(PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Although January has come and gone and many have let their New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside, there is still hope. In Roman times, the month of March was actually the start of the calendar year. As such, March 1st was typically associated with a fresh start, similar to how people look at January 1st.
Some might be looking to start fresh by cutting out unnecessary costs, especially expensive phone bills. One great way to lower phone bill costs is by choosing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP uses the Internet to make phone calls, rather than connection via archaic phone lines.
VoIP offers subscribers a great alternative to traditional phone service, and more importantly it gives them the peace of mind of cheap phone bills. And so, with March right around the corner, VoIP Review has unveiled several ways VoIP can give subscribers a fresh start.
Cheap Long Distance and International Calling
With traditional providers, predicting a monthly phone bill is ultimately a guessing game. Long distance calls, for example, can carry different per-minute charges that the user doesn’t even know about.
VoIP, however, doesn’t differentiate between all of those calling categories, which keeps phone bills consistent month-to-month. If it’s a call within the US or to Canada, most VoIP providers won’t charge anything extra.
For international calls, many residential VoIP providers offer free calling to a select group of countries, usually including Canada and/or Mexico, and an hour of unlimited free international calling every month. Extra international calls to other locations may cost as little as $0.01/minute. On the other hand, a traditional provider can charge as much as $2 or $3 per minute for an international call. For anyone with family living outside the US, VoIP is a great way to cut down on very expensive international calls.
Additional Features at No Extra Cost
With VoIP, paying extra for essential features like call waiting and call forwarding is a thing of the past. While traditional phone providers might charge as much as $10/month for something as simple as caller ID, most VoIP providers offer that feature, as well as many others, with their basic service plans.
VoIP gives customers the ability to avoid the nickel-and-diming that comes with any traditional phone service. Most traditional providers offer a basic service, but then charge extra for features that should be included. With VoIP, however, subscribers get exactly what they want, at a monthly rate that can be as low as $4.99/month for a home phone plan.
Revamp a Business
A private branch exchange (PBX) is the part of a business’s phone system that connects extensions office extensions, and routes inbound and outbound calls. An IP (Internet Protocol) PBX uses VoIP rather than traditional phone lines to process all calls. Historically, analog PBXs used a complicated network of wires to connect extensions, but IP PBXs are wireless. That means any phone connected to the Internet is also connected to the PBX. With an IP PBX, a business can keep its robust phone system, but eliminate cumbersome wires.
Business VoIP subscribers can even keep their pre-existing systems, but still outfit them with the much more cost efficient VoIP service with a SIP trunking service. Or, customers can replace the clunky gadgetry with a streamlined in-house IP PBX, or a completely remote hosted PBX service. These systems are incredibly cheap, between $10 (SIP) and $20 a month (hosted) per line or extension, respectively.