It was only recently that I decided to get rid of my land line and switch to a voice over IP (VoIP) telephone system. I was tired of expensive long distance charges and frequent poor quality sound due to the old analog connections. I compared multiple providers and decided that Vonage’s Home Phone Service was best suited to my needs.
Vonage provides a reliable, high quality voice connection with no latency and it uses my existing broadband internet connection. I appreciate that the Vonage service does not require the fastest internet connection available to sound good. It uses about 90kbps at its highest setting and about 30kbps at its lowest. Considering that a “slow” connection these days is about 1Mbps, you will have plenty of bandwidth to make great sounding calls and surf the web. In fact, calls have never sounded better.
Initially I was concerned about what would happen if my internet connection went down. I run a business out of my home. What if someone was trying to get in touch with me but could not get through? Fortunately, if your internet connection is down, your incoming Vonage phone calls can be forwarded to either a land line or a cell phone. You can specify this by setting up a “Network Availability Number” during sign up. This great feature prevents me from missing any important phone calls.
I was also very concerned about calling 911 in case of an emergency. Some of the other companies I researched did not recommend making 911 calls over VoIP. Because VoIP uses the internet, emergency services may have trouble finding the location of the call. Fortunately, when you sign up for Vonage, you provide them with your physical address. In the event you call 911, your local Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) with be provided with your address and phone number. As an added layer of safety, if connecting to your local PSAP fails or is unavailable, Vonage will send your call to the national emergency response center. Do keep in mind that if your internet connection is down you cannot call 911.
I highly recommend Vonage’s Home Phone Services as a reliable, safe and cost effective replacement to your existing land line. I have been so impressed with my Vonage service that I have recommended it to friends, family and clients too. Go to https://www.vonagedeals.com/ to sign up.