Sunday, February 20, 2005

How to do High-Speed Internet on the Cheap

I used to do dial-up, on account of I'm a full-time student with a wife and two kids. I found the answer to fitting high-speed internet into your finances. The thing to do is to go VOIP. I use Vonage, and have found the service to be just fine (which is plenty good). It works like this:

1. Sign up with Vonage
2. Transfer your existing phone number to your Vonage number
3. Disconnect your land line
4. Use Vonage

All Vonage requires is that you have a high-speed internet connection, which can be had, without a local phone hookup or cable TV, for around $40-$50 per month. The savings come from using Vonage instead of the local phone company. A Vonage phone line, which includes your local phone service via VOIP, runs $25 plus tax (about $3), and includes ALL long distance within USA and Canada, Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting and all that. So you can ditch your stupid phone line, which probably costs you $70-$90 per month for local, long-distance, and taxes and fees. I've found that it takes about a month for your brain to get used to using Vonage, as there is sometimes a very slight delay in voice transmission / reception, but it is acceptable as far as I'm concerned, especially since it got me away from dial-up.

Switch to Vonage! and feel free to leave comments here if you have any questions about it. And remember, if you shoot high speed projectiles, you should have high speed internet; it's just right.


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