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D-Link 1402S

D-Link 1402s is not a router only. It is a four ports router and 2 ports VOIP adapter.
The price is dropped down from about $90 to $59.95 on sipphone. Some sites still tag it at $88.95.
Please be noted the D-Link 1402s is not a locked equipment. It is open. You can use it on any VOIP service.
There are some D-Link 1402s/L, locked one. Only works on Lingo Voice Service. Donot buy this one.


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Free call to USA and Canada

Skype announced that “Calling people on Skype is totally free. It’s also free to call landlines and mobiles within the US and Canada until the end of the year.”
So now, we can use skype to call anyone’s mobile or landline in the USA and Canada.
In the Terms of Service of Skype, it said:

Free Calls in the US and Canada: Until December 31st 2006, Skype is offering free SkypeOut calls from the US and Canada to US and Canadian mobile and landline telephone numbers. In return for offering this, Skype asks that You use the product sensibly and don’t abuse the free offer. Skype reminds You that it does not allow You to resell SkypeOut and that if Skype does see systematic or intentional misuse, it reserves the right to terminate your access to your Account immediately in accordance with clause 12.3 below.

I used skype for a long time, and the voice quality is always good, except you use the dial-up.

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Switch to VOIP

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) has become mainstream. The question today is not whether we should move forward.
It is how are we doing to do this.
Some companies have small offices around Canada and the US, and as far away as China and Russia. VoIP lets them connect to the headquarters easily and cheaply.
When more and more peoples and companies switch to the VOIP, the bigges problems is the network reliability.
For pure data, 10 seconds interrupt is acceptable, because they will re-send the not received data.
The Voip phone conversation will loss the connection and cannot establish it again after 10 seconds stop.

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VOIP war

When only small companies play the VOIP game, it is still very quiet in the telephone world.
Let’s predict in this scene. The big one, like Bell, or Telus join in this war, the whole environment is changing.
From the users’ side, they can subscribe service from the regular PSTN phone company online, and get the VOIP service without install any ATA equipment. They use their current phone set and current telephone line. Nothing changed in the client’s house.
Because the big one owns the physical telephone line from the switch center to the clients’ house, and all phone cable on the street. They can put the ATA into their center office. The users will not fell any changes except the price droping down and getting more features.
The phone number shall be same. Not like with the current small VOIP provider, the new user have to wait about four weeks to get the phone number back. It involves two companies.

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Argue between Shaw and VOIP SP

There are some conflict between Shaw Communications Inc. (I called it Shaw Cable) and VOIP service provider, like Vonage.
Today, I have noticed this article Vonage says Shaw breaching net neutrality at ITWorldCanada
As I mentioned before, the $10 services fee, which Shaw Cable charged for the VoIP phone QoS to make it faster, will let the VOIP SP anger. They said this is a VoIP tax.

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VOIP providers

I list following VOIP service providers, which I put into my research pool.
www.dialpad.com
www.teliax.com
www.freeworlddialup.com
www.sipbroker.com
www.ipkall.com
www.voiptalk.org
www.stanaphone.com
www.mutualphone.com
www.broadvoice.com
And also following service providers:

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Call for free to regular phones with VoIP using the Sipura SPA2002.

HOW-TO configure the SPA2002 with VoIPStunt for dummies.
First of all I would like to say thank you to this Guy Chris Järnåker. I don’t know who he is, but his post is very helpful to make the free call dream comes true.
Step 1 Picking a VoIP provider
Calling over the internet will not work if you don’t have a VoIP provider.
What is that? Well imagine this, your computer calls over the internet -to- a server somewhere -and- this server has a connection to the regular telephone network. The company that owns the server is the VoIP provider. They provide you with Voice over the Internet functionality.
Skype is such company, another one is Vonage, another one is Net2Phone. But then you have the smaller companies that try to beat themselves into the market, like VoIPBuster, by using “Call with us for free to landlines” deals. Simple business knowledge tell us that there is not such thing as “free” so what is this all about? Let me explain (my theory at least, the companies themselves won’t tell us, duh)
A company, lets call them AAA, starts providing free internet calls to fixed phones in many countries. To be able to use their service you need to buy credit worth of €10 / $12 and it will be valid for 4 months. People flock to that company with their great deal.
After six months AAA has enough users to start earning money so they remove the expensive free destinations like China and countries in Africa, and start charging below average rates (so you’ll still save money with them even though it’s not for free)
But now AAA will not get that many more new users as it’s not for free any more so then they start company BBB with the same initial deal as AAA. A new company, a new website, but using the same infrastructure as AAA. The old users of AAA are still satisfied and will probably stay but the new users rather go to BBB.
VoIPBuster is one of these companies (AAA), then came SIPDiscount, VoIPCheap.co.uk and last VoIPStunt.com
Compare their websites and you’ll see that they’re looking basically the same. To sign up doesn’t cost anything and you’re allowed to test out their service but the free calls are limited to 1 minute.
Go to www.VoIPStunt.com and sign up for an account. It won’t cost you anything as long as you’re testing.
By paying 10 bucks every four months you can call for free to a number of countries. And when the time comes that it’s not for free any more then you can still call for very very little money. Example from the Netherlands to USA: VoIPStunt currently for free, VoIPBuster (used to be for free) 1ct / min, Tele2 (regular phone) 5ct / min, KPN (state landline) 7ct / min.

VOIP Stunt Free call list: (current list on Feb.20, 2006)
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

To sign a account on VoipStunt is very easy. Download a softphone software from its site, install it in your computer. Create a new account when you first run this softphone.

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VOIP enhancement

Shaw Cable provide digital phone service in Vancouver city in 2006.
I got the information that they offer a new service to enhance your IP phone quality. This service is not shown publicly, even in their site. It can distinguish between data package and VOIP package. Then shaw give the VOIP package higher transfer priority. The IP phone conversation can get better quality almost without delay.
They charge $10 per month for it.

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