Fixed Landline Home Phone vs. Naked DSL & VoIP Handset
Frustrated with increasing costs, many people are ridding themselves of their landlines in favour of the cheaper Naked DSL with VoIP handset option.
Naked DSL is a fast and cheap broadband Internet option. It uses the technology of the upgraded Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL2+) without requiring customers to pay for a phone line. Since ADSL2+ offers higher speeds and is provided by more companies, it leads to lower prices as the providers compete for customers. Based on ADSL2+, Naked DSL customers get all the speed and price competition for even less money because of the elimination of their phone line.
Here’s the caveat: you won’t have a home phone. As a result, most Naked DSL plans now include a Voice over IP (VoIP) line to replace the customer’s lost landline.
Voice over IP
VoIP reduces the costs of a home phone line by sending calls over the Internet rather than over the phone network. When you place a call using VoIP, your voice is converted to a data stream that’s sent over your broadband network. The service doesn’t limit who you may call or who can call you. You needn’t make calls in front of a computer, either. These days, VoIP services come with wireless handsets.
Benefits of VoIP
The number one benefit of VoIP is lower cost. Local and national calls are charged on a per-call basis and are usually much cheaper than traditional phone calls. International calls are charged in cents per minute, though there are unlimited plans available. Many VoIP services also come with additional features like caller ID, call-blocking, three-way calling, and voicemail boxes that send e-mail alerts when you have a message waiting.
Drawbacks of VoIP
The problem is that if the Internet goes down, the phone line does, too. The same is true of electrical blackouts. Many people have questioned the safety of VoIP – what happens in an emergency? But you can always make an emergency call on a mobile, even one without a SIM card.
You will likely have to change your home phone number since porting numbers is a challenge. Some phone-reliant security systems don’t integrate well with VoIP. Faxing may also be difficult since fax machines rely on a phone line’s dial-tone. There are workarounds for this, but they can be complex.
Whether to keep one’s landline or switch to Naked DSL with VoIP is a choice each person must make. But Naked DSL with VoIP is a viable option that could cut one’s phone bill in half.