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woody99

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#11406 21-Jan-2007 14:53
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What does it cost someone to call me?  I am in Pukekohe, so what, for example, would it cost a person to call me from Wellington? 

I also note that some of the hardware supports VFX only and states you cannot use other VOIP services which I guess means Skype.   Are there any work-arounds for this?  Or should I simply revert to using a headset with Skype.

Cheers

Woody


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  #58446 21-Jan-2007 17:09
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woody99:

What does it cost someone to call me?  I am in Pukekohe, so what, for example, would it cost a person to call me from Wellington? 


You get assigned a local number for where you will use VFX - so Pukekohe for you. Anyone calling you would pay the same as if calling any other Pukekohe landline. Therefore, someone calling you (from landline) in Pukekohe free calling area - call would be free. Outside Pukekohe (e.g. Wellington), the caller would pay their applicable toll charge for calling a landline in Pukekohe. The exception to this is, if the caller is also using VFX, then the call would also be free.

woody99:
I also note that some of the hardware supports VFX only and states you cannot use other VOIP services which I guess means Skype.   Are there any work-arounds for this?  Or should I simply revert to using a headset with Skype.


Yes you do need VFX approved hardware, e.g. Linksys PAP2T. But no, it doesn't mean you can't use other VOIP providers. Most of the hardware choices can have 2 VOIP lines, so you can configure the second line to whatever you like - but with a slight catch. VFX will lock out the admin config options, so you need to let Xnet / World Exchange know you are wanting to use the 2nd line & configure this first. Also, another point to note with Skype, if you mean you are using a hardware setup for Skype, then this will be different hardware anyway and shouldn't affect VFX.





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  #58452 21-Jan-2007 18:21
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Thanks Coffeebaron.   To clarify, I already have a VOIP hardware gateway that is connected to my cordless.   Similar to the PAP2T but obviously not configurable for VFX.   If the PAP2T has 2 VOIP lines, I could probably utilise the second for Skype.

Thanks for your help!
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  #58453 21-Jan-2007 18:39
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I think Skype use their own proprietary VOIP protocols that are different to SIP. Skype specific hardware (that plugs into router) I believe would only be compatible with Skype & regular SIP VOIP hardware would not be. The way around this would be a dual mode Skype / Analogue phone. These plug into the router for Skype calls and into a regular phoneline for landline calls. You would then plug this into router (for Skype) and instead of the phoneline plug into the PAP2T.

Maybe someone else could enlighten us more on Skype over SIP hardware.




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  #58455 21-Jan-2007 19:37
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Skype and SIP are completely different and there is no common handware that does both.

Skype is a closed proprietory protocol that is only available using the Skype software or a hardware adapter that is compatible with Skype.

SIP on the other hand is an openly available protocol so any hardware manufacturer can manufacture a SIP compatible device.

You can't use a SIP phone with Skype and can't use a Skype phone with SIP. The only exception to this rule is to run a Skype phone such as the dualphone through a PAP2 so the analogue extension can use a SIP provider programmed into the PAP2 and you'll be able to use Skype as well.

Skype and VFX aren't really competing products in NZ - Skype is still primarily useful for contacting other Skype users as the SkypeOut service seems to give pretty average call quality to NZ and there are no incoming SkypeIn DDI numbers available for NZ.






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  #58473 22-Jan-2007 06:20
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woody99:

What does it cost someone to call me?  I am in Pukekohe, so what, for example, would it cost a person to call me from Wellington? 

I also note that some of the hardware supports VFX only and states you cannot use other VOIP services which I guess means Skype.   Are there any work-arounds for this?  Or should I simply revert to using a headset with Skype.

Cheers

Woody



Woody, this actually depends on who the Caller is using to dial you, ie Vodafone, Telecom , Telstra/ Clear etc, they will all have a rate for Wellington to Auckland
, however if the caller was a VFX customer then calls are free betweeen all VFX users,

As for Skype Steve covered this so I won't add my 2 cents on that one




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  #58517 22-Jan-2007 21:17
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Thanks everyone for your input.  A new box it is, and back to a headset for Skype.  Cheers.

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woody99: Thanks everyone for your input. A new box it is, and back to a headset for Skype. Cheers.


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