Thread: VOIP reviews/rants
05-02-2007, 06:19 PM #1WHT Addict
- Join Date
- Aug 2001
I've been checking out some voip networks: les.net, inphonex, callwithus.com, and packet8.net.
Here's how I break it down:
Inphonex: Good luck working any kind of custom deal with inphonex. They refuse to allow you to spoof, or to set your callerid to anything that isn't a dummy number that they own. You can only attach the number of your DID to 1 of your virtual lines. It's amazing that they actually have businesses on board when they only have DIDs with two voip channels.
No asterisk support and no insights beyond what was available on the website.
PING sip.inphonex.com (220.127.116.11): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=0 ttl=49 time=80.758 ms
64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=1 ttl=49 time=81.133 ms
64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=2 ttl=49 time=93.139 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=3 ttl=49 time=84.449 ms
--- sip.inphonex.com ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 80.758/84.870/93.139/4.986 ms
The SIP proxy server no longer accepts or returns ICMP packets. This is normal and does not indicate that the service is down.
Callwithus.com: Generally knowledgeable. It took longer, and it was often unpredictable, for a call to go through. I assume this is because of their routing scheme. The interface for placing calls was less cryptic than les.net and more usable than Inphonex.
Les.net: Complete opposite of the others. This service is clearly for expert users. After a few back and forth replies tech support stops. Sometimes you won't even get a response back.
I did have an issue where connecting to a box on the server beach network was failing. Server Beach took about 1week+ to resolve the issue and denied that the issue was there all along, despite the fact that it was replicable. The point of contention was that Server Beach refuses to talk to anyone about their network without a customer paying for a premium price for a trouble ticket.