With the news that AT&T is going to buy out T-Mobile, unless the US Regulatory stops it (like that would happen), it would seem as if I would end up paying more than I would like for phone service. If I was to go with AT&T choosing either a locked up iPhone, or just as locked up Android phone, it would seem as if no matter what, I would have to consider trying to reduce my demands. So far, the best option is to use an IAX server, along with a dedicated Google Voice account.
However, the problem is to find a budget friendly, and resource friendly system. In goals to try to keep things to less than $150, it would mean I would have to rely on used systems that are either lacking in capability, and/or power hungry. One example is a 160 watt Dell Optiplex which only has 256MB of memory for about $90. Now, mind you – the system won’t be running at 160 watts all of the time, but as with all servers, it should be running 24/7. Even at 100 watts, this would mean that every day, the server will cost 2.4kw. In a month, that would be 72kw per month. On someone that has to pay for electricity, and on a tight budget, that is discouraging. This is one reason I am not considering commissioning my desktop to the task. I’m assuming 3¢ per kilowatt as I hadn’t received my first electric bill yet, this could mean an extra $30 per year just to make phone calls While this may not sound like much, keep in mind that I am on a tight budget, and there is a refrigerator that runs 24/7 as well as an iPod dock that runs nearly 24/7. Either dock is only 10 watts per hour which means that the iPod dock would require 10 days of 24/7 usage for it to rack up the same power demands the server will require in 1 day. Thankfully, servers don’t require monitors beyond the initial setup. A better option will be an HP that is used in a smaller package, but with a slightly faster CPU, and more memory.