NextAdvisor Blog - Mary Humphreys

Mary Humphreys has lived in Silicon Valley for seven years and holds a BA from Stanford University. A writer since finishing her first book at age 6, she currently covers VoIP, Online Meetings, Parental Controls, Online Dating, People Search, Background Checks, Photo Cards, Virtual Phone, Audiobooks and Web Hosting for NextAdvisor.com.

Posts by Mary Humphreys:

What’s a Prorated Refund?

Q: I’ve noticed that a lot of the VoIP services you’ve reviewed say they offer “prorated refunds.” What does that mean?  A: Most of the VoIP services we’ve reviewed start with free trial or money-back guarantee periods, but after that a prorated refund policy is very common.
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Which Audiobook Site Has the Most Titles?

Q: I’m thinking of signing up for an audiobook subscription, but I want to have the best selection possible. Which site has the largest library of titles to choose from?  A: By a pretty wide margin, Audible.com has the biggest selection of audiobooks. Since the company is
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Which Web Host Should I Choose If I’m Hiring a Web Designer to Build My Site?

Q: I’m hiring a designer to make a website for me. Which web host should I choose?  A: That’s a good question! The first person you should probably ask, though, is the designer. Some companies and individual designers have preferences about which hosts they work with, and
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When Will My Minted Order Get to Me?

Q: I’m thinking about ordering custom party invitations from Minted, but I don’t think there’s time for my order to get to me. Do they make any guarantees about shipping speed? Is there a way to predict when my cards would get here? A: This is a
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What’s Amazon Whispersync?

Q: I recently got a Kindle, and I noticed the option to use something called Whispersync when buying a book in the Kindle store. What’s the deal with that? A: Good question! Whispersync is a cool collaboration between Audible and Kindle that allows you to switch back
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Do I Have to Post a Picture to Date Online?

Q: I’m thinking about trying online dating, but I’m nervous about putting up my picture. Is it really necessary? Can I date online without a picture? A: Well, most of the sites we’ve reviewed don’t require you to post a picture, but pretty much everyone agrees that
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Will VOIPo Let Me Block a Specific Number?

Q. I have been getting a lot of annoying phone calls from specific numbers, but my current phone provider won’t allow me to block just one specific phone number. Would VOIPo let me do that? A. Good question! Yes, VOIPo will allow you to block a specific
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Quick Greeting Cards With Treat’s Card App

Have you ever completely forgotten to send a card for an important birthday? The team at Tiny Prints‘ greeting card division Treat feel your pain, and with their new card app, you can avoid that problem from now on. The app starts with custom holiday reminders you
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Your Facebook Privacy Settings: Part One – Using The “View As” Feature

If you’ve seen the new blog Actual Facebook Graph Searches (and it’s likely you have–it’s been featured in The Guardian, Forbes, Slate, TechCrunch, Mashable, Gawker, the Huffington Post and Le Monde, as well as on countless websites), then you may be wondering whether you should take another look at your Facebook privacy settings to be sure that you’re
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Great Gifts For Kids: Pear Tree Greetings’ Personalized Children’s Storybooks

If you’ve ever wished you could find just the right book for a special kid you know, take a look at Pear Tree Greetings‘ customized children’s books, which take any specific first name you’d like and add it into the story, often spelling out the name with
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Why Do You Have Two Skype Reviews?

Q: I see two Skype reviews on the site. Are they for two different products? What’s the difference? A: Skype is unusual among the VoIP services we review in that you can really use it two ways. The service got its start as what we call a
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How Does Web Hosting Chat Support Work?

Q: I’m confused by some of the stuff on your web hosting comparison chart. What’s chat support? Do I need to download something to do it?  A: Most of the web hosts we’ve reviewed offer a lot of access to customer and technical support. This can be
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What Do I Need to Know to Use VoIP?

Q: Hi, I have been considering switching from a standard landline to a VoIP system, but I’m not very comfortable with computers or technology. How much do I need to know to use VoIP? Is it going to be hard to set up and use?  A: Don’t
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Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange Reports Big Growth In 2012

There are a few ways that books end up on Audible.com (as well as iTunes and Amazon, which also draw from the same library of books). The first, and most common way, is that the book’s publisher has the audiobook rights, produces a recording, and submits the
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Three Low-Key Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Whether you’ve been dating your sweetie a while or you just met online, all the pressure around Valentine’s Day can sometimes make the holiday less fun. It doesn’t have to be that way though–there are lots of fun, low-key things you can do to make Valentine’s Day
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Will My Child Be Able to Uninstall Net Nanny?

Q: I see that you like the Net Nanny software, but how can it really work? Couldn’t my son just uninstall that from his computer? He’s much more tech-savvy than I am.  A: That’s a good question. Net Nanny is installed on your computer just like any
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Chemistry.com Free Communication Weekend

If you’ve been thinking about trying our top-rated (and Lady’s Choice!) online dating site but are hesitating over purchasing a membership, now is your chance. This weekend, from Friday, February 2nd through Sunday, February 3rd, all Chemistry.com users will be able to communicate for free. You can
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Which Online Meeting Solution Is the Best?

Q: My company is adding a remote workforce, and we’re going to need to figure out how to have regular meetings at a distance. I’m a little overwhelmed by the online meeting software options. Is there a clear leader in the market? Best value for our money? 
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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day With Great Deals on Online Dating

With Valentine’s Day just a couple of weeks away, lots of people have started to get a little more serious about their dating plans. If you’ve been considering signing up for a profile on a dating website, now is a great time, since the dating pool is
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Where Can I Find the Cheapest Web Hosting For a Single Year?

Q: Looking at your reviews, I see that the cheapest hosting prices are definitely for longer contracts. But which host offers the cheapest single year of hosting? I just want to sign up for one year now.  A: That’s a good question! And you’re right, you definitely
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Get a Great Deal on Wedding Stationery

If you’ve been shopping around for wedding stationery, from save the dates and invitations to place cards and thank you notes, you know that getting all the details just the way you want them can be an expensive prospect. The good news is that for a limited
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VoIP Questions: What Is A Cloned Line?

Q: I see a few of your VoIP reviews mention “cloned second lines.” What does that mean?  A: Good question! A cloned line sounds like something out of science fiction, but really it’s a feature that is probably familiar to you if you’ve ever had more than
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Can I Give a Single Audiobook as a Gift?

Editor’s Note: Although this post was accurate when it was published, it should be noted that Audible no longer allows users to gift specific audiobooks.  Q: I’d like to give my mother an audiobook to listen to as a gift, but I don’t want to sign her
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Searching the Social Graph: What’s the Deal with Facebook Graph Search?

After weeks of buzz surrounding Facebook’s new feature announcement last week, we’ve finally gotten a good look at the much hailed “Graph Search” function. Using Facebook’s vast library of information liked, shared, and documented by its users, Facebook is now allowing users to search through their friends
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Manti Te’o, Catfish, and You: Online Dating for the Paranoid

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard a lot about Manti Te’o, a football player at Notre Dame whose tragic story of a girlfriend who was both in a serious car accident and later died of leukemia turned out to be entirely fictional. Te’o
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Get Chic Valentine’s Day Party Decorations

Planning a Valentine’s Day party, but feeling overwhelmed by the process? Minted has you covered. You can get everything you’ll need for your party in a bunch of themes, from garlands and plates to stickers and confetti, all coordinated and picture-perfect. You can even customize every element,
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How Can I Make My Home Business Sound More Professional on the Phone?

Q: I run a small home business, and though I don’t get a lot of business calls, I worry that having my family (and often my kids!) pick up sounds unprofessional. Is VoIP a good way to get my business its own phone line? Or is there
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Find Great Deals On Creative Valentines

Did you know that Julia Child and her husband Paul used to send annual Valentine’s Day cards to their friends and family to keep in touch? Aside from being a cute childhood tradition, Valentine’s Day cards can be fun for adults, particularly if you didn’t quite get
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Do I Need More Than One VoIP Adapter?

Q: I currently have a land line and cellphone for a family of 5. If I switched to VoIP would I need an adapter for every computer, i.e. 5 computers? A: Good question. In short, no, you should only need one adapter. The VoIP adapter works to connect
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Get Help Sticking To Your Fitness Resolutions

Did you resolve to get in shape in the New Year? You’re not alone. Losing weight and exercising more are some of the most common resolutions each New Year, and gyms and personal trainers see a huge annual jump in business around January 1st. But how long
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What’s the Best Time to Try Dating Online?

Did you know that online dating is having its busiest season of the year right now? According to Match.com‘s resident researchers, the best time to find someone new online is near the New Year when the dating pool experiences its biggest surge of the year. Lots of
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Free Web Hosting vs. Paid Web Hosting

We get a lot of questions from people looking for free web hosting, often so that they can build a website for an organization or small business. While there are some free web hosting services out there (as well as free blog services), we generally don’t recommend
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Which Dating Sites Offer the Best Discounts?

Looking for a great deal on an online dating membership just in time for the New Year? We offer discounts on a number of sites, and free trials for several. Most of the sites we’ve reviewed also have a free signup option, though generally you’ll have to
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How Accurate Is Intelius?

Q: I’m interested in running a background search on Intelius, but how accurate is that site? Will they find everything? Will everything they find be right?  A: This is a great question: accuracy can be a problem for online people search sites. Intelius (and the other online
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Holiday Cards to Send After Christmas

Missed the deadline to get your holiday cards out before Christmas this year? Don’t despair, there’s still lots of time to send the perfect card, and there are a bunch of designs created just for those of us who chose to wait (or just forgot to order
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Last Minute Gift Ideas: Audiobook Site Subscription

Still need a gift for someone on your list? Between Audible.com and Audiobooks.com, you can find downloads and monthly memberships that should please just about anyone this holiday season. If you think your recipient might prefer to listen to CDs rather than MP3s, you should also check
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Get in the Christmas Spirit with Festive Audiobooks

In the final run up to Christmas, now’s the time to really get into the spirit, and what better way to do that than with some classic Christmas books to mix in with your Christmas music? If you spend time commuting to work or driving your kids
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Does Vonage Offer a Plan for the Philippines?

Q: Can I call the Philippines with Vonage? I don’t see the Philippines on the list of included countries for Vonage World.  A: This is a good question! Yes, you can call the Philippines, but you’re right that they’re not currently on the list of countries with
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Holiday Card Deals: Last Week To Order Your Christmas Cards!

If you’ve been waffling over a decision on your holiday or Christmas cards for this year but you still want to get them out before Christmas, now is the time to place your order. Between printing and processing and delivery, most services need around a week to
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Let Minted Address Your Holiday Cards for Free

Running short on time? Minted will address your holiday cards for you for free this year with their new Minted Address Assistant. Just upload the addresses of your recipients, and Minted will print them on your envelopes free of charge. That leaves you more time to write
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Can I Keep My VoIP Service When I Move?

Q: I’m moving and I want to take my VoIP service with me to my new address. What do I have to do to set that up? A: One of the advantages of a VoIP system over traditional phone service is that you can easily keep the
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How to Choose a Secure Online Password

We use passwords online for just about everything, from our email and bank accounts to Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. Many people use the same password for everything, or alternate a few options, but experts warn that using the same password in multiple places can leave you vulnerable
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Site-Wide Tiny Prints Coupon Code

If you missed out on Tiny Prints‘ great Cyber Monday sale this week, you’ve got one more chance to get a great deal on Tiny Prints holiday cards this weekend. From now through Sunday, December 2nd, you can get 25% off any order, site-wide, when you use the
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Paper Culture Coupon Code: 25% Off Holiday Cards

Thinking about ordering your holiday cards through Paper Culture this year? If you order before December 4th, 2012, you can get 25% off your order with the coupon code HOLIDAYS at checkout. Paper Culture offers a wide range of clean, modern designs printed on eco-friendly paper. They’ll
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Minted Coupon Codes: Up to 15% Off Holiday Orders

Did you miss out on Minted’s big Cyber Monday sale? Don’t despair, they’re still offering significant discounts, particularly if you’re placing a large order. From now through Thursday, November 29th, you can get 15% off holiday card orders of $150 or more with the code SNOW150 or
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Cyber Monday Coupon Code: 30% Off Tiny Prints Cards

From now through Tuesday, November 27th, you can get 30% off any order at Tiny Prints, site-wide when you use the code CB12 at checkout. With a great selection of cards in all shapes, sizes, and styles, everyone can find something they like at Tiny Prints. In
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Cyber Monday Deals: Discounts on Cards, Art and Gifts from Minted

If you’re ready to shop at our favorite provider for high-end holiday cards, today is a great day to do it! For Cyber Monday, Minted is offering 15% off plus free shipping on all holiday cards and 25% off everything else, site-wide! To get your 15% off
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Cyber Monday Coupon Code: Up to 50% off Everything at Mixbook

If you use the code CYBERSALE12 at checkout, you can get up to 50% off everything at Mixbook from now through Wednesday, November 28th. This deal is their biggest sale of the season, whether you’re shopping for photo books and calendars as gifts for the holidays or
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Cyber Monday Coupon Code: 39 Cent Holiday Cards from Cardstore

Today only, in honor of Cyber Monday, you can get holiday cards for just 39 cents apiece and free shipping at Cardstore when you use the coupon code CCN2639 at checkout. This offer includes cards for a wide range of holidays, including secular cards, Christmas cards, Hanukkah cards, Kwanzaa
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Black Friday Deal: Huge Discount on iPage Web Hosting

iPage was already offering our readers a huge 63% discount, but from now through Monday, November 26th they’re going even further, giving you your first three months of hosting for just $1.99/mo and then the rest of your term at the discounted price of $2.95/mo. This is
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Black Friday Coupon Code: 20% Off Any Pear Tree Greetings Order

In honor of Black Friday, our favorite site for holiday card bargains, Pear Tree Greetings, is offering 20% off any order when you use the code 20BLACK at checkout. This coupon code is valid through Monday, November 26th, so be sure to order your cards before then
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Black Friday Coupon Code: 75% off Cardstore Holiday Cards and Invitations

This year, Cardstore is offering a huge 75% discount plus free shipping on all holiday cards and invitations over Black Friday! You can take advantage of this deal from Wednesday, November 21st through Sunday, November 25th by simply clicking through from our Cardstore review and using the
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How Many Accounts Can Identity Guard Protect?

Q: How many bank accounts and how many credit cards are watched with Identity Guard? A: Good question! Identity Guard protects your identity in a couple of ways, and this question touches on several of them. The first, and in many ways most powerful, thing that Identity Guard
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Get a Black Friday Discount on Vonage World

If you’ve been considering switching to Vonage, now is definitely a great time to take the plunge. In honor of Black Friday and for a limited time only, if you sign up online for one year of Vonage World, you can get 6 months of service for
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Check Out Instagram-Ready Holiday Cards from Pear Tree Greetings

Do you take most of your photos with your cell phone? You are not alone. With thousands of people using Instagram and their smartphone cameras for everyday photography, lots of families want to use mobile photos on holiday cards this year. If you’re looking for designs made
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iPage Coupon: Get 63% Off Web Hosting

Thinking about signing up for  new web hosting account? Now’s a great time to do it, since iPage is offering a huge 63% discount on hosting packages, making it just $2.95/mo for great web hosting if you sign up between now and December 31st, 2012. You don’t
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How Much Does Hostmonster Cost?

Pricing for web hosting can sometimes be confusing, with different rates depending on how long you sign up for and whether you have a discount. If you’re interested in Hostmonster web hosting, you can get a 50% discount just for clicking through from NextAdvisor. This means that
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FreeCreditScore.com vs. Identity Guard: Comparing Credit Monitoring Services

One of the most heavily-advertised credit score and report sites, FreeCreditScore.com is a familiar name for a lot of consumers when they first start looking into credit monitoring services. But how does the site actually stack up to other credit monitoring services? We’ve put them head to
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Cardstore Discount: 70% Off Holiday Cards

Cardstore, our favorite custom photo card provider for smaller orders, is back this year with a bang! With a brand new site design, a freshly tweaked card editor, and a whole crop of new card designs, Cardstore is definitely worth another look. And this week, from now
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Get Free Holiday Cards or a Huge Sitewide Discount from Tiny Prints

This week you’ve got two great options for discounted or even free holiday cards if you’re interested in ordering from Tiny Prints. First, from now through November 13th, the site is offering 10 free customized holiday cards with the code HOLIDAYCHEER at checkout. This applies to flat cards
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Get Tory Burch Holiday Cards with Tiny Prints

This year, Tiny Prints is teaming up with Tory Burch to offer a collection of stylish holiday cards, thank you cards, personalized stationery and address labels, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Tory Burch Foundation. The Tory Burch Foundation works to support women and
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Trends: Die-Cut Christmas and Holiday Cards

One of the trends we’ve noticed this year with our top photo card providers is interesting new die-cut shapes for Christmas and holiday cards. Ranging from a simple scalloped edge to elaborate Christmas stocking garlands, if you want your card to stand out from the crowd, die-cut
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Problems with VoIP and Satellite Internet: Latency, Jitter and Lag

If you have a satellite Internet connection, you know that it has some limitations. Often, satellite connection speeds vary depending on time of day or weather, sometimes running very quickly and sometimes lagging behind. Many providers institute an overall daily or monthly bandwidth limit on users, capping
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Christmas Card Coupon Codes and Deals from Minted and Tiny Prints

If you’ve been waiting for the right deals to pick out your Christmas or Holiday cards, now’s the time to be checking for good coupon codes. This week we have some great ones! Tiny Prints is offering 20% off all orders, site-wide with the code OCT20SW. This deal
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What Taxes Will I Pay on VoIP Service?

Q: I’ve noticed most VoIP companies charge taxes on top of their service every month. What’s the deal? How do they decide how much to charge in tax? A: There are a few kinds of taxes that most VoIP companies charge. The FCC currently requires VoIP providers
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Shop New 2012 Christmas Cards and Deals From Our Favorite Sites

With Halloween right around the corner, the holiday season is starting to get into full swing. If you’re the type who plans ahead, now’s may be the time to start thinking about your Christmas cards. All of our top custom photo card sites have released new collections
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Free Communication Weekend at Chemistry.com

If you have a free membership to Chemistry.com and would like to try out the paid features or if you’re new to the world of online dating, now’s a great time to make the leap. This weekend, from Friday, October 19th through Sunday, October 21st, you can
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Can a Beginner Really Build a Website?

Q: I need to set up a website for my company but I don’t really know where to start. Will I be ok as a total beginner with these web hosts? Do I need to find someone with more technical experience? Can I set up a site
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Where Does the Information On Intelius Come From?

Q: Where does the background check information on Intelius come from? Would they have information about me? A: Intelius gets all its information from public records, which includes any document filed by a government agency. Common sources include marriage and divorce records, criminal records, real estate deeds,
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Great Deal on Business VoIP with Phonebooth

Have you been thinking about switching your business’s phone service to VoIP? Looking to save some money but maintain the features and call quality you’re used to? From now through 10/31, you can get $5 per user off the monthly charge with Phonebooth, bringing it down to
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Get “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings” Free with an Audible.com Membership

In time for the December 14th premiere of the new Hobbit movie, Audible.com has released their new audiobook versions of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you’ve read the books already and are just looking for a refresher before you see the movie,
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Holiday Card Deals: When Should I Order Custom Holiday Cards?

Q: I’m planning to order my holiday cards online this year. When should I place my order to get the best deal?  A: Great question, and you’re asking at exactly the right time! In general, earlier is better when it comes to locking in a great price
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Can My Business Use Multiple Phone Numbers with VoIP?

Q: I’m thinking of switching my small business over to VoIP phone service. Right now, we have several phone numbers. How do business VoIP providers handle multiple numbers? Will I pay by the number? By the user?  A: Good question! This actually depends on which service you
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Adding a Virtual Number to Your Existing Line

Ever wish you could have a local number in more than one area code? With a virtual phone number, you can. A virtual phone number forwards to your existing phone line, whether it’s a cell phone, VoIP line, or traditional phone line, so you get all the
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Zazzle Coupon Code: 50% Off All Cards

Looking for a great deal on greeting cards, announcements or party invitations? This week only, Zazzle is offering our readers 50% off all their cards. Just click through from our review and enter the code 50CARDEVERY1 at checkout to take advantage of this big discount. Since Zazzle is
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Get John Hodgman’s New Audiobook for $7.49 with an Audible.com Membership

Both the audiobook and paperback versions of That Is All, the final installment in Daily Show contributor John Hodgman’s Complete World Knowledge series have come out to rave reviews this week. Complete with celebrity appearances, whimsical fake facts, and a generous dose of humor, That Is All
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Understanding Web Hosting and the DMCA

Enacted in 1998, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (also known as the DMCA) governs rights management issues arising from digital content and distribution. This includes everything from DRM (Digital Rights Management) measures embedded in digital files and on CDs and DVDs to rules about reverse-engineering software. For
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Lock in a Great Deal on Holiday Cards With Our Minted Holiday Preview Coupon Code

Our favorite high-end custom card and invitation site, Minted, has announced their new 2012 holiday collection! Every year, Minted invites independent stationery designers to submit their best designs to be included in the new collection. This year, they’re adding 40 beautiful new designs spanning a wide range
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NextAdvisor Launches New VoIP Forums

Got a question you need answered before you sign up for VoIP service? Want to let other users know about a great (or not so great) experience? We’ve just launched our new user forums, which are a great place to talk to other users, ask us your
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Listening to Audiobooks on an Amazon Kindle

Did you know that you can shop for, download, and listen to audiobooks from Audible.com directly on your Kindle? Because Amazon.com owns Audible, our favorite audiobooks site is perfectly integrated with the online bookselling giant. As long as you have access to WiFi, you can select and
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Is Earthlink DSL Compatible with Vonage?

Q: I have Earthlink DSL and have been having trouble getting my Vonage box set up and working. Finally, someone told me that Earthlink DSL and Vonage aren’t compatible! Is this true?  A: Sorry to hear you’re having trouble! The good news is that no, that’s not
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Get to Know Your VoIP Adapter: Ports

While they may seem a little confusing when you first set up your VoIP system, VoIP adapters (also known as ATAs) are actually pretty simple. Most VoIP adapters have just a few ports, and probably only one button. So what do those ports do? Let’s take a
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How Does a DNS Server Work?

In the wake of the recent GoDaddy outages, many web hosting customers have been sorting out what happened and how they can prevent more downtime in the future. Although initially a hacker took responsibility for the outage, GoDaddy has since asserted that the extended downtime was due
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Which Service Offers the Cheapest International VoIP Rates for Asia?

Q: Can MagicJack Plus be used to call Asia, like Vietnam or Hong Kong? What would the rate be? Any idea on call quality to those countries?  A: Yes, you can use MagicJack Plus to place international calls, but you must prepay by the minute. For calls to
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Cardstore Coupon Code: 75% Off Birthday Invitations

On Wednesday, September 12th, for one day only, get 75% off birthday invitations from Cardstore when you use the code CAL2136 at checkout. You can order as many or as few invitations as you want to take advantage of this fantastic deal. This code is valid all day
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Can I Have Two Phone Lines With VoIP?

Q: How do I use VOIPo with two lines? Example – if someone calls the first line and is still on the line and someone else calls, currently the caller rolls over to the second line. So how will this work with your system and how do I
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Massive GoDaddy Hosting Outage Claimed by Member of Hacker Group Anonymous

Millions of web sites hosted with major domain registrar and web host GoDaddy are down today, following an attack on the company’s DNS servers by a member of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous. In addition to inaccessible sites, users on Twitter also report that GoDaddy email addresses are
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Mixbook Releases New Quick Card Editor

Our favorite custom card provider for large orders, Mixbook, has announced a new quick editor for cards in time for the Fall and Winter rush of holidays. While we liked their super-powerful full editing tool when we reviewed their card selection a few months ago, we really
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Parental Control: How Does Facebook Handle Underage Profiles?

Currently, Facebook doesn’t allow children under the age of 13 to make profiles on the site because of regulations concerning collecting and sharing information from minors online. (Check out this post about parenting kids on social networking sites, and this one about handling social networks with teenagers
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September Cardstore.com Coupon Code: Buy One Get One Free Birthday Cards

This month, you can get one free birthday card with each birthday card you buy at Cardstore.com with our exclusive coupon code. Just click through from our review and use the code CAL2691 at checkout to take advantage of this great deal. This code cannot be combined with
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Can I Use VoIP While I’m Browsing the Web?

Q: Can I browse the web and use my phone at the same time with VoIP? A: Good question! Yes, you can browse the web while you’re using your phone with VoIP, as long as your internet connection is fast enough. If you have a sufficiently high-speed
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Free Communication on eHarmony For Labor Day Weekend

If you’ve been holding off on signing up for eHarmony because you wanted to try out the communication features without having to pay for a subscription, now’s your moment. This Labor Day weekend, from August 31st through September 3rd, eHarmony is letting all users communicate with their
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Tiny Prints Coupon Codes: Get 25% Off The Entire Site, Wedding Invitations

If you’ve been planning any kind of order from Tiny Prints, and especially from their wedding products site, Wedding Paper Divas, September is a great time to place an order. Right now, you can get 25% off any order on Tiny Prints, site wide, when you use
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HostGator Coupon Code: Get 40% Discount on Web Hosting

Have you been considering signing up for web hosting? From now through Friday, August 31st, you can get a fantastic 40% discount when you sign up for HostGator and use the code 40off at checkout. This discount brings the already-low price down to just $2.97/mo when you
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Online Dating: When to Meet in Person

Newcomers to online dating often worry about how long to wait before suggesting a first date with someone they’ve met through a dating site. There are a few schools of thought on the topic, ranging from “get to know the person well first,” to “immediately propose a
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5 Great Uses for Online Meeting Software

With powerful tools like screen sharing, group annotating, and flexible participant settings, online meeting software is useful in a wide range of contexts beyond the classic teleconference. When you think outside the box, you can get a lot of mileage out of whatever online meeting solution you
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Get 30% Off Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

The summer’s just ending, but if you’re ready to get a jump on your holiday planning, you can get 30% off holiday cards from Tiny Prints when you use the code 30AUGHOL at checkout through Tuesday, August 28th. Before they release this year’s collection of new designs, Tiny
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5 Great Customizable Back-to-School Ideas

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After May 6th, popular phone and internet provider Verizon will no longer offer “naked” or “dry-loop” DSL, forcing new customers to purchase landline telephone service along with their DSL internet service. Existing customers who have dry-loop DSL will be allowed to keep their service as it is,
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Q: Currently we have AT&T for our home phone line. We also have AT&T as our high speed internet. If we go with VOIPo service, can we cancel all AT&T phone service and keep the AT&T internet? A: Though you should check with AT&T to be sure,
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Get the Game of Thrones Audiobook in Time for the HBO Premiere

Winter is coming, and on Sunday, April 1st, so is the second season of Game of Thrones. Based on George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, the HBO series has earned praise from fans and critics alike for its gripping portrayal of
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Is Google Voice the Same as VoIP Service?

We recently got a reader email pointing out that Google now offers free calling through Gmail and Google Voice to users around the United States. While this is true, we’d argue that Google Voice works more like a virtual phone service than full VoIP. Though it can
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What Do You Think About Weebly with BlueHost and Hostmonster?

Q: Have you tried the Weebly website builder through BlueHost? Is it better than Concrete5 or SohoLaunch? Does Hostmonster also offer Weebly? A: An easy drag-and-drop sitebuilder, Weebly is a recent addition for both BlueHost and Hostmonster. We first tried Weebly with iPage and FatCow, and found
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10 First Date Tips for Online Daters

Our editors here at NextAdvisor have tested lots of dating sites, from our favorites, Match.com, Chemistry.com, and eHarmony, to some we weren’t such big fans of. Some of us have even met significant others online. With all that experience, we’ve picked up a few first date tips for
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How Can I Find Out the Rate to Call a Specific Country with VoIP?

  We get a lot of questions asking about the per-minute rate to call various specific countries with VoIP service. The answer varies from provider to provider and country to country. For some places, calls to cell phones are billed at a different rate than landline calls.
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What’s the Best Parental Control Software for Monitoring Facebook?

Q: My middle-schooler recently asked permission to set up her own Facebook page. I want her to be able to participate in social media sites, but I’m concerned about bullying, inappropriate content, and contact with strangers. What’s the best parental control software to keep her safe on
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How Can I Add a Calendar to My Website?

Q: Do you know of any website builder where you can add a calendar, click on a date and be transferred to another page with a lot of detailed information that you can add that will pertain to that date? A: While it’s hard to be sure
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Some Common Problems with Faxing Over VoIP

People switching over to VoIP service from traditional phone service (also known as Plain Old Telephone Service, or POTS) often have questions about faxing with VoIP. Though it might seem obvious that faxes would work over a VoIP line in the same way they work over a
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How Can I Handle Business Calls for My Home Business?

Q: I run a small, home-based business and would like to set up a business phone line for customers to call without giving out my home phone number or dealing with after hours calls at home. Do I need a business VoIP line? Can I do this
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How Do I Transfer My Domain Name to a New Web Host?

Q: I purchased a domain name from GoDaddy. I’m interested in developing a website with HostGator. What do I have to do to get my domain names transferred to HostGator? A: In this situation, you have two options. You can host your website with HostGator and keep
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Can My Web Host Influence My Search Engine Ranking?

Q: Does Yahoo! Small Business Web Hosting have a program that lists my website first on search engines? A: The short answer to this question is no. No web host has a program that will automatically list your website first in search engine rankings. However, one important
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Can I Use VoIP to Call the United States for Free if I’m Abroad?

Q: How much does it cost to call FROM other countries? They tell me I can call the U.S. for free, unlimited, from the Philippines with magicJack. Do any of the VoIP companies on your website offer this? A: Yes! In fact, most of the companies we
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What Does “Unlimited Calls” Really Mean with VoIP?

Q: Is there a maximum number of minutes per month with VOIPo? A: This is a great question! While many VoIP providers offer plans with “unlimited calls” each month, most also have stipulations in their Terms of Service that say their plans only apply to people with
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Take Advantage of eHarmony’s Free Communication Weekend

If you’ve been considering online dating, now is a great time to get started, since eHarmony is offering free communication for users all weekend long. From March 16th to March 19th, users can talk, flirt and set up dates with their matches for free, no credit card
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Can I Have a Second Line for Business Calls and Faxing with VOIPo?

Q: I have a home business and use a second phone line for the business and fax machine. Can I have two lines with VOIPo and what is the additional cost for the second line? A: Having a second line with VOIPo is pretty simple. The VOIPo
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Can I Use One VoIP Line for Two Condos if They Use the Same Internet?

Q: I own two high-end ski rental condos in one building that are served by a common DSL internet connection. I am now providing a separate phone line and number to each condo to serve the guests. I need a VoIP system that will work off the
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Audible Releases A-List Collection: Classic Audiobooks Read by Celebrities

If you’ve been thinking about giving Audible a try for downloadable audiobooks, now’s a great time, since they’ve just released four books narrated by A-list Hollywood celebrities, with plans to add nine more over the coming months. The current A-List collection includes Anne Hathaway performing L. Frank
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What’s the Easiest Way to Listen to Audiobooks?

Q: My husband would like to read books but doesn’t have the patience or the time to sit and read. Can you suggest the most straightforward way for him to listen to an audiobook? A: Today you have two major format choices when using audiobooks: MP3 files
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Will VoIP Work with a Satellite Internet Provider?

Q: Can I use VoIP with a WiFi connection from a satellite provider such as HughesNet? A: Maybe. There are three factors that influence whether or not this setup would work. First, we’ll deal with speed. VoIP connections require at least some minimum speed from an internet
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What Are Installation and Customer Support Like With VOIPo?

Q: I have a Wi-Fi Apple all-in one set-up and am currently using magicJack. I’ve had both for about 2 months and love the former and hate the latter. Would the VOIPo hook-up be similar to magicJack’s? Does VOIPo offer good, accessible customer support? A: We recently
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What’s the Best Way to Get a Criminal Background Check?

Q: What’s the best company to get a one-time complete criminal background check on someone who I feel is conning my elderly father? A: It sounds like what you’re looking for is a people search service. We’ve rated a number of people search companies, but recommend Intelius
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How Does VoIP Work With 911 Calls?

Q: With VOIPo, can 911 calls be made if the network is down? A: 911 service works a little differently with VoIP service than it does with a traditional landline. When you place a 911 call with a traditional phone line, the phone company transmits your phone’s
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Yahoo! Web Hosting Discount: Get 50% Off

Have you been thinking about switching your web hosting service or building a new site? Now’s the time! For the month of March, one of our favorite web hosts for beginners, Yahoo! Small Business, is offering 50% off the first three months for all of its web hosting
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Can I Use Vocalocity Without an IP Phone?

Q: Can [business VoIP provider] Vocalocity be used with a regular phone at a business location? A: The short answer to this is no. You cannot use Vocalocity with a regular phone. The long answer is a little more complicated. We recently covered some of the basics
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Will I Be Charged for VoIP Service During a Long Vacation?

Q: We are snowbirds and spend six months in Florida and six months in Michigan. When we depart Florida in April and do not return till October, can we put our VoIP service on vacation hold at no charge? A: Many VoIP services do offer vacation hold,
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Can VoIP Services Port Toll Free Numbers?

Q: We are a home based business and have a toll-free number attached to our land line that customers use. Can I keep not just my land line number, but my toll-free number as well? If so, how much would this cost? A: Yes, most business VoIP
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Can Vonage Extensions Replace My Mobile Phone Service?

Q: If I sign up for Vonage World and use Vonage Extensions to extend the plan to my mobile phone, am I still required to keep up my mobile service contract, or can I just use Vonage World for my mobile plan? A: You’ll need to maintain
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NextAdvisor Guide to VoIP Equipment

New VoIP users often ask us what equipment they’ll need to make and receive calls with their new service. Since the necessary equipment can vary depending on your service and the features you need, we’ve compiled the following rundown of all your VoIP options. VoIP calls can
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Chemistry.com Offering 3-for-1 Pricing This Weekend

Thinking about giving online dating a try? This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Chemistry.com, the top-rated dating site in our tests, is offering a special 3 for 1 promotion for NextAdvisor visitors. Just click through any NextAdvisor link to sign up with Chemistry.com and receive a three month membership
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Is There a Difference Between VoIP and magicJack?

Q: What is the difference between VOIPo and magicJack? In the past, we’ve had a lot of reader questions and comments about magicJack. We have reviewed magicJack, but categorized it in our “Other VoIP” section rather than the “Home VoIP” section for a number of reasons. You
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Network Solutions Offering Deep Discounts on Web Hosting

An already deeply discounted service for NextAdvisor visitors, Network Solutions is improving their existing 55% discount for NextAdvisor visitors by adding an additional 25% discount applied at checkout for new orders over $75. Customers need only apply the coupon code SAVE2575AF to bring their price down from $3.99
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Can I Port My Number from One VoIP Service to Another?

Q: If I change my current VOIP service provider, can I transfer that number to my new provider, say, from 8×8 to VOIPo? A: Yes. According to the FCC local number portability (LNP) rules, as long as you remain in the same geographic area, you can change
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Fat Cow, iPage Offering Big Web Hosting Discounts

Right now, both iPage and Fat Cow, two web hosting companies we’ve reviewed positively, are having big sales on their basic web hosting packages. If you’ve been thinking about changing web hosts or building a new site, now’s the time! Four-star rated iPage is offering a 63%
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Does DIRECTV Work with VoIP Service?

Q: Will a Vonage VOIP line satisfy the DIRECTV requirement for a land line? A: Unfortunately, there’s no hard and fast answer to this question. Depending on the specific equipment you have from DIRECTV, Vonage VoIP will probably fulfill the landline requirement. The basic DIRECTV receivers are
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Free Communication on eHarmony This Weekend

If your Valentine’s Day date didn’t go so well, this weekend is the perfect time to meet someone new with eHarmony. From Friday, February 17th through Monday, February 20th, eHarmony is offering new users free communication, no credit card necessary. Take advantage of the long weekend to talk,
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Which Phones Work With Skype?

Q: If I use Skype as home VoIP service, what are my phone options? I don’t like the RTX Dualphone. A: When we first reviewed Skype as a VoIP provider, they only offered the Dualphone. They have since added a second, less expensive phone option, the GE
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What’s the Best Service for 50 People Searches?

Q: What is the best people search service if I need to do 50 searches over the course of about a month? A: That depends on how much detail you need. Most of the people search services we’ve used do not rely on a subscription model; you
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Can I Use VoIP if the Service Does Not Offer My Area Code?

Q: I live in Council Bluffs, Iowa which is not on the list of cities to which I would have my number assigned for VOIPo service. Is this a problem? A: For a couple of reasons, no, your location should not be a problem. I’m not sure
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Chemistry.com Offers Free Weekend Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again, and Chemistry.com is gearing up for Valentine’s day with a Free Communication Weekend! That means for this weekend, February 10th through February 12th, all users can flirt, communicate, and get in the Valentine’s Day mood for free. You don’t need a
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Can You Keep Your Number Unlisted with VoIP?

Q: When you switch to VoIP, can you keep your number non-published and unlisted ? A: In general, yes. By default, VoIP providers do not list numbers when they issue them, so if you get a new number from a VoIP company, it will be unlisted unless
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How Can I Locate Old Birth and Death Records?

Q: Which is the best people search service for Birth/Death records for going back over 75 years? A: While people search and background check services like our top-rated option, Intelius, can be great for locating criminal records, marriages, and legal histories, the best resources for finding birth and
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Can I Use Multiple Phones with VoIP?

Q: I have four phones on the same phone line. Will I be able to keep all four phones with VoIP? A: This depends on how your phones are currently set up. If, like many people, you use a standard cordless phone system where one base phone
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Can I Use the Same VoIP Line for Voice and Fax Calls?

Q: My landline and fax use the same phone line. How will this work with VoIP? A: If you currently use your phone line for occasional faxes, you can use a VoIP line in exactly the same way. With Vonage, you can just connect your VoIP phone
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What MP3 Player Works With Barnes and Noble Audiobooks?

Q: Which MP3 player should I buy to download audible books from Barnes and Noble? I have Windows Vista. A: We’ve addressed this question in general before on the blog, but I can offer a few specific pieces of advice for working with Barnes and Noble files.
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