Thinking of moving my home phone to VOIP before I move house (which is on another exchange) to keep phone number...
How is being on VOIP working out for people here? I was looking at the Gigaset DECT handsets
Any recommendations of providers or hardware gratefully received!
Been there and done everything you want to achieve. Your world is your oyster on this one but there are several caveats that need considering.
1) If your broadband connection is less than 10 down and 1 up, call quality at times will be poor
2) To port a number into VoIP the POTS number must be live and that you can produce a most recent bill to prove the number is allocated to you.
3) Porting is not instant, it can take several days, or longer, for it to happen
4) If you are in contract with that number, then there are extra high costs to absorb
5) Once the number is ported over to VoIP, then the landline and any associated services. such as alarms and broadband, will no longer work.
The Gigaset range of VoIP products is extensive and requires strong recommendations to help you choose which to go for.
It is not always possible to port a number out of your chosen provider so with that in mind I ran with www.callmaster.co.uk
who gave me a very personalised service to set everything up. It is a credit account for calls together with a monthly standing charge.
You are probably aware that VoIP to VoIP calls are free and more often or not both need to be using the same hosting provider for free calls.
You can have more than one VoIP provider configured into a Gigaset set up and I have done just that by adding a PAYG account with Draytel to effectively give me another exchange line number. There is no standing charge for this facility..
Of course for VoIP to work you need a broadband service but the voice element of that line can be featureless, It is highly recommended to have a very basic phone connected to this line to have a phone service during power cuts and when VoIP is down.
The service is perfect for my needs and is considerably cheaper than routing calls through a regular landline provider.. Some features of VoIP are cumbersome to use with Giaaset products. Using a dedicated desktop VoIP phone opens up new horizons especially if your pocket is deep enough to own a snom D375.
You are welcome to PM me for any further advice and assistance.