Just got into the VOIP world here….

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Hardware, Software
Right this is the what I got up to on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Looked at vonage http://www.vonage.co.uk and asked them twice before launching into it if I could use my own hardware and both times yes and yes.
Bought my own hardware which is a Cisco ATA 186 £80 ish trade price.  Then signed up for vonage and they then said oh no you cant use your own hardware as its chipped especially for their network !!   I must say be afraid of this company all customer services in America and tech support is either India or America and its a real pain trying to ask them anything.
so ummed and arghed do I just get their router etc and thought no I would cancel it, luckily I did as after 14 days you have to pay to get off their subscription service.
So then found sipgate http://www.sipgate.co.uk and that was good especially as they have a 1/2p a minute plan but couldnt make any outgoing calls to the pstn network.  Still ongoing with them as they are not sure its them yet, but something is funny.  Just email support which isnt that hot.
So then looked up gradwell http://www.gradwell.co.uk and all worked out of the box first time no probs crystal clear but they charge 1.25p a minute and after initial 3 months its £4 a month which isnt too bad.  But you can ring these guys up and talk over any support issues which is excellent.
Oh one other thing I couldnt get my old bt handset to work with the cisco kit so bought a new bt phone and that still didnt work so then as I knew our bang & olufsen worked bought another of them at £200 but it just needs a phone that has power on the line as the bt phones get their power from the analogue line, I think thats what the problem was.
And thats it, then your in the voip world