VoIP is a digital phone service that works by using the internet. VoIP requires a high speed internet connection because it uses up a lot of bandwidth. Like every other VoIP phone service, Packet 8 offers phone packages that include a lot of features. Before you decided to sign up with any VoIP service you should ask yourself, what do they offer and do I need it. Packet 8 customers are offered a lot of features.
Packet 8 has a very impressive basic telephone package that costs $24.99 a month. Included in the VoIP phone package is a free broadband phone adapter which retails for $50. Also included with the phone packages are plenty of telephone features. As a matter of fact there are 21 telephone features. It seems as though companies are trying to outdo their competitors by adding more and more features. It’s not about who has the better phone reception or who has the cheaper price. But it’s all about who can offer you the most features.
One feature that is very useful is unlimited local and long distance calling. This feature is especially valuable if you have a lot of long distance relatives to call. The ability to call and speak to them at anytime of the day is money well spent. Not only does this Packet 8 VoIP phone plan include unlimited long distance calling but it has unlimited calling to 9 other countries as well. While some of the older basic phone features are useful, such as call waiting, voice mail, and three-way calling, others are totally useless to its customers.
In an attempt to lure customers to its brand of product, it seems as though some of the features being offered are unnecessary. Packet 8, in particular, offers a Do Not Disturb feature which is not needed in the least. This feature disables your phone so that you are not disturbed and phone calls are rerouted to your voice mail. This feature is not necessary because if you do not want to be disturbed all you have to do is turn off your telephone ringer and the call will automatically be forwarded to your answering service. And there are many more useless features just like this one.
There is one new feature that Packet 8 offers which is very innovative. This VoIP feature is called Follow Me, Find Me. This Packet 8 VoIP feature is a hunting feature which allows you to submit up to five phone numbers to be called in sequence in case there is no answer at your home number. If there is no answer at your residence then this feature will hunt you down by dialing every number on this list. Even though this is an awesome feature, you probably don’t really need this one either.
VoIP phone packages are certainly a great innovative technology, although one has to wonder if these 21 features being offered are just more hype than anything. No one can deny that VoIP’s price in comparison to other local phone companies is very affordable.