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dwdw1
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      08-25-2006
Hi I'm complete;y new to voip, and now I'm lookng for the best free
software - any suggestions?
cheers
DW

 
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Ivor Jones
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      08-25-2006
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> Hi I'm complete;y new to voip, and now I'm lookng for the
> best free software - any suggestions?
> cheers
> DW


It depends on your provider, but X-Lite (www.xten.com) is a good start.

A better option though IMHO is an ATA and an ordinary phone, rather than
having to have a computer running.

Ivor


 
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      08-25-2006

Ivor Jones wrote:
> "dwdw1" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed) ups.com
> > Hi I'm complete;y new to voip, and now I'm lookng for the
> > best free software - any suggestions?
> > cheers
> > DW

>
> It depends on your provider, but X-Lite (www.xten.com) is a good start.
>
> A better option though IMHO is an ATA and an ordinary phone, rather than
> having to have a computer running.
>
> Ivor


Yes, agreed. My first contact with voip was using a softphone and a
headphone/mic combination. I was quite amazed. However, within a week I
had ordered a SIP phone. With hindsight I'd have gone for an ATA as
Ivor suggests. Of course, if you don't already have a router to plug it
into, this could cost a bit more. In that case you might consider a
voip capable router.

ATA = analogue telephone adaptor

 
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dwdw1
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      08-25-2006
Many thanks I've never heard of the ata before . I'll have to look into
that. Any ideas where i can get some information?
cheers
DW
paul123 wrote:
> Ivor Jones wrote:
> > "dwdw1" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> > news:(E-Mail Removed) ups.com
> > > Hi I'm complete;y new to voip, and now I'm lookng for the
> > > best free software - any suggestions?
> > > cheers
> > > DW

> >
> > It depends on your provider, but X-Lite (www.xten.com) is a good start.
> >
> > A better option though IMHO is an ATA and an ordinary phone, rather than
> > having to have a computer running.
> >
> > Ivor

>
> Yes, agreed. My first contact with voip was using a softphone and a
> headphone/mic combination. I was quite amazed. However, within a week I
> had ordered a SIP phone. With hindsight I'd have gone for an ATA as
> Ivor suggests. Of course, if you don't already have a router to plug it
> into, this could cost a bit more. In that case you might consider a
> voip capable router.
>
> ATA = analogue telephone adaptor


 
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dwdw1
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      08-25-2006
Just thought, any suggestions on 'best' sip provider?
dwdw1 wrote:
> Many thanks I've never heard of the ata before . I'll have to look into
> that. Any ideas where i can get some information?
> cheers
> DW
> paul123 wrote:
> > Ivor Jones wrote:
> > > "dwdw1" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> > > news:(E-Mail Removed) ups.com
> > > > Hi I'm complete;y new to voip, and now I'm lookng for the
> > > > best free software - any suggestions?
> > > > cheers
> > > > DW
> > >
> > > It depends on your provider, but X-Lite (www.xten.com) is a good start.
> > >
> > > A better option though IMHO is an ATA and an ordinary phone, rather than
> > > having to have a computer running.
> > >
> > > Ivor

> >
> > Yes, agreed. My first contact with voip was using a softphone and a
> > headphone/mic combination. I was quite amazed. However, within a week I
> > had ordered a SIP phone. With hindsight I'd have gone for an ATA as
> > Ivor suggests. Of course, if you don't already have a router to plug it
> > into, this could cost a bit more. In that case you might consider a
> > voip capable router.
> >
> > ATA = analogue telephone adaptor


 
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Jono
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      08-25-2006
dwdw1 expressed precisely :
> Just thought, any suggestions on 'best' sip provider?


Best, cheapest?

Best, most reliable?

Best, most features?


 
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dwdw1
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      08-25-2006
'best' in any of those ways, hence the use of speechmarks around the
word 'best' to imply that this would have different meanings to
different people. So if you have any suggestions in terms of features
price or reliablity, I'd appreciate it. Otherwise a group specialising
in semantics would be worth looking at.
Jono wrote:
> dwdw1 expressed precisely :
> > Just thought, any suggestions on 'best' sip provider?

>
> Best, cheapest?
>
> Best, most reliable?
>
> Best, most features?


 
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Jono
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      08-25-2006
dwdw1 has brought this to us :
> 'best' in any of those ways, hence the use of speechmarks around the
> word 'best' to imply that this would have different meanings to
> different people. So if you have any suggestions in terms of features
> price or reliablity, I'd appreciate it. Otherwise a group specialising
> in semantics would be worth looking at.
> Jono wrote:
>> dwdw1 expressed precisely :
>>> Just thought, any suggestions on 'best' sip provider?

>>
>> Best, cheapest?
>>
>> Best, most reliable?
>>
>> Best, most features?


Probably gradwell or voipfone(?) are quite highly thought of, though I
have no experience. Both can import a BT number.

Sipgate - cheap as chips - incoming number free - outgoing PAYG - been
known to have occasional reliability issues - online support only

voip.co.uk - very good landline call packages - free incoming number
like Sipgate but they need 10 credit to open your account - never had
any reliability issues - occasional billing probs which do get resolved
- telephone support available.

Then there's the plethora of Betamax franchises - voipstunt,
sipdiscount, internetcalls, voipcheap (.com & .co.uk) - multitude of
tariffs, prices can change at any time - not issuing incoming numbers
at the moment


 
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Brian A
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      08-25-2006
On 25 Aug 2006 08:43:01 -0700, "dwdw1" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>Many thanks I've never heard of the ata before . I'll have to look into
>that. Any ideas where i can get some information?
>cheers

Sipura/linksys SPA-3000 if you want to run in conjunction with an
existing landline AND if you want something that is very configurable.
Also consider Fritzbox.

Linksys PAP2 if you want 2 independent lines (no landline)
Sipura/Linksys SPA-1001 if you want 2 lines into a single set of
handsets (again no landline).

Some ATAs can interface between a modem and computer if you don't have
a router. If you are about to buy a router look for one with 'QoS' or
equivalent.

Checkout manufacturers' web sites.
Suppliers - can Froogle but broadbandstuff.co.uk seems to be
competitive.

Remove 'no_spam_' from email address.
 
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Ivor Jones
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      08-26-2006

"dwdw1" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> 'best' in any of those ways, hence the use of speechmarks
> around the word 'best' to imply that this would have
> different meanings to different people. So if you have
> any suggestions in terms of features price or reliablity,
> I'd appreciate it. Otherwise a group specialising in
> semantics would be worth looking at.


It all depends on your usage requirements. If you can give more info on
what you want, we may be able to advise further.

BTW could I ask that you don't top post in this group..? The convention
here is bottom posting.

Thanks,

Ivor


 
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