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Do I Really Need a Broadband Phone Service?

Aug 18, 2007
There are a myriad of Telecom companies offering broadband phone services.
This is to your financial benefit but as with any service you intend to select, it pays to know what is available on the market and the best ways to use the services.

There are many companies offering packages in which you pay a fixed monthly fee for calls nationally and to certain international destinations. Calls to other destinations are charged at lower rates than your regular landlines home phone service companies.

Whichever company you choose a broadband phone service is only truly cost effective if you are calling to the countries listed in your plan.There are alternative Telecom companies that specialise in the International call market that provide call rates more heavily discounted than many broadband phone services.

In many cases, companies like the latter crush the packages on offer from broadband phone services and you erradicate the need to buy broadband phone service equipment.

Of course it depends on where YOU need to call. However a couple of pennies difference mounts up on those who make long international calls. So it is worth checking your regular destinations with each type of provider. Especially if your destinations are not included in the unlimited calls bundles that broadband phone service companies offer. Take note that just because it is a broadband phone service does not always imply that it is the cheapest service for all calls.

Tips For Choosing a Broadband Phone Service

* Ensure you have the correct internet connection for the service you choose. Some require an Ethernet connection whilst others only cable/ dsl.

* Check that the countries you call are included in the package to assess if there will be any additional call charges. Failing that it really is worthwhile looking to other Telecom companies to cater for those calls.

* Decide which equipment you want to use i.e. headphones or phone. Look out for companies offering a Free phone for taking a plan.

* Be aware of all the possible services that are available for broadband phone services. Fax, 3-way calling, call waiting,caller ID with Name, call forwarding, emergency services,video calling and conference calling. There will be more so ensure you think of all the services you would want and need.

* Look out for companies offering a free broadband phone service simply by using them as your broadband supplier.

As mentioned above a broadband phone service is a cost effective way to lower your phone call spend if your chosen destinations are included in the plan. Most of the internet suppliers in the UK offer internet phone services as an extra service. So if you already have an internet connection check out what they have to offer first.

You can then use a comparison web site to compare prices and services available on the UK market to see what is available and any savings you could make.Another option is to use Free broadband services such as Skype. This involves downloading free software and getting all your friends to do the same and voila you get Free calls.

For those calling a variety of international destinations that are not included in the fixed fee packages. Or making a lot of mobile calls then it is advantageous to do your homework. Look to Skype if you can get all your contacts on board. That way calls, including mobile calls will be relatively free(cost of a text for mobile calls).

No one can tell you which service to choose. This information should equip you with the relevant information and aid you in making the Right selection based on your usage.

Do not be led to believe that because you are using a broadband phone service that they necessarily have the best rates. Yes, you can save money, if your needs match the service being offered. So it is up to You to evaluate your calling habits. Then quickly check out the relevant call rates for each company and the additional services they offer.
About the Author
Mary Aldoseri runs several websites and blogs in the telecoms industry. For great hints and tips and to keep updated visit the local phone service site.
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