Last week in Snow Birds Need Phones we looked at using fixed wireless phone service as a local service option that can travel with you. Today I want to talk a bit about broadband phone, otherwise known as VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol.
Broadband phone or VoIP uses your high speed Internet line to provide phone service. High speed Internet service is available through DSL or your cable company. The VoIP provider supplies an interface box that routes your calls over the Internet to save money. You will also need a router so you can use your computer and your phone at the same time.
How does this relate to snow birds and vacation homes? Well, broadband access is available in more locations than ever before. Many hotels, condo developments, motor home parks and campgrounds now offer high speed Internet access. With VoIP, you can take your phone and adapter with you when you travel. Just plug your equipment into any broadband connection and you are ready to make and receive calls just like at home. In fact, anyone who calls you will not know that you are not at home unless you tell them. That's a great security feature!
We offer unlimited residential plans for just $19.95 per month, and small business plans begin at $34.95 per month. Yes, you can take your business on the road too! These plans are offered by Packet8, a leader in the broadband phone industry.
This is no skimpy, bare bones service either. You will have call waiting/disable, call forwarding, caller ID and blocking, *69 call return, personalized voicemail, do not disturb and anonymous call blocking and more. That's more features at no cost than most local providers offer for extra fees.
VoIP is a great way to save on your phone bill at home as well as a service that goes on the road with you. Even better, since you can take your home phone to your vacation home, you aren't paying for a second service that goes unused at home. No installation fee for something that you are only using for a couple of months either.
For more information on broadband phone(VoIP) come to Broadband Phone - Save on Internet Telephony Plans for DSL and Cable Internet Access