Last year, Alan Masarek made news as he left Google to become Vonage’s new CEO.
These days, landline phones are as outdated as MC Hammer pants and cassette tapes. However, a home phone line is actually one of the best kept secrets for cheap phone service with a little help from the Internet.
New developments in telecommunications have made Internet phones more useful and popular than ever before. Internet phone calling works off of a process called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) which converts voice data from a phone into a digitally compressed format, and sends it through a broadband Internet connection.
Residential VoIP plans routinely save customers more than 60% on their phone bills, offer more features for free, and provide higher voice quality than the standard phone companies do. Whether making the switch to VoIP home phone service or installing a brand new phone into a home that got rid of its landline years ago, these 4 reasons show why getting VoIP is perfect for all kinds of homes.
1. Save Money
Simply put, residential VoIP providers offer customers more for less. While traditional phones charge different fees for long-distance, local, out of state, and international rates, almost all residential VoIP plans include unlimited nationwide calling. International rates are low too, with some providers allowing unlimited calling to select countries as well.
A standard residential VoIP phone bill will usually only cost between $6 and $12 every month for unlimited phone calls nationwide. That’s a price that even cellular can’t beat. Having a phone in the pocket is nice, but a cheap home phone is something that everyone can get used to pretty quickly.
Many cell phones simply use radio waves to send their calls to cell towers. These waves are usually not encrypted, and those with malicious intent could tap into these signals to steal credit card numbers or other important pieces of information.
Luckily, VoIP lines encrypt their phone calls before they are sent online, and they are only decrypted at the end-user. Even if someone is able to access that information, they will have a very hard time decoding it, and an even harder time matching up every piece of information into something useful.
With the recent reveal that the NSA has been spying on phone and Internet traffic, VoIP clients can breathe easy knowing that their providers are too small for the government to bother to make them hand over phone data. Even if they were getting it illicitly, they would still have to decrypt it.
3. More Features
Traditional telephone companies charge users extra for simple features like Voicemail and Caller ID. Virtually all VoIP providers include these features absolutely free, along with many more.
These are not all of the features that VoIP has to offer, and of course different providers offer different features. Shop around to find the right provider with the right features.
4. Go Green
VoIP calls are made through the Internet, which means that they do not have to rely on the old traditional phone lines. The Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) runs miles and miles of copper wires that must connect each and every phone together, and strings them up in the air on an untold number of trees that were cut down.
Running more phone lines means that more copper must be mined out of the earth, and more trees must be cut down. Even without growth, the system must still be maintained and key parts replaced. Unlike Internet technology, this is not a sustainable system. The fact that VoIP calls avoid this system is one of the biggest reasons that they can charge so much less for phone calls.
Home phones may seem like a relic from the past, but that’s only because cell phones became so much more convenient and offered the same basic services. New technology with VoIP has made it easier than ever to put a phone back in the house.