Cheaper Phone Lines

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Tim Wright, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to your land line, check out vonage.

    http://www.vonage.com/index.php?ic=1

    I am sure you have seen ads on tv or in the mail box.

    We have had our personal phone with vonage for over a year. We can call anyone in the US Canada at a flat rate of $24.95 +tx.

    The business rate is a little more.

    http://www.vonage.com/services_premium_sb.php

    For unlimited calling and a dedicated fax line at no additional charge, plus, virtual phone numbers for almost anywhere on the globe for $5 a month.

    or

    the cheaper plan, for $40.00 a month.

    http://www.vonage.com/services.php?lid=nav_services

    The one hitch for me is that they do not have a local area code for me.

    Here is what I am thinking about doing.

    Getting a number, and for $5.00 adding a toll free number and using the toll free number on the advertising.

    Since I work out of my home, using the call forwarding or voice mail when I don't want the kids to mess with the phone when it rings.

    Just some thoughts that might help you out.

    Actually if you do decide to go with vonage, please let me know and help me out by letting me refer you and I can get a months free service. This is no big deal but I just thought of it and threw it in here just in case. Every little bit helps.

    Tim
     
  2. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Vonage has the same business offer as SBC $50 unlimited. When adding the 800 number you will be charged per each minute. I am switching over to a VoIP system and found one that will meet my needs. It has 8 outgoing lines and 48 incoming lines. The rate is 200 per month or $25 per each incoming lines. I am going to upgrade my system with linksys SPA set up with an auto attendant and voice-mail system. I am excited to have it all up and running.
     
  3. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is the web site, I am interested in looking at this as well.

    Thank you,

    Tim
     
  4. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,807

    office depot has a pretty cool service

    http://officedepot.packet8.net/about/bplans.asp


    we use our local cable companys VOIP phone service for our house through the internet. My question if I add our business phones to the VOIP will that slow down my internet connection? does anyone know? thanks
     
  5. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This looks like the bomb for a growing business.

    I don't think it would slow and I have not notices a difference personally.


    Tim
     
  6. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yea with the voicemail and on hold assistant would make any business look like a fortune 500 company...


     
  7. mikefromny

    mikefromny LawnSite Member
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    the best phone service ever .... SUNROCKET...www.sunrocket.com
    i used this last year and again this year reknewed , $199.99 for 12 months , 2 phones and a router, cant beat that?
     
  8. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,267

    Your VoIP phone will require 80kbps upload speed. Of course it will take away from your computer kpbs when uploading. But probably not to the point of you noticing it. Since mine required 640kbps (8 lines) I had to upgrade my service to the 770 range or so. But when I tested the connection I am only averaging 430's. So now I have to do some reconfiguring to make it work and allow myself the ability to be on the Internet while my phones are in use.
     
  9. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,267

    Sunrocket is a good service for the money.
     

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