Most people seem to prefer Vent or Team Speak.. I still have Team Speak installed - as far as voice chat I have it mute or off as it just annoys me; when playing STF - rarely since this game has become a lag-fest lately - I try to use whatever chat is requested.. I don't have a mic so I can't speak, but I can follow orders and voice chat is almost a must in fast and furious situations.
I have no hate of voice chat, I just don't have a mic anymore. What p...s me right off is I have been booted from STF teams because I don't have voice chat (and these are PUG and premade). I don't need voice chat, never have needed voice chat, and I used to run teams of noobs through stf's without voice chat (Now thats fun).
The other thing I notice is that there is always some total plonker who really doesn't set his mic levels correctly and blows your ears off so you have to turn his volume all the way down, and even then you still can't understand a word he is saying because his output is set so high it's about as distorted as the truth in parliament...
I don't ignore it, or hate it, I just don't use it due to no mic, and if your output is that high you'll get muted instantly so you might as well start talking to your wall if I'm in your instance...
I haven't started playing the STFs yet, but before I do I would like to get myself a headset.
I will have no idea what to do in any of those missions, and rather than waste my own and everyone elses precious time I want to be able to listen to and partake in all the communication. To be part of a team, you need to be able to communication back and forth.
This is my first MMO, and part of the attraction for me, is the possibility of team play.
To be honest, now that I'm at VA, the only reason I haven't played STFs yet, is because I don't have a headset.
Having said that, those teams who have played these missions before can probably do it with their eyes shut.
If I need to use voice, I use Mumble. The Vivox implementation is terrible and it hates my Microsoft wireless headset. You don't need voice chat to run any mission in-game, new or old! I've done them all with friends and pugs and never once, felt I needed voice.