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GAC
05-30-2008, 08:14 PM
I'm currently investigating switching to a digital phone service. I have my HS cable internet via Charter Communications who now offers digital phone service.

I currently have my local and long distance with Sprint. And we also have Verizon Wireless cellphones, which we use for all our long distance calling. We have the family plan with 1500 anytime minutes which we never come close to using up each month because those we do call, which aren't many, are also Verizon customers, so it doesn't cost you anything.

And we're not a family that even uses our phones much.

It's more about saving money, so I'm thinking of dumping Sprint.

I'm also going to look into Vonnage also.

So I'm interested in what other people's opinions are? Advantages? Disadvantages?

Buckeye33
05-30-2008, 08:43 PM
I have TW digital phone service and have yet to have an issues with it at all. The only issue you may have is if the cable were to go out for whatever reason. That usually does not happen very often. You would still have your cellphones for the short amount of time the cable may be off.

Unassisted
05-30-2008, 11:00 PM
Sounds like you would be a good candidate to use Vonage. It has lower monthly cost than most cable company products. The only reason I don't use it is that it's incompatible with my security system.

Not using your phones much, have you considered dropping the landline altogether and just going with wireless phones?

RBA
05-30-2008, 11:26 PM
I use Voiceline by net2phone. Good quality. Few downtime.

OldRightHander
05-31-2008, 12:08 AM
We have Vonage at home. I never use it, but I don't hear any complaints from my wife.

RedlegJake
05-31-2008, 01:56 AM
I have a different cable company here but our cable phone is great especially since we have family all over the place and its like cell service (in fact they simply sublet the service themselves from MCI) in that long distance is free. If your cable or your electric go out you lose phone service. That's been very infrequent and only for a few minutes. I especially recommend it if you have a lot of long distance calls.

GAC
05-31-2008, 07:11 AM
I rarely lose cable service; but if/when I do we have cell phones. So I don't see that as a problem.

I have thought seriously about dropping Sprint altogether and just going with our cell phones; but I want to keep our basic phone service, and digital phone, which includes both local and long distance for a straight, lower fee seems the route to go.

oneupper
05-31-2008, 07:33 AM
Vonage only makes sense if you make a lot of LD calls.

You can probably get that with your cells.

I dropped LD on the land line and left only basic local service on that. For 911 and stuff.

For domestic LD : Cell phones (ATT family plan)
For International LD: Skype

deltachi8
05-31-2008, 10:46 AM
I use Teleblend VOIP - never had a problem, good sound quality and reliable. Runs about $15 a month or so.

JaxRed
05-31-2008, 10:50 AM
I used to be on Sunrocket. Loved the cost, loved the web interface for managing your system (calls, forwarding, blocked nubers). When they went all Skybus, I switched to Joiphone, and while I have not had any problems, the web interface could not be worse.

Are there any Sunrocket folks, or other Voip folks who love their Web interface?

RBA
05-31-2008, 01:47 PM
I used to be on Sunrocket. Loved the cost, loved the web interface for managing your system (calls, forwarding, blocked nubers). When they went all Skybus, I switched to Joiphone, and while I have not had any problems, the web interface could not be worse.

Are there any Sunrocket folks, or other Voip folks who love their Web interface?
I was on Sunrocket too. Voiceline let me flash my gizmo device to their system and they gave me 12 free months of service because I had a two year contract with Sunrocket. I also disputed my sunrocket charge with my credit card company and got that credited back to me. I have been paying nothing but the $1.06 tax since last year. I didn't go with Teleblend because they are just Sunrocket with a new name. Same people behind sunrocket moved over to teleblend.

Reds4Life
05-31-2008, 01:58 PM
While the cable doesn't go out super often, when it does it takes days to fix. At least around here it does, and I have Time Warner. I don't use the phone much, I'm thinking about just dumping my landline all together and just using my cell.

RedFanAlways1966
05-31-2008, 03:24 PM
I switched to digital phone service about 6 months ago. Got the package deal from Time Warner (digital phone, Road Runner and digital cable). Have not had a problem yet. If we did, like GAC mentioned, we all have cell phones. I now pay $20 less a month for the TW package than I did for all three things (TV, phone, internet) before. And I have upgraded the cable (standard to digital) and the internet (snail to RR). It was a no-brainer for me and I kick myself for not doing it a lot sooner.

Just do it, GAC! :thumbup:

jmcclain19
05-31-2008, 06:39 PM
We use Vonage GAC and enjoy it. We transfered from Qwest, and literally for half of what we were paying for Qwest's DSL, local phone and long distance package, I now have Vonage and my local cable internet. Couldn't be happier.

Vonage does have some quirks - and the Voice mail system I have noticed does sound like you are listening to it on the web from time to time. But other than that, I couldn't tell any difference between my former line and my current one.

GAC
06-01-2008, 07:52 AM
What does a typical monthly Vonage bill look like after they add the taxes and surcharges on to that $24.99? :lol:

If I drop my long distance service with Sprint and just go with the local (because we use our cell phones for all long distance), my bill would be around $32.

jmcclain19
06-01-2008, 06:12 PM
What does a typical monthly Vonage bill look like after they add the taxes and surcharges on to that $24.99? :lol:

If I drop my long distance service with Sprint and just go with the local (because we use our cell phones for all long distance), my bill would be around $32.

I only got the 500 minute plan - which is $14.99 - I think it ends up being just shy of $19 a month.

I'd prefer not to have a local line at all, but I live on the fringe of the metro and our cell service isn't 100%. But less than $20 a month is ok for that in my mind. Qwest's near $50 for the same service was just way too much.

SandyD
06-01-2008, 10:19 PM
I only see a couple of problems with not having a land line:

A cell phone has to be near you to hear the ring.
If you have to call 911, and you can't find you phone right away, or it's not charged, or if it's not working properly.

I know people who had their phones thru cable (Cox) before Katrina. Their phone was still out when we got back 6 weeks after the storm. They switched back to bellsouth (now att) and got service almost immediately. An extreme example, but I'd ask others in your area about reliability.

GAC
06-02-2008, 10:07 PM
I only got the 500 minute plan - which is $14.99 - I think it ends up being just shy of $19 a month.

That's 500 anytime minutes, both local and long distance? Do those minutes also include people who call you? Or just calls you make?

That sounds like the plan I need as infrequently as we use our phone. I'm tired of paying Sprint $50+/month for a phone I rarely use. We use our cells far more and we don't even come close to the 1500 minutes/month we have.