For most of the world, landlines are going the way of the dinosaur. Less than 40% of American households today still use a landline,1 and many under 30 have no idea what a home phone is or have never used one.
But if you live rural, you know reliable home phone service is important. What you may not know, however, is that you can enjoy the same great call quality—better, even—for a lower price through a technology called Digital Voice.
What is Digital Voice?
Also known as Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, Digital Voice uses broadband internet to make and receive phone calls, instead of analog lines. By converting your voice into a digital signal that travels over the internet, VoIP allows you to make phone calls anywhere in the world. All you need is a physical phone (a computer, tablet, or cell phone will also work) and the high-speed internet you already have.
Reasons to Make the Switch
One of the biggest reasons people switch to Digital Voice is cost savings. Since you’re not paying another service provider for access to the phone system, you can switch to VoIP and save significantly on your phone bill.
You’ll also enjoy a number of other benefits, including:
Long distance & international calling: These calls can be expensive through your traditional phone company. Since VoIP uses the internet rather than physical phone lines, your service provider can offer much lower rates.
Easy installation: If you have internet access, you have phone access, simple as that.
Clear, reliable calls: Fiber internet is as good as it gets—meaning you get clear calls with no noticeable latency, lag, or dropouts.
Portable numbers: No need to get a new phone number when you switch. VoIP numbers are virtual, so you can keep your old one and use it anywhere in the world.
Backward compatibility: That’s right, you can keep your home phone even if you switch. A simple adapter will make your current phone VoIP-compatible, and you can also use your mobile device, tablet or desktop computer if you’d like.
Advanced functions: From call waiting to voicemails sent to you over email to simple call forwarding when you’re away from home, Digital Voice services make it easier than ever to communicate how, where, and when you want.
And if you’re a business owner, VoIP can help you save even more, offering multiple phone lines and advanced features like voicemail-to-email transcriptions at a fraction of the cost.
VoIP is growing rapidly, with experts predicting about 10% growth each year—and for a good reason! If you have high-speed internet, VoIP is a great way to connect with loved ones all over the world using the service you already have.
Luminate Broadband’s Digital Voice service relies on our super-reliable fiber internet to give you high-quality calls at a low cost. Contact our friendly, hometown staff at 970-870-4320 if you’re interested in learning more. We’d love to hear from you, visit us at luminatebroadband.com.