Here are some questions to consider when making the switch to VoIP...
Is VoIP cheaper than a traditional phone line?
On average, VoIP is much cheaper than a traditional phone service. Compared to the average landline rate, VoIP rates can save you anywhere from 50%- 70% or more on phone service for your home or business.
For example, the average household pays anywhere from $20- $50 (or more) using a traditional landline phone BEFORE you factor in long distance rates. Landlines are especially pricey because of the high infrastructure they require; there are lines, towers and phone jacks, for example, driving up the cost of traditional phone service.
Plus, given the limited number of local telecom providers in most areas, competition in the telecom industry had flatlined over the last several years, another reason why rates continue to go up while the service itself remains unchanged.
On the other hand, VoIP is a growing and competitive industry, leading to more affordable rates - and choices - for consumers. On average, VoIP users pay $10- $20 per month on unlimited local and long distance calling. Setup is simple, overhead is low, and the quality of VoIP is comparable to that of traditional landlines.
Now that you’re familiar with some of the cost benefits of choosing VoIP, let’s make sure you’re familiar with how VoIP works.
VoIP replaces a phone line with an Internet connection. You can still use a traditional phone and the only prerequisites are: a high-speed Internet connection (Cable or DSL is OK.) and a VoIP adapter for your phone (around $20 for a basic model). There’s no need to buy a new phone, and setup is simple enough that you can do on your own in a matter of minutes.
Technically speaking, the difference between VoIP and landlines is that VoIP carries your voice over the Internet via packets of data which are converted to sound once reaching its destination. (In VoIP’s case, the receiver on the other end of the phone call.) Traditional landlines carry your voice through a wire once compressing it into a frequency. Essentially, the biggest difference is that the landline (literally and figuratively) is a more expensive means of making a phone call.
With VoIP, most everything else works the same; you pick up the phone, dial the number and you’re good to go. Once again, the biggest difference is the money you’ll save per month with VoIP.
What other benefits are there to VoIP?
There are a host of VoIP benefits that begin as soon as you sign up.
One of our favorite perks of switching over to VoIP is that most every VoIP provider offers FREE long-distance calling. This is particularly beneficial since, as we become more and more used to free long distance on our cell phone plans, the idea of paying for long distance becomes more dated and - let’s face it - expensive. Skip expensive long distance phone bills when you sign up for VoIP.
Businesses can also benefit from VoIP for a number of different reasons. Along with free long distance and cheaper International calls, business providers can enjoy VoIP advantages like:
Signing up in bulk leads to discounted VoIP rates and excellent VoIP features like PBX and easy remote calling.
No setup fees in most cases.
No cancelation fees and no contracts.
In the business world, if you can cut costs without sacrificing quality, you do it. That’s exactly what you get from VoIP for business; great service at a fraction of the cost of traditional landlines. And not to worry; VoIP doesn't tie up your Internet, nor will it slow down your connection. Business VoIP is a no-brainer for small and big business alike.
So, which VoIP Provider do you recommend?
Well, that depends on what you’re looking for from your phone service.
If you spend a lot of time on the phone, we’d recommend a VoIP unlimited plan; no counting minutes, no worrying about long distance calls and - in many cases - no contract commitments.
If you’re a residential user in search of a replacement for your traditional landline, consider a residential plan that includes everything you need to make the switch (included phone adapter, voicemail) and nothing you don’t (no long-term contracts, no cancelation fees). Plus, take advantage of residential VoIP services starting well under $10 a month (!) to start saving BIG on home phone calls.