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Q. What are some Canadian VOIP (Voice over IP) options?
With a box called an ATA you can plugin a regular phone and use it with VOIP.
You'll need a SIP provider. Here, from cheapest to less cheap, are some:
http://www.vbuzzer.com/calling_plans.php $ 4.50, $30 porting fee
http://www.italkbb.ca/enc/enc_plans.asp $ 9
ATA stands for Analog Telephone adapter
SIP is Session Initiation Protocol
Usually you get many calling features and unlimited US/Canada long distance.
If you have DSL you'll need to cancel your phone service and pay for a "dry loop".
The fee depends on your connection speed. Seems to be $5-$25 a month.
ATA boxes are sold new by many of the above SIP providers for about $75.
They seem to use about 3 watts so won't hurt your electronic bill much.
You can find them for about $35 on eBay. Just see what model your SIP
provider is selling and search for that on eBay.
Then there is the MagicJack. It seems to have lots of problems.
The biggest problem for me is that you need to have your computer
on the receive calls. And there is a program running all the time.
And it takes up a USB port with its flimsy jack.
So why not use a software phone and a VOIP service. Or get an ATA
(mentioned above) if you want to use a real phone. Its very low cost,
Speaking of softphones there is Skype, Google Voice, VBuzzer, Fring and many others.