Saving Money with VoIP Phone Service
When you're paying $50 or more for land line home phone service, why would you not stop to consider alternatives? There are plenty of low cost alternatives to consider out there. For example, many families are ditching land lines entirely in favor of everyone having cell phones. A growing percentage of families don't have land line service at all! However, ditching your land line isn't the only way to save money. You can save up to $500 a year or more by switching to a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service such as Vonage or Skype. These VoIP phone services are incredibly cheap or absolutely free, and all you need is a broadband connection.
How They Work
VoIP phone systems work by connecting your existing phones into the Internet where the data can be transmitted very easily. Traditional phone lines are dedicated to voice communications, and DSL Internet service was added on as an afterthought years later. On the other hand, VoIP phone services work with any fast Internet connection, and because the infrastructure is already there for transmitting data, it's much cheaper for these companies to offer you. That's why you can get a monthly fee service like Vonage for as little as $25 a month with unlimited local and long distance.
The biggest problem with a VoIP phone system is that it will only work so long as your Internet is functioning. As soon as the connection is interrupted or the power goes out, the VoIP phone service is worse than useless (as it is still costing you money). While such interruptions are surely rare, they do bring to light the fact that any VoIP phone service is not going to be as secure against the elements and the fates as a land line. Even when the power goes out, the phone line is usually still active, allowing you to place calls. Not so with VoIP.
If you're looking to upgrade your own phone service, you can also check out programs like Skype. You can make calls for free to other Skype users while calls to land lines and cell phones will incur a small fee. These VoIP phone services use the microtransaction business model of charging you small fees for small services. Therefore if you don't make a lot of calls to land lines or cell phones, then you won't be billed a great deal of money (if you only talk to Skype customers, you won't have to pay anything at all). VoIP is so popular that many of the telecommunication companies like Comcast are jumping on the bandwagon and offering their own services to customers in an effort to win back support.