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Six Month Rating

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Review by kpmengr See Profile

  • Location: Santa Maria,Santa Barbara,CA
  • Cost: $7 per month
Good "Call flow is cool!"
Bad "No autorecharge option"
Overall "I am a happy customer"
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I started VOIP service with Callcentric 4 years ago. Since then I have used Future Nine and VOIP.ms before settling on Anveo. I have to admit I found Anveo's billing scheme difficult to understand at first. I use the "free" incoming and "basic" outgoing service. I used to think VOIP.ms had the most features but I was so impressed with what could be done with call flow, I switched. My call flow screens out spam, forwards to cell if I don't answer my home number (for family and friends), and forwards all calls to cell if I lose login (such as during a network problem). There are many more cool options to implement but this basic flow works fine for now. My only complain is I have been caught unaware when my fund balance ran out in the middle of a call. I wish Anveo had 'autorecharge' billing like Callcentric has.

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emjayef

join:2007-11-25
Pleasant Hill, CA
Reviews:
·Astound Broadband
·Anveo
·Comcast

Recharging

I think they have notifications for when funds reach a certain trigger point. Not nearly as convenient, but I think they're a pretty small company, so maybe they just can't afford it.

I agree that their IVR call flow is really nice. Most problems I've had with them (I've only been using them about a week) is due to my ATA configuration settings.

Review by clubbby See Profile

  • Location: Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,UT
  • Cost: $12 per month (month by month)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "High quality and highly configurable"
Bad "Website and rates and mildly difficult to understand"
Overall "As long as you're technologically competent (even just barely so), it's a great choice."
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The short of it is, the audio quality is fantastic. Their pay as you go rates are very good. As of the time of the writing you can be up and going for as little as $1.30 a month plus a cent a minute for domestic calls. While I'm overall quite happy with Anveo as is evident from my rating, let me go over some of my "could be betters".

Website/Configuration: Seems like everyone complains about the website, and yeah there's a lot of configuration items. Once you know where everything is, you appreciate that you have that many functions available to you. What really gets me is that some things have some really stupid defaults or make some things more cumbersome than they need to be. Like having to create separate user accounts for every SIP device you want to add. Yes a SIP device of course needs it's own login credentials but those credentials could all be managed much more easily. And the E911 info should be shared across them. Having to put the same info over and over again was annoying. Another was that the outbound caller ID did not default to my actual number. I had to go to Account preferences > SIP Device Registration and change the options from "Phone Number in your account or from SIP device" (which to me sounds like it should do what I want but doesn't) to my number, which is in the drop down list. I had to do this for every SIP account.

Figuring out rates: In actuality, after taking the time to grasp it, their rate system is actually great. I pay just for what I want (mostly). But they should have some better way of listing these values. My subscription package is one place, my phone number is another place, the listed rates for phone calls and SMS are in yet another place.

SMS: One of the big reasons I went with Anveo is because they supported SMS. I wanted to (and did) drop having a cell phone completely and use VoIP, with a mobile hotspot for when I'm on the go. There are two issues I have with this, first it's a bit expensive, 4 cents per outgoing text and 1 cent coming in, IIRC. If you text a lot, that can add up quickly. I text very little, as most people I contact in that fashion are already on Google Talk so not a deal breaker. The other is that they don't currently support sending from your number, but rather it relays out from another number in their pool, often an international one, so people can't reply to you (rather they can but you won't get it) and moreover might get changed international texting rates if they try. You can configure a senderID to send your real number but every major carrier I've tried with must just ignore it and my recipients get strange random numbers. I contacted their tech support about this and they said their underlying carrier should support sending from your number directly in Q1 of 2014 (so any time now), so I'll try to remember to update this then.

That aside it's great. I use it at work with a softphone (x-lite), on the go with a tablet and softphone (csipsimple), and at home with an OBi100 (or maybe 110, I don't recall.. either way) and I've had consistently great service. And their call flow tool is excellent. It's more geared towards small buisness users I'd say than a consumer such as myself, but I do have it set to ring multiple devices at the same time, as well as "press 1 if urgent" type of message for those that might call after hours. It also has a call blacklist so you can block numbers from solicitors, businesses, creditors, people you just don't like, whatever. I'd urge you to take the little bit of effort it takes to wrap your head around their service and give it a try, because once you do, you'll find you'll be happy with it.

Oh and they take prepayments in 10 - 20 dollar increments via PayPal, which is added to your account balance, which suits me just fine. You can also configure low balance notifications, so you don't accidentally get your service cut off.

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cb14

join:2013-02-04
Miami Beach, FL
Reviews:
·T-Mobile US
·localphone.com
·callwithus
·Google Voice
·Callcentric
·AT&T U-Verse
·magicjack.com

good review.

I like you review. You like the company and give a positive review without giving out 100% ratings on each item and do not hesitate to point out things you like less.

1++

Review by johnseiffer See Profile

  • Location: Milford,New Haven,CT
  • Cost: $4 per month (month by month)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Inexpensive and a huge number of configurable options - also voice fax and text on same number"
Bad "All the options happen on the web interface which is very arcane."
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I've been using the service for a few weeks. The quality is great (once I adjusted the TX gain on my OBI 100 - but that isn't Anveo's fault).

It does so many things - I now have my incoming calls ring on my cell phone and my office phone at the same time. But you have to know where, how to configure that stuff.

The folks here at DSL Reports are great for helping with this.

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I'm downgrading the review after using the service for a couple of months. There are several times I'm dialing a number (usually a conference call but not always) and the number is refused by service carrier.

Also a couple times a week I get incoming calls that ring once and disappear. Not from a number I'm familiar with. One time this happened in the middle of the night.

When it works it sounds good.

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I have upgraded the reliability. Haven't had any connection problems or phantom rings in a while (I was told the rings are due to my OBI 100 not Anveo).

I'm still keeping "value for the money" as 4 not 5 because I can't call some conference call numbers. I realize these numbers charge the phone companies and Anveo would loose money. I'm requesting a plan that would allow me to pay more and (get more value) to be able to make those calls. That would be more value for my money.

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anveo
Premium
join:2010-02-08
kudos:3

SIP Scanners

I am sorry to hear about calls in the middle of the night but they were NOT coming from Anveo network and were sent by SIP Scanners directly to your OBI device please take a look at »Invalid calls received?
and here you can find details how to configure your OBI device to prevent SIP scanners from waking you up at night
»www.obitalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=5467.0
johnseiffer

join:2013-04-28
Reviews:
·Anveo

Re: SIP Scanners

WOW. This whole thing is a lot more complicated than it looked at the start. I guess there's some value for companies that charge more money but allow you just plug a phone in and have it work without problems.

Reading the posts, I'm not sure they address my problem. Most of the 1 ring calls were from actual phone numbers not something like 101 or 1001. When I get some more time I'll look at it in more depth.
anveo
Premium
join:2010-02-08
kudos:3

Re: SIP Scanners

said by johnseiffer:

Also a couple times a week I get incoming calls that ring once and disappear. Not from a number I'm familiar with. One time this happened in the middle of the night.

SIP Scanners can spoof any CallerID number..

Anveo is "Bring Your Own Device/BYOD" provider. We allow end users to use their own IP Phones/ATAs (like OBiHAI etc.). However, it is up to the end user to properly configure their own equipment.
In this particular case Anveo has NO control over SIP Scanners as they are scanning your public IP address trying to locate ( and possibly exploit) SIP devices. OBI device has built-in options to deal with SIP Scanners. Frankly it is not fair to downgrade the service because we have NO control over your ATA (OBi) device configuration.

DH

@verizon.net
FWIW, I started getting similar ghost rings a year or so ago. Completely different service (Galaxy Voice, now closing shop...). Changing my device config (a HT701) to require authenticated connections fixed the problem.
PX Eliezer
Premium
join:2013-03-10
Graustark
kudos:6
Reviews:
·Optimum Voice
·callwithus
·Callcentric

The Iowa Connection

There are several times I'm dialing a number (usually a conference call but not always) and the number is refused by service carrier.

If you are referring to "free" conference call services, the way they make their money is by charging high fees to the other phone companies in the path. This is an issue well known to regulators and providers for several years and has been hotly debated by the FCC and state PSC's.

Similarly, calls sometimes connect to rural carriers who likewise may want high interconnect fees.

In either case, VoIP providers (especially those with lowest fees) may harm themselves by connecting such calls.

Not saying that's the case here, but it's a possibility, and I would not blame Anveo if that were the case.
johnseiffer

join:2013-04-28
Reviews:
·Anveo

Re: The Iowa Connection

I understand who makes the money on these numbers - nothing is ever free. I'm just saying I need to call those numbers and if Anveo's pricing structure doesn't account for that - it's a problem.

It would have been nice to know that this might be an issue before I signed up.

I don't mind paying more to cover the costs. If Anveo has a different plan that covers those numbers I'd be happy to know about it. Otherwise I may have to go to a more expensive service.

cb14

join:2013-02-04
Miami Beach, FL
Reviews:
·T-Mobile US
·localphone.com
·callwithus
·Google Voice
·Callcentric
·AT&T U-Verse
·magicjack.com

Re: The Iowa Connection

Those " free" conference call services are parasitic entities who steal money from telecom providers. It is understandable that Anveo refuses to subsidize those phone calls, however they should connect them and charge appropriately( after posting a hopefully clear warning in their otherwise unclear web site)
SIP scanners have nothing to do with Anveo. Whenever you have an "open" device like Obi you may experience that nuisance. But always better than a proprietary device.

Review by amd64now See Profile

  • Location: Orleans,ON
  • Cost Contract price not specified.
Good "Excellent call quality, excellect support"
Bad "No Canadian CNAM and ATA adapter config documents limited"
Overall "Great call quality, great support. Bottom prices for DID and calls"
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My Other Reviews

·voip.ms
·Callcentric
May 2013:

Outbound Canadian CNAM is working on Anveo. No official announcement yet, however, its a nice addition.

Service is excellent. When there is an issue, support responds fast!.

I did a quick calculation of what I have paid since Jan 2013 to the end of April 2013 and total I paid for my inbound DID and outbound calling with E911 included is $13.38.

Four months of service for $13.38. Amazing!

__________________________________________________________________

Feb 2013:

I have decided to put Canadian CNAM support to the side for my primary voip provider. I have moved to use Anveo as my primary voip provider. Very happy with the call quality inbound and outbound.

Free porting, $2 dollars per month unlimited inbound, .80c E911 per month, and 0.005 outbound in Canada is very good.

The support at Anveo is excellent. They are friendly, helpful and respond fast.

If you want bottom prices with great call quality, Anveo is an excellent choice.

________________________________________________________________
2012 review:

Anveo has been mentioned a number of times on the voip tech forum so I had to try the "cool-aid". I have a couple of weeks of trying Anveo out and I am impressed with the call quality, support and costs.
I can comment first hand about the excellent support. I had issues with call quality with a specifc area in Canada. On Saturday evening, I e-mailed support and mentioned my calls were getting dead air and when I did get through, poor voice quality. By Sunday morning the issue is resolved. They had issues with primary carriers rejecting the call and its using backup. They put the numbers I am calling in override (in their words "no matter the costs") to get my call through primary carriers. Call quality is then excellent to the destination. All of this between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
I only call within Canada and receive calls mostly from Canadian numbers and one of the nice features with Canadian calls is the CNAM delivery with the call. Unfortunately, Anveo does not support the delivery of incoming name and outgoing name from the ATA adapter. CNAM database lookup, which does cost per lookup with Anveo, does not cover all incoming display of name with Canadian calls.
The call flow diagrams are a very nice feature. It takes some time to get use to it but its a very powerful tool.
Other than not supporting the Canadian CNAM delivery, its a excellent provider so far for calling within Canada. With Canadian CNAM support, I probably would switch to Anveo as my primary provider.

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Review by Mango See Profile

  • Location: www.toao.net
  • Cost Contract price not specified.
Good "Probably the most reliable and most configurable PAYG VoIP provider"
Overall "April 2013 Invoices almost $3 USD - very satisfied"
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My Other Reviews

·AcroVoice
·Callcentric
·Shaw
The title of my review is a joke based on the review before mine, from someone who spent nearly $4000 with CallWithUs. Despite both business and personal use of Anveo, I have not yet reached that level of commitment. This is somewhat of a disappointment - when a service provider is this good, I wish I could support them more by giving them tons of business. Perhaps I can send them some new customers with this review.

With the release of Anveo's new features, I decided to update my review. Anveo Direct now offers extremely configurable call termination services. Among other features I've never used before, I can now choose a specific carrier I want to use, configure least cost routing in many different ways, selectively block specific routes, view a SIP trace for each call, and allow audio to travel directly from the carrier to my phone.

I find direct audio particularly exciting because not many service providers support it. I use a Linksys SPA921 with "Handle VIA received" and "Handle VIA rport" turned on, behind a Tomato router with no port forwarding. The SPA921 is registered to my Asterisk server which handles routing calls to Anveo Direct, and it has directmedia and directrtpsetup turned on for all peers. So far, on the routes I've tested, this works perfectly.

As for Anveo Retail, it now supports Canadian CNAM for outgoing calls. As usual I enjoy using its Call Flow Builder to easily build complex routes for my phone number. Anveo uses DNS SRV for failover and its carrier will automatically route inbound calls to backup equipment, if the primary equipment should fail. I think this is effective as I do not notice regular downtime.

I often see people complain that Anveo's website is complex or that their user interface is difficult to use. I found it no more difficult to learn than any other service provider. In fact I timed myself the first time I used it. It took me under 8 minutes to go from zero to having a working phone with voicemail. (I deleted the default call flow because I wanted to see if I could set it up intuitively.) True, anything could be made simpler, but I can think of no way to do so while maintaining the level of control users currently have. If you require a VoIP service provider that is extremely reliable, cost-effective, and has features that make call routing as close as possible to limitless, I think Anveo is the one.

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Yup

@bell.ca

Anveo Canadian CallerID

When I spoke to Anveo via Live Chat the support rep said Canadian Caller ID is supported via CNAM.
Mango
What router are you using?
Premium
join:2008-12-25
www.toao.net
kudos:13

Re: Anveo Canadian CallerID

Thanks! Good to know

Review by von Monster See Profile

  • Location: undisclosed location
  • Cost: $2 per month
  • Install: about 130 days
Good "Support upfront and honest, service works like a charm"
Bad "Website can be confusing, especially to non-technical users."
Overall "By far the best value for dollar service I've used"
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Anveo has been a great provider form the start, especially pursuing a difficult number port that my previous provider couldn't have been less helpful with, See »[Anveo] Difficulty porting number

After I was able to get the number ported the service has worked without issue, to the point that other members of the household don't even notice not being on the POTS anymore.

The only issues I see with the service over another provider is that there isn't alot of hand-holding or documentation for the somewhat confusing website to be found, but almost every question I've been able to think of has been solved by a quick trip to Google, which always leads back to a DSLR thread in which it's been answered. So with that in mind I high recommend this service to anyone willing to do their own research.

** It should also be mentioned that despite not supporting outgoing CNAM in Canada Anveo covers more Canadian DIDs than any other provider I've found, and is in fact the only one servicing mine.

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Review by JJ_GTA See Profile

  • Location: Ontario
  • Cost: $5 per month
Good "I love the many options available and ease of configuration (SMS, Fax, etc)"
Bad "None"
Overall "Anveo provides a quality product with lots of bells and whistles for a low cost."
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My Other Reviews

·voip.ms
·TekSavvy Cable
I originally started using Anveo as an alternate to test with. I like them enough to use them as my primary provider.

I would like to see outbound Caller Name ID in the future.

I would like to see cheaper sub accounts. I keep trying to find workarounds to the 2 account limit.

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cb14

join:2013-02-04
Miami Beach, FL

Anveo's web site 100%?

Hmm, I do not generally disagree with your rating and comments, but honestly, their web site is horrible. 25% IMO, but off course, that's just me.
JJ_GTA
Premium
join:2009-04-01
Ontario
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·voip.ms
·Anveo
·TekSavvy Cable

Re: Anveo's web site 100%?

I think the website is just fine. There are a lot of options, many that I don't use. The website has to accommodate all those features. It takes time to figure out all the things you can do. For the features I use, the website does a great job at providing details of my inbox and the IVR build is easy to change on the fly.

We have great forum members who will take the time to answer questions and show us how to work with it. Without this forum, would we know which vendors to pick from? Would we know how to setup our ATA's and IP phones in a efficient manner? It all takes time to figure out.

Everything is a click away which I give a mark of 100%






Review by QED See Profile

  • Location: Carrollton,Denton,TX
  • Cost: $10 per month (month by month)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Great service with many options."
Overall "You can do almost anything, including SMS"
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Anveo has so many things you can do that you can easily become overwhelmed by all the choices.

Help is available on their site, support and here at dslr.

Be careful with what you choose. Some of it costs per call and can add up quickly.

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engineercarl
Premium
join:2003-02-24
20026-4474

Question.

Question:

How do you use the SMS? Where does it go? Does it dump to email or forward SMS to a wireless?

And how do you send?

It seems like a neat feature, and I'd like to know more about it.

Carl

QED

join:2008-01-23
Carrollton, TX
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
·voip.ms
·Anveo
·Future Nine Corp..

Re: Question.

I have sms forwarded to my cell phone. You can also send email from their site, or I use CSipSimple to send from my Nexus 7. There is also a PC app that you can use (Anveo Communicator).

You can also set up sms to email, and email to sms.

You can also use the call flow for them, but have not looked at that option yet.

Brent






Review by Davefred99 See Profile

  • Location: Moreno Valley,Riverside,CA
  • Cost: $10 per month (12 month contract)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "lots of features, very competative pricing, excellent call quality so far"
Bad "Website is difficult to understand and callflow configuration is hard to understand."
Overall "I recommend this service. Lots of bang for the buck."
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I first tested Anveo by signing up for a random local DID and set it up as a back up provider for my then primary VOIPO account. I tested the Fax detection and it seemed to work well so I ported my Fax line over to them. After about another month of use I decided to go ahead and port my main Home line over from Voipo since my 1 yr contract was coming up and While Voipo was ok I did not wan to lock myself into another long term contract to get favor able rates. Anveo has about as good a rates as any Byod provider and there DID's are very attractively priced. I am on the basic plan but may eventually upgrade to the starter plan. I also had very fast service porting both my original fax line and them my main home number over in about 2 weeks.

So far I would say Anveo is great for service and features but it is not so intuitive at first to figure out all the features and call flow routes but once its setup its all good for me.

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Review by tech0732 See Profile

  • Location: Freehold,Monmouth,NJ
  • Cost: $27 per month (month by month)
Good "Excellent Sales & Support, Reliability, Call Quality, Value for the Money"
Overall "Excellent Value for the Money, Powerful Visual Call Flow"
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Using service for 25 months, Personal account.
4 US numbers and 2 overseas, 4 IP Phones & 2 ATAs.
Excellent Reliability, only 2 very short service interruptions in 2 years.
Excellent & Sales and Tech. Support.
Extremely Powerful Visual Call Flow.
Significant number of Useful Features.
Rapid implementation of new features.
Excellent Call Quality, even on overseas calls.
Immediate Basic Install, highly customizable call Flow.
Web site has a significant number of useful information.
Web site can be reorganized to improve functionality.
Overall, Excellent Value for the Money


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