Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Goodbye Skype... and Hello SIP...?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Posts
    531

    Default Goodbye Skype... and Hello SIP...?

    My experience with Skype has been mostly positive with Skype-to-Skype calling as well as decent Skype-to-Singapore-phones calling, but with Skype-to-NZ land line calls I seem to be having quite a bit of a problem. I do that because I've got no land line, my Internet access is a cable connection, and I didn't want to spend $40 a month for the occasional phone call.

    I frequently get "busy" or "no answer" errors from Skype where in fact the phone on the other end didn't ring, and as much as half the time when the call is connected, the other party couldn't hear me or I could hear the other party.

    Just yesterday I decided to give a SIP-based telephony service (2Talk) a try and charged up my account with credits and so far, it works great! The ability to use an ATA adapter with my regular cordless phone for making phone calls instead of being tethered to the PC with a wired headset is a major bonus. The initial set up is a bit daunting (and I speak a little geek) but once it's all done it has been flawless. SIP also uses far less bandwidth while idle which is excellent for maintaining an "active land line" over the insanely expensive Internet connection here.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any issues with Skype calling a NZ land line and have experience with a SIP service here?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Back in JAFA land!
    Posts
    513

    Default

    I use Vonage which I brought with me from the UK, and I have found it totally reliable and utterly fantastic. I believe that Skype also have a SIP type offering which you pay for, not sure what it's like, just happy with what we got.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Was Cheshire Nov 2005 Welly
    Posts
    587

    Default

    I use Skype ĖSkype voice and video, never had an issue. I also use MSN voice video (when on the mac) never had an issue there either. Iíve used skype to call landlines, never had an issue.

    I use a standard 2-wire adsl connection (phone line)

    My friend has cable, he runs naked dsl so according to the spec it has (I think) a 2Mbs up link. He has real issues. Voice drops in one direction for 3 to 5 seconds, frequently,,,, all sorts of pain with the IP phone that has a NZ number.

    Heís changed service ports, re-jigged network hardware positions, even changed the compander algorithms, as yet the problem is still there.

    Logs from the isp show negligible packet loss. I wonder if itís something to do with the fact that its cable? Perhaps someone isnít playing nice with the cable to telco interface. Nothing quite like annoying your competitors customers to improve business. Although probably something less sinister,

    But worth mentioning that once your on cable your off the POTS network so there is an interface to cross (owned by 2 competitors, eek)

    Bob

  4. #4

    Default

    Well I have been running a fixed phone on SIP here for the last 3.5 years on a cable connection. Downtime has barely registered, and it is used regularly both ways.

    Provider is SIPGATE who are both German and UK based. Good thing for me is I maintain a London tel number here in NZ - very handy for friends and family.

    Rod

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    london,uk to chch,nz
    Posts
    48

    Default

    BigRod - how do you maintain a number here in the U.K?
    You can get here skype mobile phones. Is it worth purchasing 2 of these. Putting a nz sim payg in them and then use them to make skype calls to each other in nz/nz and nz/uk.?

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by coppers View Post
    BigRod - how do you maintain a number here in the U.K?
    You can get here skype mobile phones. Is it worth purchasing 2 of these. Putting a nz sim payg in them and then use them to make skype calls to each other in nz/nz and nz/uk.?
    If you have a UK address (you or a member of the family signing up) then you are entitled to a regional phone number for the SIP service. I signed up with SIPGATE before leaving the UK and chose a London number. This number purely maps to your IP address; hence I have a London number here in NZ.

    HTH

    Rod

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Posts
    531

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bob_the_engineer View Post
    Perhaps someone isnít playing nice with the cable to telco interface. Nothing quite like annoying your competitors customers to improve business.
    Thanks Bob. That has been my suspicion. Hopefully a local SIP service provider would make things better in terms of NZ land line connectivity. Even if it does not, the features offered by SIP providers are quite good enough reasons for me to move away from Skype.

    Seems like moving away from POTS is a PITA. How does your friend eventually get around his connectivity problem (if he did)?

    Thanks Alan, BigRod, for sharing your experience with SIP in NZ.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    41į17′20″S 174į46&
    Posts
    169

    Default

    I use VoIPWise.. works a lot cheaper.. you can also transfer the call to your landline.. I pay 5 euro cents connection fee ( for transferring the call from comp to the landline) and 3 euro cents / min ( most of my calls are to India) .. they also have a list of countries you can call for free.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Nelson, NZ - from Boulder USA
    Posts
    292

    Default

    I use CallCentric.com for my SIP service back to the US - our old phone number there rings to my second line here. Generally pretty stable as long as my DSL connection is playing nicely. I use a Linksys PAP2T ATA to connect and have my bog standard cordless phone plugged into it.

    It is a bit surreal to have line 1 in NZ and line 2 in the US (different dial tones, rings and number plans), but it has made the whole shift a lot easier for our families back in the States; they can just ring our old home number and we answer (assuming they get the times right!)

    I pay $6/mo for the number, 1.9 cents/min outbound and nothing inbound (all amounts USD since I use a US credit card for it). The rates vary by country and land/mobile.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Posts
    531

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by coppers View Post
    You can get here skype mobile phones. Is it worth purchasing 2 of these. Putting a nz sim payg in them and then use them to make skype calls to each other in nz/nz and nz/uk.?
    I don't think it works this way, if I understand correctly how these Skype mobiles (I'm assuming you're referring to those sold by 3) work. Once you leave 3 coverage areas these mobiles are just regular GSM mobiles.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •