VoIP is not only economical, but it also offers a range of features that aren't available with a landline. The local and long-distance calling rates for landlines add to your monthly bill. In addition to this, landlines aren't as convenient and flexible as VoIP.
Hence, if you are looking for an affordable, yet abundant features, VoIP is the way to go. Since VoIP uses a different technology than a landline, understanding how a VoIP phone works could help.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) sends voice signals from the caller to the receiver via the internet. The internet transfer data in the form of packets. The analog (voice) signal is digitized before transformed into data packets. On the receiving end, the data packets are decoded and converted back to an analog signal.
In VoIP, packet switching transfers data packets. VoIP does not have a dedicated channel or bandwidth for communication; it shares the bandwidth with other operations. Hence, efficient use of bandwidth is critical for maintaining the call quality of VoIP. In packet switching, the transmission of data packets occurs when there is noise in the channel. It means that the channel communicates data packets only when someone is talking. If there is silence, the channel remains empty.
VoIP phones offer flexibility to users. Switching from a regular phone to VoIP is easy. This is why:
One main difference between VoIP and landline is that VoIP uses packet switching for communication, while landlines use circuit switching. The technology in landlines has been around for about a hundred years. VoIP incorporates emerging technologies to provide services to users. Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) connects landlines into a network. A caller connects to the receiver through a physical connection formed by fiber-optic cables.
The subscription plans offered by VoIP service providers are cheaper than those by landline phone companies. A VoIP monthly subscription for home usually costs $15, which includes unlimited local calls. Also, international calling charges by VoIP providers are lower than a landline. A monthly bill for a landline costs about $30, which does not include international calling. Including international calling rates in the bill for a landline costs, you double the monthly subscription.
The advantage with VoIP is that you can call from anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection. It is one of the reasons why VoIP is preferred. If you use a regular phone for VoIP communication, you need an adapter to make calls on the go. However, if you use a mobile app, you can also make calls from your cell phone.
On the other hand, landlines are fixed. However, there are cordless landlines available as well. In an age where wireless communication is the rage, landlines restrict a user. The cordless phone offers some mobility, but if you move away from the base station, the call disconnects.
VoIP offers a plethora of features for incoming and outbound calls. These features allow users to manage their calls. Features such as call forwarding and simultaneous ring ensure that you don't miss out on a call. Moreover, you can prevent unknown callers from contacting you with features such as Blacklist and Anonymous Call Rejection on Axvoice.
In contrast, landlines offer a limited number of features such as caller ID, three-way calling, and others. The features included in the monthly subscription plans in VoIP are charged separately in landlines. For instance, Bianca Networks offers the caller ID feature at an added cost of $4.99/month. In addition to this, there is also a one-time activation fee of $10.00. However, our Axvoice caller ID feature is included in every plan free of cost.
Switching to VoIP is easy. You can even keep the number you use with the current phone company. With a few steps, you can port your number to Axvoice. At the time of purchasing Axvoice, you can port your number to the service provider.
Axvoice offers VoIP services for residential as well as businesses. It is a reliable VoIP service that offers ample features in its residential calling plans. Why pay for an unlimited plan when you use your home phone rarely? In that situation, you go with Axvoice's Pay as You Go plan and get billed only for the minutes used.
With VoIP phone plans as low as $4.99/month, you can access the following features:
You can reject incoming calls based on whether the source is known or unknown. Moreover, you can add callers to a blacklist to prevent them from calling you. Other features offered by Axvoice ensure that you never miss out on a call. Features such as simultaneous ring and call filter redirects call to a different number, so you can attend calls even when you are not at home. The incoming call features are as follows:
The features offered by Axvoice provide ease to the user. With Axvoice, you can call up to three people. In addition to this, Axvoice makes sure that there is no compromise on call quality even with slower internet connections. It does so by offering low-bandwidth codecs such as G.729a, GSM, Gm711u, and G.711a. Axvoice offers the following outbound call features:
With these features, calls redirect to specified numbers in the case you don't pick up a call or when there is a power outage. You will never miss out on a call with these call forwarding features:
The advanced features by Axvoice allow subscribers to choose how they want to use their VoIP phone. Users can view the list of incoming and outgoing calls. In addition to this, you can check your voicemails from your Axvoice user account. Our VoIP phone also offers softphone support, which provides you all Axvoice calling features on a smartphone. Some advanced features include:
For a small fee, you can obtain virtual and toll-free numbers.
Instead of spending money on hefty landline phone bills, you can save money by switching to Axvoice. The cost of setting up VoIP divides into hardware cost, local calling rates, international calling rates, and monthly subscription plans.
The hardware cost associated with switching to Axvoice is almost negligible since you can connect your regular phone to the internet with the help of an adapter. You can either purchase the adapter on your own or Axvoice offers one to you, free of cost. In the case, you require an adapter, Axvoice ships it with the other hardware. The adapters that Axvoice offers include LINKSYS PAP2. You can buy them from different vendors, but it will cost you more. The ATA adapter such as the LINKSYS PAP2T costs around $38. By subscribing to the services offered by Axvoice, you save $38. Hence, obtaining an ATA device from Axvoice saves you money. If you have an IP phone, you don't need an adapter and can switch over to Axvoice with zero additional hardware.
Depending on the phone plan you subscribe to, the local calling rates vary. With Axvoice, you can get unlimited calls to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. However, if your home phone usage is limited, you can subscribe to the Pay as You Go plan.
With Axvoice, you get economical international calling charges even when you are not subscribed to one of our unlimited international calling plans. For example, if you make a call to the UK with Axvoice, you get a calling rate of $0.015/minute. On the other hand, if you were to place a call to the UK from a landline phone with AT&T Basic Rate, it would cost you $3.25. Likewise, Verizon Basic Rate for international calls to the UK is $2.89/minute. However, if you subscribe to a monthly plan, the international calling rates offered by AT&T and Verizon are significantly less. In this case, the international calling rates for AT&T and Verizon are $0.08/minute. But you need to pay the monthly subscription fees for international calling which is $5.99 for AT&T and $4.99 for Verizon.
The following table compares the international calling rates of VoIP and landlines. The tables below compare the international calling rates offered by Axvoice, Skype, AT&T, and Verizon:
The following table compares the international calling rates to mobile phones:
* The international calling rates offered by AT&T and Verizon in the table above are applicable for users who avail a monthly subscription plan for international calling.
Meanwhile, you could always choose Axvoice's unlimited international calling plans and make calls to 60+ international destinations for a minimal fee of $16.58/month.
The prices mentioned above are referenced from Consumer Guides by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The monthly subscription plans that Axvoice offers cater to different user requirements. Whether you use your home phone frequently or rarely, Axvoice offers services in either case.
If you compare the subscription plans of VoIP and landlines, you will find that the subscription plans that AT&T offers for traditional homes are expensive. AT&T offers three subscription plans for local and long-distance calling within the US only. When comparing these with the subscription plans offered by Axvoice, it is evident that these are uneconomical.
The table below shows a comparison between Axvoice and AT&T local calling rates:
*Does not include calling features such as caller ID, three-way calling, and others
If you have a home office, having a VoIP system is essential. VoIP offers flexibility which makes it easy to place and receive calls from anywhere you want. If you are looking for VoIP services for your home office, Axvoice offers a SOHO plan at $14.99/month. The plan includes all the features that Axvoice offers and also includes 200 outgoing calling minutes.
Switching to Axvoice is a simple process, which does not require a lot of technical expertise. The installation process is summarized as follows:
1. You can purchase the Axvoice Residential Plans from our website www.Axvoice.com
2. Select the subscription plans from among the following:
3. After this select the duration of your plan.
4. You can either port your existing number or get a new one. If you are porting your existing number, enter the number. Otherwise, select a new number.
5. Provide billing and shipping information. Fill out the details. It completes the procedure for subscribing to Axvoice.
6. After purchasing the subscription plan for Axvoice, you will receive the shipment.
The hardware components include the following:
Once you have all the hardware, you can proceed with the installation process:
Many VoIP service providers offer residential plans. However, the pricing and the features offered vary. Moreover, the calling charges for local and international also vary from one service provider to another. A comparison is necessary to choose the best VoIP service provider.
The following table shows a brief comparison of Axvoice with other VoIP service providers for homes.
People prefer mobile phones for communicating because it offers versatility. But mobile phones do not offer the features that are provided by VoIP services. This reason makes VoIP an attractive option. In addition to this, VoIP offers cheap local and international calling rates. So one can call friends and family in other countries, without worrying about their phone bill.
Axvoice offers you affordable plans, unlimited local and international calling, and a plethora of features at your fingertips. Compared with landlines, you save a lot of money. Moreover, switching over to VoIP is convenient since you can use the existing hardware at your home or office.