There Is Affordable Home Phone Service

| July 26, 2013
A Cisco 7960G IP telephone

A Cisco 7960G IP telephone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does the idea of saving money painlessly make you smile? If so, you might start grinning when you realize how much families can save by simply switching their home phone services to VoIP providers. From installation and connecting fees to minute charges, your budget will thank you for making the transition.

One immediate difference that will probably be clear is the reduction in the monthly phone bill for basic services and minute usage. While old-fashioned phone providers rely on charging customers high monthly fees in addition to per-minute fees, VoIP providers save customers money by offering perks like easy installation that customers can do themselves and cheap hardware.

Fee-free premium options are given to those who use Internet-based phone services. While a traditional phone carrier may charge for call forwarding, caller ID, and voicemail services, these are typically offered as complimentary in most VoIP plans. The customer incurs no extra fees for using them no matter how many calls are made.

As children get older and need phones of their own, relying on VoIP services can continue to save families money in lots of ways. It saves the sometimes hefty fees of having new phone lines installed, then having new bills for those lines in addition to regular phone bills. Since young people tend to spend hours of daytime minutes on the phone when having conversations with friends, the savings per minute can also be incredible since most VoIP plans will not include a per-minute charge.

Voice over IP services also provide huge benefits to those who have extended family members who live in other countries and loved ones who are stationed in other countries while serving in the military. While traditional calling cards and long distance rates can make speaking to family members overseas a rare event, VoIP providers offer a base rate that often then comes with unlimited international minutes. That means you can talk to a family member who is stationed far away in the military or an aunt in a foreign country as often as you speak to your friends in the same city you’re in.

Both domestic and international plans from VoIP providers can be configured to the individual needs of your family. Families can save up to 90 percent when using international plans, and they can save up to 40 percent on domestic calling plans simply by switching to the VoIP path.

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