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Home Phone and VOIP Tips

Save money on your home phone bills and digital home phone service...

If you want to save money on your home phone, you're in the right place.  We've got advice on making the switch to less expensive VOIP plans, and even a couple of tips on how to get your phone service for free.  If you've still got a hard-wired phone from your local phone company, you're definitely missing an opportunity.

No Cell Signal at Home? The Cheap Fix!

bad cell receptionDon’t spend hundreds on a complicated signal booster system. Just switch to one of these plans or apps.

Spotty cell service can cause a lot of frustration. But most of us have Wi-Fi internet at home. The good news is you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a signal booster for your home. The right phone carrier or apps will do the trick to get Wi-Fi calling enabled on your phone. You can send and receive calls over your home’s wireless internet as if you were in any area with excellent cell phone reception. Here are your options.Read the rest...

Don't Get Taken By Prepaid Phone Cards

The most vulnerable are those who can least afford to get taken.

Everyone has used prepaid phone cards at least once in their lifetimes. While they aren't used as often today, those who can’t afford a cell phone or calling plan may be stuck with prepaid phone cards as the only option. These folks can least afford to overpay for phone charges, but because they use phone cards more often, they are more likely to suffer from high prices, fraudulent fees and more.Read the rest...

Dear God Make It Stop! Battling the Dreaded RoboCall

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Battling the dreaded RoboCall is a difficult battle, but it is a battle you can win. There is no ruder way to call someone than the RoboCall because they call you and then put you on hold. RoboCalls are common because (somehow!) they must be making more sales. These calls have been banned, but because of the increase in technology, it is difficult for people to trace these calls.Read the rest...

Free Home Phone Service? Yep. Really.

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This is a very cool find, with almost no catches, other than having to pay just under $50 for a small device that thus far, has worked flawlessly for us.  The call quality is better than the mainstream VOIP service we used before getting this device, and it really costs NOTHING monthly to run.  If you have existing internet service, you just buy this device, sign up for a free Google service, and you end up with a real home phone that's free.  Yep...$0 a month.  So what's the big secret?...Read the rest...

Hidden Charges Crammed Into Your Phone Bill

The charges themselves appear innocently on your phone bill as something vaguely described, such as "$1.99 service fee." Insidious fees like this are typically small in dollar amounts but appear on your bill month after month, adding up to big dollars. Some are brazen, appearing as $19.99 for “ringtones” or some other service.Read the rest...

Secret to lower bills ? Just ask.

You can save quite a bit just by making a few phone calls and asking. A KCRA reporter was able to lower her bills by $318/year. She was able to secure better rates from her cell phone provider, local newspaper delivery, internet service, as well as her cable television bill.  See the details on KCRA's website. Bob Sullivan, from MSNBC, also noted some similar success with getting credit card interest rates lowered. In his article at msnbc.com, he notes one customer was able to shave 5 percent from his bill.Read the rest...

Completely free conference calling, really.

Yep. Conference calling for free.imagebrowser image..iotum, a communications company, recently launched a new service called calliflower. If you've used a business-oriented conference bridge before, it has all of those features, but it's even a bit more than that.

From their web-based dashboard,you can create calls and invite participants as well as manage and record the call. It also provides you and the other callers with a visual information about the call and the people on it. If you have documents related to the call, you can upload those into the interface to share them with everyone...Read the rest...

Don't mind ads? Lower your phone bill with this free service

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A while back, SavingTools introduced you to talkster.com, a free service for phone calls. As the Internet continues to evolve at a blinding pace, so do Web-based services. This is the case with Talkster services, which are now offered by former competitor, Rebtel. While you will see some changes with the Rebtel service, you can still make local and international calls for free to participating countries.Read the rest...

Low Income Help with your Home Phone

Everyone is looking to cut costs these days. Many people are giving up landline phones and going exclusively to a cell plan. This seems logical enough, until you lose power for a week and can't charge your cell phone, or the battery happens to go dead right when you have an emergency. 

The cost of phone service has risen in recent years with new add-on features and bundling with other services, such as Internet access and cable TV. With so many people out of work in today’s economy, there is help for people who qualify for low-income assistance.Read the rest...

100% free voip phone service using Google Voice and Gizmo

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New functionality released by both Google and TheGizmoProject bring up an interesting new possibility...completely free voip telephone service, including both inbound and outbound calls.  Both of these services existed previously, but had not, until July of 2009, worked together.  Here's the scoop:Read the rest...