Voice Over IP Telephony

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Voice Over IP Telephony

I currently subscribe to Comcast digital telephone service. It used to be AT&T, but Comcast bought the business from them a few years ago. Comcast now offers a VoIP solution, and naturally, they are going to discontinue the digital service. The only landline alternative in the area is Qwest (or a rebranded Qwest service). I'm not eager to go with Qwest, and I was happy paying a few dollars more per month to use Comcast digital service, but the new Comcast VoIP solution costs considerably more than my current service. Which leads to my question:

Are there any Vonage or Verizon VoiceWing users out there? Does anyone have a VoIP experience to share?

I've pretty much decided I'm not going to use Comcast's new service. I will even go back to Qwest if I have to. I have to draw the line at $30/month for telephone service. Come on! Why should I pay more than that to make local calls?! What possible features do they have that are worth $45/month!

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Anyway, does anyone have any experience with VoIP service? I'm leaning toward Vonage, but I'm concerned about the trouble they are in with the courts right now...

Peace,
Drew

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We're currently on Comcast wi

We're currently on Comcast with the 3x$33 setup, $33 for digital cable TV, $33 for internet service, $33 for VoIP service, with a dual battery backed up router/VoIP box.

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wow...

comcast here too, formerly adelphia which they bought out.
No land line, but cell provider formerly known as cingular (poor reception where I live, but fine most everywhere else)

I committed to no cable tv when I moved in 4 years ago. No regrets. Thing is... because I have cable internet, they can't turn off or stop the analogue cable tv feed, which is why my neighbor, who has cable tv & cable interent is only charged $19/month for internet and I am usually charged $45 (but total, he's paying $60/month). But every year or so, I'll call the cable provider and ask about their 'deals'. For the 3rd time in 4 years I've talked a cable operator into giving me the deal they give to new customers, which is $19/month for 6 months, then back up to $45/month for 6 months.

It used to be a big temptation to watch cable tv for 'free' -- I even got a TVWonder2.0 off eBay with EyeTV software ... but the interest faded ... commercials just suck (I wouldn't mind them so much if the sound volume didn't double everytime a commercial came on).

Internet TV is here, who needs cableTV? Premium channels are not nearly as good as a service like netflicks. And if your favorite TV show isn't at iTunes, rest assured, every episode of every season is floating around somewhere, commercial free.

BUT this is all off subject... http://www.whichvoip.com/ -- site looks helpful...

And isn't Skype still giving away a year of free service?

Have you considered just having a cell phone? (in the sticks, you may need a big outside antenna and a repeater or just put up with sun spots like I do)

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What's wrong with Qwest? I ha

What's wrong with Qwest? I have them for local-only phone service, and it works fine. When I need to call long distance, that's what my BlackBerry is for.

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Thanks for the site

Thanks for the site. I'll give it a look. A first glance seem to show quite a few customer reviews.

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Drew

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Ugh, Qwest. I used Qwest/U

Ugh, Qwest.

I used Qwest/USWest from 1998 through 2004. They lost me as a customer by overcharging for poor service and having completely terrible customer service. Maybe things have changed since then. Here in Denver (Qwest headquarters), Qwest has been advertising heavily over the last few years. They claim to have better customer service than they used to, but I'm not biting just yet.

Peace,
Drew

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