October 19, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! Wow, folks, this past week's question on VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) phone service received a tremendous amount of participation from you, with well over 200 posts to Maria's question! I've personally never inquired about or used VoIP, but after reading so many contributions from you, I feel completely educated on the service and have a very good understanding of the pros and cons of it. And I hope this discussion topic has the same effect on the members here.
I know that in the discussion topic there are a lot of back-and-forth debates and personal opinions on how great the service is, or how poor it is--and many in between. But the bottom line is that, once you've read through them as I did, those of you who are looking into VoIP will definitely be able to make a better-informed decision as to whether the service is right for you. And as with all technology, test the waters out and try the service before you completely commit to it--you really have nothing to lose. Anyways, my suggestion is to grab a good cup of coffee, pull up a comfy chair, and start reading your fellow members' advice on VoIP. And to get you warmed up, here are few selected member contributions to get it all flowing. If you folks want to add more or share your experience on VoIP, squeeze in and get cozy, because we'd all like to hear from you. Good luck with your decision, Maria. Have a great weekend and thank you for all your contributions!
Member Question of the Week
Hi, I need some opinions for the members who currently use
VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) or who had previous used
this service and discontinued it. My cable and broadband
provider Comcast has been pushing this service and I'm really
curious as to why. The deal sounds amazing, it's cheap and
has many features that I would take advantage of like
unlimited calling anywhere, and offers inexpensive additions
for international calls. Currently I pay a hefty amount for
my landline service and VOIP seems to be the solution.
However, I don't really know anything about the service
except that it is cheap and it uses my cable lines to make
calls rather than using the telephone line. Also if it's such
a great deal, how come none of my friends and family use it?
I'm currently only getting one side of the story of how great
it is from the VOIP companies (checked out Vonage and others
also). What's the real deal here? Is there a catch to all
this hype? Will I regret switching? I would love to hear from
the people who use VOIP and tell me exactly how it works and
what are the advantages and disadvantages of the service, so
that I can make the right choice for me. Thank you.
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Hi, I have a question for you guys. I am not sure which model
of Panasonic plasma HDTV I should buy with Viera line. The
50 inches with 1080p (TH-50PZ700) or the 50 inches with the
720p (TH-50PX75). Will I see a difference in screen quality
from the 720p to the 1080p if I only use the HDMI cable from
a regular DVD player 480P to upconverting the signal?
I know for sure that with a Blu-ray or HD DVD the difference
will be day and night but like I said if I only use the 480p
DVD player will it be worth to spend that money on 1080p.
Since I am not going to buy a Blu-ray or HD DVD player soon
because I don't know which format will survive. I am
only going to use a DV with the HDMI connection to upgrade
the signal from a basic 480P DVD player to hook up my plasma
TV. Any help here is appreciated!
720p or 1080p?
- I believe that a 60" screen is the smallest size you should consider if you want 1080p
- 46" is just too small ... IMO you are wasting your money to go 1080p at this size ... better to buy a 720p set.
- 50" may be OK if you sit about 6 feet away ... otherwise you are not going to see the difference 1080p makes.
- 60" you will see the difference if you sit close enough. The recommended distance for this size when viewing HDTV is 8 feet.
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