Whether you go through VoIP providers that you find on the Internet or order VoIP phone service through your cable company after shopping at Allconnect, it’s not hard to find VoIP providers or set up Internet phone service. Let’s look at the steps involved.
1. Shop around for Internet Phone Service through your cable company and VoIP providers. You’ll probably want to read reviews of the best VoIP providers around, ask your friends and co-workers which VoIP providers they use (and how they like them!) and compare the prices, offerings and service of each of the VoIP providers you consider.
2. Decide on a calling plan. How much do you plan to use your Internet phone service—and where will you be calling? Before you compare prices amongst VoIP providers, you’ll need to know how you’ll be using your Internet phone service. When you find the plan that’s right for you, you can compare prices. Hint: You may find the best deal with an unlimited calling plan—and you won’t have to worry about going over your allotted. But if you don’t plan to use your Internet phone service frequently, don’t pay for features and minutes you won’t use. A more limited plan can save you money in the long run.
3. Compare prices for Internet phone service. Once you have an idea of the calling plan that will work best for you, search the Web for the best deals on VoIP providers and Internet phone service. You can find out the rates offered by your local cable company for Internet and Internet phone service, DSL providers like Verizon Wireless, and even for satellite Internet, which makes Internet phone service possible if you live in a rural area with no cable or DSL lines. Use AllConnect to simplify your shopping and get the best deals in your area.
4. Look out for hidden fees, set up charges, and contract commitments—along with early termination fees. Once you’ve narrowed your selection down to two or three VoIP providers, make sure to read the fine print on each website to make sure the price you’re quoted is the price you can expect to pay. Some hidden fees include overage charges, connection fees, taxes, and equipment. Find out if you’ll be locked into a contract—and for how long—and how much it would cost to get out of the contract.
5. Find out if you can keep your home phone number. This is important to many people. Some major VoIP providers allow you to keep your home phone number. So will your cable or DSL company, if you sign up for Internet phone service through them.
6. Call or sign up for Internet phone service online. After you select VoIP providers and begin placing your order, find out what special equipment is needed. In some cases, you’ll need a special telephone, often provided by the company. In other cases, you’ll just need an adapter that’s shipped to you.
If you sign up for Internet phone service through your cable company or your DSL Internet provider, they will send a service person to your house to install all the necessary equipment and cabling and provide you with a cable modem for your Internet service. Often, set-up and installation is free if you purchase a
Cable TV/Phone/Internet bundle.
VoIP through your cable company is the most popular form of VoIP service available today, and you can find the lowest rates in your area shopping through Allconnect. Why not skip the extra steps and order through Allconnect today?