Wireless versus Home Phone Line – (What if it’s Vonage?)
Our Wireless Situation
We have a family share plan with Verizon Wireless. The plan runs us $95 per month for 1000 shared minutes. They don’t have that plan anymore so if we wanted to change to a similar plan, we need to pay $10 more for 1400 minutes or $10 less for 700 minutes (shared). For calculations, we’ll stick with our current plan.
Our Home Phone Situation
Currently, we have the Vonage 500 minutes per month plan which runs us $19 per month. We run it on the cheap 768kbps DSL, so we can’t use much of the internet while we’re on the phone or else the line gets choppy. We’ve never used more than 500 minutes per month, but if we were to rely only on that phone, perhaps we would need to upgrade back to the unlimited minute plan. That would run us about $29 per month. We’ll stick with what we have for calculations.
Per year, we pay $1140 on wireless/cell phones
Per year, we pay $228 on a Vonage home phone
As you can see, in our case, it would save us $228 per year to drop the home line, but we could save SOOO much more by dropping our cell phones. However, we’re hesitant to do either.
Our Reasoning for Keeping Both Plans
- We send faxes sometimes, and we need a home line for that….or do we? There’s plans out there with online fax companies for $10 a month, and some PF sites have written about getting free faxes if you don’t need it often. In the rare instances, we could also pay Kinko’s to send or receive a fax. In our case, we need to be home to receive a fax anyway, so it’s not that big of a deal.
- We like SimulRing and having our Voicemails e-mailed to us with Vonage
- I don’t like giving out my wireless number when I sign up for things. You know, those things like contests or potential scams. But, since we barely get any calls on our home phone, and it’s usually just Discover trying to sell us a credit protection plan, it may not be that much of a risk.
- We simply CAN’T do without our wireless phones – period. No more conversation on that. BUT could we get a better deal elsewhere? I looked around, and the small savings isn’t enough for us to switch to Cingular or T-Mobile. We have so many friends, family and coworkers using Verizon Wireless, which keeps our peak minute usage lower. Otherwise, we’d far exceed our 1000 monthly minutes by double or triple, or more.
So, I guess we could drop our Vonage home line, but we have had a home phone since we were born, and it’s just in our mentality to keep one. We went to just wireless 2.5 years ago when we moved into our first home, but at the time we found we needed a home line for whatever reason.
I’ll be speaking to the wife about dropping our Vonage line, but I only wish the costs were reversed and we could save $1100 by dropping Vonage rather just $228