CJT-80 wrote:Hi there,
I am a new forum member. :D
Hi and welcome to the forums Chris
CJT-80 wrote:I currently have Virgin Media Broadband and a Phone Line with them, initially I paid upfront for a years line rental but that comes to and end soon. Not wanting to sign up for another 12 months, I have worked out that using VoIP instead of a regular land line will actually work out better for me.
This was me just over a year ago! I called virgin and got their 152Mb BB stand alone for £28 a month fixed for two years. I'm 100% VoIP now and have never looked back!
When choosing a VoIP provider the first thing you need to look at is usage... Do you need free minutes? Sipgate and Voiptalk offer a monthly bundle of 1000 minutes for around £4.99 +VAT a month. You can get unlimited calls from just £9.99 +VAT a month or if you're not a big talker go pay go and pay by the minute - most VoIP providers charge around 1p per minute for calls to numbers beginning with 01, 02 and 03.
I use Voipfone, Voicehost and Sipgate myself.
Both Voipfone and Voicehost have amazing uptime, Voipfone work out a little more expensive as their prices are +VAT yet Voicehost's prices are inclusive of VAT. Voipfone do have amazing support though! Sipgate is ok but I wouldn't use them as a replacement for your landline as reliability and support just isn't there. Sipgate are overhauling their residential package though so it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
As for hardware if your going to go down the analogue telephone adaptor (ATA) road then get yourself an Obihai! Those things have all the bells and whistles and more. I wouldn't use anything but anymore when it comes to ATA's! Or would you rather a SIP phone?