I wanted to test the quality of using a VOIP adapter with Google Voice (GV). It is excellent. The latency is not noticeable, compared with a 1s-2s potential delay if you are using a soft-phone. You can also send and receive faxes!
Overall, I think with a little effort, you can drop your phone services bill to \$5/month, with no loss in service or quality.
Simple (but technical) steps to reduce/remove your telephone service:
- Set up a Google Voice account.
- Set up a pbxes.org account. You will have your own Asterisk PBX in the cloud for \$5/month. You need to have a paid account to get access to GV You'll have to look in the forums for details on how to set up your GV trunk, set up your inbound/outbound paths. Email me if I should document the steps:)
- Buy a VOIP Adapter. I got the HT286 from Telephony Depot for \$25
- Plug in the adapter in your home network (ethernet/wired connection is needed). Figure out its IP address (look on your router for DHCP leases, and find the newest entry) and configure it.
- Call *43 to echo test the line.
- Call a friend. Have a friend call you. It's all good!
Reasons (GV limitations) to go with voip.ms instead of steps 1 and 2 above:
- 1 hour max call length?
- E911 Support.
- Number portability