Today we got back from vacation and checked our paper mail - Bell had sent us a "Thanks for being our customer" Card. And we're done. No messy late night break-up calls, begging to have us back. We've moved on and so have they.
Or maybe they're just getting call blocked by our new Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) service.
We love it. Here's Why...
First off, lets do a cost breakdown. Our benchmark will be our average monthly Bell bill before the switchover, which was around $65. Multiply that by 12 and you get:
Annual Bell Cost: $780
Here are the changeover costs for VOIP:
- Phone Power Total Annual Start-up Cost: $162.17
- Additional Internet " Dry-Loop" Cost $8/month = 96.00/year
- Changeover fee (one time cost) $50
Total VOIP Cost for 1 year = 308.17
Annual Savings: $471.83
If we take out the changeover cost of $50 (we won't pay that next year), we will save over $500 per year going forward. But what else is good? Is that it?
Nope - our Pros list is pretty solid too:
- Completely Smooth Transition.
- All the extra Call Features for none of the extra cost.
For those of you who dig call forwarding and call waiting, you can also have them too.
|Yes, you can still use your normal home phone, but I've been so interested by the possibilities of the "softphone" App, I've included two pictures of it. Rest assured, we use our normal phone most of the time with no problems at all.|
This basically means that anywhere you have wireless internet access, you can make free phone calls on your cell.
- Check messages anywhere.
This feature has allowed us to see where many call centre calls originate from and block those numbers - DOZENS each day! This is another free feature from Phone Power and is hands down Robin's favourite feature of all.
- Free "Cloned" second line.
CONs - The list ain't big, but we thought we'd share some negative thoughts too:
- A bit of tech skill required.
- A bit of extra tech ugly.
- No Power = No Phone.
So, as it stands now, one month of VOIP Service has been pretty much the same as a month of standard Bell Service, except VOIP has given us more features, the ability to use our home phone when we travel and a much lower phone bill.
Win. Win. Win.
Anyone else planning on jumping ship with their phone provider?