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Using VoIP to knock your phone bill down

October 13th, 2006 at 12:24 pm

http://www.lingo.com I switched to VoIP about 18 months ago already. Went with Lingo since one of their offer includes unlimited calls to Western Europe for $21.95, which after tax comes to at about $24. That, off course, includes unlimited local and long distance and CANADA!!! Ok, I don't call Canada very often... but it's a very sweet deal.

Now to the bad:
- The voice quality is not always optimum and I've had some calls dropped because the phone adapter was not set to allow enough bandwith for voice.

Update 1 - I forgot you need a high-speed connection such as Cable or DSL for it to work. I personally have cable because DSL isn't available where I live. It's expensive, but worth it, I think. And my little week-end project is to call and http://www.mymoneyblog.com/archives/2005/08/how_to_save_138.... Wink

Update 2 - With Tina's help, I remembered (it's Friday, give me a break...) that VoIP will not work if either your power or your internet connection are out. There is the 911 issue, which I never really looked into...

But 24 bucks to call everyone I know at no extra charge, I'll put up with the occasional dropped call.

3 Responses to “Using VoIP to knock your phone bill down”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    lau, i have VoIP as well (actually was a trainer for a company that sold it, too). i love the service, but one thing most folks need to know is VoIP 911 is a little different, and you can't access it when your power is out. then again, if all you have are cordless phones, you can't dial 911 w/out power anyways... glad to hear it's saving some $$ for you and still letting use your phone the way you want!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    This may not be ideal, but I use computer-to-computer VoIP softwares when I want to make free, non-emergency calls, but I also keep a cellphone for those times when I'm not in front of the computer. For now, this combination appears to give me the best flexibility.

  3. Lau Says:

    Broken Arrow - are you using Skype?

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