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Topic # 220169 29-Jul-2017 00:00
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Is there anyone here using the phone calling over RBI? I'm talking about the setup where you plug your phone into the RBI router and your phone calls are connected as 3G mobile phone calls (not VOIP).

 

I'm interested in your experiences wrt call quality etc.

 

 


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  Reply # 1833189 29-Jul-2017 08:56
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No problems here - although its not something I use much.

 

Better quality than via the copper I guess (no electric fence crackles)


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  Reply # 1833194 29-Jul-2017 09:04
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Generally should be an excellent experience. I have used it in the past and know others using it now and I recommend it.2talk works well on it as well.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1833213 29-Jul-2017 09:07
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My parents have the Spark version (home phone wireless) but its technically the same type of setup. They were very quick to say after we got it installed how much better the sound qual was, even calling them from a mobile you notice the jump in sound qual.


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  Reply # 1833269 29-Jul-2017 10:09
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Spark homephone wireless uses SIP rather than 3G. This means the quality will be completely identical to a regular landline.

If you're using 3G calling over VF it's identical to any other mobile call.

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  Reply # 1833270 29-Jul-2017 10:10
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We have it. Has always worked very well for us. A few small issues with phantom calls and calls not going through in the beginning, but no problems for a long time. Better than copper. Only downside is that it goes out when the Internet does but we now have a UPS to take care of that at our end.

 

 





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  Reply # 1833299 29-Jul-2017 10:55
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Also on Vodafone RBI, your connection drops to slow 3G during the call. It can sometimes cause the connection to become 3G sticky.




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  Reply # 1833308 29-Jul-2017 11:17
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coffeebaron: Also on Vodafone RBI, your connection drops to slow 3G during the call. It can sometimes cause the connection to become 3G sticky.

 

Good point. I forgot about that. It has only happened once or twice but a bigger issue is that I often loose the Internet connection on the wi-fi router in the lounge when the phone rings. I have never figured out why but it always comes right again and the main router isn't affected.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1833318 29-Jul-2017 11:51
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That could be 2.4GHz cordless phone interference too.




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  Reply # 1833326 29-Jul-2017 12:09
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Another good point I didn't think of. That does seem to fit the pattern.





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  Reply # 1833436 29-Jul-2017 17:09
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Vodafone site says:

 

You'll need to keep a landline phone connection if you use (or intend to use);

 

 

 

  • A medic alarm link through a phone line
  • Fixed line broadband or dial up
  • Fax
  • EFTPOS
  • A monitored building alarm through a phone line
  • The SKY remote to download SKY "pay per view" movies or games, or SKY betting. You can still order SKY "pay per view" movies or games by calling SKY TV
  • 3 way calling or audio conference features

What is the issue for medic alarms and the SKY pay per view bookings?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1833447 29-Jul-2017 17:32
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colinuu:

 

Vodafone site says:

 

You'll need to keep a landline phone connection if you use (or intend to use);

 

 

 

  • A medic alarm link through a phone line
  • Fixed line broadband or dial up
  • Fax
  • EFTPOS
  • A monitored building alarm through a phone line
  • The SKY remote to download SKY "pay per view" movies or games, or SKY betting. You can still order SKY "pay per view" movies or games by calling SKY TV
  • 3 way calling or audio conference features

What is the issue for medic alarms and the SKY pay per view bookings?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both are low speed data connections. Low speed data will not work over a mobile connection due to the compression used by the codecs.

 

 


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  Reply # 1833450 29-Jul-2017 17:42
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Anyone know why Vodafone went the 3G option for Voice when they have VoIP infrastructure? e.g UFB

 

There is no lag or quality issue on the Spark version


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  Reply # 1833526 29-Jul-2017 19:43
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DjShadow:

 

Anyone know why Vodafone went the 3G option for Voice when they have VoIP infrastructure? e.g UFB

 

There is no lag or quality issue on the Spark version

 

 

Vodafone's RBI offering has been around since the 3G days and many customers are still only using a 3G solution.

 

Spark's offering is 4G only.

 

Spark run a separate APN for voice to deliver quality of service but I've still seen the odd complaint about the quality of voice calls. Vodafone couldn't do this over 3G, and had to real need to as their was (and still is) a perfectly good circuit switched network to carry voice calls.

 

Ultimately I'd pick both Vodafone and Spark moving to VoLTE for voice when it's available.

 

 


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  Reply # 1833558 29-Jul-2017 21:04
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I bet Vodafone and Spark go VoLTE soon

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  Reply # 1833565 29-Jul-2017 21:26
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Sbiddle I believe the thought was for Spark to assign a seperate APN for voice, don't think that idea made it to fruition.

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