is going to be pretty short and sweet. Vonage is good, and if you
have cable modem internet service, you should probably get it.
When we moved
to West Lafayette, we really didn't have much of a choice in terms
of phone service. We have Insight Communications for our cable and
internet, but we did not sign up for their phone service. We went
with the local standard -- Verizon.
really been one to think too much about telephone service. You call,
you have it turned on, you plug in some phones, you pay your bills.
But it was that last part that was really starting to get under
my skin. We had a very simple package...standard home service, with
caller ID, voicemail -- you know, normal stuff. We don't make many
long distance calls...we don't even make that many local calls.
BUT OUR AVERAGE MONTHLY BILL WAS $72.00. I just
couldn't understand why on earth a standard phone line should cost
So then I started
paying attention to those wacky commercials with the "whoo-hoo-whoo-hoo-hoo"
music and the people doing stupid things. I started doing some research
on the web, and decided to go with Vonage. (There are many similar
services.) We have the ideal setup...a fast cable modem, a wireless
router, cordless phones with "bases". We signed up, they
sent the adapter, I plugged it into the router. That's it. A couple
of weeks later Verizon signed off on the number transfer, and we've
been loving it every since.
Couple of things
- I don't
know how well this works with DSL. I don't know anyone who has
- You probably
don't want to be doing any heavy file transferring or anything
like that on your computer while you're on the phone. We really
haven't had any problems, but we really haven't "stress-tested"
- If your
internet goes down, you have no phone. Most everyone has a cell
-- you can also set Vonage up to call a different phone if it
loses connection to your home phone.
something cool that we tried and it worked!
- If you are
going on a trip, and you know they have internet service where
you are going, you can take your adapter with you, plug it into
any internet connection, and you can make and receive calls right
there, just like you are at home. Snazzy!