I’ll keep you all updated.
For years I’ve paid the big telcos Bell, Rogers and Sprint far too much for my landline and long distance. Seeing as SkypeIn won’t be in Canada anytime soon, I decided to brave the VoIP landscape of Toronto. This is tricky because I don’t get my Internet from cable and many of the DSL providers are unable to provide dry loop DSL. My current home ISP is Magma with whom I am extremely happy. Very reliable, fast speeds, and responsive service. But they won’t let me ditch my dial tone, so I’m looking elsewhere.
The only option I have come across for far is Iristel. Their Ultimate Bundle promises very fast Internet speeds and a VoIP telephone line. It’s basically the VOiP equivalent of Primus’ phone and internet bundle.
Does anyone have any tips?
Since the great 416/647 split of 2001 most of us living in Southern Ontario have become accustomed to dialling 10 digits to make local calls. I haven’t.
While I rarely forget to dial the area code (416, 647 or 905), I often mistakenly dial 1 first as if I were dialling long distance. In either instance, I am informed of my mistake by a robot and forced to hang up and dial again.
Dear POTS head executives:
- In the instance of a superfluous 1, why not connect me anyway? (warning optional)
- In the instance where I neglect to include the area code, why not assume I mean my area code and proceed with the call? (warning optional)
I do not have an SMS package, but was told I would be receiving unlimited text messages free of charge. Unfortunately contrary to what Google says Fido categorizes their alerts as premium messages at 15Â¢ each. Oddly, outgoing messages to Google SMS were not charged.
Not a big deal for the odd Google SMS request, but when I have a day booked full of activities, the calendar alerts can really add up.
I called Fido and have upgraded my plan to include a $3/month SMS package and have been told I will no longer be charged for incoming messages.