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Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY
reply to Morac

Re: Absolutely

How does a cap interfere with VoIP?


Morac
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Third party VoIP (like Vonage or Ooma) uses data which counts towards the cap.

Or did you think that VoIP somehow magically works without sending or receiving data?
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Kearnstd
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said by Crookshanks:

How does a cap interfere with VoIP?

third party does impact the cap, However VOIP also does not use that much bandwidth. you can get crystal clear calls on minimal bandwidth usage.

odds are you would have to be on the phone nonstop for the whole month to equal a day of streaming high quality video.
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Morac
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said by Kearnstd:

third party does impact the cap, However VOIP also does not use that much bandwidth. you can get crystal clear calls on minimal bandwidth usage.

odds are you would have to be on the phone nonstop for the whole month to equal a day of streaming high quality video.

True, but it all adds up. A few hours of Netflix, a few hours talking on the phone, downloading some games of PSN/XBOX, backing up to "the cloud", etc and soon you're past your cap.
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Selenia
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My SIP setup streams @11 kbps using the open source Speex speech codec. 11kbpsx2 with maybe 2 overhead=24 kbps=3KB/sec. Unlike Skype(peer to peer), it hardly uses any bandwidth when idle. They can't kill VOIP with caps, even in mobile.

Crookshanks

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Binghamton, NY

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reply to Morac
said by Morac:

Or did you think that VoIP somehow magically works without sending or receiving data?

An uncompressed voice stream on the PSTN is 64kbit/s. Every VoIP implementation that I've seen uses compression/codecs to reduce this, sometimes to <20kbit/s. At 64kbit/s you could talk for eight hours a day and come out with a monthly total of 6.7GB. The actual usage would be substantially less than that.

Caps are meaningless in the context of VoIP.