Diary of a switch to voip
Here is my diary of the switch from a Bell land line to voip (day numbers shown).
1: Purchased a Cisco SPA122 at a reasonable price, just missing a $10 off Boxing Week special.
2: Contracted for VoipMuch service
3: emailed the signed phone number port request form
8: Received VoipMuch user account information (porting will be in 7-14 working days)
8: Configured ATA with account settings. Outbound calls possible
15: Received confirmation of phone number porting on day 19
19: Phone number ported. Incoming calls over voip active. The service is working as expected.
19: Cancelled Bell phone service (they pushed hard to try to get me not to cancel). As has been stated many times, do not cancel your phone service before porting is complete.
I adjusted my Bell account on day 3, incorrectly dropping the $10 long distance package, thinking it was for oversea/US calling discounts. Unfortunately it was for Can/US long distance and in 5 days we ran up ~$70 in LD charges, an expensive mistake. Bell's rates are beyond outrageous!!!!
I chose the SPA122 over SPA112 or vendor offered ATA. The SPA122 is being used in SPA112 mode rather than native mode as the available LAN port eliminated the need for a gigabit switch in my communications box. This allows the connected wired device to communication with the other devices on the LAN or wireless, and wireless connection to the SPA122 login page.
The immediate benefits of this voip service are lower overall monthly rates (at least 50% lower than Bell's discounted package), email of any voicemail, use of a softphone on a PC when traveling when the ATA is turned off.