Tuesday, November 08, 2005

To VoIP or not to VoIP?

When we moved this summer, we order Vonage and Verizon telephone service. I was all ready to take the VoIP plunge, but I wanted to make sure I had stable phone service before I ventured into the unknown. Plus, I wasn't ready to tackle the set-up of multiple phones from the single access point of my cable modem.

I initially ordered the low-level 500 minutes plan from Vonage, which costs us about $17/month (with taxes and such). Our unlimited Verizon plan costs us about $70/month. Even if Vonage were our only phone service, it would be a rare month for us to come even close to the 500 minute threshold. We just don't use the telephone that often.

I am ready to take the next step in my VoIP adventure. I am planning to acquire a decent 5.8ghz wireless phone system, whose base station will live next to the VoIP cable modem. However, I couldn't help but smile when I read this news story today: Verizon Reduces Prices For Phone Service. Basically, Verizon is supposedly dropping prices for its unlimited phone service plans by about $15/month. Even if that turns out to be true, that'd still have my Verizon bill peaking out to about $55/month. And, even if I decided to up our Vonage service to the unlimited version, that would only take us up to about $28/month. Still around half the cost of Verizon.

Even with the cost of buying some new wireless phones, it's pretty much a no brainer. I plan to be Verizon-less by mid-January.


briwei said...

So, you have no other services by Verizon? Cell or DSL? Cool. One thing to look into with respect to VoIP is 911 service. I remember a flap about that a while back. 911 didn't work propoerly because they couldn't tell where you were. Is that bug worked out yet?

Kitten Herder said...

Vonage, for one, registers your address with the appropiate town. So, even if you pick a phone number in another town (which is one of the 'benefits' they like to tout), the 911 switching services all know where you REALLY are.

briwei said...

Why would you want to pick a phone number in another town? Is it just so that you can keep your number if you move?

Kitten Herder said...

When we moved from Bedford to Merrimack, we had wanted to keep our old phone number for convenience sake. However, there were some glitches, so it didn't come to pass. Some people have lots of family and friends in another area, so they'll set up a second VoIP line with a number local to that other area so their friends can call them like they were local.