Does anyone have (or has anyone had) cable phone service? Cablevision is offering their Optimum Voice (optimumvoice.com) for what looks like about a third of what I'm paying each month for calling, and I was just looking for input or experience from others who've had it or know someone that does.
Originally posted by jfkfcDoes anyone have (or has anyone had) cable phone service? Cablevision is offering their Optimum Voice (optimumvoice.com) for what looks like about a third of what I'm paying each month for calling, and I was just looking for input or experience from others who've had it or know someone that does.
Thanks in advance.
I've been using Vonage for about 18 months now. It's basically invisible and you can call anywhere you want as much as you want for the flat rate.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
I've got it as part of a package deal _ cable, road runner and phone _ and I'm pretty happy with it. I tend to use my cell phone most of the time, but I do have unlimited long distance as part of the cable phone package, so I'm trying to use it more when I need to make long-distance calls before nights/weekends. It's really working out well now that I'm doing more and more freelance, so I don't have to worry about racking up a phone bill doing interviews.
The quality's pretty good; just about the same as a traditional phone. Every once in a while it'll get kind of fuzzy, but usually hanging up and redialing takes care of it.
I'd say go for it. I've been really happy with it and it's definitely saved me money over what I would have paid for a regular landline.
Cable phone service comes in two varieties. Some companies offer VOIP (Voice over IP) and some offer standard telephony services with the cable line as the transport. VOIP service is similar to what you get when you subscribe to Vonage. Standard telephony is what you have been buying from a baby bell for the last 20 years.
What you get differs from city to city within the same company. Cox Communications offers standard telephony in San Diego. This was an early roll out of telephone service by a cable company, and it is very high end. The system puts a device outside of your home which converts the signal from the cable line and provides power to run your phone in the event of a power outage. Time Warner, in the same city, only offered a VOIP service which did not work in a power outage and needed a special jack in your house to work.
Some systems have elaborate battery back up, some have a 9 volt battery. Make sure you ask about what kind of service you can expect in a power outage and how your 911 service will work. Also, ask if you can hook up a modem -- I know my TiVo says that it doesn't work on Vonage or VOIP, but I've read elsewhere on the net that it does.
We have Vonage in San Diego and I like it, but Lise doesn't like it that much. We were having problems with echo any time she called anyone, but recently it has cleared up so maybe it was a glitch.
If you choose Vonage, let me know before you sign up - I get a free month if you list me as a referral. I'd be happy to walk you through any questions you have about it in order to earn that free month.
One catch with Vonage - we can't port our number to it in Oregon, which is why we don't have it here. This is probably only an issue in a few areas (For example, we are still on 7 digit dialing here in the 503 on the coast where everywhere else in OR its 10 digit) but you may want to look into that before leaping. If you're in a city it looks like it isn't really a concern from what I've seen.
Reply here or PM me with any questions you have about either type of service.
I don't know if anyone is still interested in free web-based email accounts any longer, but I just activated my 2GB aim.com account, as offered through AOL instant messenger. The interface is not as nice as Gmail in my opinion.