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Tesco Internet Phone Adapter IPA1000

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Tesco Internet Phone Adapter IPA1000

I know this subject was probably done to death when Tesco withdrew their VOIP service a few months ago, but I can't find anything here on the forum regarding this particular piece of kit. As a new subscriber to +net I haven't yet activated the PAYG VOIP service, due to not having compatible equipment. The IPA1000 is an adapter that allows a standard phone to connect to a router via an ethernet port, but of course it is locked down to the now defunct Tesco VOIP service.
Has anyone heard of these devices being unlock-able? If not, can you recommend suitable VOIP hardware that works with the Thomson TG585 v7 and doesn't require the PC to be on all the time?
The Thomson router doesn't appear to be VOIP enabled, so presumably some sort of adapter is required?
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Re: Tesco Internet Phone Adapter IPA1000

Interesting thread here http://www.voipfoneuserforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=3976
Sounds like someone MIGHT be working on an unlock for the IPA1000 but it looks like its an IAX2 device rather than a SIP one which, unless they can flash it with SIP firmware means it probably wont work with PlusNet voip ( although it was possible to use IAX2 on PlusNet some time ago... ).
Anyway , regarding alternative options. Can I suggest looking at these threads http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,77814.0.html
and http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,81664.0.html and then posting back with questions.
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Re: Tesco Internet Phone Adapter IPA1000

Quote from: MisterW
Anyway , regarding alternative options. Can I suggest looking at these threads http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,77814.0.html and http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,81664.0.html and then posting back with questions.

Thanks. Much interesting reading there!
puddy
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Re: Tesco Internet Phone Adapter IPA1000

Hi Jaggies
My 2 recommendations for routers are a Speedtouch 716wl (99p to £30 max)or 780wl both have 2 voip ports on the rear but otherwise are not much different than your current speedtouch router they are wireless. eBay and amazon have these 2nd hand routers listed, please make sure it’s not a ISP supplied router like 02 orange virgin etc. they will not work.
For use around the home I use Siemens Gigaset DECT cordless model C460ip (£45-£50) you connect 1 end to your router and the other to your BT socket so you can make BT landline calls and voip calls, even my Mrs can use it with no problem. Don’t go for the C460ip model, it only allows access to 1 voip account others in the range are better value and allow you to sign up with more than 1 voip company, you can also buy extra slave handsets (£35) which allow more than 1 voip call at a time, great if you have kids that tie the phone up.
I also use the following Nokia mobile phones: E65(£30) N95 (£70) mobile phone these can make voip calls anywhere in the world you can get access to a unprotected Wi-Fi signal.  A lot of fast food restaurants cafes cities & bars/pubs now offer free Wi-Fi internet access allowing you to make free voip calls.  My neighbour just come back from Turkey and said a lot of bars now offer free Wi-Fi access  allowing him to make voip calls back to the UK free.  The mobile in effect thinks it’s a UK phone so no international call charges or country codes to dial plus no rip off roaming charges.  Friends can call you from the UK if you if tell them you have a Wi-Fi signal (text them) free of charge if they have free landline minutes or the price of a local calls.  In addition you do not have to pay for incoming calls charges when abroad when accepting calls to your  Plusnet number.
if buying a mobile(e65 N95 N95-8GB) from eBay try and get a Sim free and de-branded one, or an independent mobile repair shop (not CPW type setup) can make it Sim free/unlock and de-branded it for a small charge.  
Lastly you can make voip to voip calls free they do not come out of your call allowance if you know someone else who with the same voip company just dial their account number only.  I have a friend who lives in Spain he finds a unprotected Wi-Fi signal and calls my orbtalk account number and the call free and doesn’t come out of my allowance. My neighbour with Plusnet we call each other free voip to voip
All the device’s listed can make and receive without leaving your computer on
regards
puddy
the following nokia mobiles are voip capable N80 N82 N95-8GB N96 N97(mini)but I never used one.  
I do have a N900 and you can make Voip calls