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BasicTalk phone service is a new brand that was launched by Vonage Holdings Corp. in May of 2013. The service appears to be positioned as a lower cost alternative to the regular Vonage service that costs in the region of $25 per month and includes unlimited international calling. The new BasicTalk service comes with unlimited calling to phone numbers located in the USA, and has a reduced feature set (caller-id, call waiting, voicemail, 411 and 911) that compares more favorably with regular land-lines, than a typical home VoIP service. BasicTalk is geared primarily to those who desire a simple, straightforward residential service or cheaper alternative to a landline.
If looking for a simple, straightforward service, BasicTalk is just that. Basic. Features include Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, and 911. Call quality is generally on par with what is expected from landlines.
It should be noted that BasicTalk is mainly for residential users who simply want to replace their landline or setup a new phone line. New accounts have the option of getting a new number or sticking with one already owned.
Installation tutorials and troubleshooting guides in the "Technical Support" section are available on the Basic Talk website. This is great, as Live chat through the website is available only between 9am and 9pm EST on weekdays. Users may also email customer service.
If unhappy with the service, a refund may be issued within 7 days of activation. There is also no Early Termination or Cancellation fee. If you decide to cancel your plan between the current and the next billing cycle, only charges for that month are accrued and billed. This is a nice policy for customers as other VoIP providers have been criticized for excessive hidden fees related to service cancellation.
Owned and backed by Vonage Holdings Corp.
Much lower cost than the regular Vonage phone service offerings.
Uses the popular Grandstream HT701F telephone adaptor.
Like most other VoIP providers, there are regular use limit of 3000 minutes a month and charges 3.9 cents a minute after that. International calling outside of the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico is not available with this service.
An activation fee of up to $29.99 should be expected. Other fees to note include reactivation fees of closed accounts, standard taxes, and shipping and handling costs.
Only the most standard features are offered with the service and no premium features. The lack of call forwarding can also be quite inconvenient for those frequently away from home. Phone number transfers can also take a few days up to a few weeks to become active. Though it's rare for it to take more than a few days to transfer, it's certainly possible and worth considering. Typical VoIP services include over 40 features so when BasicTalk is compared with this, it pales in comparison.
There is no mobile service available through a plan option or mobile application.
There is no for support fax machines. A fax machine may be plugged into the BasicTalk Box, and some fax machines may work, but troubleshooting for individual devices is not supported.
Technical support is only available through the website. A telephone number is available only for sales inquiries. Technical support is lacking compared to other services.
Although the cost of Basic Talk is competitive, it is still higher than its competition, such as the providers listed in our residential phone service review section.
BasicTalk is a cheaper alternative to the plethora of other VoIP services available. This affordability is its main appeal to consumers. However, this cheaper cost comes at the expense of premium options and features, and higher levels of customer support. If international calling isn't a necessity for you and your family, and you are simply looking for a cheaper equivalent to landline service, BasicTalk may be all that you need.
BasicTalk is a new service introduced in 2013. Currently 50% of customers recommend the service on WhichVoIP user reviews. Primary complaints include mentions of choppy audio and dropped calls. Those with the least trouble with the service seem to be placing calls only within the USA. Read our collection of user reviews for yourself to see what existing customers have had to say after subscribing and be sure to stay tuned for more updates from WhichVoIP as the BasicTalk service continues to expand.
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BasicTalk reviews are listed in chronological order.
#54 : APR 19th, 2016 : Leo
Online website is impossible if you want to change or update anything. No live representative to speak to. Doesn't surprise me its owned by Walmart. Walmart is a lousy company, become too big. Very unhappy customer.
#53 : APR 3rd, 2016 : Linda
I had no problem in setting up, including transferring my old phone number. My only wish is that it had the ability to block numbers. And it cannot, at least at this time, be used with Nomorobo software. And I had no activation charge...It's just the monthly charge plus taxes ($12.16). It's set up for automatic payments so never a possibility of a late charge.
#52 : MAR 24th, 2016 : Leslie
Technical support isn't all that good, phone number transfer seems impossible, now going on 2 weeks and can't use our original number yet. They set up 911 service and gave us a temporary new number and then told us we had to use that one. We can call out but without changing our number we can't receive calls yet. Have changed and resubmitted information several times and still not hooked up.
WhichVoIP Team (March 25th 2016) : Here is an article we wrote on number porting if you would like to learn more about this subject.
#51 : FEB 5th, 2016 : Steve
Cheap cost for excellent VoIP service. No problems with system. Only issue is need to reset the line after using system to release intercom door to apartment building or cannot be heard on call (can hear other party). Makes no difference if incoming or outgoing call. No BasicTalk resolution.
#50 : FEB 5th, 2016 : Larry
Pro's: BasicTalk is Vonage minus many features. Most of those features, I don't miss. Service is excellent, reliability is excellent. Use a "Y" splitter on the phone cord to plug into the phone wiring system of your home to activate all phone outlets throughout your home.
#49 : JAN 6th, 2016 : Kae
I've had Basic Talk over a year. Not one problem, so I've never had to call customer Service. I've recommended them to my friends, and I appreciate the recommendation from a family member to get it in the first place.
#48 : NOV 12th, 2015 : Cookie
I have had this service for about 3 years. Their phone service is OK but my voice mail doesn't work. Oh and it isn't $9.99 a month if you pay late.
#47 : OCT 17th, 2015 : Brad
$12.98 vs $48.89 - need I say more! OK the quality and reliability are the same. I received my original number before the converter arrived. The directions for installation were clear and simple.
#46 : OCT 11th, 2015 : Don
No problems (I didn't complete the scroll-down information, which was my fault). It really covers a lot of details which impressed me, but really, BasicTalk deserves SIX-STARS for ease of setup. I used phone-call and Tech-help was outstanding.
#45 : SEP 18th, 2015 : Mark
After two months, BasicTalk either could not or would not have Teleblend release my old # for porting. About 8 or 10 times, BasicTalk told me I needed to edit my address and name but did not tell me what to change. All the info Teleblend had was 100% correct so I could never get back my old #. Do not be fooled into thinking you can keep your old number. BasicTalk is supposed to be the experts in this area and they fall WAY short. I finally gave up and will use only cell phones.
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#11 : Posted by Charles Schneider on January 7th, 2016:
All incoming calls go straight to voice mail and my phone never rings at all!
-> Response: Have you talked to BasicTalk about this? If it goes straight to voicemail I would look at a couple of things.
1. Your device likely is not registering successfully with the BasicTalk servers.
2. Your home router/firewall is blocking incoming calls from getting through.
Both of these items can be fixed by BasicTalk if you call them.
#10 : Posted by Mike on September 9th, 2015:
Does basic talk block 900 numbers from being called?
-> Response: According to their terms of service, at this point in time, Basictalk does NOT allow calls to premium numbers such as 900 numbers.
#9 : Posted by Bob on September 2nd, 2015:
Will BasicTalk support my 5 landline phones I have in various parts of my house?
-> Response: Are the landlines phones cordless? That tends to be the best way to handle multiple phones in a house using VoIP. There are other ways though, this article on using multiple phones will hopefully help.
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