Phone over Internet, or voice over IP (VoIP for short), can save you a ton of money every year on home phone service. Simply compare VoIP prices below to the prices the phone company charges you. As you can tell, your traditional PSTN charges you an astronomical amount of money each month without giving you any extra features compared to the plans offered by VoIP.
Rather than using a very expensive and extensive copper-wire network to route your calls, VoIP providers use your broadband Internet connection to link you into their digital phone network and send calls over it. It’s home phone sent over the Internet: your voice is coded to work through your Internet connection and sent wherever you’re calling. This, in turn, makes local and long distance calling much more affordable than any traditional phone company.
Most VoIP providers maintain smaller networks with more advanced technology than the big phone companies. As a result, home phone service via the Internet requires less maintenance, is more reliable, and is much less expensive to you, the consumer.
Home phone by Internet also gives you must more competitive international rates. Are you paying $0.05/minute to call Canada? Not anymore. Most phone over Internet companies give you calls to Canada at no additional cost because they are included in their network. Check with each provider to see what their "unlimited calling" area is. Also, check with providers to see what their international calling rates are. With VoIP, international rates tend to be steeply discounted by most providers...and are often offered for only pennies per minute to call many countries! Third world countries tend to be more expensive, but that’s because of less reliable phone service and rigid government regulation in these parts. Believe it or not, VoIP services are illegal in some countries.
Home phone over Internet providers do have a slight drawback, though. Because calls are sent over the Internet, your Internet connection needs to be stable and relatively fast. An unstable Internet connection will result in your phone calls suffering from low quality. It is imperative that you have a high-speed Internet connection because a slow Internet service won’t be fast enough to process calls and could bog down your Internet even more.
If you’d like to know if your Internet is fast enough for VoIP Phone and Internet service, you can use our Speed Test. Check it out to see how well your current Internet is performing.