26 Aug 2009

All About the V Thing

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onesuite_voipHave you heard about VoIP? Most of us have but there are still many of us have used it but not know about it. If you ever use the internet to have voice conversations then you’ve used VoIP. Last week I bumped into a college friend of mine who clearly is not too aware of this new technology so we had a quick chat about it.  I mentioned about using VoIP because my job requires me to travel and move a lot, and yet I managed to keep the same VoIP phone number in years. If I just stuck to a regular phone line, I might have lost touch with most of my friends.

True, calling card rates nowadays are almost as cheap as VoIP but you can’t use your phone card to make calls through the internet if a regular phone isn’t available. And if you are always on the move or traveling in another country then mobile roaming will just burn a hole in your pocket.

So I told my college buddy that VoIP is great, just great. It allows me to make inexpensive phone calls from my normal phone (using an ATA device) and anyone from around the world can call me for the price of peanuts, or sometimes even for free.   Still, a fixed line is more reliable as you can still have your phone service in case of power failure or internet downtime. VoIP is a great back-up for landline, and a very affordable one too.

VoIP providers are like mushrooms, popping out here and there and vying for the cheapest rates, more features and what not. This is not good for the providers because most of these small VoIP providers will succumb to pressure and just belly up like the bygone Sunrocket. Even big players like Vonage are starting to find themselves in the wrong side of the fence after an early boom. But I am not complaining. This is good new for us consumers. More choices mean cheaper and hopefully better VoIP services.

And then you have a hybrid service like OneSuite, which combines calling card, VoIP, international roaming, internet fax all in one account. There you have it. Savings wherever I go, however I make the calls, VoIP or not. And that's my happy ending.


  • Comment Link Michael, tech guy Saturday, 26 September 2009 00:56 posted by Michael, tech guy

    @Cynthia and Benjamin: Thanks for dropping by. Don't hesitate to ask if you got any questions regarding VoIP or anything related to it.

  • Comment Link Benjamin Cip Thursday, 24 September 2009 20:25 posted by Benjamin Cip

    Just like cynthia, I have never heard about that before. It's an interesting information anyway, I'm going to take a close look at this. Thank you for sharing Michael!

  • Comment Link Cynthia Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:44 posted by Cynthia

    I never heard of that before either. Great information..I am going to look into this.

  • Comment Link Zee Sunday, 20 September 2009 14:43 posted by Zee

    Good read, concise but packed with infos. I'm using VoIP more and more these days because you can't ignore the fact that's its cheaper than regular landline calls.

  • Comment Link Michael, tech guy Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:29 posted by Michael, tech guy

    @Ching Ya
    Hi Ching Ya,

    I think the future has arrived as most people I know these days atleast use VoIP twice or more for calling long distance. The only drawback for using VoIP is their reliability over power interuptions and internet downtime plus of course the 911 feature.

    Don't hesitate to contact me if yuou got any questions regarding VoIP or long distance call topics.


  • Comment Link Ching Ya Sunday, 13 September 2009 23:19 posted by Ching Ya

    No doubt VoIP phone is the future of long distance calls. People are very fond of using Skype nowadays, although I don't use it much only to contact close relatives overseas. Sure is great to know there are a lot more choices other than Skype alone. By the time I need to use them, I know who shall I consult with. ^^ Thanks Michael.

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  • Comment Link Michael, tech guy Wednesday, 09 September 2009 09:37 posted by Michael, tech guy

    Hi Jojo,

    Choosing between SPA3102 and PAP2T will depend on your needs.

    SPA3102 can be integrated with your PSTN (landline) but only supports one voip call at a time. You may use different VoIP providers but you can't use them simultaneously.

    PAP2T on the other hand, can make or receive VoIP calls at the same time but you need two phones to do that. The disadvantage of PAP2T is you cannot integrate it with your landline.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  • Comment Link Sire Wednesday, 09 September 2009 09:19 posted by Sire

    I've used my iPod Touch with the Skype app as a phone and it's great as long as I can pick up an Internet connection. I've found it a lot cheaper than mobile and Skype to Skype is free, so that is an added bonus if you have family and friends using it as well.

  • Comment Link Michael, tech guy Friday, 28 August 2009 05:07 posted by Michael, tech guy

    @Anna Jane
    Hi Anna,

    VoIP is the technology behind transmitting voice over the internet. So
    basically, any calls that go through the internet can be called VoIP. And Skype and OneSuite are both using the technology.

    OneSuite's VoIP service is a great alternative to Skype because it is SIP-based, which means you can use softphones (with a computer) or any unlocked ATA device (without a computer) to make long-distance calls. Also, it's a pay-as-you-go service, so no fixed plans or minutes. You can see the comparison here: http://www.onesuite.com/comparisons_voip.asp

    Also, check the blog entries below about ATAs and softphones

    Please keep visiting our blog!


  • Comment Link Icd Thursday, 27 August 2009 20:53 posted by Icd


    It took us about 5 years to change the legislation to allow private comapanies to use and provide VOIP. It's booming now.

  • Comment Link Anna Jane Thursday, 27 August 2009 07:08 posted by Anna Jane

    Hey Michael, nice to hear from you again.
    So is voip like an alternative to Skype then? Or is it the same thing? I use Skype to save money on landline calls, and it's proved to be a lifesaver! I'd be interested to know if this service is any different..?

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