Kiss the phone company goodbye

Want to stop paying bills to your old-style land wired telephone company? 

For years some people have decided that they could make their cellular phone their only phone. But they are mostly hip, young people who spend more time in the café than at home and when they're at home, it's a small apartment with roommates who each have their own cell phone and billing plans. It's not quite the same when you have four bedrooms and two family rooms, each with extensions, plus possibly business calls and a fax.

If you're already paying for a broadband internet connection you can get a voice telephone service that feels a lot like what you've been using for the past 50 years. It can have a local number - you may even be able to keep the number you've had forever. It can use your existing house wiring and telephone sets including cordless and speaker phones. Self-installation is well-documented and easier than hooking up a second VCR. And it includes more features than Ma Bell's super-premium service at prices competitive with her base rates.

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What is internet phone?

When you use internet phone (often called VoIP* for Voice over Internet Protocol), your call is carried for at least part of its trip to the other person as data on the internet. 

From when Apple Macs were first connected to the internet, some people have used their computer sound capabilities to carry on a voice chat. Five years ago, there were some programs and services you could use to initiate a call from your computer which would somewhere be patched into the traditional telephone system to complete the call. Now there are PBXs and central office switches that make a seamless two-way connection between IP devices and connections and traditional telephones. 

Since your telephone account resides on an internet server rather than in a telephone company central office that may contain remnants of century-old technology, there is a huge potential of features that can enhance your telephone service. Also, since it's built on a 1990's paradigm, a VoIP account is usually conveniently managed by the user from a PC rather than having to wade through voice menus and a telephone keypad to configure any settings. 

What do you get with Vonage® internet phone service?*

  • You can call your next-door neighbor or your grandmother.
  • You can have caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and 3-way calling.
  • You can have repeat dialing to keep trying a busy number or call return to call back a missed call.
  • You can have unlimited (or a fixed amount) of North American long distance at your base rate.
  • You can have digital voicemail.

What? You have those features with the premium service you're buying from Ma Bell? With Vonage®, they're all included in the base rate that can be as low as $14.99 per month. And, as they say on the infomercial, "all those features, and more ..."

  • You can be notified of a new voicemail by email.
  • You can listen to your voicemail from your home phone, from any of a nationwide network of local dial-in numbers, online at a website, or as an email attachment.
  • You can transfer a call to another number.
  • You have online detailed billing with a real-time list of all calls made and received with caller ID.

Plus ...

  • You can select a local number from anywhere in North America (any of hundreds of cities where Vonage® has service).
  • You can carry your telephone service to anywhere that has a broadband connection, just by carrying your adapter with you.

That's all in the base residential rate that that runs from $14.99 to $29.99 and has only two extra charges: 3% federal tax and $1.50 "regulatory recovery fee." When was the last time you paid your telephone company a mere $2.40 more than their published "rate"? 

If you're willing to pay a little bit more, here are some more features you can get:

  • A separate fax line for $9.99.
  • A local phone number in another area code (in addition to your primary number) for $4.99
  • A toll-free (800) number with a 100 minute allowance for $4.99.
  • A softphone so you can use your phone from your laptop or PC without having to carry your adapter for $9.99.
  • Additional lines at a discount.

Honest advertising: what can't you do with Vonage® internet phone service?

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How does with Vonage® internet phone service work compared with other services?

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Are you hooked? Click here to learn more about Vonage. 

Ready to sign up? Click here to get a

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Glossary

How does it work?

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What is internet phone?

What's in Vonage?

What's not there?

Installation instructions

Recommendations

 

There's more to come!

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Bill Barnes is a freelance small business system administrator. 

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Last updated Saturday, May 20, 2006 05:53 PM