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Topic # 224246 9-Nov-2017 11:02
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I need to buy a new landline handset for home, and figured it was a good time to consider a move to voip. Looking for guidance, suggestions etc

 

 

 

A friend is with wxc and suggested they were ok for service and pricing 

 

I was looking at the grandstream  DP750 / DP720 combo for gateway / handset.

 

I dont make a lot of calls, just looking to move away from my fixed line (it is problematic)

 

 

 

Thanks in advance,

 

dave

 

 


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  Reply # 1898177 9-Nov-2017 11:09
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I have been using 2Talk.co.nz for several years. No problems and reasonable pricing and support.





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  Reply # 1898196 9-Nov-2017 11:42
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robfish:

 

I have been using 2Talk.co.nz for several years. No problems and reasonable pricing and support.

 

 

+1 for 2talk - we use for business and I use for home.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1898197 9-Nov-2017 11:44
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2talk works and is reliable.





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  Reply # 1898225 9-Nov-2017 12:15
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+1 for 2talk.

 

 

 

Beware that, depending on your modem and connection, VoIP may not be available. That's certainly the case for Spark's HG659b modem and VDSL.

 

 


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  Reply # 1898227 9-Nov-2017 12:15
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Yes 2Talk is good option at that entry level home connection




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  Reply # 1898272 9-Nov-2017 12:41
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frankv:

 

+1 for 2talk.

 

 

 

Beware that, depending on your modem and connection, VoIP may not be available. That's certainly the case for Spark's HG659b modem and VDSL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How come voip wont be available? Surely with an external gateway like the DL750 it's just an IP connection - am I missing a bit?

 

The data plan I'm on states voip is not available - but I assumed this was because the modem they provide doesn't have a "phone" port - but I cant see how the can stop you using a third party device / provider. 

 

Humm

 

 


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  Reply # 1898283 9-Nov-2017 12:51
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The 659 has an in-built capability to handle a VoIP account - all you needed to do was configure 2talk on the the modem/router itself and plug a normal phone into it.

 

It didn't work if you had VDSL though. ADSL and Fibre were ok. Huawei did get involved and I'm not 100% sure this is still a problem.

 

Even if you have this modem on VDSL, you could still get an ATA or a VoIP phone and use that as opposed to the in-built functionality.


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  Reply # 1898443 9-Nov-2017 17:31
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Port your number to 2talk man. Forget Spark and their BS closed VoIP platform (and ditto VF or anyone else who won't provide the basic tuple of SIP server address, login & password).

 

Buy your internet as a raw naked data connection, whether it's DSL, 4G or fibre. Keep your telephony services separate. Avoid those bundles! Split your services across whichever range of providers you choose, and at your leisure you can vote with your feet if they don't play ball.

 

Freedom is the name of the game - don't follow the sheep and lock yourself in!

 

Port your existing numbers, access them via whatever methodology you like and profit :)

 

PS - WXC are fine too; port your numbers to their VFX service and you'll be just as happy grasshopper!


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  Reply # 1898811 10-Nov-2017 11:31
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davecla:

 

frankv:

 

+1 for 2talk.

 

 

 

Beware that, depending on your modem and connection, VoIP may not be available. That's certainly the case for Spark's HG659b modem and VDSL.

 

 

How come voip wont be available? Surely with an external gateway like the DL750 it's just an IP connection - am I missing a bit?

 

 

What can I say? That's my experience with that modem. I suspect it's some kind of Spark thing. I'm with Orcon now, but VoIP still isn't available with this modem with VDSL. If I went back to ADSL, it would be. If I could connect to fibre, it would be available. Just the combination of HG659b and VDSL precludes VoIP. :(

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1898895 10-Nov-2017 12:59
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I use 2Talk with a Grandstream DP715 (probably eol now). It took a bit of fiddling when I set it up a few years ago but has just worked ever since.

 

I also use the 2talk soft client on my desktop with a headset if I'm making a long call or want hands free. Also use the android client occasionally if I'm away from home. 

 

Make sure you enable onenumber if you are using multiple devices/clients.

 

I very seldom use a landline, mostly just got it so that I can have a number that is toll free for my family to call me on since thay conveniently all live in the same local calling zone.




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  Reply # 1898898 10-Nov-2017 13:03
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Right then I'm all go - I've signed up to 2talk and purchased the DP720 

 

Cheers for the advice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1899128 11-Nov-2017 08:53
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speed:

 

Port your number to 2talk man. Forget Spark and their BS closed VoIP platform (and ditto VF or anyone else who won't provide the basic tuple of SIP server address, login & password).

 

Buy your internet as a raw naked data connection, whether it's DSL, 4G or fibre. Keep your telephony services separate. Avoid those bundles! Split your services across whichever range of providers you choose, and at your leisure you can vote with your feet if they don't play ball.

 

Freedom is the name of the game - don't follow the sheep and lock yourself in!

 

Port your existing numbers, access them via whatever methodology you like and profit :)

 

PS - WXC are fine too; port your numbers to their VFX service and you'll be just as happy grasshopper!

 

 

Vodafone cable user here, as vodafone are now planning to switch customers off POTS to VOIP but make you pay extra for voicemail, Caller ID, call waiting etc I'm thinking of buying a ATA and switch to 2talk for voice.

 

I already rang World Exchange and was advised that vodafone do not allow a standalone VOIP line to be sold it has to be bundled with a copper or fibre line.

 

 


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  Reply # 1899129 11-Nov-2017 08:57
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huckster:

 

The 659 has an in-built capability to handle a VoIP account - all you needed to do was configure 2talk on the the modem/router itself and plug a normal phone into it.

 

It didn't work if you had VDSL though. ADSL and Fibre were ok. Huawei did get involved and I'm not 100% sure this is still a problem.

 

Even if you have this modem on VDSL, you could still get an ATA or a VoIP phone and use that as opposed to the in-built functionality.

 

 

Not a vodafone supplied HG659, the internal voip firmware has been disabled. Will only be enabled when you get a bundled connection with them.


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  Reply # 1899130 11-Nov-2017 09:00
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ajw:

 

speed:

 

Port your number to 2talk man. Forget Spark and their BS closed VoIP platform (and ditto VF or anyone else who won't provide the basic tuple of SIP server address, login & password).

 

Buy your internet as a raw naked data connection, whether it's DSL, 4G or fibre. Keep your telephony services separate. Avoid those bundles! Split your services across whichever range of providers you choose, and at your leisure you can vote with your feet if they don't play ball.

 

Freedom is the name of the game - don't follow the sheep and lock yourself in!

 

Port your existing numbers, access them via whatever methodology you like and profit :)

 

PS - WXC are fine too; port your numbers to their VFX service and you'll be just as happy grasshopper!

 

 

Vodafone cable user here, as vodafone are now planning to switch customers off POTS to VOIP but make you pay extra for voicemail, Caller ID, call waiting etc I'm thinking of buying a ATA and switch to 2talk for voice.

 

I already rang World Exchange and was advised that vodafone do not allow a standalone VOIP line to be sold it has to be bundled with a copper or fibre line. I note 2Talk give you these free features as part of the deal and In my case 250 minutes of free national calls.

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1899143 11-Nov-2017 10:11
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ajw:

 

huckster:

 

The 659 has an in-built capability to handle a VoIP account - all you needed to do was configure 2talk on the the modem/router itself and plug a normal phone into it.

 

It didn't work if you had VDSL though. ADSL and Fibre were ok. Huawei did get involved and I'm not 100% sure this is still a problem.

 

Even if you have this modem on VDSL, you could still get an ATA or a VoIP phone and use that as opposed to the in-built functionality.

 

 

Not a vodafone supplied HG659, the internal voip firmware has been disabled. Will only be enabled when you get a bundled connection with them.

 

 

Yes, the Spark provided HG659. I had 2talk working on Fibre through it at home and managed to prove ADSL was fine too as I had access to that as well. But when I tested a VDSL line it would not work.

 

There was something in the firmware and/or VDSL service that caused it to fail. It did get raised with Huawei, I believe but beyond that I cannot say.


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