Do the math: here's your own personal VoIP ROI model

I know someone who recently moved and who gave up his landline in favor of cell.He signed with Sprint PCS for a plan that costs $39.

I know someone who recently moved and who gave up his landline in favor of cell.

He signed with Sprint PCS for a plan that costs $39.99 for the first 300 minutes, with $5 for each 100-minute bundle.

He told me that 300 minutes sounded like a lot - until he realized that with the cell as his land line as well as hismobileproviderhe was breezing through 300 minutes a week - not a month. He'll receive his first cell bill this week,and it will probably be at least $100.

To that,I told him that if he had VoIP, he would be paying a flat $19.99 or $24.99 for his landline service. Even though he'd still keep his cell, he probably would not go over the maximum flat-fee allotment.

Add that $19.99 or $24.99 VoIP costto the $39.99 base charge for Sprint PCS, and he'd spend $60 to $65 on telcom - compared to the $100tab he's expecting.

And if he went with a two cents a minute softphone service, his savings would be even greater. You do the math: 2 centsx 700 minutes of land calling= $14.00. Add the $39.99 for Sprint PCS and he's made a month's worth of calls for$54. That'squite a savings over $100.

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