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Asterisk-Friendly Gainesville VOIP Providers

Finally Updated!

OK, here's my picks for VOIP Providers with Gainesville numbers. Sorry for the delay but I figured I'd better get something posted soon or someone might come looking for me. :)
One tip I can share is that I have spent a lot of time on Freenode IRC in #FreePBX. It's a great place to meet people and see how Asterisk is being deployed firsthand.
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Definitions/Criteria
Some of the things you want to look for in a DID Provider:
Affordable DID (Direct Inward Dial) Numbers
# of Channels: The number of channels that can simultaneously be used. Some providers limit channels per DID, some limit them per account. Pay close attention and make sure to ask what the number of channels you will get is and make sure they can clarify what the cap is.
SIP/IAX2 Connectivity for Asterisk: Do they allow Asterisk on their network? Some block asterisk because it has a tendency to be greedy of their resources. Not to mention it can trunk an entire business using a residential VOIP trunk, and they lose out on money. :)
Hard/Soft Limits or quotas on minutes used: Are there any minimum or maximums before overage fees are assessed?
Control Panel: Can you instantly add/remove services online via a control panel, or do you have to put in a support ticket and wait to get anything done? More specifically, are they the real provider or is this a middleman/reseller?
Failover: If your circuit is down, can they forward your DID numbers to another PSTN line? This is useful for residential and critical for business.

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Pay-as-you-go Category
1) My favorite pick and The #1 overall-value winner is Vitelity. They met all my criteria and won hands down. Their per-minute rates make not going with an unlimited plan actually affordable. They are currently running a special, you can make up your own toll free number (provided it's available) and they're waiving the $10 connection fee for this week only (through 11/13 I believe). Toll Free DID's are only 0.50/month and incoming calls on your toll free DID's are 0.019/minute (which is down from their previous 2.5c/minute).
Vitelity's Gainesville numbers are on Level-3's backbone and start at 1.49/month and $0.011/minute (yes that's 1.1 cent per minute) but be careful as some GNVFL DID's have different per minute rates. One other caveat is they won't help you tweak your IAX2 settings. Any complaints about call quality on IAX will have them immediately tell you to switch to SIP. Otherwise I've been very impressed with them as a provider and use them for my home office and at work.
2) TelIAX. Pay as you go, but a little more expensive per minute and per month on the DID's. They also offer unlimited plans BUT they've got a "softcap" of 1500 minutes after which they will start hassling about overages. Because TNSTAAFL.
3) Junction Networks. They are much more pricey in the per-minute department but they have a huge level of redundancy and failovers. They are marketing themselves towards business customers only.

Honorable Mentions:
1) VoipSTREET - Asterisk/Trixbox friendly.
2) VoicePulse Connect - features sliding scale rates based on the market you're calling to/from. Also geared for Asterisk. NOTE: This is different from standard VoicePulse.

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"Unlimited" Category
1) Viatalk. They don't "officially support" Asterisk, but they don't block it from their network, either. I have not tried them, but they have reasonable rate plans and I have read good reviews in their favor.
2) Broadvoice. While their pricing is attractive, their attitudes suck, and they won't help you get connected with Asterisk. It is touch and go, they are constantly changing their system as they grow and it breaks asterisk. There are tons of asterisk people out there who use them, but it takes a lot of tweaking and hair-pulling to get the service to work consistently. Just ask jwiens. :)
3) TelaSIP - This one has had mixed reviews. Need to do more research on this one.
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Stay-far-away Category
1) "Sellvoip.net" aka Blue Voice Networks. This is a two-man operation. I signed up and have been unable to get my DID to work with them. Outgoing calls seem to work, but I can't register with any of their SIP servers. They are a paid advertiser on trixbox.org, but they were so overwhelmed with business that they can't handle it all. Avoid them for now until their growing pains subside.
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Disclaimer
This is by no means a complete list of VOIP providers. It is a dynamic and growing business market. VOIP should not be considered a primary means of telephone connectivity. E911 service is not always available. Furthermore, the reliability of the connection rests primarily with your internet provider, so should it go out, your VOIP will too. As things change I'll be sure to update what I find.

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Gainesville numbers

I currently have Gainesville numbers from voicepulse, nufone, vitelity and teliax. You can get an absoulutely free (I swear) phone number in Archer, which is a local call from Gainesville, from Voicestick. There is a caveat using the Voicestick number with Asterisk. Sipphone is supposed to have Gainesville numbers but I have never succeeded in getting one. Various other people, like Voxbone, offer Gainesville numbers but you can't see in advance what number you will get. You have to order it and hope you like it.

The phone numbers all come from Level 3, ITCDeltacom, or Commpartners. GRUCom currently can provide dial tone over TDM here in Gainesville, but I don't know they are yet doing VOIP. Nuvox offers local numbers but it isn't clear they offer them to retail customers.

There are currently 139 area code/central office codes that are local calls from Gainesville. I haven't counted how many different companies are represented. To really waste your time I am going to add the list and anybody that wants to can get out all the providers.

352202 GAINESVL "BAKERS ELECTRONICS & COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352213 GAINESVL "BLUE LICENSES HOLDING, LLC"
352214 GAINESVL "BLUE LICENSES HOLDING, LLC"
352215 GAINESVL "BLUE LICENSES HOLDING, LLC"
352219 GAINESVL "SPRINT SPECTRUM L.P."
352222 GAINESVL "BLUE LICENSES HOLDING, LLC"
352224 GAINESVL "US LEC OF FLORIDA, INC."
352225 GAINESVL "AT&T LOCAL"
352226 GAINESVL "BLUE LICENSES HOLDING, LLC"
352230 GAINESVL "NETWORK SERVICES LLC"
352231 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352234 MICANOPY "FLORIDA CELLULAR SERVICE, INC."
352235 KEYSTN HTS "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352240 GAINESVL "NUVOX COMMUNICATIONS "
352244 GAINESVL "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352246 GAINESVL "SPRINT SPECTRUM L.P."
352248 GAINESVL "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352252 GAINESVL "ARCH WIRELESS HOLDINGS, INC."
352256 GAINESVL "SPRINT SPECTRUM L.P."
352258 GAINESVL "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352260 GAINESVL "AT&T LOCAL"
352262 GAINESVL "CELLCO PARTNERSHIP DBA VERIZON WIRELESS - FL"
352264 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352265 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352271 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352273 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352275 GAINESVL "TCG SOUTH FLORIDA"
352276 GAINESVL "PORTA-PHONE DIV OF JOHN H. PHIPPS, INC"
352278 GAINESVL "BLUE LICENSES HOLDING, LLC"
352280 MCINTOSH "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352281 GAINESVL "FLORIDA CELLULAR SERVICE, INC."
352282 GAINESVL "FLORIDA CELLULAR SERVICE, INC."
352283 GAINESVL "FLORIDA CELLULAR SERVICE, INC."
352284 GAINESVL "FLORIDA CELLULAR SERVICE, INC."
352294 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352313 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352316 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352317 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352318 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352320 GAINESVL "SUPRA TELECOMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION SYSTEMS FL"
352327 GAINESVL "INTERMEDIA COMMUNICATIONS INC. - FL"
352328 GAINESVL "POWERTEL JACKSONVILLE LICENSES, INC."
352331 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352332 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352333 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352334 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352335 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352336 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352337 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352338 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352339 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352353 ARCHER "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352354 NEWBERRY "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352358 HAWTHORNE "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352359 GAINESVL "CELLCO PARTNERSHIP DBA VERIZON WIRELESS - FL"
352363 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352367 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352370 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352371 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352372 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352373 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352374 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352375 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352376 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352377 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352378 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352379 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352380 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352381 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352384 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352389 MICANOPY "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352392 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352393 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352395 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352412 GAINESVL "AIRTOUCH PAGING - FLORIDA"
352413 GAINESVL "AIRTOUCH PAGING - FLORIDA"
352416 GAINESVL "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352431 GAINESVL "METROCALL"
352439 BRONSON "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352441 WILLISTON "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352443 ARCHER "CELLCO PARTNERSHIP DBA VERIZON WIRELESS - FL"
352456 GAINESVL "GLOBAL NAPS, INC. - FL"
352463 TRENTON "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352466 MICANOPY "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352468 WALDO "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
352472 NEWBERRY "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352473 KEYSTN HTS "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352474 NEWBERRY "FLORIDA CELLULAR SERVICE, INC."
352475 MELROSE "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
352478 KEYSTN HTS "SPRINT SPECTRUM L.P."
352481 HAWTHORNE "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352485 BROOKER "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
352486 BRONSON "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352487 TRENTON "ITC DELTA COM - FL"
352488 GAINESVL "METROCALL"
352491 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352494 GAINESVL "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352495 ARCHER "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352505 GAINESVL "LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC - FL"
352514 GAINESVL "CELLCO PARTNERSHIP DBA VERIZON WIRELESS - FL"
352517 MCINTOSH "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352525 MCINTOSH "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352528 WILLISTON "SPRINT-FLORIDA, INC. DBA UNITED TEL OF FLORIDA"
352529 WILLISTON "SPRINT-FLORIDA, INC. DBA UNITED TEL OF FLORIDA"
352538 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352548 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352558 WILLISTON "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352562 GAINESVL "FLORIDA CELLULAR SERVICE, INC."
352577 BRONSON "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352582 GAINESVL "GAINESVILLE REGIONAL UTILITIES DBA GRUCOM"
352591 MCINTOSH "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
352614 GAINESVL "ARCH WIRELESS HOLDINGS, INC."
352641 ARCHER "COX FLORIDA TELCOM, L.P. - FL"
352642 GAINESVL "US LEC OF FLORIDA, INC."
352658 TRENTON "LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC - FL"
352665 GAINESVL "BLUE LICENSES HOLDING, LLC"
352672 GAINESVL "KMC DATA LLC - FL"
352682 GAINESVL "SPRINT SPECTRUM L.P."
352692 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352727 GAINESVL "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"
352733 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352745 GAINESVL "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
352792 GAINESVL "COMMPARTNERS, LLC - FL"
352846 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
352870 GAINESVL "POWERTEL JACKSONVILLE LICENSES, INC."
352871 GAINESVL "POWERTEL JACKSONVILLE LICENSES, INC."
352872 GAINESVL "VOLO COMMUNICATIONS OF FLORIDA, INC. - FL"
352955 GAINESVL "BELLSOUTH TELECOMM INC DBA SOUTHERN BELL TEL & TEL"
386266 ALACHUA "SPRINT SPECTRUM L.P."
386418 ALACHUA "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
386433 HIGH SPG "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
386454 HIGH SPG "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
386462 ALACHUA "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
386496 LAKEBUTLER "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
386497 FORT WHITE "ALLTEL FLORIDA, INC."
386518 ALACHUA "COX FLORIDA TELCOM, L.P. - FL"
386588 ALACHUA "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
386832 HIGH SPG "NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC."
386853 ALACHUA "ALLTEL WIRELESS HOLDINGS, LLC - FL"

zenitram's picture

short list of voip astrerisk friendly providers?

Any progress? An incomplete list would be helpful.

UForgotten's picture

Asterisk VOIP Provider Updates

I'm finally moving forward with a bunch of VOIP projects, so I'll send through any new info I get :)

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