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The Internet-Connected Home Phone (VoIP)
This could be your lowest-cost alternative for your Home Phone. A box or plug that connects to your router or computer can link you to worldwide telephone service at a very low cost and in some cases, no monthly cost.
  
Keep in mind there is a big difference in where you plug in your VoIP unit.  If you can plug it directly in to your home Internet router, which is normally active at all times.  If you choose to plug it in to a computer, that computer must be turned on and "awake" for your home phone to work.  This could be a good use of that old computer that you've been saving in the closet.
 
Prices for VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) or Internet-connected phone service range from FREE to $30 per month.

Don't confuse Internet-connected phone service with the regulated phone service provided by cable companies.  The difference in cost is significant and can be determined by where you plug in your adapter.
 
 Pros & Cons of Internet-Connected Phones

CISCO VOIP

  • MAGIC JACK
  • DIGITAL PHONE SERVICE: with Unlimited Local & Long Distance Calling to the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands with a 1 YEAR WARRANTY. Buy Guaranteed Authenticity direct from us, magic Jack official.
  • NO MONTHLY BILLS: 12 months of service and Caller ID, Voice mail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and Conference Calling, all included for FREE for a year with no hidden fees.
  • EASY TO SET UP: Use with or without a computer, simply connect your magicJackGO to your existing high speed Internet and any cordless or Landline home phone. Includes Power adapter, Ethernet cord, USB extension cord and step-by-step instructions. (no international charger included)
  • DOWNLOAD THE COMPANION APP: and make Unlimited local & long distance calls to the U.S. and Canada from your smartphone. Assign your magic Jack device number to the magicApp and have your home, business, and your mobile phone ring simultaneously.
  • INTERNATIONAL CALLING: When traveling internationally, bring magic Jack with you to make calls back to the U. S. and Canada from virtually anywhere in the world. Call outbound worldwide from the US and Canada and enjoy magic Jack’s low international rates. You can also make free unlimited magic Jack-to-magic Jack calls worldwide.

Ooma
  • OOMA TELO FREE HOME PHONE SERVICE
  • Crystal - clear nationwide calling for free and low international rates. Pay only monthly applicable taxes and fees.
  • # 1 rated home phone service for overall satisfaction and value by a leading consumer research publication.
  • Ooma Telo works with Ooma Home Security sensors to monitor your home and contact you when activity is detected.
  • PureVoice HD delivers superior voice quality for a consistently great calling experience.
  • Includes Nationwide Calling, Voice Mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, 911 Calling and Text Alerts.
  • Download the Ooma Mobile HD app and take your Ooma service on-the -go.
  • Easy to install in minutes; works with your high-speed Internet and any home phone.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee and extendable 1-year warranty with 24/7 customer support.
  • Keep your current number for a one-time fee or choose a new number in any available area code for FREE.

OBI VoIP Adapter
  • OBi200 1-PORT VoIP PHONE ADAPTER
  • Works with Google Voice
  • Easy to Set-Up Using OBiTALK.com. USB for Obihai Accessories OBiWiFi5G and OBiBT
  • Also Supports T.38 Fax and SIP Bring Your Own Device Services like Anveo, Callcentric, Voip.ms, etc.
  • Works with Up to Four VoIP Services Across One Phone Port
  • Call back service present. Application for iPhone, ipad, ipod touch and android devices which makes possible placing and receiving calls to/from other OBi endpoints.
Advantages of Internet-Connected Phones:

  • SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS
  • You get FREE Long Distance and all your favorite calling features: Caller ID, Call Waiting, Voice Mail, 3-way Calling, and more, all for the same low monthly price, which could be Zero.

  • YOUR HOME PHONE CAN FOLLOW YOU
    It's great for taking it with you on vacation, in the dorm, to your second home, or if you move frequently. As long as you have a place to plug in to the Internet, your VoIP phone should work anywhere in the world

  • YOU CAN USE YOUR OLD PHONE NUMBER...OR NOT
    The switch will be transparent to your friends and family, or you can get a shiny new number.  In some cases it's possible to choose a non-local number.

  • SAFETY
    You are no longer depending on a single wireless phone, or if you have visitors or a baby sitter who may not have reliable service at your home.  The Internet Home Phone can call 911 but you may need to choose where 911 calls are directed.

  • AUDIO QUALITY CAN BE SUPERIOR
    Some VoIP connections provide a very high quality sound that exceeds the best wired landline.

  • YOU HAVE A "HOUSE" PHONE FOR THE FAMILY
    No need to carry your cell phone in your pocket at home. You get a 'dial tone,' which may be a big deal for older relatives or visitors either when using the phone in their home or yours.

  • GET A SECOND LINE FOR THE HOUSE OR FOR A BUSINESS
    It's a very economical way to have a business or special line, a second number, a line for the kids, or just for Voice Mail.

 Disadvantages:

  • EMERGENCY CALLS
    Calls to 911 may not be routed to the same emergency call center as a landline so you may need to provide a detailed description of your situation and location.

  • THE INTERNET CAN BE A NOISY PLACE
    Internet-connected phone calls can get 'jumbled' in the Internet.  Some connections suffer from echoes, delays and distorted audio. The better VoIP units mitigate these problems.

  • SOME PLUG-IN DEVICES WON'T WORK
    The Internet Home Phone may not be compatible with devices that require the exchange of data including fax machines, alarm systems, credit card machines, satellite modems, medical alert systems, or dialup Internet service.

  • CALLER ID LIMITATIONS
    Incoming Caller ID on a Internet Home Phone may not show the calling party's name, only their phone number, unless you have that name stored in your phone's phone book.  Caller ID on outgoing calls are limited to the information provided by the VoIP carrier which may show Caller Location (based on your number, not your actual location), as "UNAVAILABLE," "WIRELESS CALLER," or similar identification, or no information at all.

  • POWER OUTAGES
    Some Internet Home Phone base units come with a backup battery.  During a power outage you can expect that battery to operate the phone for as much as 35 hours standby and up to four hours of talk time.  However, a landline can operate for weeks without power as long as you have a regular wired type handset. Backup batteries don't last forever so you should check it at least once a year, or maybe when you replace your smoke detector batteries. Just unplug it for a few minutes and see if it works.

  • NETWORK RELIABILITY
    While some Internet connections are quite reliable and some have backup power, their networks can get overloaded preventing you from making or receiving calls. Even though your phone provides a "dial tone", you are not connected to the network until you actually enter the number you are calling.  Overloads are usually a temporary situation which may clear up shortly.  Incoming calls that cannot reach your Internet Home Phone are normally directed to Voice Mail.


  • EQUIPMENT RELIABILITY
    Your Internet Home Phone is guaranteed from defects for an initial period but if your Internet Home Phone base unit stops working you are responsible for repairs.  That usually means replacing the unit which may involve a trip to a store or a wait for another unit to be shipped.

  • LIMITS TO HOW MANY HANDSETS YOU CAN USE
    You can plug in several wired phones into The Internet Home Phone base unit and even into the house wiring, but there are limits, some as few as 2 phones. A solution is a multiple-unit cordless phone system where only one plug is needed for all handsets.
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