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Monday, April 10, 2006

Cutting Those Bills - Can You Hear Me Now?

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance. -Ambrose Bierce

We recently read and heard many good things about Vonage. One of those good things was the cost. We currently have digital phone service through our cable provider. We signed up on a package deal that included digital cable, digital phone, and broadband internet for $99/month for six months. February was our last month of this special, and the month of March revealed a whopping $175/month for these services. We knew the bill was going to be obviously more than the special, but $175 for all of these services is just ridiculous.

We signed up for the Basic 500 Plan for $14.99/month. For our situation, we do not use our house phone for that many things other than to have a local number. Due to this, we are sure that we do not need more than 500 minutes for outgoing calls per month. We thought of just eliminating the house phone, but decided that we do not want to give out our cell phone numbers when a phone number is needed. We feel that for $18/month (including taxes), this is a great deal considering the fact that we get all the features plus long distance.

In the end, we lowered our phone bill 38%! We are excited with that fact that we lower another recurring bill by 20% or more!

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