VoIP is the Future of Home Phones
Are you fed up with residential landline phone bills that seem to go up every month? Now you can do something about it. Voice over IP (VoIP) delivers home phone service that's packed with features and costs way less than traditional landline service. In fact, VoIP has come a long way and home VoIP is set to become the residential phone service of choice in the months and years ahead.
How Does Residential VoIP Service Work?
A VoIP phone system uses your Internet service to connect your home phone to a VoIP service provider. The VoIP service provider directs your outgoing calls to the regular phone system for delivery. Incoming calls are routed from the regular phone system to your VoIP service provider and then to your home phone.
Do Home VoIP Services Cost Less Than Traditional Residential Landlines?
Landline phone service is expensive to install and costly to maintain. A basic landline package with no amenities can cost you around $35 per month when you add in fees, charges and taxes. If you want regional, national or international long distance and a few extras like caller ID and call forwarding, you'll probably be looking at a phone bill of over $50 per month.
By contrast, residential VoIP phone service can offer you all the extras and more bang for your buck and there are many service providers to choose from, and the pricing and service quality of providers varies widely. Some VoIP plans will bill you for taxes and fees just like a traditional landline phone service would; others will not.
If you bundle the cost of your VoIP phone with your Internet and cable services, you will probably pay about $35-40 per month including the same fees and taxes charged by landline phone companies. However, VoIP service will cost you less overall because all long distance calls are free.
Why Is VoIP For Home Better Than A Traditional Landline?
VoIP operates under a digital signal, whereas traditional landlines rely on physical phone lines and an analog signal. The digital signal can deliver perks that analog phone service cannot.
With a digital signal, phone calls are made online, so there's no cost difference between a local call and an international call. You can use your VoIP phone to call anywhere in the world at any time, and you can talk for as long as you want. You can make calls wherever there's an Internet connection, and features like caller ID, call forwarding, voicemail and three-way calling are all part of the package.
The sound quality of VoIP phone service is superior to cell phone reception and traditional landline reception. The sound is clear and crisp, and there are no lost calls. Because VoIP residential service does not rely on cell phone towers, there's no need to move from one room to another to get clear, high-quality reception. If your cell phone suffers a service disconnect, your VoIP phone will always be there to stand in.