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.

Landline Phone Service

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:

  • Security in an emergency
  • Reliable 911 communications
  • Works even during an electrical outage
  • Does not need to be charged
  • Provides unlimited local calling
  • Never drops your calls
  • Can't be hacked or lost

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

What alternatives are there to long-distance and international calls?

Long distance or international calls via landline or cell phones can be expensive; two alternate options include:

  • VOIP Phone Service: offer significantly lower prices for international calling plans and depending on your provider, you might even get free calls to certain countries. Check with your provider for which countries are included.
  • Online Telephony: this means online phone applications like Skype and Google Talk which also allows the ability to see the person on your screen. The best part of this digital phone service application is that it is free as long as you have an Internet service.
VOIP Phone Service

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.

How does Home VOIP Service Work?

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.

Faxing Service

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.