Residential landline phone services are great for emergencies despite the huge popularity of smart phones. Even if the power goes out a landline will still function unless a line is down or cable cut. A VOIP phone, although cheap, requires powering and an Internet connection, which make it vulnerable when there are power outages.
Despite the massive uptake of cell and smart phone usage, a landline phone can still be found in millions of American homes. Advantages of landlines include:
Landlines are generally cheap and basic set up can cost as little as $20 a month. However, you should shop around and also check what calls are included in the basic plan
Long distance or international calls via landline or cell phones can be expensive; two alternate options include:
Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) allows you to make and receive telephone calls over the Internet which means all you need is an Internet service.
Calls are made over a broadband Internet connection and you need a high speed Internet service to use VOIP. The beauty of VOIP is you can call locally or anywhere else in the world. Most VOIP service providers offer unlimited calling plans, plus an array of features, all for one monthly fee.
VOIP service companies abound and include MagicJack, Nextiva and Vonage who are some of the industry leaders.
Fax machines allow users to send and receive fax data messaged from all over the world. A fax provides a printed confirmation of message sent or received and although not as popular as they once were, fax machines are still used in some businesses. A fax machine is relatively inexpensive, with most standard models being less than $130.