One of the first questions I often get asked is why I still use a home phone when cell phone plans have become so cheap? The answer is quite simple; I make quite a few long distance and international calls to friends and family, and those types of calls are quite expensive from a cell phone.
In addition to that, I use the home phone for some business and work related calls and where I live the cell phone reception can be a little bit volatile. I find it very unprofessional when phone line connections are really bad and I do not want to risk losing potential customers. So, for those purposes the good old fashioned phone line is still a good option.
But as I previously mentioned, my phone bills for the home phone fluctuated a lot and I was never really sure what countries were cheap to call and what time were best. That is one of the main reasons I chose to switch to a VOIP service after having already signed up for a hosted PBX.
My set up was pretty simple and only required a few simple things. First off, I needed a VOIP adapter which would serve as the bridge between my phone and the VOIP provider. There are many available and for less than $40 you can get a pretty basic one. That is all I really needed as I do not have a lot of phones, nor do I need to set up multiple different service providers.
The bigger problem was choosing from the hundreds of VOIP providers out there. I literally mean that there are so many to choose from it is ridiculous. So, I didn’t go for the absolute cheapest service as I still wanted to maintain a reliable connection. You can also compare providers to see which types of calls work out cheaper. In my case I went through my old phone bills and checked which destinations I called the most.
This took a bit of time, but I managed to find a provider with a good reputation and decent independent reviews. I felt great that I finally had a 21st century communications system, until I made my first call.
My old and trusted Panasonic phone turned out to be just that: very old looking. With some quick research into cordless phone reviews I decided to spend another $70 for a new high tech Bluetooth cordless phone. It has the latest in Bluetooth technology and allows me to sync up with my cell phone.
Not only did this save me time of transferring phone numbers to the home phone, but I can also answer my cell phone calls on the new cordless one. How cool is that?!?!
As for the overall savings it is still very early, but I can tell you that I will be saving a lot. My average monthly phone bill was about $90 on the old system and after the first week I haven’t even spent $10. I would say that within about 2 months the whole switch will have paid for itself and I’m absolutely delighted.