My second shameless self serving plug is for Vonage. I use Vonage as my home phone service. As phone services go, I cannot give Vonage the rave reviews that I give TiVo, however there are a number of things that I like about Vonage that I think make it better than regular phone service.
- Price – I pay 24.99 + tax for unlimited calling in the US and Canada. In other words, we can use the phone whenever and to whoever we want without worrying about the cost.
- Voicemail – Voicemail is pretty standard, however Vonage goes one better. You can set up your Vonage voice mail to send you an email with the message attached. You can also access your voice mail through the vonage web site. This is all in addition to the standard features of being able to call your voicemail from any phone.
- Call Forwarding with SimulRing – In addition to standard call forwarding, you can have your home phone and another phone ring at the same time. If you are expecting an important call, you can setup SimulRing so that your Cell Phone and Home Phone ring at the same time. Which ever phone answers the call will get the call. This is also a great feature if you are going on vacation and you want people to be able to get a hold of you without giving out another number.
You do have to have High Speed Internet (Cable Modem or DSL) to take advantage of Vonage. Vonage is not for everyone. Vonage can get disrupted by heavy internet traffic and internet outages. If you require the 99.999% reliability of traditional phone service, then Vonage is not for you. However if you are willing to trade off some of the reliability for a consistent bill of about $30 ( about a $40/month savings for me) then I would highly recommend Vonage.
If you are willing to use me as a referral, please click on this link and I will send you the information you need. You will get a credit equal to one months bill. I will get a credit of two times your bill up to $50. You will then have the ability to refer your friends as well.