If you’re skeptical about switching to VoIP because of price, you shouldn’t be. Residential VoIP is not only filled with quality feature, but its cost efficient too. Whether due to misinformation or a therefore lack of, many users grossly overestimate the cost of residential VoIP service. While providers vary in cost, VoIP service generally costs less than many household/everyday items and services. So, to help better contextualize residential VoIP’s cost efficiency, here are five everyday household items and services that cost more than residential VoIP.

Traditional Phones: First and foremost, VoIP service is cheaper than traditional landline service. Landline service depends on the number of users/lines, included calling time, included locations, etc. Most of these factors dictate additional charging. On average, a landline is around $25.00-$40.00 USD per line, plus whatever features users add (minutes, long distance, caller ID, etc.). This is one of the key advantages to VoIP service. VoIP includes a number of features for less as it utilizes Internet technology to enable quality calling service at lower pricing. While add-on features are available for additional pricing, VoIP comes equipped with most standard features at no extra cost.

Cable/Television Service: With various TV providers and solutions available, there are a number of pricing variations. Even with all the pricing option, residential VoIP is cheaper than cable service. The average cable bill typically runs between $50.00-$100.00 USD with projections raising it to $200 a month by 2020. Opposite this, the average residential VoIP plan can typically runs anywhere between $10.00-$24.99 USD. While both TV and VoIP service depend on package, equipment, feature, and provider, pricing for VoIP is considerably less expensive than what users are currently paying for cable/TV service.

Dinner: Going out to dinner one time less per month could provision the cost of VoIP. While this doesn’t necessarily apply to fast food (Burger Kind, McDonalds, Taco Bell, etc.)—not to say that it couldn’t—residential VoIP can cost less than one night out. For example, Outback Steakhouse entrees generally range from $12.00-$25.00 USD not including appetizers, drinks, guests, and desert. In lieu of a dinner out, option residential VoIP service for a fixed monthly cost at around the same cost, if not cheaper.

Electric Bills: While location and usage heavily dictate users’ electric bills, electricity is not cheap.  Though there can be variances, residential electric bills generally range from $75.00 USD to $150.00 USD. Again in comparison to the general cost of residential VoIP, electricity runs users much more. While users can argue electricity is a much more essential service, and it is (as it powers VoIP), phone service is a necessity also—and VoIP is a considerably cheaper service.

Clothing: In the same vein with dinner, clothing costs can add up. Consumers heading out to malls, shops, outlets, etc. frequently can afford VoIP service by scaling back the amount of clothing they purchase. By purchasing one less shirt, pair of pants, shoes, or sweater user can typically afford residential VoIP services.

Residential VoIP service is cheaper than a number of household/everyday items and services–it can even be cheaper than a 12 pack of beer; therefore, there’s little ground for an argument based on cost. Users concerned with cost need only seek further information to see this truth.   While variances in costs of living can occur, residential VoIP is cost efficient enough to afford on even the tightest budgets.

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