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.