Do you use, or have considered using, VoIP either on mobile or fixed internet connection? Thanks to David.
Regularly — Skype, Asterisk, FaceTime, XMPP...
I need to do conference calls with colleagues around twice a week and I've found that Skype goes through short periods where it works well for conferences and much longer periods where it is flat-out terrible.
Unfortunately, it's more terrible than good.
I've been so frustrated with it, recently, that I've forced a switch to a plain old telephone conference line at 5p per minute for each of the participants. At least it works.
After many years of this nonsense, I've had to conclude that Skype is not fit for business use.
Does anyone know of a VoIP solution that works reliably for conference calling?
I use a standard wireless telephone set (4 handsets) where the base is plugged into a VoIP box and routed to the VoIP provider via our ADSL connection. If the internet is down, then it automatically switches through to the standard landline connection.
I used to use Skype at least twice a month for calls that regularily tripped out. We now use facetime, as far afield as Dubai, with no drop outs at all.
The phones at work are VoIP. I use Facetime frequently.
That was the aim of me tinkering with Asterisk — to set up my own conference call system... still needs some more tinkering, and external addressability.
I use voip exclusively for home phone calls.
I've used it a fair bit in the past but never found the quality good enough. Skype was pretty poor, and Viber was better but still not good enough. Pretty poor considering I have a 50Mb/s connection, and the connection at the other end was broadband too.
I'm sure dedicated VOIP hardware is fine though; they used it for the call centre where I used to work and I didn't hear of any quality issues with it.
I regularly use Skype to either talk or chat to friends and family overseas. It's not always the best, but I'm not trying to do business, which just makes it plain annoying when it doesn't work well.
pay for conferencing? there are "free" services but these often use 08 numbers which are not free.
there are new ones springing up on 03 which is guaranteed to be inclusive minutes on a mobile or local rate on a regular telephone line, e.g.
to answer original question... I use skype, SIPgate, viber and even gigaset.
I don't hear people talk about voipbuster, but after trying it over skype a few years ago I never used another. I don't use nowadays as my company pay the calls, but I have an account on my android ready to be used.
I use voip exclusively at home.. Also our work phones are all VOIP..