Thanks to a lack of advertising by the major phone providers, millions of well connected Americans may not have heard of the cheap phone line substitute known as VoIP. Small businesses have relied upon this flexible, money-saving technology for years, but regular homes across the US are finally catching on.
Do you still have a landline phone? Thanks mainly to cell phones, 54% of households no longer do. If you’re part of the 46% with a landline, or you really miss having a regular phone line in your house, it may be time to start researching less expensive options. VoIP is one option that allows people to send and receive unlimited calls over existing internet using either an classic phone or computer. There are many different VoIP service providers, which may seem confusing when you’re trying to figure out which one to choose.
VoIP is a new, breakthrough technology that has the potential to completely transform the phone industry one day. Here’s how it works: VoIP turns audio analog signals into digital data to leverage a standard internet connection to place phone calls. In more basic layman’s terms, VoIP creates phone connections through the internet instead of through the telephone wires. The connection is safe, secure and reliable. And above all else, it’s cheaper, especially for long-distance calls.
If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional landline, VoIP is a truly fantastic option. It is far less expensive than landline phones, since it doesn’t need to be hard-wired into anything — operating it really requires nothing more than a standard internet connection, which you likely already have. It is also great for making those long-distance phone calls, since it uses the internet and there is no such thing as a “digital distance.” It doesn’t require the usage of “minutes,” either. You can buy bulk credits for your VoIP line, or pay a one-time membership fee. It just depends on how your VoIP provider sets up the payment plan. In this way, VoIP can actually change the way we think about communicating with the people we love, especially if they live far away.
Many reliable institutions — like large companies and even some airports — have already made the switch from landlines to VoIP. In fact, this past year, more businesses set up VoIP lines in lieu of traditional landlines. In other words, this is the future of communication and it would benefit you to jump on the bandwagon as soon as possible, especially if you still rely on a landline. This is a very reliable method of communication, one that could dramatically alter the quality of your relationships and your wallet.
Good news: Setting up a VoIP account is really simple. Installing it doesn’t take long, and the payoff is nearly immediate. Oh, and even more good news — you might even get to keep your current phone number. Your local cable company is probably already offering deals on it that you don’t know about if you haven’t looked. Other deals are all around, too. Don’t you think it’s time to find them?
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