Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Save (with) Vonage!

Just a quick post to praise Vonage, a VoIP service available here in the U.S. I have been using their services for the past year, cutting our phone bills by 70% (at least), and not missing the old BellSouth service at all. However, when I called to cancel the service yesterday, I learned a real cool thing--we can keep using Vonage in Australia. That's right...for the same $24.99/month that we have been paying here, we will still have our old Atlanta-based phone number that people can call from the States, and from which we can make free calls to the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and a few other places. All that's required is that we take our Vonage modem with us and connect to it our new high-speed internet service in Oz. We will still need to add local service in Australia, of course, but this should greatly reduce the burden of long distance calling for our friends and family, as well as us. The only problem is that we will need to remember to turn off the phone when we go to bed to avoid having solicitors and others calling our Atlanta number in the middle of a Brisbane night.

Now, let's just hope Vonage stays in business.


Tors said...

Wow, that's a really good deal. Didn't think of the telemarketers, LOL. :-)

The Prof said...

I guess that when the U.S. election season goes into full swing, we'll have to deal with those calls too. But will they really believe us when we say, "I'm sorry, but we live in Australia now!"

kitten said...

When you get here check out we have a basic service of about $10 per month, local calls are .10 per call (about normal for local calls here) our phone bill runs about $15 per month with calls to the USA on it. Of course, we dont' make too many local calls lol. Hope everything is going well and ya'll get here ok! btw netphone is via our dsl service and if we move anywhere in the country we can take our number with us.