Totally free land line calls and a saving on your current line rental.
This is a great offer if you use a traditional land line phone and also want to make free local and international calls.
Vonage is an internet phone company which sends all your calls digitally over the Internet. To use their service, you just need a broadband Internet connection.
It is very simple to use. You sign up with them and they send you a small box which you plug into your broadband connection. You then plug your land line phone into the Vonage box and that's it.
Pick up your phone, make a call and instead of it going down a phone line provided by BT or Virgin or whoever you currently use, it goes down your broadband connection, through the Internet and connects to whoever you are calling at the other end. You would never know. The call quality is very good and it is free.
You don’t need a phone line from a traditional telecom provider, so immediately save the £11/12.00 you are paying for that.
You don’t pay for calls in the UK, so save on that, too.
The basic V-Plan UK package costs £5.99 per month so, assuming you already have broadband, that means you will save about a fiver each month and also not pay for calls. That's an immediate line saving of £60 in the first year plus any savings you make by not having to pay for phone calls.
We have been using their V-Plan 2 service for a couple of years which costs £8.99 per month and gives us free calls within the UK and to 15 countries. Calls to countries outside your plan are relatively cheap, too, so you can call places like Australia, Singapore or Mexico for 2p per min.
We also have the advantage that we can call mobiles in Canada and the USA for free as well!
If that wasn’t enough, there are a shed load of features which are part of the package, including caller ID so you can see who is calling before you answer, call waiting, diversion to another number as well as an online answering machine so you can retrieve your messages from any phone or via their web page.
One other, curious, little feature is that you can travel with your Vonage connection and still receive your calls as though you were at home. Unplug your Vonage box, plug it back into any broadband connection anywhere in the world and when someone rings you at home, the phone rings where you are!! Ideal for the international traveling artist!
The small print
Vonage charge you a one-off line activation fee of £9.99 and an equipment delivery fee of £8.99. They also offer a risk-free 30-day trial with a no-hassle money back guarantee and make it clear that...”If for any reason you wish to cancel your service within 30 days of purchase, we'll refund your money with no questions asked.”