Tuesday, April 7, 2009
That Makes Cents: Phone bills
When it comes to keeping in touch, there are new products on the market offering cheaper phone service. They let you reduce those big monthly bills. Now That Makes Cents.
WSVN -- What if you could connect with loved ones anywhere in the world without running up a costly phone bill every month? There are a lot of options for cheap or even free phone services.
At Brandsmart USA, you can sign up with Vonage, which offers unlimited international calling plans.
Vince Cipollone: "You pay per month. They have fees as low as $6 per month, and they go up depending on what country you're calling."
Vonage does require a broadband connection, but if you don't have a computer, you can buy a router, plug in and start dialing.
Vince Cipollone: "It brings families closer together because now you can speak to them more often and not have to worry about a large expense."
Other computer options include Skype, Ooma or Magic Jack.
Andrew Lopez: "The Magic Jack is actually a USB device you connect it to your computer and it will actually give you a phone line connection for your computer."
Magic Jack includes local and long distance and claims it can save you about a $1,000 a year.
If you don't want to use your computer, check out Ooma.
Andrew Lopez: "You actually just connect the Ooma to your high-speed Internet, and it's one fee. You just purchase the box, and it will give you a lifetime of telephone service free of charge."
It sells for about $230 at Best Buy and also includes local and long distance, call waiting and voicemail.
Skype is a software-based program with a lot of cool features.
Andrew Lopez: "Skype, not only can you call land line, you can do video conferencing, you can do instant messaging and you can do file transfers."
Skype can be downloaded off the Internet, but you'll need a headset or a microphone in order to talk through the computer. If you talk computer to computer, it's free. Now that makes cents.