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I use VONAGE.

They charge just £7.99 per month, and you get unlimited calls to:
- Any British Landline (01, 02 numbers)
- Any American Landline and Mobile
- Any Canadian Landline and Mobile
- Spain
- France
- Italy
- Portugal
- Greece
- Germany

You use a normal phone, which is simply plugged into your router. There is no need for your PC to be on, and no need to use PC style VOIP phones.

In addition, you can set it up so that when someone rings you, it will simultaneously ring up to 5 other normal numbers at the same time.

When you sign up, you can choose which dialling code you would like!

OR Just £5.99 if you dont need to call abroad.
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#1
Thanks verwoodspring :)

Are you tied to any contract with this box ?
#2
The VoIP box is locked to Vonage so you'd need to unlock it (and with some boxes it isn't possible AFAIK) if you leave them.
#3
Thanks Kommunist :)

So the box is pretty useless when you leave them. ...
#4
Some of them are still unlockable :) But I am struggling to get the idea of Vonage, to be honest. My monthly spending on calls is about 8 quid and that's including lots of calls abroad.
And free calls you can get with some other providers too. For example: voipcheap:
Andorrafree*Argentinafree*Australiafree*Austriafree*Belgiumfree*Canadafree*Chilefree*Czech Republicfree*Denmarkfree*Estoniafree*Francefree*Germanyfree*Hong Kong (+mobile)free*Hungaryfree*Icelandfree*Irelandfree*Italyfree*Liechtensteinfree*Luxembourgfree*Malaysiafree*Monacofree*Netherlandsfree*New Zealandfree*Norwayfree*Polandfree*Portugalfree*Puerto Rico (+mobile)free*Russian Federationfree*Singapore (+mobile)free*South Koreafree*Spainfree*Swedenfree*Switzerlandfree*United Kingdomfree*United States (+mobile)free*
These are all free for 100 days after payment (10 EUR) to the account. Once 100 days are over, they take 1p/minute until money runs out. Then you are paying another 10 EUR and story goes again. The only serious drawback with Betamax is that customer service is literally non-existant.
#5
They supplied the box for free, so I don't see why it needs to be unlocked? Or maybe I'm missing something.

There is no minimum contract.
#6
Can you configure it to use with any other SIP provider? Say, Sipgate, Voipcheap, Voipfone, etc? If not, then it is locked.
#7
verwoodspring
They supplied the box for free, so I don't see why it needs to be unlocked? Or maybe I'm missing something.

There is no minimum contract.


I was wondering if the box can be used with another VOIP provider. Thanks Kommunist :)

I still use a headset with VOIP discount.. presto !! :)
#8
edi

I still use a headset with VOIP discount.. presto !! :)


You are sooooo old-tech! ;-)
#9
Kommunist
Can you configure it to use with any other SIP provider? Say, Sipgate, Voipcheap, Voipfone, etc? If not, then it is locked.


I have never tried, so cannot answer that.

I was attracted to Vonage becuase you can use a normal phone, and you do not need your PC turned on to use it.
Plus, if someone calls your vonage number, it rings up to 5 other "normal"lines at the same time (great for if/when broadband fails).

Alongside that, they give you a normal phone number - and you can pick which dialing code you would like - so you can fool people into thinking you are in London, or the middle of wales etc. This is useful for me, becuase of my work.
#10
Kommunist
You are sooooo old-tech! ;-)


dont tempt me again :giggle:
#11
verwoodspring


Plus, if someone calls your vonage number, it rings up to 5 other "normal"lines at the same time (great for if/when broadband fails).
This feature is quite nice. Some providers do offer SMS notifications or redirections (like Voipfone) but not to 5 numbers at the same time.


Alongside that, they give you a normal phone number - and you can pick which dialing code you would like - so you can fool people into thinking you are in London, or the middle of wales etc. This is useful for me, becuase of my work.
You can do it with many providers, for example Sipgate (for free). Voipfone can give you pretty much any number if you agree to pay for it.
I am using Sipgate for incoming calls and Voipcheap for outgoing. At the moment, I have three phone numbers :)

And, of course, no PC running. Not for calls, I mean :)

BTW, don't think I am trying to ruin your deal or something. I just don't understand why one should pay 8 quid for the same thing (s)he can get for free? And it wasn't me who voted 'cold' on this deal (I didn't vote at all :)).


edi

dont tempt me again
I don't. Honestly :)
#12
Yes I too can't see the attraction of Vonage service at all.

Get yourself three things:

1) An account with someone like InternetCalls and their Windows application as recommended above - costs 10 Euros to top you a/c up every 120 days or longer - most UK/Euro/US calls are then free - use up the 10 Euros for those rare charged overseas calls or some UK 0870/0845 daytimes calls.
http://www.internetcalls.com

2) A simple bit of USB hardware to link in your existing (DECT) phone(s) to your PC - ie Trust Internet Phone Station ST-1200 Item 14485 which can be found under various other vendor names anywhere from £17+
http://www.trust.com/products/product.aspx?artnr=14485
http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_5&products_id=101167
NB: For this to work most effectively you will need to move your DECT BaseStation to be next to your PC, so incoming VoIP calls go to it and all your phones. Similarly all DECT handsets can dial out via the BaseStation and its link to VoIP.

3) Use the free VoIPBusterMate software from Yealink in China (the people who make the Trust box) to integrate #1 and #2 above.
http://www.yealink.com/en/otherdown.asp

You then decide for each call whether to route by default (eg PSTN) or alternate (eg VoIP service) by pressing or not pressing * on your phone. Result a free of any commitment VoIP phone service transparently integrated with your landline and PC for outlay of around 25 quid and minimal ongoing cost. Works very well for me and a UK and an Italian friend. As mentioned above you get NO support from Betamax the VoIP provider but the service has been very reliable for last year or so and although it took them about 6 months to work out their pricing/charging model, they seem to have stabilised on a practical/fair one and kept to it for the past 6 months.

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