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Lingo that is who we use...VOiP, $22.95/month, six months already, no probs.

Posted By: MTdesk on 2005-10-29
In Reply to: Unlimited long distance... - sm

You might want to investigate further the post someone made about 2007 and VOiP. Seems the government is all hot and bothered because they need to tap phones and cannot do so with VOiP. They probably will end up taxing and surcharging eventually, as well, but for a while it can save you a lot of money...

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3 months on and 1 month off, all year round.
I kept them for 3 months, though I would save all but the current month to disk
so my computer was bogged down and it also made it easier to find a report if I had them batched by month.  
No you don't, BTDT. They're home for a MONTH after 3 months on.
do you mean bimonthly=every 2 months, or biweekly= every 2 weeks=twice a month?
What are they asking, that you bill once a month, with a due date?  that seems completely reasonable to me.  If you are billing once every two weeks, then I think most offices pay once monthly.  Most bills are presented due within 30 days.
VOIP - If I am not mistaken VOIP requires a high speed connection.
lingo lingo lingo...
we pay $22/month for everything, call waiting, call answering, etc etc...calls free to anywhere in the world, except Western Europe, they just upgraded 911, and they actually lowered some prices for 2006...

this, of course, is all subject to change as the greedy gov no doubts wants its hand in the pie, but for now, no taxes. (we were paying over $15 A MONTH in just taxes with Verizon)...

anyway, you need a cable internet connection, so it only works as good as your upload speed (not download, you need fast upload). we have adelphia, which is not the best service, so we get some quality problems...

they are a company called Primus and have great support, etc. even just their land-based long distance is cheap.

just curious, doesn't your company reimburse you for long distance, or don't you dial into an 800 number? pardon me if I offend, because not sure if you work for a company or own your own business...

anway, lingo will not work unless you have the cable connection...

what about Skype? My son uses it and asked me to join, but I have not actually investigated it yet...

best of luck!
redneck lingo

If anyone wants to split a seam laughing, email me and tell me you want the REDNECK LINGO mp3 file from Jeff Foxworthy. I can zip it down to a little over 2 MB.

And don't worry ... I've got more viruses protection on this system than a squirrel has nuts hidden in the ground.

It takes a little while to get used to the lingo, sm
but you'll do fine. Just get in some practice before you start on production. BTW, I've noticed over the years that most of the work services get as "overflow" is ortho and OB/GYN.
Not hep to e-mail lingo.
Can anyone tell me what <G> means in an e-mail?  Always wondered, but never asked til now,  Thanks.
It isn't just this site. This is net lingo and used on every

site.    I used to see people post on the word board and then end it with TIA.  I thought they meant they were having a brain farct, but what it means in thanks in advance. 


I pay $35/month through Vonage for unlimited LD. Local phone co. charges $50/month. NM
Don't get in a snit. It's internet lingo.
i use lingo and love it! sm (long)
i gave up 2 landlines and now use lingo ($20/month) over highspeed cable; save lots of$$$! only downside i know of is that emergency 911 calls are handled differently, but lingo has a 911 call protocol. some people keep 1 landline just for that purpose, but I figure if there's a catastrophe the landlines will be down anyway. also, if your cable goes out you don't have phone service. my mobile phone is my backup for emergencies now. also, i suggest you lease the modem, not buy; that way if the company upgrades their system they upgrade your modem and you're not left behind with obsolete equipment...
Yes, I have used it - no probs.
Have done it for 2 years - no probs
They guarantee their work - so I'll repeat what the other poster said - if you have the backup, go for it.

I use the online turbo tax and have had no problems the last 2 years. It is easy and fairly fast.

good luck to you.
Satellite/VPN probs

I have the very same problem.  From what I understand, there's nothing that can be done about the download speeds.  Hughes won't give tech support concerning VPN issues.  If anyone else has any other information, I would appreciate it.  I am working with a VPN now and have satellite and can't connect, period.  Does anybody know why that would be?  I get a message saying that the remote computer has not responded.  The last VPN I worked with, I could connect; it was just very slow.


I also use mydocsonline with no probs! nm
Probs with Editscript

One of the companies I work for have recently switched over to Editscript.  I have been moving and have finally settled down and for the first time this week attempted to type.  The company says that you have to buy a special footpedal that goes with the software.  Instead you have to use hotkeys.  I could not even make my way through one dictation without giving up.  It is so hard not being able to use my footpedal.  Has anyone else had this kind of problem?

me too, no probs, not even questions.
what specific probs are you having to make you want to
I've used them several times w/o any probs at all. nm
The Sted's works with just about anything, as does the ExText. No probs w/the
We have a few Acer laptops in our family. No probs. nm
Anyone having probs searching for docs on ExText?
Is anyone else having this problem lately? In ExText, when I search for a physician's name by using the Cntrl-A function, it is extremely slow, and about half the time, the search seems to freeze, and then I get a message that the connection has been lost. I click on "Retry", am connected, and physicians' names are displayed. The whole process is as slow as molasses, and occasionally, I get completely kicked out of the system, or everything freezes up solid. This has been happening for about 2 to 3 days.
A contact of mine worked for them for 6 years w/o probs, FT. She retired from them, too. nm
Several times w/o probs. You can delete/uninstall it right after the episode, too, if you're
A good tax guy is worth his weight. He will help you find deductions and if any probs with IRS,
My fones have been in my tower for years now as sound is so much clearer. No probs. nm
I think I'm going to try Vonage/VOIP, too, as I'm paranoid about getting back charged by a regular company.  I already have used Qwest ULD before and got a letter after a few months threatening to terminate (there was no 5000 minute limit when I originally signed on), but fortunately I just cancelled it and there were no back charges.  I don't see any minute limit with Vonage, but I have noticed that both the residential and small business plans have the same limitations which say things like continuous call forwarding (not sure that that is).  I know a lot of transcriptionists use it and seem to not have problems, so I'm going to give it a try.  I don't really know what else to do unless pay by the minute, but it'd cost me a fortune, even with a low rate plan.
I have been using Vonage and yes it is true that if your internet goes out you have no phone service but you can set it up quite easily to automatically forward any calls to a cell phone or any number you want if your internet or electricity goes out.  My internet rarely goes out and I have had no problems with my Vonage service.  It did require some tweaking at first but I love it and I am saving so much money over Bellsouth that I had previously.
VOIP and 911
If you are switching to VOIP for telephone service, whether it is Vonage or another company, please make sure your 911 dispatch center can find you should you need them.  The location of a land line phone and more and more cell phones (eventually all because they will all have GPS) will come up on computer-aided dispatch systems.  This is not always the case with VOIP.  When you choose your provider, give 911 a call in the late evening/early morning when they are not so busy, tell them you have a new phone system and inquire if a location comes up for you on their computer.  Actually, anyone who moves or otherwise changes their phone number can (and probably should) do this.  The middle of an emergency is not the time to find that 911 thinks you are somewhere you aren't.
I use Vonage and I have that same problem. Sometimes it depends on the time of day. Let me know if it gets any better and with what company. I was told that AT&T does not like to help with that.
I have VOIP s/m

And yes, if the power goes out, so does your phone.  Power does not go out that often.  I do have a cell that is a prepay phone for when I'm on the road, etc., so in case of power outage, I can use that as well if I need to.  Just think about it, if the power is out, your not working anyways...

Now I do have a generator as well, so if and when the power does go out, I can get that set up and use that as well. 

Voice quality is just like the regular landline for me although I know some people that have had problems with different services.  It is normally because of a setting that you need to adjust on your end. 


AT&T VOIP has been great! (nm)
Lanier and VOIP
I use digital phone with Time Warner for my Lanier account. I also kept my unlimited LD with Verizon as a back up, but use the digital phone service for my Lanier because I'm afraid that Verizon will catch up with me. Therefore, I have TWO lines, one land one (Verizon), and one VOIP (Time Warner). Both are unlimited LD, but if the cable goes out, I still have my land line. Hope this helps.
VOIP and internet - sm
Yes, the Lanier is plugged into the phone line just like your C-phone. The phone line is connected to the cable modem, so the phone line and your internet connection come through the same modem (I think...not sure of the technicalities). The VOIP is half the price of my land line with Verizon, and VOIP is truly unlimited, while Verizon watches the minutes.
I would go AT&T or Vonage VoIP instead
of hassling with unlimited long distance since ULD becomes an issue for MTs.
VoIP problems
I have had three different VoIP companies over the years, all at the request of my employer. I never lasted more than a week with any one of them and now I absolutely refuse to do that again. Had the same issues you have with the foot pedal and I was not using a C-phone nor a wave pedal. The audio quality would be choppy, there would be gaps where multiple words were missing, etc.

Out of those three different companies, not one could fix the problem, though they all acknowledged that the choppiness could be an issue "for some people". Lucky me!

Hope you fare better!
There is no way I would use any VOIP company
for dictation. I used Skype, and I used Packet 8 for home service. I have known people who have used Vonage. They are entirely too unpredictable and the sound most times is horrid. It might be okay for home use if you didn't call much, but there is no way I would use VOIP for something as important as dictation.
Anyone using VoIP (internet phone) with a
DVI or C-phone to transcribe, and does it work well?  If so, what company do you use?  Are those companies cracking down on transcription like the regular LD carriers?
My employers forbids us to have VoIP because...
it fouls up lots of things.  Also, I have a friend with Vonage and we are constantly cut off, or it sounds like she is talking from the bottom of a fish tank.  She hates it. 
VoIP plans are the only ones without restrictions
Anyone use VoIP phone system
and are you having problems with connectivity?  We switched to internet-based phone service a few weeks ago and recently I started having problems with downloading the voice.  I get the report but without any voice.  If you have had this problem, how did you remedy it?  I'm about at my wit's end.  Thanks!
VOIP and internet connection - sm
I have VOIP with my cable provider, Roadrunner, and I can use my Lanier at the same time as I am on the Internet, no problems.  In my area, this is much cheaper than unlimited long distance phone service with my land line provider (which I kept, by the way, as you have NO phone if your cable goes out).   I have not had any problems at all.  Hope this helps.
VOIP as second phone line

Is it possible to use VOIP as an extra phone line instead of investing in a second land phone line?  I'm going to be working at my mom's a couple days a week.  She has one phone line and DSL.  At my house I only have dial-up. I have an account that requires two phone lines with no DSL, one for dictaphone, one for Meditech.  I really hate to ask her to pay for another land phone line and was wondering if I could use VOIP.  Thanks for any input.   

my concern with VOIP with a C-phone is
how is the voice quality? I would be interested in something like Vonage as I can take that with me and travel.
voip.com has true unlimited
I called this morning and questioned her extensively on whether it was truly unlimited, and she assured me it was. www.voip.com - not to be confused with the generic voip service like Vonage. She did say that satellite internet users would probably not be happy with the connection, but I have DSL and it works perfectly. One warning - it disconnects at exactly 5 hours, so you have to remember to hang up and re-dial in prior to that.
Question for Vonage/VoIP users

If you are using Vonage for MT, do you use the residential or small business plan, and how many minutes a month do you use?


VoIP in lieu of landline phones?

I read a little article in one of those free local trade publications which discussed ways of saving money on everyday household costs. VoIP was listed as a way to save a ton of money by using your Net connection for your phone service.

The article didn't explain how it all works. Is anyone doing this? Do you hook up your phone to your cable connection or are you using some speaker system/software on your PC to make calls? I just don't get it. All I know is that they said you can call anywhere in the world and it doesn't matter, it's a fixed inexpensive monthly cost. I also don't know if you trade your landline telephone number for something through thte VoIP service.

So, I'm intrigued but totally in the dark about this concept. TIA!

I had VoIP back in Nov with my cable provider and then went with another IP and just used..sm
my landline because they did not offer VoIP.  Now my IP offers it  and it works great other than the pedal.  Thanks for your help!
VoIP and foot pedal issues

For anyone using VoIP, do you find that your foot pedal does not always respond? IOW, you lift your foot from the foot pedal and the dictation continues along? Or, you have to press the foot pedal twice to get the system to respond. Sometimes, I'll press the rewind pedal for a second and I'm thrown back to the beginning of the report. --- My C-phone and foot pedal are both  new, so it's not with my equipment. And AT&T says they don't support my equipment (although they were helpful once before).

Any suggestions to resolve the problem?