thanks for the comments.
Just in case we're not on the same page here, let me clarify:
The provision of broadband to my house, is via wireless "Motorola Canopy Broadband" and the advertized/marketed connection speed is <= 1.5MBit. I asked about this technology in another thread. This signal comes from a cellular-type tower, to the modem which is mounted with an antenna, on the roof of the house. From that modem, a cat5 cable comes down and terminates at a wall-jack, which will feed my firewall/LAN/DHCP/DNS machine, which in turn supplies A) my desktop machine, and B) a wireless router which feeds the roommates desktop + the laptop.
The signal provided by the cell-tower to the roof-modem is encrypted fairly well, and I suspect the modem itself is "configured" such that *IT* can connect to the cell-tower, while a miscreant sitting outside in the back yard, could not.
This plan (which is from a Co. called "Surfside Highspeed") apparently has no limit on quantity of up/download per month, but is limited in RATE depending on system load, no. of users online, etc..
There is NOTHING else in my area, save for:
1) 21.6 kbit dial-up which we are suffering now, or:
2) EXPENSIVE, rate-limited, quantity-limited, satellite-dish crap.
There's no cable, no Rogers, no Eastlink, etc..
I had a 5MBit cable connection in the city, until I moved out here to the sticks, and it was IMO brutally fast; certainly adequate for anything I ever needed it for.
So now, back to this VoIP thing:
This is something we're investigating, and which is totally unrelated to the wireless-broadband provider. Brama is a separate company out of Ontario or wherever
which one signs up with, and they send us a VoIP box, which goes between the broadband modem, and the computer(s) or router. This 'voip box' has a telephone connected.
So, hopefully this should clarify anything we were not in sync about, as well as just making the wwhole scenario clearer for everyone
Another thing I find sketchy about the BRama VoIP thing, is that their definition of "unlimited" != "unlimited" -- which I find reprehensible. Granted the "limit' of minutes per month is really large, it STILL does not allow for defining it as "unlimited"