When you switch to internet telephone service, you can not only save a lot of money, but you can also spend more time talking to friends and family with unlimited long-distance calling at no extra cost!
If you have a broadband (high-speed) internet connection, you can use internet telephone service as your primary home phone. However, because phone calls over the internet do not use any local phone wiring, there are a few downsides to the service that you should be aware of.
Since internet telephony (sometimes known as VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol) relies on a “live” internet connection, it is important to note that if your internet goes down, your internet telephone service will not work. Similarly, if there is a power outage, your internet modem or router will need to be powered in order for your internet telephone to function. For this reason, it is not recommended to rely on internet telephone service as your only phone if you live in an area that is prone to frequent power outages or internet service interruptions.
However, most people switch from traditional “land line” telephone service to internet telephone service because the significant cost savings associated with VoIP far outweigh the occasional inconvenience of power or internet failures. Unlimited local and long-distance plans start at $199 per year (with SunRocket and Packet8’s unlimited annual plan) or $24.99 per month (with Vonage and AT&T CallVantage), which can save you $500 or more per year compared to traditional telephone service, depending on your long-distance calling habits.
To address the issue of VoIP service during power or internet outages, most internet phone service providers offer temporary workarounds with some free calling features that are useful in these situations. The best VoIP service providers offer a free call forwarding “hunting” feature that allows you to have your calls routed to other numbers if your simple VoIP phone is not answered. For example, if you set this up to ring to your mobile phone ahead of time, you won’t miss any calls if your internet telephone service is down. Packet8 and AT&T CallVantage also offer a free feature that is specifically tailored to address power or internet outage issues. This feature lets you automatically redirect calls to another number of your choice (such as your mobile phone, a neighbor’s home phone, or your workplace phone) if there is no internet connection. Packet8 calls this feature “network unavailable forwarding” and AT&T CallVantage calls it “secure forward number.”
To save even more money on telecommunications services, most people disconnect their landline phone service and switch to VoIP service. However, to do this, your broadband internet provider generally needs to be someone other than your local phone company. Most phone companies allow you to have DSL while still subscribing to their local phone service. If you want to use internet telephone service and get rid of your monthly phone bill, cable internet service is a good option. Cable internet may cost a bit more than DSL service, but it may save you money if the cost of your VoIP internet telephone service is higher than the cost difference. If you disconnect your landline phone service, you can save even more money on your monthly bills.
Nowadays, the quality of internet services is just as good as traditional landline services – as long as you choose a high-quality VoIP provider. It is important to choose an internet phone service provider with a large customer base and a reputation for excellent service. Some great VoIP service providers include Vonage, SunRocket, AT&T CallVantage, and Packet8.
Because VoIP relies on a high-speed internet connection, it is important to understand that the quality of your internet service will directly impact the quality of service you receive from your internet telephone. If your broadband connection is slow or has bandwidth issues, you may experience difficulties with the VoIP call quality. Before connecting to internet telephone service, you should check with your internet service provider to address any internet-quality issues you may have. If you are satisfied with the consistency of their broadband service, you should have no problem enjoying your VoIP service.
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