option to cost a little more but offer more features/quality/value. It will also mean I give less money to NTL who are a pretty poor excuse for a telecoms company. This is the NTL who left me with faulty broadband for a year and haven't been able to fix a crackle on my phone line in 3 engineer visits. Currently when I lose my cable TV, I also lose my broadband. A modern life disaster! At least Sky would avoid that eggs in one basket scenario.

Update: I'm currently looking into Internet phone company aql and looking at the hardware featured on this Business Serve page

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