How to Switch to VoIP and Ditch Your Home Phone Bill?

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.

What is VoIP?

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:

Why VoIP is better than landline?

Axvoice

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.

Features offered by Axvoice

With VoIP phone plans as low as $4.99/month, you can access the following features:

Incoming Call 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:

  • Call waiting
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Blacklist
  • Caller ID
  • Distinctive Ring
  • Call Filter
  • Simultaneous Ring
  • Anonymous Call Rejection

Outbound Call Features

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:

  • Caller ID blocking
  • 911 support
  • Three-way calling
  • International call blocking
  • Music on Hold
  • Codec
  • Alternate Calling ID
  • 7,10, and 11-digital dialing

Call Forwarding 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:

  • Find Me Follow Me
  • Failover

Advanced 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:

  • Call Logs
  • Enhanced Voicemail
  • Fee In-network Calling
  • BYOD Support
  • Softphone Support

Additional Features

For a small fee, you can obtain virtual and toll-free numbers.

  • Virtual Number ' Price: $3.99/month
  • Toll-Free Number
  • $3.99/month, with coverage in the US only
  • $5.99/month, with coverage in the US and Canada

How much money do you save after switching to Axvoice?

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.

  • Hardware cost

    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.

  • Local calls

    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.

  • International Calls

    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).

  • Monthly subscription plan

    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.

USA/Canada Unlimited ' Price $8.25/month

  • Unlimited calls to anywhere in the US and Canada
  • All features available

US/Canada 200 ' Price $5.99/month

  • 200 minutes to anywhere in the US and Canada
  • Free incoming calls
  • All features available

Pay as You Go ' $4.99/month

  • Calls at 1.5c/minute to anywhere in the US and Canada
  • Free incoming calls
  • All features available

Residential International ' $16.58/month

  • Unlimited VoIP Calling to 45+ international destinations
  • All features available

Residential International Plus - 29.99/month

  • Unlimited VoIP Calling to 45+ international destinations
  • All features available

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

The drawbacks with the AT&T subscription plans are as follows:

  • The plans do not include calling to Canada.
  • The Pay as You Go and limited calling plan subscription plans offered by AT&T do not include incoming and outgoing call features.

Home office plans

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.

How to switch to Axvoice?

Switching to Axvoice is a simple process, which does not require a lot of technical expertise. The installation process is summarized as follows:

Purchasing a subscription plan

1. You can purchase the Axvoice Residential Plans from our website www.Axvoice.com

2. Select the subscription plans from among the following:

  • USA/Canada Unlimited
  • US/Canada 200
  • Pay as You Go
  • International Residential
  • International Residential Plus.

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.

Installing Axvoice

The hardware components include the following:

  • Phone Adapter
  • Ethernet Cable
  • A/C power adapter

In addition to this, you need the following equipment to install Axvoice:

  • Broadband connection
  • Router
  • Touchtone phone

Once you have all the hardware, you can proceed with the installation process:

  • Turn off all the devices, including the router/modem.
  • Connect the adapter to the router/modem with the Ethernet cable.
  • Connect the phone to the adapter with the phone cable.
  • Insert the A/C power adapter into the port of the adapter.
  • Turn on all the devices. It takes a minute for the VoIP phone system to function. The green light will blink for up to one minute. When the light stops blinking, the VoIP phone the system is ready.
  • You can now make calls!

Comparison: VoIP Service Providers

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.

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