This article was originally published on Ooma
In a world where wireless has taken over, the idea of a landline phone seems somewhat archaic. These days we expect mobility, and with a landline, you’re chained to a specific location in many ways. Worse yet, you often pay extra for features that we’ve become accustomed to as commonplace with mobile phone service.
Before you ditch the landline phone completely, take a moment to consider why VoIP may be the better alternative. While mobile phones give you the freedom of complete mobility, there are limitations that stop them from being a complete replacement for a landline phone.
1. VoIP Combines the Best Of Cellphones and Landlines
We might be biased, but we think VoIP combines the best of your landline phone with the mobility and rich functionality of a mobile phone. That’s what makes VoIP special and a better value.
For example, with a landline phone, you’re not limited to a single phone to use your service, so you can place them anywhere you have a phone jack. With a mobile phone, only one phone will ring per number — unless you’re using Apple devices in your home. With VoIP, you can have the same functionality regardless of the platform you use, so you never miss a phone call.
2. It’s Like a Landline Without Limits (No Phone Jacks Needed)
With VoIP, you’re also not limited to where you have a phone jack to place a telephone. Installing new phone jacks can be expensive if you don’t have a jack in the room already. Since VoIP uses your home network to connect to phone service, typically Wi-Fi is all you need, along with a special device (like Ooma Linx) that plugs into your electrical socket. Since the average home has many times more electrical wall sockets than phone jacks, your placement of a telephone is much less limited.
3. VoIP Offers More Features At A Lower Cost
VoIP also gives you features in a home phone that you’ll pay extra for with a traditional phone provider. For example, even with Ooma Basic Service (which has no mandatory monthly fees other than the cost of the Ooma equipment itself), you get free U.S. calling (pay just taxes and fees), caller ID and call waiting, Amazon Alexa support, access to your phone services through Ooma’s mobile app, voicemail and web-based administration of your Ooma system, among many other features.
With a traditional phone line, you’ll pay separate monthly fees for just about every service that comes standard with Ooma’s free service. The result? A much lower phone bill.
4. The Taxes and Fees are Lower Too
It should also be said that taxes and fees for VoIP are much less than those of traditional phone lines, so you’ll notice a difference there too.
5. VoIP Is The Future Of Telephones
But perhaps the most important part of VoIP is the fact that it is based on software rather than hardware. What does this mean for you? Your VoIP provider can quickly make changes and upgrades on its end as technology improves. We’ve hit an upper limit to what our traditional phone services can do, and without a lot of hardware upgrades, not much more can be done. Making these massive upgrades in short order just isn’t cost effective, so your VoIP provider is always going to be able to bring you better and more feature-rich phone service than any traditional phone provider ever could.
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