Replace your landline telephone for as little as $30 a year

NEWSPAPER STORY:  Our client, netTALK was FEATURED in the CALGARY HERALD on the FRONT PAGE OF THE TECHNOLOGY SECTION (on the right hand side of the page) The story was about how you can replace your landline phone with the netTALK DUO.



By Ted Kritsonis,

netTalk Duo close-up

netTalk Duo close-up

If you’ve ever used Skypebefore, then you’ve gotten a taste of how VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) works to give you cheap phone calls through the Internet instead of traditional phone lines.

Two devices — the netTalk Duo and magicJack Plus — go even further by taking the computer out of the equation. Both of these units are small modules with cables that plug directly into your broadband modem or router, along with a telephone.

Setup shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to get everything going. Once you’re all set and you begin using either service, you’ll find that call quality is consistently solid.

An added bonus is that you get to pick your phone number, and this can be a vanity one (which might cost a bit more) that spells out your name or something else specific, depending on availability. Small business owners might also like the idea of choosing a local number from another city in either Canada or the U.S. to make it easier for important contacts located there to call them.

If you’re a student moving away to school, you can set it up to have a local area code from your hometown, so when friends and family call, it’s a local number for them. Both of these gadgets offer free outgoing calls to anywhere in Canada and the U.S., regardless of whether they are landlines or mobile phones.

In fact, this applies to all travellers because both devices work exactly the same way in other parts of the world, such as replacing a hotel room phone, for example. You can also opt to plug them in and use them through a Windows PC or Mac.

The netTalk Duo is $79.95, which includes one year of service, whereas it goes down to just $30 for every year after that. The magicJack Plus will sell in Canada for $49.99, and each additional year of service is $30.