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Since 2005, Phone Power has provided Residential and small Business VoIP service with free calling to the U.S. and...
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Was having reliability problems with my…

Was having reliability problems with my previous provider and decided to try Phone Power with my existing Obi202. The price was almost double what i was paying before, but they promised me the service and reliability made it worth it. Started off by setting up my SIP credentials only to find that the reliability got much worse compared to my old provider. Phone Power recommends using their auto-provisioning feature instead of SIP, so I tried it out. Much better except for one thing: you can only have one line working on the Obi202 (which normally allows up to two lines). The next thing I notice is that when you get an email regarding a voice mail, there’s no way to delete that message unless you log into the site (which is slow as molasses). My previous provider offered a way to listen and delete messages directly from a link in the email. Finally, I didn’t notice until I signed up that there’s no SMS texting feature or even the option to add it. You may not think this is important, but I can almost guarantee you that friends are sending you text messages from their phones — assuming that they’re reaching your mobile phone instead of your landline. So overall I give it a thumbs up for reliability, but you miss out on a lot of features just to have your calls go through. Personally, the lack of an SMS texting option and the inability to use a second line on my Obi is a deal breaker for me, so I’ll need to give it a thumbs down.

Was having reliability problems with my previous provider and decided to try Phone Power with my existing Obi202. The price was almost double what i was paying before, but they promised me the service and reliability made it worth it.

Started off by setting up my SIP credentials only to find that the reliability got much worse compared to my old provider. Phone Power recommends using their auto-provisioning feature instead of SIP, so I tried it out. Much better except for one thing: you can only have one line working on the Obi202 (which normally allows up to two lines).

The next thing I notice is that when you get an email regarding a voice mail, there’s no way to delete that message unless you log into the site (which is slow as molasses). My previous provider offered a way to listen and delete messages directly from a link in the email.

Finally, I didn’t notice until I signed up that there’s no SMS texting feature or even the option to add it. You may not think this is important, but I can almost guarantee you that friends are sending you text messages from their phones — assuming that they’re reaching your mobile phone instead of your landline.

So overall I give it a thumbs up for reliability, but you miss out on a lot of features just to have your calls go through. Personally, the lack of an SMS texting option and the inability to use a second line on my Obi is a deal breaker for me, so I’ll need to give it a thumbs down.

Pros: Good reliability if you use auto-provisioning on a VoIP phone adapter.
Cons: Auto-provisioning only allows for a single line on VoIP phone adapters. Using SIP credentials is very unreliable. Can delete voicemails from email notifications. Requires that you log in. No SMS messaging feature. Slow website.
Would Recommend: No

The phone will work fine one day, then…

The phone will work fine one day, then you cant call out the next day. They were good for about 2 years then in 2018 the service started giving random error messages. Calls to tech support indicated they “knew about a issue and had no idea when it would be fixed” This is not acceptable, and take your money elsewhere for phone service!

The phone will work fine one day, then you cant call out the next day.

They were good for about 2 years then in 2018 the service started giving random error messages.

Calls to tech support indicated they “knew about a issue and had no idea when it would be fixed”

This is not acceptable, and take your money elsewhere for phone service!

Pros: Cheap price.
Cons: Unreliable service.
Would Recommend: No

Do not waste your time and money…

Do not waste your time and money with this lack of service company. You will not be happy.

Do not waste your time and money with this lack of service company. You will not be happy.

Pros: price was good at the start then more than doubled.
Cons: could not call 800 numbers support could not fix this bad call quality people would not talk to us as they did not like the echo and the feedback this was never fixed.
Would Recommend: No

I have been using Phone Power for…

I have been using Phone Power for about 6 years. AT&T was ripping me off. I love the web interface with all of the features. Issues I had were due to my ISP (AT&T) and not Phone Power. Great support! I even used the soft phone feature while traveling in Europe to avoid costly international cell phone rates. Highly recommended if you need a land line at a low cost.

I have been using Phone Power for about 6 years. AT&T was ripping me off. I love the web interface with all of the features. Issues I had were due to my ISP (AT&T) and not Phone Power. Great support! I even used the soft phone feature while traveling in Europe to avoid costly international cell phone rates. Highly recommended if you need a land line at a low cost.

Pros: Price, Features, Support.
Cons: None so far.
Would Recommend: Yes

Do NOT believe a word…Horrible …

Do NOT believe a word… Horrible service and product very unreliable. Run! Run! Run! Used them for 2 1/2 years with promises that it will get better. Finally, when I had enough they said I had to pay a penalty because they had no records of my problems. I don’t know what is worse; lying about me calling over 2 years or the fact that they don’t have any records of me calling. Save yourself a lot of headache and find a different company!

Do NOT believe a word…

Horrible service and product very unreliable. Run! Run! Run! Used them for 2 1/2 years with promises that it will get better. Finally, when I had enough they said I had to pay a penalty because they had no records of my problems. I don’t know what is worse; lying about me calling over 2 years or the fact that they don’t have any records of me calling.

Save yourself a lot of headache and find a different company!

Pros: that there are other companies other than Broadvoice.
Cons: Horrible Product and Service.
Would Recommend: No
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Provider Overview

Since 2005, Phone Power has provided Residential and small Business VoIP service with free calling to the U.S. and Canada. Their affordable Residential plans are available to customers worldwide, along with great International rates and over 55 countries that can be called for free. When you prepay the first year of service with Phone Power, you’ll receive the second year FREE and a Cloned Second Line.

Phone Power’s Business and Hosted PBX service packages range from single-line business accounts all the way up to multiple-location hosted PBX systems with fully-featured Auto-Attendants and Call Hunt Groups. Installation is easy and includes Phone Power’s Home Adapter, which simply plugs into your broadband connection.

 

Phone Power Pricing and Services

 

Most Popular Plan: Month-to-Month Home and Small Business – Phone Power offers a number of services ranging from single residential lines to hosted PBX systems for small businesses. Amongst these services and plans, the VoIP provider offers domestic home and small business plans across month to month, one year, and two year plan options. Though the month to month option is typically most popular, each plan option comes equipped with free calling to the US and Canada, free equipment lease and activation online, 1 hour free international calling every month, a free Phone Power adapter (that allows users to attach 2 phones), and a host of over 45 free premium calling features and exclusive failsafe.

Some of the features Phone Power’s service plan comes equipped with are:
Free Second Line, Voicemail-to-Email, Do Not Disturb, Voicemail Viewer, Remote Voicemail Access, Anonymous Caller Rejection, Online Account Management, Call Waiting, Caller ID, Simultaneous Ring, Contact List, Call Waiting
Speed Dial, Operator Block, Call Hold, Softphone, 3-Way Calling, E911, Free In-Network Calling, 311 City Service, Remote Click2Call, Fax Catcher. In addition to this Phone Power also includes their exclusive “Failsafe” feature, which can automatically forward calls to an alternate number in the event of an internet or power outage.

Pricing: Pricing for Phone Power plans is based on the method selected for monthly charges. Each plan’s startup cost (which includes service plus surcharges and taxes) is reflective of the method selected. Additionally, each plan has different contract requirements, taxes, surcharges, and shipping and handling (if applicable).
– Month to Month Plan: $19.95 per month; No Contract; No Prepayment; 1st month cost of $25.24 with taxes and surcharges; S&H $14.95, total startup cost of $40.19
– 12 Month Term Plan: $16.95 per month; 12 Month Contract; No Prepayment; 1st month cost of $21.89 with taxes and surcharges; S&H $14.95, total startup cost of $36.84
– 24 Month Term Plan: $14.95 per month; 24 Month Contract; No Prepayment; 1st month cost of $19.66 with taxes and surcharges; S&H $14.95, total startup cost of $34.61

While the options above do not require prepayment, Phone Power offers another plan, buy one year (prepaid) and get the second free. In choosing this option users are charged $199.95 ($8.33 monthly average), $258.86 1st month cost with taxes and surcharges, and total startup cost (with S&H) of $273.8. Note: Charges are conditional to local taxes based on the user’s zip code.

The International Plus plan also includes the 45+ premium VoIP features, as well as a free 2nd line with Failsafe.

Awards:
– 2013 TopTenReviews Gold Award for its range of service plans and quality features
– 2013 TopTenReviews Excellence Award
– BBR Gold Star Award Winner for receiving review ratings above 80% (current and on average)
– Included in Inc 500’s Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America (2012)
– Ranked Number 22 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500

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