[CentOS] OT: google voice + chat <- Re: finding the right serial port, enabling & configuring it [was: Re: fax software]>
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Tue Mar 29 18:35:15 UTC 2011
On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 02:17:58PM -0400, ken wrote:
> > On 03/29/2011 01:21 PM Stephen Harris wrote:
> >> phone line. Indeed I just wrote up a process :-)
> >> http://sweh.spuddy.org/gvoice/
> >> But I think that's getting a little off-topic :-)
> Just read your webpage. It answered my one question and a couple others
> I didn't ask.
> It's not what I'm looking for right now, but way cool enough that I'll
> have to check it out anyway. I didn't know a VoIP <-> POTS appliance
> could be had for $30. Last I checked (some years ago) just a card was
> something like $1000. How much is an actual phone number these days...
Line cards for PCs are still pretty expensive. They tend to be bespoke
and modular (eg the PCIx card is essentially a carrier, with 4 or more
plugin components). Also some of these cards need telecoms approval
because they may plug into POTS, which adds to the cost. Simple ATAs
are network-only equipment and so may not need regulatory approvals and
so are cheaper.
> if I don't care for google voice?
Normal phone numbers? Depends on your provider. Verizon may charge
up to $50/month, depending on the service you get. VOIP providers such
as Vonage charge $10/month (200 minutes/month) to $25/month (unlimited).
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