Moving to Condo downtown and looking for VoIP choices?
See Sunrocket advertised but doesn't seem available there.
Any suggestions or sites to view?
2006-08-06, 06:23 PM
"Sunrocket only has service in the US I think"
2007-06-13, 10:48 AM
I'm about to move back to Toronto after living overseas for a year. When we left last year, we had Rogers Cable, 2 Bell lines, Bell IDSL, and a couple of mobiles (with Rogers). I know that doesn't make a lot of sense, but that setup grew from just one Bell line over a number of years, & we never took a step back to realize we could do way better than that! From reading a lot of posts here, I'm thinking that we should go with cable broadband + voip, a couple of mobiles and no land line. It seems that it's not necessary to pay the inflated rates charged by Rogers, Primus, Vonage etc. I like the looks of les.net - they seem to be a small company, their founder is on the board of CAVP (is this a good recommendation?) and they get good reviews here http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=53156. Their rates are also great: $8.88/month for a DID with free incoming calls, plus 1.5 cents a minute for outgoing calls in North America. (We'd use Skype for overseas calls). One issue, however, is the fact that their servers are in Winnipeg, which might slow things down a bit. Does anyone in the Toronto area have experience with this company or with a similar reliable Toronto area provider of no-frills service?
2007-06-25, 10:02 AM
Sort of in the same situation as you (except I am overseas)..for Toronto area calls you have these choices:
unlimitel (probably the most solid network, but no caller ID with name, just number) you can do voip a la carte or their unlimited residential (though a bit expensive)
Atlasvoice 14.99 unlimited local calling
I'd suggest you go with dsl if you are going with voip as it has a more reliable connection, as cable varies during peak usage times.
2007-06-25, 10:29 AM
Good choice for local service in Toronto:
Unlimitel (have a voip a la carte service, but incoming and outgoing are 1.1cents/min, but you can get the unlimited residential plan for about $21 after taxes) - good solid quality network, but no caller ID name and expensive for unlimited!
Atlasvoice - 14.99 for unlimited local calling - good network, but some occasional hiccups but have caller ID with name
voicenetwork.ca - have a sale right now on 647 numbers (only $1/month, unlimited incoming, but mimium volume of about 500 mins/month - otherwise it's 5.95/month)
Vbuzzer - not as good as the others, but the lowest price - About $4/month for unlimited Toronto incoming/outgoing.
2008-08-04, 10:00 PM
redshift - I am new to VOIP world. I am in Toronto downtown. How would you compare BabyTel against Atlasvoice.
2008-08-05, 06:41 PM
If you check with a company called ClearSwitch Network, they have servers in Montreal and New York which connect smoothly. They are a pay-as-you-go service utilizing Paypal for payment. I use G.711u codec and Linksys ATA's/IP Phones with them and the sound quality is amazing.
- DID's $4.50/mth
includes Caller ID Number
includes Caller ID Name
includes Visual Call waiting
includes Enhanced Voicemail
includes Voicemail to Email
- 0.02/min outgoing CAN/US Calling
- 0.016/min Incoming Calling
2008-08-05, 09:23 PM
Les.net is working for me since last fall. In fact so well that I just finished porting my landline DID to them. The one issue you need to deal with is your Caller ID setting. If you need to call any Ontario government services via 1-800, then your CID MUST be in Ontario. I successfully used both Les.net and voicenetwork.ca once I figured the CID settings out (at first I thought it was due to the servers being in Manitoba but it was configuration on my part). I will keep VoiceNetwork as a secondary Trunk for outgoing calls.
Savings: > $35 per month.
I went beyond just an ATA, I built a PBX using PBX In A Flash, gives you more features such as Callback (great if you have unlimited incoming on your cell), and DISA which lets me call Europe at $0.2 or $0.25 per minute from any other phone, local control over voice mail, etc.
My ISP is Rogers, no bandwidth issues although to be sure I use gsm/ulaw, not the higher bandwidth codecs. Quality is fine as far as I can tell.
Overall you want to be sure that the servers are in Canada, not the US or elsewhere. This way the privacy rules governing the service and your data/usage etc are under Canadian laws.
2008-08-26, 12:19 AM
CallWithUs offers Canadian DIDs for $4.5 (if you catch the deal) with 3000 incoming minutes included.