VoIP to Landline Comparison Chart
Okay, so you're on the fence about whether or not you want a Brave New World of VoIP telephone service, or if you'd like to stick with your tried and true (albeit frustrating and expensive) world of traditional landline phone service. Below we've tried to compile a table that compares side-to-side what you can expect from VoIP and landlines in the way of cost, convenience, customer service, and more.
There are a few obvious deal-breakers. Number one, you have to have an internet connecter faster than standard dial-up speeds. Most consumers already have and pay for this type of internet connection, part of why VoIP is a sweet deal. Number Two, you have to be willing to take an hour or two to research the best providers, decide what you want in a service package, and get yourself setup on their website. None of that's complicated or difficult, and it will definitely save you money, but you gotta be willing to invest the time for the money. However, on the bright side, if you're reading this, you're probably already doing your research, and have the internet connection.
So, the following table should be amply persuasive.
Traditional Phone Service
|Tons of super-nifty features are available that the local telephone company foks just can't offer, because they don't have the impressive internet capabilities and resources to work with. Also, it is lots easier for you to manage your features and pick out what you do and don't want.||Traditional telephone companies are kinda stuck in the "can't compete zone" here, simply due to the nature of their technology. I.E. there's just no way they can email you a copy of a voicemail you just received-no matter how bad they wish they could.|
|Fabulous customer service because they have to keep you happy or you will go to one of their many competitors with the click of a button!||They don't gotta give you nothin,' because 9 times out of 10 you don't have another choice. Their customer base stays pretty much the same, so they don't have to fuss about fitting any one person's needs or desires particularly well. And if you do have an option to switch it is a pain in the neck!|
|Uses your broadband internet connection and an IP phone. You can also get a converter to use your same 'ol favorite phone, all you have to do is plug it into the wall and you're in business.||You know what they use-poles, wires, you've seen 'em.|
|One price bill. What you see is what you get. No hidden costs or taxes.||Can change any time taxes go up or down, or the community passes a law, and often has a bunch of nasty little unplanned fees snuck in on your final bill.|
|You can move clear across the country and have no interruption in your phone service. Just start your computer up and plug your phone back in. No cancellation fees, no activation fees, and no waiting for the little phone guy to haul himself out to your place to 'activate' your phone line.||Landline phone companies gotta be locally based, so every time you move you got to have a new phone number, deal with a new phone company, and re-establish your phone service every single time.|
|You get to pick from a bunch of different plans the one that works best for you. You get to pick the provider that's got the best perks and the best deal for the least money, all according to what you want.||Most places only got 1 or 2 phone companies to choose from, and they know that, so they don't have to provide diddly. You're gonna get the same thing everybody else gets, and pay the same price, whether you want it or not. You're gonna pay extra for every little thing, and you can't do most the nifty things cause they don't offer them.|
|Costs $20-$25 a month, which includes all your local and long distance calls, plus tons of features.||Costs $30-$40 average just as your basic to start with fee. Then they add on all their little extras like call waiting and caller ID and long-distance fees etc. etc., and before you know it you can expect to be paying about $50-$70 a month.|