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Virgin landline to VOIP

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HI GUYS Heres the long and short...... just cancelled my services with Virgin but keeping the phone line as line rental paid till next June. Signed up to Sky via the rectn CPW/ Currys deal which… Read More
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9m, 5d agoPosted 9 months, 5 days ago
HI GUYS

Heres the long and short......

just cancelled my services with Virgin but keeping the phone line as line rental paid till next June. Signed up to Sky via the rectn CPW/ Currys deal which means ive got a sky landline number.

phoned Sky and they said I cant port my number over next June but I have to do it now which means I lose out on my line rental saver which is going pee me off.

looking for the most simplest forms of VOIP that I can go onto next June, simply to keep my existing number. We use our mobiles to make calls as have unlimited minutes but its just traditional to have a landline so OH decided we need landline.

so once my Virgin deal ends, need to know the most simplest/cheapest option to keep my number, if only to have to receive calls as weve had the number for 10 years and don't want to lose it as it does provide a alternative contact.

any help/guides would be appreciated. like I said, its only to have like a one way system to receive calls, so if voip is the way to go which will protect my number, then im all ears.

thanks
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9m, 5d agoPosted 9 months, 5 days ago
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#1
Been using Sipgate for about thirteen years, can recommend them. I use their PAYG service (now called basic) so its very low cost or free and no monthly fees unless you buy a package of minutes.
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OBH6UK
Been using Sipgate for about thirteen years, can recommend them. I use their PAYG service (now called basic) so its very low cost or free and no monthly fees unless you buy a package of minutes.
Any chance you can give me a step by step guide to how you set up, what equipment I'll need.

Like I said, I'm OK till next June as that's when line rental runs out but need to make preps for then. See if I can pick up equipment cheap.
#3
Register and transfer your number:

https://www.sipgate.co.uk/basic/

Use a smart phone app, such as CSipSimple or Sipdroid on Android, others are available, Iphone apps are also available.
Use a PC program, such as PhonerLite, others are available
Use an ATA, Analogue Telephone Adapter, connects to router and normal phone (not line). I use a Netgear TA162 but they are no longer available new, or Cisco SP122 but not used one myself, others are available


Edited By: OBH6UK on Sep 19, 2016 12:29
#4
OBH6UK
Register and transfer your number:https://www.sipgate.co.uk/basic/
Use a smart phone app, such as CSipSimple or Sipdroid on Android, others are available, Iphone apps are also available.
Use a PC program, such as PhonerLite, others are available
Use an ATA, Analogue Telephone Adapter, connects to router and normal phone (not line). I use a Netgear TA162 but they are no longer available new, or Cisco SP122 but not used one myself, others are available

thanks for the info. im assuming the sipgate site has all the info I'd need, as a beginner. like I said, im ok till next june but if I can buy the kit cheaper now, then might as well. should have done it years ago but kept on getting discount because of the phone line. wont need it anymore so more freedom.
#5
Yes, look at the link I supplied.

Assuming you may wish to transfer your number from a VoIP provider back to a normal landline later, I suggest you check that it is possible first, before you go ahead. I'm an not in that position so I have not tried to do it.
#6
OBH6UK
Yes, look at the link I supplied.
Assuming you may wish to transfer your number from a VoIP provider back to a normal landline later, I suggest you check that it is possible first, before you go ahead. I'm an not in that position so I have not tried to do it.
Thanks for the advice mate. some things to ponder over.
#7
Just for info... for some numbers Sipgate do charge to port numbers across. It's not a criticism on Sipgate's part as imo I think it's to do with being charged by Openreach or Virgin and SG are having to pass the charges on.

Also, I find their service pretty good too although don't forget their service is only as good as your internet provider.

Edited By: devilsadv0cate on Sep 19, 2016 14:54
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devilsadv0cate
Just for info... for some numbers Sipgate do charge to port numbers across. It's not a criticism on Sipgate's part as imo I think it's to do with being charged by Openreach or Virgin and SG are having to pass the charges on.
Also, I find their service pretty good too although don't forget their service is only as good as your internet provider.
What speed you reckon is required for a adequate service from sipgate. Like I said, it would be used to receive incoming calls but on the proviso I could transfer back to a traditional line.
#9
EN1GMA
devilsadv0cate
Just for info... for some numbers Sipgate do charge to port numbers across. It's not a criticism on Sipgate's part as imo I think it's to do with being charged by Openreach or Virgin and SG are having to pass the charges on.
Also, I find their service pretty good too although don't forget their service is only as good as your internet provider.
What speed you reckon is required for a adequate service from sipgate. Like I said, it would be used to receive incoming calls but on the proviso I could transfer back to a traditional line.
By today's broadband speeds including shockingly shameful speeds one can only hope for on copper ADSL you shouldn't have anything to worry about. The G.711 codec's bitrate uses 64kbps and I think two streams are set up for a conversation. Then you have packet headers so there's a little overhead required there. You should be fine...
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devilsadv0cate
EN1GMA
devilsadv0cate
Just for info... for some numbers Sipgate do charge to port numbers across. It's not a criticism on Sipgate's part as imo I think it's to do with being charged by Openreach or Virgin and SG are having to pass the charges on.
Also, I find their service pretty good too although don't forget their service is only as good as your internet provider.
What speed you reckon is required for a adequate service from sipgate. Like I said, it would be used to receive incoming calls but on the proviso I could transfer back to a traditional line.
By today's broadband speeds including shockingly shameful speeds one can only hope for on copper ADSL you shouldn't have anything to worry about. The G.711 codec's bitrate uses 64kbps and I think two streams are set up for a conversation. Then you have packet headers so there's a little overhead required there. You should be fine...

thanks for the response. atleast I know theres other options so I don't lose my number.
#11
EN1GMA
devilsadv0cate
EN1GMA
devilsadv0cate
Just for info... for some numbers Sipgate do charge to port numbers across. It's not a criticism on Sipgate's part as imo I think it's to do with being charged by Openreach or Virgin and SG are having to pass the charges on.
Also, I find their service pretty good too although don't forget their service is only as good as your internet provider.
What speed you reckon is required for a adequate service from sipgate. Like I said, it would be used to receive incoming calls but on the proviso I could transfer back to a traditional line.
By today's broadband speeds including shockingly shameful speeds one can only hope for on copper ADSL you shouldn't have anything to worry about. The G.711 codec's bitrate uses 64kbps and I think two streams are set up for a conversation. Then you have packet headers so there's a little overhead required there. You should be fine...
thanks for the response. atleast I know theres other options so I don't lose my number.
No worries...

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