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  • 10/18/17--06:07: VoIP Providers in California
  • Find and compare the best VoIP providers in California. See the business VoIP phone service providers in California in the above tables. Also read reviews, ratings, pricing, and more about business VoIP providers.

    A Guide to Business VoIP Service in California

    Running a business in California means making sure you have a reliable phone line in place at all times. With business VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, you can have a reliable and affordable phone system that runs directly over an Internet connection that is already in place. Many different companies in the California area are already switching over to VoIP service in order to enjoy all the features and perks it has to offer. You'll get the features that are important to your company at a much cheaper cost than a traditional landline.

    As a resident of California, you can also choose a VoIP for your home phone needs. Just remember that with residential packages, you will typically only receive a few basic features for free, such as voicemail and caller ID. However, a business VoIP package will allow you to choose dozens of other features with no extra charge. These features are included with most packages and will help keep your business running smoothly.

    Your company may already have a high-speed Internet connection installed, which is all you need to install VoIP. Using the Internet to make and receive phone calls is a lot less expensive than a traditional landline phone and can save your company hundreds of dollars over time.

    A PBX phone system is also usually included with a business VoIP phone package, as well. Typically, these systems are not free when purchased with a traditional phone company. Compare both types of packages before you make the decision and you will quickly see the difference in price and features.

    Selecting the Best Business VoIP Company in California

    You can quickly compare different aspects of plans and providers with Voip-Info.org. Check out their monthly price list, user ratings, and plan highlights. You can compare what features each service offers, their prices, reviews and more in order to make sense out of our most popular business VoIP service providers.

    You will see stars on the table that are composite ratings from reviews submitted by actual users. To see reviews from a specific provider, simply click the “Reviews” text that will redirect you to that provider's detail page. You'll get honest reviews from customers who have used these services before you.

    If you would like for us to tailor a quote for your personal needs in California, we can do the work for you. Fill in the answers to a few questions on the form provided above, and we can provide you with a list of the best business VoIP providers who will fit your needs and wants.

    We always do our very best to keep our information current and true. However, rates and solutions can change at a moment's notice, so we recommend that our customers check the provider's actual website to make sure that there are no changes to price or plans. You will also want to check the fine print.

    California Business VoIP Features and Options

    With California business VoIP, a whole new range of features and options are available to you in comparison to a traditional phone system. These are just a handful of the exclusive features included in most business VoIP plans: conference calling, auto attendant, caller ID, call waiting, notifications, do not disturb, dial by name, on-hold music, group paging, E911, virtual extensions, and more.

    These are all features that typically come as expensive add-ons in traditional phone systems. With a VoIP system, they're pre-included in most any standard plan at no extra cost! To get the best idea of what's available to you, always check each plan's specific features and options. As always, use the provider's actual website to make your buying decision before settling on a plan or system.

    Differences Between VoIP and Traditional Phone Service

    Many customers will undoubtedly have some reservations about switching from traditional phone systems to VoIP, which is understandable. There is a comfort level with the traditional phone service, given their lengthy experience and the comfort level many customers have with them. However, VoIP providers offer great service for residents and businesses, thanks to upgrades in equipment and internet connectivity. This has eliminated many of the problems VoIP struggled with during its early days as a service. Additionally, VoIP offers users a greater level of quality, features that were previously an extra cost, and more options. ...

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  • 10/18/17--07:18: Asterisk echo cancellation
  • Echo cancellation in Asterisk


    Before you proceed down this path, make sure you have read the notes in Causes of Echo on tracing, and attempting to eliminate, the source of any echo. It should be possible to eliminate any residual echo with the zaptel echo canceller, but it won't be able to cope with line faults; and in any case, you'll get better results if you do all you can to eliminate echo at source.

    How does echo cancellation work?

    Almost all (if not all) echo cancelling algorithms operate by generating multiple copies of the received signal, each delayed by some small time increment In digital terms, this is the equivalent of a shift register and each delayed signal appears at its own unique "tap". The number of taps determines the size of the echo delay that can be cancelled. These delayed copies are then scaled (or weighted) and subtracted from the original received signal. The trick is scaling the the delayed signals to exactly the extent needed to remove the echo and nothing else. The methods used in determining the tap weights (scaling factors) is what distinguishes one algorithm from another.

    Too much of a good thing

    Make sure only one unit in the chain is doing echo cancellation. For example, a Linksys PAP2T comes configured by default to do its own echo cancellation. If you use one of these to connect a handset to an Asterisk server whicn in turn is configured to do its own echo cancellation on outgoing analog or ISDN lines via zapata.conf or chan_dahdi.conf, then the two echo-cancellation systems will step on each other's toes, with effects like speech cutting in and out in both directions, or even worse echo. I recommend you make sure echo cancellation is turned off in your SIP client hardware/software, and turned on only in Asterisk.


    Don't trust your ears...

    The echo canceller must "train" itself by computing the weights when it first sees a signal at the input. The training time depends upon the algorithm used and the number of taps. For optimal training, the number of taps should be as small as possible, while still adequately cancelling the echo. For the typical scenario being experienced by most of us, the signal delay should be relatively short. Don't let your ears be the guide here! The echo you hear has a lot of additional delay added between the location of the echo canceller and your phone. The real delay you are interested in is the delay from the echo canceller, out through the Digium card, through the network to the source of the echo (see Causes of Echo), and back again, to the echo canceller. This delay is relatively short, probably less than 20-30 ms. ...

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  • 10/18/17--07:19: TRIP
  • From the RFC 3219 :



    This document presents the Telephony Routing over IP (TRIP). TRIP is a policy driven inter-administrative domain protocol for advertising the reachability of telephony destinations between location servers, and for advertising attributes of the routes to those destinations.

    TRIP's operation is independent of any signaling protocol, hence TRIP can serve as the telephony routing protocol for any signaling protocol.

    The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP-4) is used to distribute routing information between administrative domains. TRIP is used to distribute telephony routing information between telephony administrative domains. The similarity between the two protocols is obvious, and hence TRIP is modeled after BGP-4.


    There is an open-source TRIP protocol stack as part of the Vovida VoIP suite of tools but it has not seen any work since 1.0.0 which was released in 2001. It hasn't compiled on modern Linux systems since 2004. It can be found on http://www.vovida.org/protocols/downloads/trip/

    Both Acme Packet and Jasomi have TRIP-capable session controllers, though at this time not enough data is known about them to comment thoroughly. Additionally, these are hardware-based systems which have significant costs associated with their implementation.

    In reality, TRIP isn't used anywhere. Telephony routing in the different interoperator peering solutions is achieved using ENUM




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  • 10/19/17--14:04: Grasshopper Promo Code
  • Get $75 discount off of Grasshopper Virtual Phone System using this promo code.

    Click here for the Grasshopper coupon code to claim your $75 discount.

    This coupon code is verified to work.

    Grasshopper helps small businesses look like they have a national presence by offering a business-grade virtual phone system. Take advantage of the Grasshopper discount code today.

    See also


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  • 10/19/17--14:05: Grasshopper Reviews
  • Grasshopper is a virtual PBX phone system provider that offers toll free or local numbers, unlimited extensions, call forwarding, voicemails over email, and a host of other features. Read Grasshopper reviews below, or if you have experience with the Grasshopper product, please write your own Grasshopper review.

    See also


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  • 10/21/17--22:16: Thirdlane Multi-Tenant PBX


  • Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX is a scalable, reliable, and feature rich IP PBX and unified communications software platform supporting multiple virtual PBXs on a single server or a cluster of servers. Thirdlane Multi tenant PBX enables service providers to offer a full-featured hosted PBX and an advanced unified communication platform to their customers as an alternative to premise-based PBXs.

    Thirdlane Multi-Tenant PBX is easy-to-deploy and hosting ready. With Thirdlane’s field-proven technology, service providers can offer an unmatched value to their customers - a customizable set of advanced features at an unbeatable per-user price.

    Thirdlane Connect adds unified communications including private and group chat, voice and video conferencing, integrations, screen and file sharing to the latest version of Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX platform.

    Thirdlane Connect is available on Google Play.


    Key Features:

    • High- Availability: Redundancy, geo-redundancy, automatic failover, and clustering capabilities are built into the core of all Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX solutions. High availability features can be configured during installation or added later to address your requirements
    • Auto-Provisioning: Thirdlane PBX is available with templates for auto-provisioning of devices such as Cisco, Polycom, Snom, VTech, and Yealink phones and ATAs. This allows you and your customers to easily add phones and devices, individually or in bulk. Templates can be customized or added to support new devices.
    • Fine-grained permissions: Allow your administrators or customers to easily control each user’s call permissions per user or per group as appropriate, and to configure dialing rules on a per-route basis for operational economy and flexibility.
    • Customizable for your Company and Users: Upload your company name and logo to rebrand the PBX, select from Communications Manager GUI themes and languages, add language translations, and even customize GUI menus and configuration files. Since scripts are built in as part of the Thirdlane architecture, you can easily add custom scripts to support customer-requested features.
    • Retain Full Control of your Server: Unlike other solutions, Thirdlane doesn’t deny you root access to your server for troubleshooting, integrating with third-party components, and performing system maintenance and customization. Software updates are managed by a Thirdlane repository and are easy to install, to keep your system updated with the latest security features.
    • Industry-Standard Components: Thirdlane employs CentOS® Linux, and doesn’t require custom patches. This allows you to easily update components of your system if needed.

    Why take a chance wasting time and money on an expensive custom solution, or an inferior system that your business or customers will soon outgrow? With Thirdlane, you can quickly roll out reliable hosted telephony services with powerful features, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness to ensure satisfied customers, reduce churn, and provide a steady return on your investment.


    Try Thirdlane for Free!
    Try a demo of Thirdlane Multi Tenant PBX, or download a free trial ISO version from the Thirdlane website. ...

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  • 10/21/17--23:02: Inaani Pte Ltd


  • Inaani is a preeminent retail and wholesale VoIP Service Provider with over 10 years of trusted diligent presence across the globe. INAANI has emerged as one of the leading Mobile VoIP service Providers for assuring the decent quality of VoIP solution.
    Inaani has been providing supreme quality 24X7 dedicated customer support to ensure that the customers can relish the best service for their business. The company believes in perfection and authenticate the service quality before providing services to their valuable consumers. Inaani has been dealing with a web of organic retail network with 1.5+ million subscribers and 800+ renowned Tier1 and Tier2 carriers like SingTel, Tata, Bharti, Telkom Malaysia, Deutsche Telekom, BICS, Verizon and many more to ensures the best quality network in IP telephony. And with the backing of a dexterous R&D team, INAANI has been marching forward ever since.

    History


    Inaani was founded in 2006 as a concern of renowned organization Reve Group with the ultimate focus of providing utmost VoIP service to its consumers and now it has grabbed the position as a leading VoIP service provider in the VoIP market. Substantiating premium quality service to its client has always been the infrastructure of Inaani. Headquartered in Singapore, Inaani has multinational well establishment in Hong Kong, India, and UAE. Possessing a versatile structure, Inaani is competent to terminate VoIP calls, simultaneously for the retail and wholesale VoIP busines.




    Inaani Blog posts


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  • 10/23/17--14:29: Hosted PBX
  • What is Hosted PBX?

    Unlike a traditional PBX, or Private Branch Exchange, which requires a large investment and ongoing maintenance and training, a hosted PBX is a cloud-based PBX system accessible via an IP network. Rather than being responsible for hardware, software, training, maintenance, and more, a hosted PBX provider takes care of it all. In addition to being completely managed off-site, resulting in no IT or installation costs, a hosted PBX system also provides businesses with the ability to manage their phone systems via a user-friendly control panel. For these reasons and more, hosted PBX systems are becoming increasingly popular solutions for today’s growing small to medium-sized business owners.

    Features and Benefits of Hosted PBX

    If you own a business with fewer than 300 lines, hosted PBX can provide you with a multitude of features and benefits. For starters, a hosted PBX system is much less expensive than a traditional on-site system. With hosted PBX, there is no need to buy expensive hardware and software, pay for installation, and manage the system. You simply pay a monthly fee and enjoy all of the benefits of the service.

    While less costly than standard on-site PBX systems, hosted PBX solutions are teeming with valuable features, such as on-hold music, call waiting, call routing, transfers, and more. Moreover, as the popularity of hosted PBX continues to grow, additional features like auto attendants, extension dialing, and ACD queues are being introduced.

    A hosted PBX can also be deployed immediately. In fact, most business owners are able to have their hosted PBX setup and running in under a day. Best of all, newer and more flexible hosted PBX applications are being deployed as well. Adding these applications and features can typically be done with a simple download or click of the mouse.

    The ability to add new features as they roll out is just one example of the scalability of hosted PBX. Additional lines, phones, and even an entire new department can effortlessly be added, which would be much more complex with a traditional on-site PBX.

    When you opt for a hosted PBX and outsource all the techie stuff, you will find your stress levels lowering as well. With a hosted PBX, a mountain of responsibility will be taken off your shoulders, allowing you to focus your attention on more important matters, like improving your bottom line.

    Hosted PBX Tips and Considerations

    Hosted PBX systems are incredibly easy to setup and utilize, but there are a few things you need to do when opting for one of these modern business phone solutions, such as:

    • Make Phone Number Arrangements – A temporary phone number is necessary for the porting process, but if you already have an existing number to port over, you must remain with your current provider until the number is ported to your new PBX provider. If you are getting a new number, it’s important to update others and let them know of the change through an email blast or similar means. While brief, all calls can be conveniently routed to cell phones during the transition period. Just remember, if you cancel your service with your previous carrier prior to porting your number, the number will no longer be yours to keep.
    • Arrange Your Dial Plan – When switching over to a hosted PBX, organizing the routing of your calls is one of the first things that must be done. In order to do so, you’ll need to define various rules for your calls, including:
      • The buttons used to activate voicemail and other features
      • The hours of operation for your desk phones
      • Setting up your directory
      • The handling of faxes
      • Sequential and simultaneous ringing
      • How off-hour calls are handled
      • Configure your emergency 911 settings

    Review Your Bill

    As you can see, setting up a hosted PBX is remarkably easy. However, after doing so, you should review the bills for the first and second month to ensure you’re receiving and utilizing all of the services you’re paying for. Depending on which company you choose as your hosted PBX provider, the first month’s bill may or may not reflect activation fees, setup fees, and number porting fees. The second month’s bill should be a typical bill without added charges for the setup process. By this point, you'll be well on your way to enjoying one of the most streamlined and hassle-free business phone systems available for small and medium-sized business owners. ...

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  • 10/23/17--23:46: VOIP GSM Gateways
  • What's a VoIP GSM Gateway?

    A VoIP GSM Gateway enables direct routing between IP, digital, analog and GSM networks. With these devices (fixed cellular terminals) companies can significantly reduce the money they spend on telephony, especially the money they spend on calls from IP to GSM. The core idea behind cost saving with VoIP GSM Gateways is Least Cost Routing (LCR).

    Through least cost routing the gateways select the most cost-effective telephone connection. They check the number which is dialed as well as rate information which is stored in an internal routing table. Because several SIM cards and GSM modules are integrated within the VOIP GSM Gateway it is able to make relatively cheaper GSM to GSM calls instead of expensive IP to GSM calls.

    Who offers VoIP GSM Gateways?



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  • 10/26/17--08:30: PORTECH IP POE Speaker
  • IS-650 is a IP Horn (POE) provide a user-friendly control and simple voice broadcasting. The product is designed to provide easy use for any office,department store,factory,school to be able to quickly broadcast announcements to their any assigned office or branch or classes

    IS-650 can work P to P ,IP to IP and Compatible with IP-PBX,Traditional PBX,Asterisk

    Option: IP Broadcasting System
    User can broadcast announcements to a group of office or branch or classes.
    IBS-5: handle 5 pcs IS serial devices
    IBS-10: handle 10 pcs IS serial devices
    IBS-20: handle 20 pcs IS serial devices
    IBS-40: handle 40 pcs IS serial devices
    IBS-60: handle 60 pcs IS serial devices
    IBS-80: handle 80 pcs IS serial devices
    IBS-200: handle 200 pcs IS serial devices

    Features
    SIP (RFC 3261) compatible
    Web-based configuration
    Web-based firmware upgradable
    High efficiency speaker driver
    Powerful built-in amplifier:30W
    Remote control
    Work with extra IP Speaker Server to make group broadcast

    Specifications:
    Speaker:11 x 8 "
    Protocols:SIP (RFC2543,RFC3261)
    Codec:G.711 u-Law,G.711 a-Law,G.729A,G.729A/B
    LAN connection :RJ-45 connector
    Ethernet I/F 10/100 Mbps
    POE power supply
    Dimensions 28 X 20 X 28cm
    Weight: 2.5kg
    Warranty 1 year

    Application:
    System Integrator
    Large Multinational Corporation
    Design firm
    more detail http://www.portech.com.tw
    Or contact me via e-mail

    Rebecca Liu
    PORTech Communications Inc.
    150 Shiang Shung N.Rd,Taichung,Taiwan
    Tel:+886-4-23058000
    http://www.portech.com.tw
    E-mail:rebecca@portech.com.tw
    http://www.portech.com.tw/download/PORTECH_dm.pdf --- PORTech Products list

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  • 10/26/17--12:18: VoIP Deals
  • Households and corporations alike are doing everything that they can to cut back on unnecessary expenses during this tough economic climate. One way to do so is to try out VoIP. It seems like cheap VoIP deals are being advertised all over the place, but what can you do to make sure you find the best deal available for your phone system in your home?

    Using a cheap VoIP service doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice quality with the calling features you enjoy. In fact, VoIP service offers great features and fast service with most service plans. Even the cheaper plans will give you a ton of bang for your buck!

    Finding the Cheapest VoIP Deals

    Local phone companies cannot compare or compete with the pricing that a VoIP provider can offer. They won't tell their customers this, but if you are paying for a "digital phone service" with the phone company, you are basically already receiving VoIP.

    The difference between receiving VoIP on your own and getting it through your local phone company is that they will not use your current internet connection in order to link into their own network. Instead, the phone company will come out to install a box onto the side of your home and charge you for it. Are you paying for digital phone service? If you are, you are missing out on having cheaper VoIP service from another company.

    By doing your own research and getting away from the phone company, you will see how easy it really is to save a lot of money by using a cheap VoIP service. We can easily help you find and compare local VoIP deals in your area by providing you with a place to research and compare features, prices and customer service ratings of multiple companies at a time.

    Doing your homework before you choose a VoIP plan is the best way to find the cheapest deal for yourself. You will want to know what type of features you need and want on your phone for your home or your business. You'll also need to figure out how much talk time you will need each month, so you aren't paying extra for minutes you won't be using.

    Remember, you'll want to make sure the VoIP provider actually services the area your home or business is located in, as some companies will only provide service to certain cities.

    We would also suggest checking your current internet connection first with our VoIP Speed Test. It is free and will show you whether or not VoIP service will work the way you need it to. With our Speed Test, you will quickly find out whether or not you have a fast enough internet connection for VoIP.

    Many VoIP service providers are so eager for your business that they will happily customize a plan just for you. All you need to do is give them a call on their customer service line and let them know exactly what you need. You may also score a great deal with a promotion they may be having that isn't mentioned on their webpage, so we always suggest getting in contact with VoIP providers that you would like to do business with.

    Purchasing Cheap VoIP Service for a Business

    Are you thinking about making the switch to a VoIP system for your business? This is the right place to start!

    Before you make your final decision you will want to learn about the different features and amenities that a VoIP service offers. We can help you save both time and money by providing you with the information you need, all in one convenient place online!

    Understanding VoIP Service

    VoIP uses either a cable connection or a broadband connection to route phone calls over the internet as digital data. You need to have internet service in order to use VoIP at your business. Other than that, you simply need compatible handsets in order to complete your offsite-hosted setup.

    The Many Advantages of a VoIP Phone System

    Both VoIP systems and PBX (private branch exchange) systems have become extremely popular for businesses of all shapes and sizes. That is because VoIP systems offer many advantages that will be great for your company.

    Value

    It won't matter what system you choose when you go with a VoIP system, as you will still pay a whole lot less for the features you want than you would if you would have chosen a traditional phone line service. You'll save the most on long distance calls, which can cost a lot when you have to make calls often to clients, employees, or other offices around the globe. Getting your VoIP system set up is also relatively low, as well. Most SIP-enabled handsets are inexpensive and also standardized, meaning you can change providers and still use the same hardware if you wish. ...

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  • 10/26/17--15:09: POTS
  • POTS Definition from Wikipedia

    • "Plain Old Telephone Service, or POTS, is a term which describes the voice-grade telephone service that remains the basic form of residential and small business service connection to the telephone network in most parts of the world. The name is a reflection of the telephone service still available after the advent of more advanced forms of telephony such as ISDN, mobile phones and VoIP. It has been available almost since the introduction of the public telephone system in the late 19th century, in a form mostly unchanged to the normal user despite the introduction of Touch-Tone dialing, electronic telephone exchanges and fiber-optic communication into the public switched telephone network (PSTN)."

    See Also



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  • 10/26/17--15:10: PSTN
  • PSTN Definition from Webopedia

    • "Short for Public Switched Telephone Network, which refers to the international telephone system based on copper wires carrying analog voice data. This is in contrast to newer telephone networks base on digital technologies, such as ISDN and FDDI. Telephone service carried by the PSTN is often called plain old telephone service (POTS)."


    See Also


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  • 10/26/17--15:11: Analog Telephone Information
  • Analog phones

    Many VOIP systems (e.g. Asterisk) support ordinary analog telephones. This page is a collection of information about analog phone technology

    Phone Circuits


    Door Phones

    This is now on the page Asterisk phone door.

    Rotary Dial to DTMF converters




    Phone Tools and Equipment




    History

    • Telephone Tribute extensive collection of historical and technical information on the telephone industry

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  • 10/26/17--15:11: Analog Telephone Adapters
  • Important notice to product manufactures, resellers and other people adding to this page

    • If you want to add your company's products, please read the Posting Guidelines for Promoting Products and Services
    • The lists shall be in alphabetical order; out-of-order entries will be removed with the presumption that they are intended as unethical marketing tricks.


    ALPHABETICAL ORDER PLEASE


    Analogue Terminal Adapters (ATAs)

    Please make sure you put entries into the correct category.
    This Wiki is frequently visited by newbies who have never before done anything with telephony. Entries in the wrong category can lead to confusion. So, please refrain from marketing tricks getting your product listed as many times as possible. If some newbie buys your stuff only to find out it doesn't work the way it was expected and it won't work with his hardware or operating system it can only do harm. Adapters with an ethernet port go into category "FXS to Ethernet". Adapters with a USB connector go into category "FXS to USB". Further, in order to maintain fairness between all vendors and manufacturers do not use boldface or larger font to make your entry stand out and use only a single line for each product. If you want to provide a description longer than a single line, create a new Wiki page for your entry and point the entry to that Wiki. For more information on how to create a new Wiki page see How to add information to this Wiki. If you're just rebranding some else's ATA, please post somewhere else. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

    Analogue Phone to Ethernet gateways (FXS only - for devices with FXO ports see: VoIP Gateways)

    The most common analogue terminal adapter is a device with at least one telephone jack (FXS port) used to connect a conventional telephone and an ethernet jack used to connect the adapter to the LAN. Using such an ATA it is possible to connect a conventional telephone to a remote VoIP server. The ATA communicates with the remote VoIP server using a VoIP protocol such as H.323, SIP, MGCP or IAX and encodes and decodes the voice signal using a voice codec such as ulaw, alaw, gsm, ILBC and others. Since ATAs communicate directly with a VoIP server, they do not require any software to be run on a personal computer, such as a softphone.

    • Allwin Tech SIP/H.323 dual protocols, 2/4/8 FXS ports with or without PSTN backup, NAT, Router, register up to 4 servers simultaneously
    • VoIP Supply Analog Gateways - Connect your legacy telephones and fax machines to your VoIP Phone System and connect your VoIP Phone System to the PSTN with an Analog VoIP Gateway.
    Choose from over 45 different Analog VoIP Gateway solutions at VoIP Supply. All of our VoIP Gateways carry a standard manufacturers warranty, are supported by our in-house team of VoIP Gateway experts and are compliant with most VoIP protocols and codecs.

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  • 10/26/17--15:12: Long Distance Phone Service
  • Long distance phone service refers to the calls made to non-local numbers, both domestic and international, through a specific long distance phone service provider. Usually, your plan with a phone company like AT&T refers primarily to your local domestic costs, and long distance and international costs will be charged to you separately.

    Long distance and international service are provided by both VoIP providers and traditional phone companies. Traditional phone companies depend on a system called the PSTN to transmit calls. The PSTN has been in place for as long as there have been phone calls. It is the original method for sending a call.

    PSTN and VoIP phone service: differences between long distance calls

    Traditional Long Distance Phone Calls

    The PSTN, the antique structure that traditional phone companies use, is based on a network of wires, cables, and satellites. It suffers from an aging infrastructure that can cause many problems in its functionality and efficiency. The equipment is frequently old, and the technology often outdated. As a result, the cost of sending a long distance call with a traditional phone company can be very high.

    The main difference between the PSTN and the VoIP system is that the PSTN is an analog system, while the VoIP system is digital. This means that the PSTN sends sound data as an electronic frequency, while a VoIP system sends sound data as a binary code.

    It’s difficult to send an electronic frequency for a long distance call without losing some of the quality of the data. This means that in the analog PSTN system, a call must stop several times before reaching its final location.

    In order to reach its long distance location, a call sent over the PSTN must follow a mapped-out course of intermediary stops at all of the most convenient hosts along the way that are linked into the PSTN. It is because of the need for all of these intermediary stops, and the need to maintain the aging infrastructure, that a long distance call made this way can be more expensive and less efficient.

    Before options like VoIP calling became available, many people were dependent on long distance service providers (you may remember 10-10-321 and 10-10-220 from the early 90s) to get the best prices on long distance calls. These companies were very popular because their services were relatively cheap after telecommunications were deregulated in 1996.

    These long distance phone services allowed users to use other long distance carriers besides their primary providers. As a result, though calling costs could be cheap, they were irregular and varied based on location. Services like these are still available, but are much less common because of changes in the telecommunications industry, primarily the shift away from standard providers towards cell phone providers.

    Today, services with these long distance phone service providers can be extremely high. Calls made with 10-10-321 cost $0.20/minute, and calls made with 10-10-220 cost $1.20 for the first ten minutes and $0.20/minute after that.

    VoIP Long Distance Phone Calls

    A long distance call sent with a VoIP service provider undertakes a much simpler process. A VoIP system in any home or business is composed primarily of an IP (Internet protocol) phone, VoIP phone service, and your Internet service. You can make a phone call with VoIP with any device connected to your Internet service.

    Through your Internet connection, you are linked to your VoIP service provider. Your service provider determines the route that will be the fastest for getting your call to its destination, and they send it along that route. This may mean that if you are in California and you are placing a call to New York, your service provider might have the option to send your call to New York through a route in New Jersey, or through a route in England. The service provider will evaluate both of these routes and determine which one is fastest, and depending on traffic and other factors, the route through England may actually be faster than the route through New Jersey.

    A VoIP service provider has this freedom with a long distance call because binary digital data is so easy and inexpensive to send. This is why VoIP providers charge minimal fees to send long distance calls: there is effectively no difference between sending a long distance call and a local call. And most of those extra fees are charged only for international calling.

    There is also very little infrastructure to maintain in VoIP. ...

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  • 10/26/17--15:15: VoIP vs Landline
  • The business environment workers see today is completely different compared to what it was just a few decades back. Progress in communications technology and advances in Internet development have support businesses and employees in a variety of ways to get work done.

    A major communications technology that the Internet transformed is telephone service. You often see people using either VoIP or landline telephone service, and deciding which one is right for you is important. Both carry significant differences.

    Picking the appropriate service for your business will decide on the quality and functionality of office communications, phone service expenses, and what kind of services your staff and clients can utilize.

    Compare VoIP Services Providers here.

    What Is A Landline?

    People are typically referring to the telephone service that uses a solid, twisted pair copper wire cable that plugs into a two or four pin jack found in most homes. This technology is solid, being invented in the late 19th century and still functioning as expected.

    Landline devices utilize an analog technology that sends signal via a physical switchbox to connect to another phone. Unfortunately, this analog technology carries a limit on features that certain service providers offer. The majority of networks offier basic features like call waiting, caller ID, voice mail, and call blacklisting, but that's it.

    To make matters worse, telephone wiring can often become a hassle and requires a lot of attention, taking up valuable physical space. It's hard to even look at some office closets containing telephone service wires; it can easily become a mess!

    Again, landlines are relatively stable and utilize a solid technology if connected correctly. Fortunately users of landline devices use physical wired connections, meaning their calls won't be interfered with or slowed down.

    What Is VoIP?

    VoIP is Voice Over Internet Protocol. Developed for the internet, many businesses use this communications technology for making and receiving conference calls utilizing the Internet.

    VoIP Simplicity

    One of the most important benefits of using VoIP is avoiding the aforementioned copper cable that can soon turn into a mess, especially at businesses. VoIP is used via the internet connection plugged into the computer or connected via a wireless network. Rather than relying on physical connection, your computer takes these signals and converts them digitally to be used on all sorts of devices.

    Finally, no more traditional landline phone closet mess.

    Everything is used over the Internet, making this communications technology almost completely virtual besides the equipment used to talk and receive audio. VoIP providers usually offer a variety of useful features that support businesses and employees to work efficiently and produce better results utilizing top notch communication.

    Reality for VoIP services are usually great, but you'll definitely want to have a speedy, stable Internet connection. Ensure your business is ready for making the switch to VoIP by testing the network or consulting a professional. Talk to your VoIP provider about bandwidth usage to get an idea of whether it would be suitable with your current ISP plan or not.

    VoIP vs. Landline

    Let's look at the differences between VoIP and landline technologies by dividing them into four sections: features, technology, reliability, and cost.

    Features

    Unfortunately, landline phones are restricted to just a few basic features, while VoIP providers offer a plethora of extra services due to being available on a modern platform. VoIP allows for a wide range of features like having a virtual assistant, voicemail-to-email, and automatic call forwarding.

    VoIP is pretty much the only way to have advanced communications technology, especially in businesses with multiple office locations. Mobile devices and the cloud can often function with VoIP, so you won't be restricted to landline physical gear.

    Technology

    Landlines use copper wire cable and this infrastructure will certainly be relevant for decades to come. However, it's important to understand that a legacy system such as this will no longer be updated by networks.

    VoIP's digital communication system is become the new business norm for communications. ...

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    When Google launched its own Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service, called Google Voice, in 2009, it was available through invitation only. The same was true with its Gmail service, and just like Gmail, Google Voice has since become available for everyone, free of charge. Google Voice allows people to get one phone number that they can use across all their devices. Whenever a caller dials the number, Google Voice rings every device that's synced to the service, unless the user has set up their account to prevent certain connected devices from ringing.

    This makes the service a simple way to consolidate phone numbers, as the user no longer needs to give out cell, home and office phone numbers. Not only does this make it easier for them, it makes it easier for anyone who needs to reach them and doesn't need to try multiple numbers. And there's no need to go through the hassle of switching phone numbers, either, because Google Voice lets users port in their current phone numbers, no matter their mobile service provider.

    There's no service fee for Google Voice, which offers free calling and texting to all the United States and Canada. International calling is also available for a low rate. At first glance, Google Voice looks like a great way to reduce phone expenses and avoid any costlier residential VoIP plans. The big question is whether Google Voice is reliable enough to work as a primary phone service. Even though it has many benefits, there are also some drawbacks to keep in mind, especially for those considering using Google Voice for all their telecommunication needs.

    Advantages


    1. Get One Number Across Every Phone and Never Miss Another Call

    Perhaps the most significant perk with Google Voice is that it allows the user to put all their devices under a single phone number. When the user registers for a Google Voice account, they get their Google Voice phone number. This also isn't just a completely random number, as the user gets some control in the process. They can select specific area codes, search for specific number combinations and select the number they want from a list of search results.

    Once the user has their Google Voice number, they can connect it to their cell phone, home phone, work phone and any other lines of theirs that they want. Calls to the number ring all the connected devices, and the user can make calls from any connected device with the caller ID displaying the Google Voice number. It's even possible to make calls from a computer using Google Voice.

    2. Integrate Communications

    The many people who are already using Google services will find it quick and easily to integrate Google Voice with their other services. By accessing Google Voice in a format that looks quite a bit like the Gmail inbox, the user can check and respond to texts, look up their call history, listen to voicemails, and receive and make video calls. This functionality is available online through a computer or with a smartphone app that's available on both Android and iOS devices. There may be other ways for users to text from their computers, but these require installing an application on the user's phone and connecting to it. Google Voice is the more reliable option because it allows online texting even if the phone is off.

    Google Voice has a transcription feature for voicemail messages that works for all messages left on calls to the Google Voice number. The recordings are also available. The transcription uses color indicators on the text to indicate the accuracy. Another helpful feature with Google Voice is the option to set different voicemail messages for specific callers.

    3. Google Voice Allows Number Porting

    Many users already have phone numbers that others know. It's inconvenient to update contact information with all those people and costly to print out business cards with a new phone number on them. That's not a problem with Google Voice, because it lets users port their current phone numbers over. If the user already obtained a Google Voice number and decides to port a phone number over, the number they port will simply take the place of the Google Voice number. After the porting occurs, any Google Voice numbers that the user has will be taken off the account within 90 days. During the porting process, there can be a dead zone for one or two days, which means the user might not get any messages or calls. There are also some other number porting limitations that are covered in detail in the disadvantages section of this guide.

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  • 10/27/17--09:41: Ooma Telo Reviews
  • Read an expert review, as well as user reviews about Ooma Telo phone service below. If you have experience with the Ooma device for residential VoIP, consider leaving your own review.

    Ooma Telo is an affordable Internet phone system that I just so happened to purchase earlier this year. It's been interesting using it and I'd love to share with others about what it's all about, how much it can save you, and why it's an excellent choice to buy for most people. Let's start with one thing at a time though.

    It was just last week when I noticed a small price increase on my most recent Internet & telephone bill, about $8 higher. I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so I contacted their customer service department. The rep told me it was due to an intro rate on my cable service and that was a prorated amount for the upcoming month.

    $8 isn't life changing, however, until I noticed it only covered a small portion of the month. To my shock, the bill rate increased $40 a month! Even though it was assumed that the $5 a month price was true, it turns out it was quite the opposite. Considering my phone usage is minimal and the features I received were extremely basic, I decided paying this much was just not worth it.

    Ooma Telo Review

    Before purchasing the Ooma, I decided it would be a good idea to ask around. The opinions on the Ooma Telo seemed generally positive. While there are a plethora of VoIP options out there, the prices, features, and quality are all different, but after doing my research I came to the conclusion that the Ooma was the way to go.

    Ooma Telo - How it Works

    Ooma is a telephone communications system that uses VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology and works by plugging into your network's modem. It can work with virtually any mobile device, and a plethora of features are available, such as Bluetooth, voicemail to text, and more. The features are endless, and even better - it's extremely affordable.

    You definitely need to keep one thing in mind, though: connection to a computer isn't necessary at all. You just need a high speed Internet connection provided by a reliable ISP. Believe it or not, several other VoIP providers require to you use your PC, which is an absolute pain. The Ooma Telo lets you communicate with just a stable, strong Internet connection and a mobile device.

    On Average, How Much Do People Save with Ooma?

    The creators of Ooma advertises itself as a free home phone option for the public. To take advantage of this offer, you'll need to buy the unit and pay necessary monthly taxes and maintenance fees. Other than that, you're all set. No monthly payments or unnecessary fees and increases will apply unless you opt for add-ons such as Ooma Premier. Staying within budget is a necessity, but it's worth looking into the extra tools and add-ons. Remember, you'll only pay taxes and regulatory fees for a regular Ooma Telo device.

    Based on a Telo monthly cost of a measly $4.77, the annual cost would be $57.24, only due to taxes and fees. Transferring my old number over as well as the cost of the unit will make the total $132.40, so the first year will run me around $230. That's one
    whole year for less than a mere six months of telephone service from most providers.

    Let's take a closer look at the total costs for an Ooma compared to my current carrier:

    One year of Ooma: $230
    Two years of Ooma: $288
    One year of current subscription: $480
    Two years of current subscription: $960

    Looking at that, my savings run up to $672 over the span of two years, and that's the bare minimum. I'm not even accounting for applicable taxes with my current subscription, so even if the tax rates are the save, the savings get a boost. I'd be looking at $785. No matter how you look at it, the switch is well worth it if you value your wallet.

    Ooma Helps Businesses Save

    While Ooma is great for individuals, businesses can also benefit significantly from using Ooma. The personal plan is suitable for individuals or owners of small business, but the Ooma business plans offer more features that make the extra money worth it. The Ooma business plan can be setup with a virtual assistant, the ability to add extensions, conferencing lines, hold music, virtual fax extension numbers, automatic call forwarding to another device, and many more valuable features.

    The support at Ooma is superb and setting up your new system should be an easy as pie task for anyone. To make things even better, keeping your old number is an option. Of course, getting a new one is completely up to you. ...

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