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Is A VoIP Calling
Plan Right For Your Home?
|If you watch TV
read magazines, or drive through and cities with billboards
chances are you’ve come across advertisements for VOIP calling
plans. Many of these advertisements try to sell their services
on how much less expensive their services are compared to
traditional calling plans. They also talk about quality and
clarity of calls. You’ve probably wondered how much of this is
true and how much is hype.
VOIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is probably one of the most
revolutionary advances in the telecommunications industry. It
allows you to talk to another person across the globe using
digital network connection exactly the same as way you receive
email or visit websites. Because you voice is converted into a
digital signal it can be sent across the street, across the
country, or across the globe for exactly the same cost. For VOIP
calls the concept of long distance doesn’t exist.
VOIP calling packages come in two flavors, bulk rate pricing and unlimited
calling. Bulk rate pricing allows you to have a monthly
allotment of minutes to call who ever you want (just like your
cell phone service). If you go over your monthly allotment you
will have overage charges. Unlimited calling is exactly just
like it sounds you have no limit on the amount of calls you can
make. Unlimited calling plans range from $35 to $90 per month
depending on the VOIP service provider and the additional
features included with your plan. Unless you are making a lot of
calls or the unlimited calling plan is very inexpensive bulk
rate pricing is usually a better option.
Just like cellular phones VOIP service providers allow you to “port” or move
switch your existing phone number into their service. This is
really convenient as you won’t have to notify your friends and
family you’ve changed your number. Currently there is no
legislation that VOIP providers have to allow you to port your
number out if you are unhappy or want to change providers. Some
of them will, others will charge you a fee, and some will refuse
to accommodate your request, be sure to check this before you
sign any contracts.
If the VOIP company you are using “piggybacks” on your existing broadband
cable connection your phone service is dependant on your cable
connection. If your cable connection goes out or you drop your
cable company your VOIP phone service won’t work. Additionally
if you lose power in your house unless you have a backup
generator your phone won’t work.
Lastly many VOIP service providers don’t interface well with emergency
services (911). On traditional phone lines your address
information is automatically sent when you make a call, this
isn’t true for VOIP.
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About the author:
Jessica Liu is a staff writer at
http://www.voiptelephonesystem.orga news and information
website about VOIP and VOIP related technologies.