Treatz started a thread in the google voice subforum if anyone wants to add their experience using the app:
Not sure which forum to post this in but since I'm a rogers user I thought I'd share with fellow Roger Hofo's!
I just downloaded this cool app from www.dellvoice.ca
It's a (somewhat) free VOIP service offered by Fongo.ca (freephoneline.ca). Essentially you get a free new phone number to make & receive free calls to most of Canada using your smartphone.
Let me know what you guys think. Sound quality is acceptable over the Rogers network but better using WiFi. Currently testing a Samsung Galaxy S Glide. It's also available for Iphone users too.
On another note, I'm a blackberry addict and so far I'm really liking some of the Android features.
I've also tested Google Voice running it on my android using GrooveIP and find the sound quality marginally better.
Sorry if I sound like a sales person but this app got me excited! LOL
200 mins + 250 bonus mins = 450 mins + eve/wkds from 6pm + 6 GB data + Value Pack (CID/VM/2500 texts) + R2R + 100 Cdn Long distance mins + GRFF - credits = $39.35 before taxes
My personal recommendation is and has always been Line2, for it allows not only VOIP calling but also the ability to dial your own number and place calls that way, suitable for MY5/MY10 lists, LD calling, and a whole host of other services. However, the Dell app is yet another welcome addition to the market, however the trouble is you can't text from these services like you can from their U.S. counterparts.
I don't think you can text Canadian numbers with Line2 - I have never used the service just read about it online. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Line2 is $9.95/month. Pass
I will pay for line2 the moment Canadian SMS works. Then it's the perfect way to reduce/eliminate voice/text/vm/CLID from my monthly plan. In the mean time dell voice is perfect for free!
Agreed. And I'll say this - for $9.95 you get a service that offers basically carrier-grade voice quality. All these other VOIP services aren't bad but what you tend to get is a bit less quality. This is because there's a bit of a delay introduced into the call, as well as other undesireable artifacts.
But with Line2, calling over VOIP sounds very decent, and if you place calls via your local Line2 number as a gateway, the quality is indistinguishable in my experience from placing a direct call.
Rogers charges way more than $9.95 for just one thousand Canadian LD minutes, and that's not even their advertized rate. With Line2, that $9.95 includes unlimited Canadian and U.S. LD, a local number to place calls from, and a VOIP service to use with the same number.
So why is Canadian SMS so delayed when the rest of the world seems to have it? Well, according to Toktumi they're facing huge challenges with carriers blocking the SMS messages on their end. You can certainly see why, yeah? Rogers doesn't want you to know how little SMS actually costs...
But I agree, until SMS rolls out on Line2 (or rather, until they can convince carriers to stop blocking it) Dell Voice is yet another great and free option.
DV is nice and I like the fact that it is a Canadian company in Cambridge.
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Google Voice for visual voice mail with message transcription, conditional greetings, unlimited messages (vs 35 message cap), remote retrieval from any PC or phone, no auto-purge after 10 days and most importantly no $7-$8 charge.
I would love to see GV come to Canada as well. It's free and I would say even offers more features and configurability in comparison to Line2. But, I have had the opportunity to try placing passthrough calls with GV as a conduit and I must say, there is the teensiest delay introduced into the call, suggesting that VOIP is actually used in a small part of the process. I have no idea if that is true, but in my experience--and feel free to chime in if yours is different--I have found that delay simply does not exist on Line2.
Use DellVoice for wifi and 3G calling selected cities with unlimited "minutes" that don't come out of your Rogers bucket, and to use an actual Canadian phone number: all for free. Use the Vonage app to call the rest (while it's free), and to text. Use scores of free or nearly free apps for texting including picture messaging, like PingChat, Whatsapp, and the rest. There are tons of options.
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I've used budphone.ca app on my blackberry for passthrough voice calling. Virtually unlimited outgoing if you have My5 or equivalent. The App doesn't work great on android or iphone (very buggy!) There are many alternatives but I also can't wait for a CDN GV launch. I'm also testing the US GV via an app called GrooveIP on my android and the call quality is stellar. Too many options. LOL
Is there an ETA for CANADA GV? Will it be free?
There are many alternatives but I also can't wait for a CDN GV launch.