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The people running this fly-by-night outfit are probably from the Dominican Republic too "Off-Shore"

Anything like this that wants a lump-sum payment up front, for a whole year, is dangerous to deal with. If they go under all of a sudden, and this is very possible with these kinds of operations, you might lose the $60 OK no big deal.. however if you port your number to them you might have a hard time getting your number back and moved to a new provider. So always take that into consideration... like they say "You get what you pay!"
 

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Talkit.ca works good for me

I have recently made the switch to Talkit by taking advantage of the WagJag offer. In reading several other posts, I took the advice to use the Talkit system with the provided number for at least a couple weeks prior to porting my POTS landline number (the goal was to stop paying B...hell). I am using this with DSL internet at 5Mbps down and 0.5Mbps up speed, with a Netgear WNR3500L router flashed with the latest Tomato by Toastman firmware. So the setup is DSL modem (bridged) - router (PPPoE) - Talkit device (Grandstream HT286). I experienced some initial problems with quality with symptoms of "one-way" conversations (only one person could talk at a time, with other cutting out), and at times simply dropping out the phone call. I decided to do some research on the problem and found that VOIP ATA devices (eg. Talkit box) must have dedicated bandwidth to function properly and issues are usually resolved by enabling the "Quality of Service" (QoS) feature available on some routers. As a side, I must say that Tomato's QoS (especially with the Toastman version I'm using) feature is amazing and does not appear to compromise my surfing bandwidth at all (though I realize technically it does). I began by configuring my router to assign the Talkit device a static IP (can be configured on the Talkit box, though I recommend NOT doing this as re-connection is a big issue on power resets), then prioritized traffic to that IP in the QoS settings. I also added entries in the QoS settings to prioritize traffic on typical VOIP ports, namely UDP/TCP 5060-5070 and UDP/TCP 10000-20000 (a little too much leeway here, but I wanted to make sure it would work and I will narrow this as I gain experience on what the device uses). Since applying these settings, I can honestly say I have not had any problems with the Talkit device, and proceeded with the porting of my regular POTS landline number. I requested porting Monday of last week, and received an e-mail last night (Tuesday - 8 days later) saying the porting would be completed today. True to their word, my POTS line was down when I woke up this morning and the porting was completed by 1pm (I recommend planning on doing without a phone for a day if you intend to port a number with Talkit). This was well within the company's stated two-week time period, and I am very pleased with the service.

Obviously, incorporating a money-saving VOIP system into a household is not for the faint-of-heart and will require some effort and investigation to make it work properly. My system is working fantastic and I encourage the technically-oriented individual to take advantage of this great service.
 

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New Talkit Subscriber

I signed up for the Talkit VOIP service throught their Talkit.ca website. There is a Holiday special for $99 that includes the ATA device.

Received the VOIP device in 2 days. The setup was straightforward.

1. Registered online, entered the MAC Address, selected area code desired and was given the phone number.
2. Connected the device to my home network and my touch tone phone. Restarted my ethernet router - then started using the VOIP phone.

The quality and voice response are just like the Bell line or the Voip phones at the office. Its nice to get the added functionality like caller id, etc...

One disappointment is I cannot change the outgoing name display. It shows the phone number. After calls with tech support and sales, I was told that this service is not supported.

Other than this, the quality is good. I will be cancelling my BELL land line...
 

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Talk-it

Its very interesting that some posters think it's a good service when in fact in my opinion its a no go.

I wonder if good reviews actually come from customers?
 

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Yeah both Smitten8r and ATMprovider joined this forum just to make the one and only post on here to say how great this phone service is... after I warned not to deal with off-shore companies.... SHILL :rolleyes:

A shill, plant or stooge is a person who helps a person or organization without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with that person or organization. Shill typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) that he or she is secretly working for.

Shilling is illegal in many circumstances and in many jurisdictions
 

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talkit-VOP

I went that far to sign up for this forum because the above phone provider pissed me off.
It happened second time.. on Saturday morning my phone line was blocked.
My yearly membership expired and I forgot to renew it. They sent me a message to renew it to my old unused E-mail.
Ok.. my fault for forgetting but why they blocked my line and disable online access where I was going to pay that bill?
Also their costumer service never even tried to call me or leave message.
By the way the quality of line was always poor.. scratchy sounds and their voice message guide voice sounds like is on drugs.
The only reason I was using them for 2 years because I could connect their modem directly to router without using computer.
...but just in time MAGIC JACK is offering their new improvement so I can use it without computer also.
 

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Apologetic rookie

Sorry for spending time to share my experience with you and try to help others to overcome potential obstacles with VOIP.
Sorry for trying to learn this forum stuff (I admit it, I'm a total "NOOB") and for my "rookie" status.
Sorry for not having subscribed to this thread to follow other posts and respond more quickly.

For what it's worth, I have no affiliation with Talkit.ca and stumbled upon this company while looking for VOIP options. The reason I chose Talkit.ca was for the phone number porting option and that I found a cheap deal on WagJag. Had I known that this was an off-shore company at the time I may have decided on a different service provider, though I'm certain we're all guilty of households full of off-shore product and services (I do try to buy Canadian, US... where possible). It has been a few months since switching to Talk.ca and it's still working okay for us, though we had to resolve some problems with their voicemail service (not an option to turn it off, so we had it set to answer on the maximum 10 rings). I would encourage anyone "technically-oriented" to look into VOIP services as there are some real savings to be made, and will suggest other service providers such as VOIP.ms or even Vonage for those not as technical.

I hope my future posts are more postively received. I will be contributing in the OTA forums as I have just recently purchased a Channel Master 4228HD (I tried to find one made on this continent but sadly I admit this is made in China) and am pulling in some good signals in Aurora, ON. I encourage others to check out the OTA forums as lots of people (Veterans and rookies alike) have some great ideas to contribute.
 

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Just wanted to give my experience with Talkit. I ported my number over in November 2011 and this took about 10 days or so. The temporary number worked after spending 1/2 hour with support in Dominican Republic - the Grandstream device was shipped without the updated settings so had to change some settings using the web access but the support person walked me through this.
Yeserday I had the first ever outage with TalkIt but managed to figure it out myself. Somehow the Grandstream device had switched itself over to static IP address which was completely different to the ranges assigned by my router. Easy fix using the *** - 01 - 9 option, then a reboot and voila. The only reason I did this myself was that tech support is only available on week days and not at the weekend - a big downside if you are not tech savvy. In Talkit's defence they did send an email the same day of the outage with very clear instuctions to fix the problem by logging into your account and clicking on a "fix now" button, but I had already fixed this before I received the email.
Other than this evrything working fine for the last 4-5 months with excellent call quality and no drop outs or disconnections. So happy I terminated Bell who now keep sending me letters in the mails saying basically "we miss you, we are always here, love to see you back" etc. Fat chance of that happening.
 

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Stay away from Talkit

In the end of September I signed up on Talkit.ca. I received the device in under two weeks and my home phone number was ported over shortly after.

I was unable to make any outgoing phone calls, only receive calls. I contacted customer support two or three times at which time I was sent a new device and had to pay to have the non-working device sent back. This process again took about two weeks.

Again the new device did not allow me to make phone calls. After calling talkit tech support every weekday night for two weeks (no support on weekends), I was told I needed to purchase a static IP address from my service provider (Xplorenet).

I felt the extra cost of purchasing a static IP address would not be worth the money for this phone so I tried to cancel my account. I was informed that I could not cancel since my 30 money back gaurentee period had expired. My arguement was that I should not have begun my trial period since I still do not have a working device yet. I would have never ordered the product if I had been told I need a static IP and I would have canceled my account the first time I talked to tech support if they would have told me. Instead they tell me this 2 monthes later. Sorry you'll have to wait out the remaining 10 months to cancel.
 

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ive heard exlporernet has many issues with voip providers due to the low upload that explorenet offers is below the minimum requirements of many voip sistems
 

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Xplornet (I think that's how they spell it?) is satellite and I think the bigger issue is high ping times. In some situations I guess traditional landline might be a better option.
 

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A fast and dependable internet connection is definitely necessary for any VOIP service. I'm using an ADSL internet connection with 18 MB down and 0.8 MB up, with 19 ms ping. Fairly decent speeds, though I still have to configure QoS on my router to ensure dependable two-way phone service (see my earlier post for details). I just renewed my TalkIT service for the third year running and it's still working great.

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...I still have to configure QoS on my router to ensure dependable two-way phone service
And what is it you do (internet wise) on your home network that 18/1 pipes do not allow good VoIP without QoS?
What router? What firmware? How many lines sumultaniously? G.711 is just 64Kbps. G.729 is half as much...

These revelations smell fishy to say the least...
 

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...but just in time MAGIC JACK is offering their new improvement so I can use it without computer also.
MagicJack Plus - the one that does NOT need a PC to run - is around for two years.
There was no need to use Talkit ( that you dont even name!) other than to want to get pissed!

Another shill? Learned to use copy/paste? When will MagicJack recruit somebody with at least half a brain...
 

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I'm using a Netgear WNR3500L with Toastman's Tomato firmware. Before implementing the quality of service settings, the phone quality wasn't very good and would only allow "one-way" communication. If anyone has a suggestion on how to otherwise configure it to work I'd gladly welcome it, though everything I've read on VOIP suggests you have to use QoS.


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...everything I've read on VOIP suggests you have to use QoS.
QoS prioritizes VoIP traffic inside your house!
Meaning, if you are running a torrent (watch Netflix, play online game, etc.) that is consuming all the bandwidth
and decide to place a VoIP call, the other traffic will be slowed down and priority will be given to your call.

It does nothing outside your premises!

VoIP providers would like you to believe it is your network at fault while in reality it is theirs 99% of the time.
I guess your case is the 1% remaining...
 

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You're absolutely right when it comes to the blame game from the VOIP service providers, as I had to figure this out for myself and received no help from the provider. What I have experienced is this:
QoS on - phone works very well.
QoS off - phone does not work very well.

Good point about slowing down other network traffic during a phone call, though the low bandwidth of the VOIP doesn't seem to affect this too badly.

It's still a great way to save money, but for those not technically-minded or not wanting to deal with some hassle, it's probably best to go with the old reliable POTS phone line.
 

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Have been using Talkit since November 2011 with maybe only 3 outages which were basically fixed with a reboot. Do not use any QoS on the router. ISP is Start.ca over my Cogeco cable connection. Would always recommend Talkit and Start.
 
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