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Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 08-Jun-12 21:55:52
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Once again I am looking at changing my broadband to a wireless system, so getting rid of my landline, I more or less made up my mind about what Voip provider I will use, that is sipgate, but not sure about the ATA unit.

i seen linksys and zoom around, i was looking for something a little cheaper, than £40 as it will not be used to often, but don't want to go cheap if the unit is no good.

any ideas?

thanks

Adrian

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Standard User blueacid
(committed) Mon 11-Jun-12 11:05:42
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You might wish to consider looking at some of the Siemens cordless phones with VoIP built in. I've got an a580 and its perfect. With the ata (analog telephone adaptors) you're often at the mercy of echo or similar. No such troubles here!

Sadly though they're over your budget; mine was £50. Well worth it though!
Standard User TheHorseman
(knowledge is power) Mon 11-Jun-12 17:48:38
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I used a Grandstream Handytone 386 for a few years until it failed, it was a good unit and if it had not become obsolete I would have got another. However the 286 is still available and I think I have seen it under £30.

The Linksys PAP2 is supposed to be good and can be found for a good price on Ebay.

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Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 11-Jun-12 19:57:12
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I tried to find Siemens cordless voip phones, but not many around. i would go to £50 if need be. the a580 don't seem to exist now and have been replaced by one that cost over £100, certainly not going for that price.

it will only be used once a week if that.

thanks anyway

Adrian

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Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 11-Jun-12 20:02:35
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I used a Grandstream Handytone 386 for a few years until it failed, it was a good unit and if it had not become obsolete I would have got another. However the 286 is still available and I think I have seen it under £30.

The Linksys PAP2 is supposed to be good and can be found for a good price on Ebay.


i had a look at a couple of grandstream products, they look pretty good to be honest, I also seen the Linksys PAP2 on ebay, about £20 and the description is in broken English, i think they are from China.

too cheap and sounds a bit iffy to be honest., but could be wrong.

Adrian

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Standard User blueacid
(committed) Mon 11-Jun-12 20:05:35
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Looks like I got lucky! WellI do have a spare linksys spa3102 which I could loan you for testing, would that be of any use?
Standard User rhetherington
(member) Tue 12-Jun-12 09:50:44
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I would definitely recommend using a SIP phone rather than an ATA. SIP phones offer a lot more features than using an analogue phone with an ATA (including HD-voice between 2 end points using SIP phones over a pure VoIP connection).

Yealink are an inexpensive provider and the one i currently use. The cheapest Yealink phone is around £45 but i'd recommend stepping up to at least the T20, but it may be out of your price range.

If you really want to go the ATA route then the OBi110 is probably the best choice. It allows you to use standard SIP providers with your analogue phone, but it also integrates with Google Talk so you can receive calls from Google Talk users on your phone and make free calls to the US (you can also create a free Google Voice account to get yourself a free US number that'll take calls via the OBi110).
Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 12-Jun-12 10:16:13
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Looks like I got lucky! WellI do have a spare linksys spa3102 which I could loan you for testing, would that be of any use?


Thanks for the offer, that is kind of you since you don't know me, but I will decline.
for a couple of reasons, the main one being that I don't like borrowing stuff , the second is that as the moment i don't require it.
i still got a while to make up my mind tomorrow I am having a visit from the rep of the ISp I am looking at going to, if I decide to go for it, I t will take a couple of weeks for it to be put into place and then I got to sort out phone and old ISP.

TBH, i prefer not to bother, just get rid of phone line, and have no phone at home, but some people I know still phone my home phone and TBH, i don't want my work to know my mobile number.

That is why I don't want to spend a fortune as it is only for a few people including my Dad, but saying that he don't phone that often I phone him and he is thinking of getting a mobile and getting rid of his home phone.

Adrian

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Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 12-Jun-12 10:27:10
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In reply to a post by rhetherington:
I would definitely recommend using a SIP phone rather than an ATA. SIP phones offer a lot more features than using an analogue phone with an ATA (including HD-voice between 2 end points using SIP phones over a pure VoIP connection).

Yealink are an inexpensive provider and the one i currently use. The cheapest Yealink phone is around £45 but i'd recommend stepping up to at least the T20, but it may be out of your price range.

If you really want to go the ATA route then the OBi110 is probably the best choice. It allows you to use standard SIP providers with your analogue phone, but it also integrates with Google Talk so you can receive calls from Google Talk users on your phone and make free calls to the US (you can also create a free Google Voice account to get yourself a free US number that'll take calls via the OBi110).


thanks for the advice, I will have a look at the phones in more detail, but they seems to be corded, i prefer cordless so I can roam around the house will chatting. but saying that they will not be used that much.

the main reason i want a ATA unit is that I already got phones that cost me a fair bit and putting them in a box not to be used again seems a waste of money, not worth selling as they are getting on now.


The obi looks good to be honest,

You say about features, but what sort of features would I lose by useing a ATA?


Not sure about the Google thing to be honest, I got more than enough of my info stored with google, i only phone one person in the US and most of the time we use skype to skype anyway. But again thanks for the advice.


the one thing I need to do is decide if I am going for wireless broadband or wait until fibre come here.

Adrian

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Standard User blueacid
(committed) Tue 12-Jun-12 10:34:04
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Then another option is to go into an auction site or to the high street and get the cheapest simple phone there is. Chuck a cheap pay as you go sim card in: presto. A phone number you can give to work / similar without any concern.

You'll have plenty of change from £40, too.
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