Ever looked at your home phone bill in disbelief and wondered why it was so high and what some of the charges were for?
Well you are not alone. The average household has a phone bill in excess of $60 each month with the majority of them not using the most efficient "packages" available from their phone company. Phone bills are littered with taxes and surcharges and extra features such as call waiting, caller ID and call forwarding all add additional charges to your bill.
This is where a Cheap Home Phone Service such as VoIP can help you. VoIP service is also referred to as Broadband Phone, Digital Phone or Internet Phone service and is not subject to the high government taxes and surcharges that your normal phone service has. VoIP providers do not charge you additional fees for each and every feature. Instead there is typically a set monthly fee for your internet phone service which includes a vast array of features. For this reason it is an extremely cheap home phone service. The other reason why VoIP is such a low cost phone service is that the plans typically include long distance phone service, all included in your VoIP billing cycle - one monthly fee gets you cheap phone service for local and long distance phone service. Do you make international calls ? No problem many VoIP providers also have a set monthly fee that includes international calls to particular regions of the world (e.g. Western Europe) all for one set monthly fee.
The following table provides a typical monthly price comparison for phone rates between a regular home phone service and a typical VoIP low cost internet phone service. This should give you an idea of the type of savings you can expect by switching over to VoIP for a Cheap Home Phone Service:
|Itemized Bill||$/mo||VoIP $/mo|
|Surcharges and other fees||$6||$0|
|400 minute/month local package||$10||$0|
|Additional local minutes||$5||$0|
|Long distance package||$10||$0|
|Long distance taxes and surcharges||$1||$0|
|Additional long distance minutes||$5||$0|
|Total Cost Per Month||$62||$19.99 *|
|Total Annual Cost||$744.00||$239.88|
* This is a typical VoIP unlimited local and long distance phone plan. However, look at the comparison table on this page, by paying up-front for your service this could be reduced to around $6/month!
With a VoIP phone service you get very cheap phone bills resulting in a large saving per month with the added benefit of receiving a number of terrific features for free.
To summarize, VoIP phone service has the following advantages over a traditional phone service:
You may have already realized that there are a lot of VoIP low cost phone service available and more are appearing each day due to the fast growth and popularity of this technology. The only problem you may have is choosing the right plan that fits your needs best. That is why we are here. Our home VoIP providers page will help you select the best VoIP solution for your needs, so start saving today!
Also check out our guide to many of the VoIP Features available from the service providers covered on our site.
Author: Andy Forgrieve
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Posted by robert m on March 21st, 2013:
Does this include the internet connection?
-> WHICHVOIP Response: No the internet/broadband is extra and usually through an internet provider. The internet provider will sometimes offer voip too but work out the numbers, it is usually cheaper to go with them for broadband and go with one of the providers you see on our website for phone service.
To help find out roughly how much you can save every year on your phone bills use the below table for comparison. Some of these deals are special internet only prices through WhichVoIP so be sure to take advantage of them while they last.