Switching From POTS to VOIP

Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS), the old-style wireline telephone connection that was installed in our parents’ houses is quickly being replaced by Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service, which connects voice telephone calls through the always-on broadband connections that about half of Americans have in their homes.

You probably have seen the advertisements for VOIP (also called digital voice) on television; however, the company’s that advertise overcharge for their services. I suggest that you consider purchasing VOIP from other providers, one of whom sells the service at less than 10 percent of the cost of the television advertisers!

I converted my office phone to VOIP last spring using BroadVoice, and I reduced my monthly per-line bill from an average of $40 to about $14. I am considering switching to Skype, which charges $3 per month for unlimited service to the United States and Canada.

I allowed the technology to mature for a few years, using Skype solely for personal calls and business calls to my vendors and clients abroad. However, as VOIP now offers quality at least equal to the landline connections, I see no incentive to remain with the old technology.


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