Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
$21.32 to start off the New Year with.
That's not all. If you add voicemail (premium service holds 40 messages at once...$7.00), call waiting (1.50), call forwarding ($1.50), three way calling ($2.50), do not disturb ($2.00), speed calling 8 list ($1.50), speed calling 30 list ($3.00), call screening ($3.00), selective call acceptance ($3.00), and unidentified call rejection ($3.50). You get the picture! When you are faced with these choices what else is a person to do? Sure you get a discount of .50 a month per feature if you order 3 or more...and more than likely not all phone companies charge these rates on all of these features. I think it's obvious why more and more people are making the switch to pc based calling don't you?!
If you want to check out our old phone company rates for their dsl and feature prices click here.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
My final blog post...for 2005!
I'm glad I made the switch. That pretty much summarizes my decision to switch from our telephone company to voip/skype. It's just cool. I like explaining to people the way we did it and what we did. I get alot of blank looks on some faces. Not a whole lot of people around here know too much about computers and what the heck a voip or a skype is exactly!!! Explaining the whole move to internet telephony and how much we save every year comes out I'm sure like I'm talking about Amway, politics, or religion. I get excited when I talk about it. Then I tell them I don't work for Skype. Could have fooled us!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
That's right! I want this phone. We will be upgrading our Ipevo Touch-1 usb phone for the Linksys Skype Phone shown here. I've read a good review here and I decided to get it early January.
I will be posting an audio blog entry for the call quality so you can judge for yourself.
I am looking for anybody who has some experience with this phone if you could drop me a line or an email to let me know how you like your phone.
By the way...my girls love the new phone line.
Check out Skype
This is just one more example of how we dodged the local telephone company here. Before we got Skype, we were going to get a second line anyway and I get more Cool Dad points.
Check out Skype
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
$31.81 and something new I tried with Skype.
I went over to Mom's house and tuned up her pc. She has skype so I logged out and logged in with my username and password. Well a few seconds later I was able to listen to my messages and I was able to make some skypeout calls from Mom's computer. That was so cool. I was able to let my calls follow me and check my voicemail from her computer. I was getting some calls too and she was impressed by the whole thing.
I know now that if I ever move so does my skype. I can keep it no matter where I am. Nice that skype is!
Take care until next time.
Check out Skype
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
The holidays are here...does this mean decreased call quality?
With lots of people calling and arranging get togethers during this season we could see some latency in overall traffic quality. This is only a theory and does not represent any form of scientific fact that call quality will in fact be deminished due to increased internet traffic. This is just a theory of mine so if you have anything you would like to add please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Receive calls from old-fashioned telephones on your computer with a SkypeIn number. And we’ll throw in voicemail for free.www.skype.com
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thank You and I give you an opinion.
I know their are some smarter folks out there with better ideas and maybe some better services that may provide them with better call quality. That's not what this blog is about though. It's really about all of the choices that were available to us in our remote area of the world and our ability to take back control over what we pay for and use. Skype was my choice and I'm glad I made that choice. That's what this blog is all about. Our life with VoIP/Skype...so far so good.
Not everyone will be able to make that switch to an internet only telephone system (VoIP) and drop their local telephone companies. The reasons are many as to why this is not possible for everyone in the world. Our situation did allow us to make the switch and again...I'm glad I did.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The call quality has been good with skype. However, I have had to rid my system of some spyware that was bogging down my connection lately witch I do feel have had an effect on some of the calls. This spyware stuff will not leave us alone. I have different scanners that pick something up here and something up there. It looks like are things are good for now.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Anyone need the driver for the Ipevo Touch-1 USB Phone I have it.
Here is skype's security page.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Version: 188.8.131.52. Release date: October 25, 2005. That's for the Mac OS X version.
The wife talks to her Mom and relatives as well.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Glitch with Ipevo driver
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Skype phone installed
As soon as I get the digital camera I'll take some pics of the packaging and actual phone.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Phones come in today
Thursday, October 20, 2005
A 47:37 Minute long distance call for only $1.005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
All that's left is to get those skype phones in and that should happen by Friday. Here is our official average internet speed -- 8211 kbps download and 712 kbps upload. I picked the Atlanta server location to check since that was closer to me.
We also boosted up the Skype credits to hedge against any unforeseen circumstances as far as the budget is concerned. Our new balance is $48.31 as of this post.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Our phones are not here yet so...I am not able to give an audio clip so you can judge the sound quality.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Our download speed increases today
Skype audio post a no go!
Sunday, October 16, 2005
COMING SOON! A genuine Skype audio post.
Our first Skype phone
Here's a looky look at our first skype phone. We ordered two. One for the computer upstairs and one for the one downstairs. I'll be posting some pics of the packaging once we get them in on Wednesday. Right now everybody feels kind of strange sitting in front of the computer just talking into thin air.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Here are the cost comparisons.
Current: Approximately $110 a month for a landline and DSL package. That's with the top speed DSL package that they offer which is approximately 3megs download. Pretty fast! Add Taxes, and Long distance is .10 a minute. Average per year $1320.00
VOIP: Comcast broadband service which is 6megs download and comes to $210 for 1st 6 months then $324 for the remaining year. The initial Skype setup was $22 + $10 a month for Skypeout minutes at .0232 cents a minute for outgoing and incoming calls. All of those services add to approximately $676 average per year.
Now, VOIP service ends up winning here. With a savings of around $644 per year.
With Skypeout WE WILL NOT have the ability to make 911 calls. I don't know if they will be inlcuding that in the future releases or not. Skype does make it clear that you cannot call 911 with the Skypeout service. In the meantime we will be using our cellphones to dial 911 if we have to.
Another point here. When the power goes out Skype will be unavailable. Our cordless phones that we have now will not work when the power goes out either.
Our current balance for Skypeout is $12.01. I will be letting you know when and how often we will be refilling our "credits" as they are called on the website.This will allow us to make an accurate cost comparison between how much we use the telephone on average in a year.
Lets get it started shall we...
1. We have Comcast broadband service that includes the 6meg downloads package. Pretty fast for our area of the country. Currently the special price for Comcast subscribers: $24 a month for 6 months afterwards it goes up to $44 a month. No contracts or setup fees. It took two days to install everything and set us up.
2. A PC that's downstairs that's hooked up to the broadband connection with a Linksys router for the upstairs computer. Standard stuff you will find in a PC selling at Wal-mart. Nothing too fancy by today's standards.
3. After looking around on the web for some voip providers we/I decided to get us on the Skype service. If you want to check them out you can here... http://www.skype.com .I downloaded the software which took about 15 minutes to set up with a user account and purchase a LOCAL telephone number and some additional credits to get started. With everything together it cost us $22 to get going with Skype. I had to find a local number so that our friends and family would not be charged for the long distance.
4. Sitting in front of the computer talking into a microphone doesn't feel like the traditional way to talk on the phone so I decided to order 2 USB phones that are designed to be used with the Skype service. That was around $45 with shipping and handling via FedEx 3 day. You can check them out right here... http://www.ipevo.com/ .
So that's about it for the hardware/software part of the operation.
We have made a couple of calls to each other after all of the setup. My wife says she doesn't like the echo and sitting in front of the computer to talk. But we have agreed on one thing...It is good sound quality on both ends. I'm a little bit more optimistic about the whole thing than she is right now and the usb phones are on the way.
We will officially cut off our service with the local telephone company at the end of this month. Starting November 2005 it will be all voip for us.