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Looking back at the first year of VoIP

January 28, 2006 @ 23:52 By: gordon Category: VoIP

It’s been about a year since I started using VoIP for my home phone service. In all, I’ve spent about $150 on minutes with Unlimitel and about $30 for a DID from them. I’ve spent about $350 on IP phones, one wired and one WiFi. In terms of long distance, I’ve probably spent about $50 with sixTel and Link2VoIP. I use sixTel for inbound longdistance (I have a local number in Columbus, OH and a tollfree number in the US I use as a calling card when I’m on the road there) and Link2VoIP for my outbound longdistance. And, I’ve eliminated overseas charges to talk to friends in the UK.

Generally speaking, I’m very happy with things. Occasionally, the quality of the long distance providers is not as good as it could be, but for less than 2 cents/minute, one can’t really complain. On the other hand, my local service from Unlimitel has been excellent — audio quality is top notch.

So, in my opinion, the first year of experiments has been a great success. After the initial capital investment for the phones, I’m well ahead of where I’d be compared to traditional phone services.

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