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Old 05-12-2011, 02:41 AM
 
Default Re (2): So much for Skype.

From: Chris Davies <chris-usenet@roaima.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 21:10:29 +0100
> My favourite software SIP client is twinkle.

Yes, Twinkle keeps configurations and contact lists in plain text
and is economical with resources.

A POTS gateway is available from any of several companies. Any
phone number can be reached at vary small expense. Who needs a
POTS phone [flippantly]?

Regards, ... Peter E.

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Old 05-12-2011, 05:55 AM
Doug
 
Default Re (2): So much for Skype.

On 05/11/2011 10:41 PM, peasthope@shaw.ca wrote:

From: Chris Davies<chris-usenet@roaima.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 21:10:29 +0100

My favourite software SIP client is twinkle.

Yes, Twinkle keeps configurations and contact lists in plain text
and is economical with resources.

A POTS gateway is available from any of several companies. Any
phone number can be reached at vary small expense. Who needs a
POTS phone [flippantly]?

Regards, ... Peter E.


I never heard of Twinkle til today, but I'll have to look into it.
In the meantime, my cable connection includes phone service, which is
"almost" free--they jack up the price of the rest of the service if
you don't have the phone connection--but I can call anywhere in the US
or Canada or Puerto Rico and talk as long as I want, for no extra
charge. It turns out that Verizon zaps me with extra charges if I
call as little as 20 miles, and again if I call 50 miles--I don't know
the exact breaking points, but it's a PITA. So there is something to
POTS after all. Just not Verizon's version.

--doug

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Old 05-14-2011, 01:11 AM
Rob Owens
 
Default Re (2): So much for Skype.

On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 06:41:24PM -0800, peasthope@shaw.ca wrote:
> From: Chris Davies <chris-usenet@roaima.co.uk>
> Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 21:10:29 +0100
> > My favourite software SIP client is twinkle.
>
> Yes, Twinkle keeps configurations and contact lists in plain text
> and is economical with resources.
>
Twinkle is the only softphone on Linux that I know of which supports
encryption. (Last I looked into this was about a year ago, so things
may have changed).

> A POTS gateway is available from any of several companies. Any
> phone number can be reached at vary small expense. Who needs a
> POTS phone [flippantly]?
>
I've used diamondcard.us for calling POTS lines from Ekiga's SIP client.
Though I only used it a few times, I don't have any complaints. Their
rates were better than Skype, too. (I am a USA customer, making calls
within the USA).

-Rob


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Old 05-19-2011, 04:48 PM
 
Default Re (2): So much for Skype.

From: annathemermaid@hush.com
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 03:59:39 +0000
> The standard is PTSN.

Don't you mean PSTN?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_switched_telephone_network

> ... home phone is usually cheaper ...

A few years ago when Shaw bought the cable service on Pender Island,
my Telus bill was about $28/mo. Shaw offered 24/7 cable Internet
for $25/mo. So the cost of Shaw cable plus SkypeIn and SkypeOut was
about the same as the cost of a Telus line. The convenience and speed
of Internet access via cable modem rather than dialup put the balance
in favour of Shaw. Telephone companies in Canada take good advantage
of their entrenchedness.

> ... leave your computer on all the time you want to be reachable ...

As with a telephone. Unplug and it won't ring.

> ... runs up the electric bill ...

Use a handheld which consumes about as much power as a cordless phone.

> ... miss calls when you have it [computer] off ...

Diamondcard & SkypeIn & others provide voice messaging.

> Two choices ... left: Google Voice and SIP.

Is there an objection to SIP or to paying a gateway company such as
Diamondcard a few dollars/year?

Regards, ... Peter E.

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