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VoIP Phone Plans Reduce Costs for Today's Sprawling Families

September 13, 2011
By Beecher Tuttle, TMCnet Contributor

VoIP phone service has become an increasingly popular option for businesses and consumers alike due to its ability to save a significant amount of money on each monthly bill.

While a strong fit for most any consumer, VoIP phone plans are particularly ideal for those who place and receive long distance calls on a regular basis, such as parents of children who are spread out across the country.

As many consumers know, a typical monthly phone bill for homes that consistently place long distance calls can exceed $100. In contrast, the vast majority of VoIP plans cost less than $20 and include unlimited long distance service as well as a number of advanced features that are perfect for today's sprawling families., an online reviewer of residential and wholesale VoIP services providers, recently put together a list of some of these next-gen VoIP calling features.

One of the best features for these types of homes is the "virtual number," which enables family members to get charged for local PSTN calls even if their parents live across the country. To take advantage of this feature, parents simply need to sign up for a VoIP plan and add a virtual number in the area code of their child.

When their son or daughter dials the number, the call will be billed locally even if the two parties are on opposite ends of the country. This will eliminate the need for expensive collect or long distance calls when one family member doesn't have VoIP service.

Other useful features include Caller ID and Distinctive Ringing, which parents can employ to immediately identify calls coming from their children before even reaching the phone.

Another top VoIP feature identified by the website is Call Transfer, which is perfect for families who shipped their child off to college or who otherwise just saw them leave the nest. This way, parents can quickly forward phone calls to a member of the family who has moved on from the house. Three-way calling is yet another option for VoIP subscribers.

Many VoIP carriers provide these services free of charge or at a nominal fee.

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Beecher Tuttle is a TMCnet contributor. He has extensive experience writing and editing for print publications and online news websites. He has specialized in a variety of industries, including health care technology, politics and education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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