September 11, 2006

Have I mentioned VoIP enough lately?

I love VoIP.

I use VoIP all the time. It's the only phone I have in my house. I have Skype on both of my computers, and SunRocket as my home phone. The primary advantage of VoIP is that it is cheap, or many times free. For example, Skype has free out-going calls from your computer to any phone (Skype phone, landline phone, or mobile phone) in the US and Canada - at least until the end of the year. And their international rates are much lower than traditional phone companies. SunRocket has unlimited calling to the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada for only $24.95 a month, or $199 a year. Right now, I'm on the monthly plan, but come Christmas bonus time, (fingers crossed!) I'm going for the year plan.

There are some drawbacks. You have to have broadband internet service (but who doesn't?) and 911 service isn't available in all areas or from all providers. (Skype doesn't offer it at all, Vonage is limited, SunRocket is the best I've found.) And if your internet goes down - the phone does too. But, for me, it's more than worth it.

Most people use VoIP and something else (a cell phone or landline phone) so it's not their only means of communications. Me, I'm cheap, and I like being able to tell people "I wasn't home - that's why I didn't answer the phone." 8^)

You owe it to yourself (and your wallet) to at least find out about VoIP. I'm glad I did.

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