There are a few decisions you need to make before deciding on a VOIP plan. Cost is obviously going to be big factor, since most VOIP plans allow big savings over traditional telephone plans. But there are going to be other factors competing with cost. Go over these factors first and then look at costs once you've made these decisions:
* Do you want a computer-based phone in which you talk through your computer or laptop, or do you want a phone-based service that will act like your traditional land line?
* Do you make a lot of long-distance calls? Do you make regular international calls. Most commercial services offer free nationwide local and long-distance, but have metered charges for international calls.
* Do you have friends/relatives who are already on a specific VOIP service? Many services offer free calling within their networks. If you use Skype, for example, all calls to other Skype users are free, with no charges at all.
* How important is 911 access? If your VOIP phone is going to be your main or only phone, it's going to be really important to have 911. If it's a second phone, maybe not so important.
These are some of the factors you should look at before you go ahead and make a serious cost comparison.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|