Thursday, June 11, 2009

Receive Calls to your Home Phone on your Cell Phone

Have you ever wondered if there's a better way to keep your home telephone number, but be able to receive those calls while on the road, and not have to keep checking that pesky answer phone? Well, there is. Not only can you divert calls to your home phone to your cell phone (or any other phone come to that), but you can save yourself money in the process.

I'm talking about VoIP (pronounced 'voy-p') which stands for Voice Over IP. Basically, it uses the internet instead of the telephone system to make and receive telephone calls. Because of that, it can do some very cool things, like have the answer phone email you with the messages as attachments, simultaneously ring multiple phone lines at once, and divert to any phone. If you visit someone's house, connect your box to their internet and you get to make and receive your own calls without costing your hosts anything! Best of all, when you sign up, you get to keep your old telephone number, so someone calls your home number in Kansas City and you answer your cell phone in Glacier National Park!

I've been using Vonage since 2006 and they're great (although there are others). In fact, when we went to stay at a friend's house in Mexico for a couple of months, we plugged in our Vonage box and hey-presto, calls to our San Jose number in California came through to us in Mexico. Calls back to San Jose were local calls! How cool is that? Uber cool.

Finally, it's cheaper than most long distance calling plans. They offer a 500 minute long distance plan for $17.99 / month or unlimited for $24.99 / month. That compares with $32.99 for AT&T's unlimited plan, a saving of almost 25%. You can save even more money by canceling your local calling plan and using your cell phone for local call.

If you're interested, click on the link at the top of this blog and we'll both get two months for free! Happy VoIP'ing!