Checkpoint: VOIP Edition

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It’s done. I moved my parents’ home phone to a VOIP service. Their number and voice quality were preserved but most importantly, their monthly phone bill was drastically reduced. It could cost as little as $3 per month!

Billing comes with two billing options:

  1. $0.99 per month for the number plus a “pay as you go” rate of
  1. Value rate: $0.0105 per minute for USA48 & 0.0052 per minute for Canada
  2. Premium rate: $0.0105 per minute for USA48 & Canada
  • $4.95 per month for the number which comes with 3500 minutes worth of talk time.
  • Do you want it cheap or really cheap? Domestically there shouldn’t be a difference in call quality with the Value or Premium rate. These two rate types determines how a call is routed. According to the FAQ: Premium rate ensures calls are “routed through established and renowned tier-1 carriers always delivering the same level of quality”.

    It’s nice to have options.

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    Checkpoint: Home Phone Edition

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    Phone numbers are an important piece of a person’s identity — especially the home phone number that’s been with a family for over 15 years.

    I tried to schedule a move of my parent’s home phone number from our current location to their new one for early next month. I submitted a request to Bell and they got back to me stating that they couldn’t do the move because the number doesn’t belong at the new location’s neighbourhood.

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