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What does work well by contrast is direct computer to computer comms, e.g. 2 devices both using Skype via WiFi, bypassing the phone system altoghter. This is the real future of voice comms.
However, I still haven't got the SMS texts working via the phone to the VOIP account, a service centre number is required to be entered and I don't know what to use. The VOIP does support SMS but gives no details about how to do it. The PC software works but not SMS via the Gigaset phone. Not yet anyway.
Gigaset VOIP phones do have their own VOIP service called Gigaset.net but it only works for calls between Gigaset.net users and not to landlines. It's like the free VOIP PC to PC services.
Prioritizing VOIP traffic via the router could help to some degree to lessen the effect, but making calls while making heavy use of the internet is best avoided.
Normal POTS calls don't always work successfully either. I've had many calls where the call quality was poor, too quiet, or could not be heard. Those, at least from my end, were not VOIP calls. One call recently in particular was very unlikely to be VOIP based from the other end and certainly not when I received the call on my regular phone line.
What you need to understand is that VOIP services are usually based outside the UK so traffic routing can play a big part in call quality. If the traffic is travelling half way round the world, it could badly affect the call quality. Try doing a tracert or visual tracert to the VOIP provider to find out how far the traffic is travelling and whether there is any packet loss. Internet traffic routing and packet loss could have a big impact on your VOIP service. You might of seen recently that a fibre optical cable underneath the sea was broken which affected internet traffic between the UK and Europe. Anything like that could affect VOIP.
Overall my VOIP calls are indistinguishable from regular POTS calls and no one knows that they are VOIP. I have had problems in the past when I used a speedtouch 716 router to provide VOIP where caller id never worked with a panasonic dect phone and calls would sometimes break up but I have not had any problems since replacing it. The caller id on that speedtouch router and panasonic phones are known not to work together.
I receive an email from them and can't decide if it is spam or not. I am registered with about 3 Voip companies and this one looks cheap, but I'm sure there must be a catch.
even with 900 mins I still manage to go over, and the fact I have 2 daughters was looking into putting VOIP on our phones.
I have a HTC Sensation on Vodafone and the others are Wildfire on Orange and Desire on TBC! The first 2 have data and BT Openzone type thingy and we have wireless at home.
Can anyone recommend a good VOIP or similar app, we'll all be calling mainly, if not solely, UK mobiles and landlines.
Thanks in advance
With young people, train them to use chat and voice tools that go via broadband and bypass the phone system altogether. Eg MSN, Skype etc.
And if you really need a lot of landline minutes, get a Skype Out unlimited calls plan for a handful of £ per month, works on iPhone or Android no tech configuration or extra equipment apart from smartphone needed.
Wholesale termination rates to UK and other European mobiles are now below 2 pence a minute, and retail not much more than that.