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Monday, February 06, 2006

tips on how to reduce your phone bill

Why people are still paying so much money for their national long distance calls does not cease to surprise me. Why people stick to their Verizon service even if they have broadband puzzles me even more….. I guess it’s either they do not feel safe having a phone line that depends on their internet connection or they just do not know how badly they are being ripped off… not only by Verizon but by most phone companies…I mean let’s face it, if you live in NYC and you are terrified of your bill because you just can’t get off the phone to your mum in Jersey, Florida, Boston or wherever she lives, there is something you need to now fast and that is – THERE IS NO NEED TO BE AFRAID OF YOUR PHONE BILL.

Even if your friends and/or family live in Europe you should not be paying more that $30 to $50 dollars a month. If you have broadband at home you will most certainly get a better deal, but if you don’t you should still check other companies like Z-tel and IDT. I know Verizon are offering better rates now but it is always worth checking what the competition has to offer….

Here are the options, I hope you find one that suits you and that you switch immediately - :)

If you use your DSL through Verizon you should check the cost of switching to broadband and using any Voice Over IP as your phone service. If you do your maths you will find that it can be much cheaper.

We live in JC/NJ therefore I do not have much of an option in selecting our Internet provider as Comcast monopolizes the market. If you have more choices you should definitely check out the rates of other cable companies and see which option suits you best …. This can be a complex task because most people get deals out of combining their TV and internet bills. We do not have TV so I cannot be of help here… what I can tell you is which companies provide phone services over the web and then you can decide which works best for you. And yes! all of the following companies allow you to transfer your current number….. anyway, here we go:

Sunrocket: the cheapest service out there IF you enroll for the whole year. Paying $199 a year (including taxes) a total of $17 dollars a month Sunrocket offers: unlimited calling to US, Canada & Puerto Rico, up to 100 free international minutes each month, plus other free features like caller ID, call waiting and 3-way calling, etc.

They also offer a $9.95 (month-including taxes) plan that allows you: 200 minutes a month to anywhere in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and 41 International Destinations, unlimited free calls to other SunRocket users, over a dozen built-in calling features, including Caller ID and Call Waiting

The only thing about Sunrocket is that you have to sign a contract for one year minimum and I sometimes feel a bit apprehensive of locking myself into deals….

Vonage: Provide a good service for home and small businesses. For $24.99 a month (plus tax) you get unlimited calls anywhere in the US plus other free features like caller ID, call waiting and 3-way calling, etc.

For small businesses they offer a $49.99 (plus tax) plan that includes all the features of the $24.99 plan plus a fax line. One cool thing about Vonage and VOIP is that you can choose the area code for your new number, and so if you live out of state but your business is located here you can still choose to have a NY number.

Vonage also offers a $14.99 plan that includes all the common features such as call waiting, call forwarding etc, allowing you 500 minutes to call anywhere in the US, Canada & Puerto Rico.

Lingo: If you have family and friends in the UK, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Vatican City, Norway, Portugal, and Spain Lingo could be the thing for you as their $19.95 plan includes not only unlimited calls to the US, Canada & Puerto Rico but also to all the countries mentioned above.

For $29.95 Lingo offers an unlimited plan to call Mexico, for $34.95 one to call Asia, and for $49.95 unlimited international calls to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico (Including Mobile), the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Vatican City (?).**Calls to international mobile are not included in any of Lingo’s plan (except when calling Mexico under the $49.95 plan).

I hope you folks find this helpful...and by all means, please let me know if you have found better deals out there....


At February 11, 2006 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, I found this very useful :-)


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