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Here's a company with two distinctive and positive differences, making it ideal for the person who travels.

 
 
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VoiceStick VoIP Internet Phone Service

Ideal for the traveler

Here's an innovative twist on regular VoIP service.

The software you need to use their service is stored on a USB Flash Drive which you can plug into any Windows computer that supports USB.

In addition, you can remotely access your VoiceStick service from another regular phone, giving you tremendous convenience and flexibility.

Best of all, VoiceStick's rates are among the lowest available, making this an appealing service.

 

Part 8 of a 8 part series - click for Parts  One  Two  Three  Four  Five  Six  Seven  Eight

 

 

Most VoIP calling products assume you'll be doing all your calling from only one location.

In reality, that is seldom the case.  Most of us want to make calls from home, from work, and while traveling.

The VoiceStick VoIP phone service combines a good core set of product features suitable for 'normal' calling from a fixed location with two clever innovations making it possible to call from other places as well as your main location.

The VoiceStick Product

VoiceStick is primarily a software rather than hardware based VoIP phone service.  In its simplest form, you load their software onto your computer and then talk to anyone on any phone, anywhere in the world, using the computer's soundcard and headset.

VoiceStick also offer a hardware based solution too, but most people will probably prefer the computer based service.

The VoiceStick Software

The VoiceStick software loads a small window onto your computer with a large graphic of a phone dialpad, plus dial, hangup, and some feature buttons, a bit like a representation of a cell phone.  There is also a display window to show details like the number you called.

The software runs on Windows 2000 and XP

 

 

Making and Receiving Calls

 

 

 

Bandwidth requirements?  different quality settings?

In the advanced settings menu, there are different codecs available with bandwidth rates ranging from 8 kb/sec up to 64kb/sec.

i2bridge pricing after Sep

and please explain this from the website

With our service you do get charged extra to make international calls using the Cell Bridge feature.

Shouldn't this read 'do not'?

 

Not that some features described on the website as 'coming soon' are now released - eg mute, sound device selection

 

Nice feature to access Outlook/OE contact phone numbers

 

 

How do you get updated software onto the Voicestick?

 

 

Voicemail - sends msgs to email

had no instructions on how to set up or manage the mailbox

can't control number of rings before going to voicemail

 

 

 

Cust service hours :  24hrs/7 for basic issues, technicians/second level 9-5 Eastern Mon-Fri  (Hilary)

called at 1418, answered 2 mins later by a helpful girl

Technical support called back a day later

 

 

 

package contains

Voicestick

headset

911 disclaimer

quickstart guide

 

I plugged

 

1833501 -

 

 

Work with USB headsets?  allegedly yes

 

can they add a name to the caller ID info?

 

Plugged in Voicestick

 

 

2068015602 

 

 

 

i2Bridge

 

 

Summary

Internet based video calling is now a convenient reality.  Some of the programs offer poor quality video, but the better programs, such as MS Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and iVisit, give amazingly good video quality.

Video can now offer a definite and tangible improvement on your ability to keep in touch and communicate with friends, family, and even business associates.

The software is usually free and easy to use.

Read more about video over your internet line

The previous part of this series tells you all you need to know about buying and setting up a webcam, and tuning it for best quality and performance.

 

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Originally published 9 Sep 2005, last update 02 Jul 2017

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