Free VoIP Features You’ll Never Have to Pay Extra ForBy:Robert Pepper (G+)
Standard Call Features: Call Waiting, Caller ID, Voice Mail, Outgoing Caller ID Block, Anonymous Caller ID Block
VoIP service providers won’t nickel and dime you for these features, but the phone company might charge as much as $10 per month just for caller ID. There’s no need for special codes or devices, everything is right on your phone. With VoIP, you can also check your call logs and hear your voicemail online.
Unlimited (or Very Inexpensive) Minutes Nationwide, Cheap International Calls, Unlimited In-Network Calls Worldwide
Once you’re with VoIP, every call is a local call. Rather than go through the circuit-switched PSTN, your call goes through the internet as much as it can so your “trunk” is short. If you are talking to another member of the same network, even internationally, you won’t have to pay for the call. With VoIP, you won’t even have to dial “1” for long distance!
Much like HDTV is more than twice the quality of standard definition TV, HD voice, also called broadband audio, is a huge leap forward in phone technology, and it’s only available for VoIP phones. You get clearer overall sound, better noise and echo cancellation, and easier conversations.
Take it With You
Anywhere you have the internet, you have a phone. There are a number of ways to make calls from your VoIP provider even when you’re not home. Depending on your provider, you can take your VoIP box with you, take along a USB device that hooks a standard phone into your laptop, or use a softphone. Every provider is different, and many give you more than one way to make VoIP calls on the go. If you move, simply unpack your VoIP box and plug it in.
According to FCC regulations, E911 is now mandatory. E911 gives your exact address to the authorities the second you call 911. There is a small fee for E911, which is regulated by your state, and is typically around 80 cents per month. Enhanced 911 is very popular, and comes highly recommended.