Earlier this month, the NFL opened up trading between teams, and many big deals have already taken place. While NFL teams trade players to save money, other people are trading to generate their own savings. For example, someone might trade their SUV for a more economical coupe in order to save money on gas.
Many residential customers are trading out their traditional phone services in favor of Voice over Internet Protocol, better known as VoIP. While traditional phone service sends voice data over copper wirelines, VoIP sends data over the Internet. More importantly VoIP providers can save you money when compared to traditional phone service.
1. VoIP can save you up to 90% on phone bills
Compared to traditional phone service, VoIP can save you a lot of money. Many VoIP providers offer plans that are less than $10/month, and include unlimited calling within the US and to Canada.
A similar plan with AT&T, however, can be as much as $35/month. If you compare the two services over a single year, you stand to save about $360. Over two years, you would have saved enough money to buy a high quality TV.
2. VoIP has fantastic international calling rates
With traditional providers, even a 10-minute call can be very expensive. In some cases, just a single minute can be as much as $3. Many VoIP providers, on the other hand, offer cheap international rates.
Traditional providers do offer seemingly affordable rates with their International plans, but those are still more expensive than the rates VoIP providers offer. For example, AT&T’s U-Verse Voice International plan, which is $45/month, has a per-minute rate of $0.10 for a call to China. However, if you want to call a mobile number, you must pay an additional $0.15/minute. Calls to other countries, like Peru for example, carry a $0.45/minute mobile rate, on top of a basic $0.25/minute rate.
With many VoIP providers, on the other hand, international rates are only $0.015/minute for a call to China or Peru. So, while a 10-minute call to China with AT&T’s plan will be $2.50, a 10-minute call with most VoIP providers will only be $0.15.
3. Get great calling features without paying extra
Many residential and business customers want useful calling features, but they don’t want to pay extra for them. Conference calling, for example, is a very useful feature for a business, as it lets multiple participants join in on a call. However, most traditional providers will charge an extra monthly fee for conference calling. With many VoIP providers, on other hand, conference calling is included with a basic service plan.
There are also some useful features that VoIP providers offer that traditional providers do not. These features are frequently included with a basic service plan:
- Voicemail-to-email: receive your voicemail messages as an attachment in your email.
- Find Me Follow Me: redirect unanswered incoming calls to additional numbers.
- Softphone support: using computer software or a mobile app to make calls.