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    Elite Member czechsonofagun's Avatar
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    Default Phone or adapter for Skype

    I am trying to find a solution to use a normal phone for calling through the LAN - using Skype.

    Now I found some phones online and also some adapters online, but reviews are mixed at the best. Anybody has an experience with similar solution?
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    Default Re: Phone or adapter for Skype

    I've been playing with voice over IP for over 10 years. Business use for the past 7 years and I have not had a land line in my home for almost 4 years. I like Linksys hardware (SPA2102) It gives me two lines.
    My current provider is voip.ms and I'm happy with the service. Phone numbers are $1/month. Calls are about a penny a minute, toll free numbers are no charge. When I travel I set up an extension and call home for free. Too many features to discuss. Voip is a bit of a hobby and things can get complicated. Biggest call quality factor is latency. Voip does not need much more than 120Kbps but the packets have to arrive reasonably quick (~50ms latency) or quality deteriorates. If anyone in your house streams video or uses torrents it can cause problems.
    I've never used Skype, but any solution that involves a PC (USB phone) is at the mercy of the PC. I've found the call quality inconsistent.
    Last edited by Tig; 02-01-2011 at 11:48 AM.
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    Default Re: Phone or adapter for Skype

    Unrelated to Skype, but you can get free long distance calling in the USA using Google Voice, which is also free. Overseas calls are quite cheap.

    Czech Republic - Other $0.03 a minute

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    Default Re: Phone or adapter for Skype

    How about magicjack? We have two - one office, one house, for long distance calls. Uses normal phone plugged into gizmo that plugs into computer. I like that you can take the gizmo with you when traveling abroad and call home free.

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    Default Re: Phone or adapter for Skype

    Thank you for your input.
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    Prokop


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    Default Re: Phone or adapter for Skype

    I bought a adapter to allow me to use my normal phone with skype. The adapter died after about 6 months. All the adapters appear to be made by the same company no matter who sells them.

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    Default Re: Phone or adapter for Skype

    Zoom makes an adapter to use standard phone equipment with Skype. I picked up one at Wal-Mart marked down to $30 (if memory serves). We use it hooked up to a cordless phone base. Works pretty well. It was a replacement for a no-name unit that worked for a few years & then died.

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