In 2012 I made the decision to ditch my traditional land line services and opted to go with the Ooma home phone service. After having some previous bad experiences with another VOIP provider we were “once bitten, twice shy.” I laid out for our family all the cost benefits analysis of staying with Qwest, switching to another land line provider, or going with Ooma.
My initial analysis was done back in February 2012, and recently I’ve been wondering if it is still beneficial for me to stay with Ooma or switch to another land line provider. The following are providers in my neighborhood vs. my costs with Ooma.
Obviously a lot of the lower offer plans aren’t equal to the quality and features of Ooma’s basic plan, so I compared their basic plan (which includes unlimited nationwide calling) to the higher end Qwest and Cox plans to give as close of an apples-to-apples comparison. Ooma’s basic phone service saves my family $606/year compared to Qwest’s unlimited nationwide plan. In addition, we save almost $500/year as opposed to using Cox’s Digital Premier Phone service.
As you can see, the savings adds up quickly, and can go a long way to helping your family get out of debt sooner. If you are still using a traditional land line, I’d highly recommend you compare the services you are getting and how much more you are paying per year. You can use the spreadsheet in the link above to do your own side by side comparison of your land line service. I’m sure you’ll be amazed (just like I was) at how much more your land line is costing you!
Are you still using a land line? How much are you paying per month? What services do you get with your existing land line? What is preventing you from switching?
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