There are business people who are on long
distance half the day, or more. If you're on for hours, day in and day out,
the cost mounts. If you have standard
long distance, you might be paying 10 cents per minute.
That could run you hundreds of dollars per month. Plus, you're paying for
your local service. Contrast that with rates from Vonage (Internet
Phone Service Page), a leading VoIP
provider. This company, founded in 2001, charges $49.99 per line monthly for
unlimited business calling, local and long distance, in the U.S.
and Canada. If you can get by with 1,500 minutes of local and long distance
calling, Vonage will only charge you $39.99. And services like a fax line, voice mail, call forwarding and caller ID are
free. Things are even cheaper for
local phone service.
They charge $34.99 for
unlimited service in the home. The company has two other residential plans,
at $24.99 and $14.99, for people who don't use the phone as much.
Packet8, my personal favorite, has slightly higher rates. Its
basic business charge is $59.95 per month. That gets you unlimited calls to
Packet8 numbers, and 4,000 minutes to other phones. Compared to regular phone service, that's still not
bad. Packet8 also charges $19.95 for unlimited residential calling. Like Vonage, it
gives you a bunch of free
services, like call waiting, call forwarding, voice mail and caller ID
features. In my opinion, Packet8
is the best of the bunch. It has the U.S. covered like a blanket, in terms
of coverage and has proprietary equipment equal to none. Packet8's equipment
will function on the slowest Internet speed, in times of Internet
congestion, you will not get garbled calls like Vonage. Most are more
familiar with the Vonage brand name , due to large advertising budget,
but there is no doubt in my mind Packet8 is superior to any VoIP provider
out there! See -
Internet Phone comparison article on this web site.