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Talk Is Cheap by James E Gaskin

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Other Features

People love features, or at least some people love as many features as they can get, while others really love a few features and don’t care about the rest. Some care about no features, until they find one that directly solves a problem they have. Then they too become feature-mongers.

There are not many more features available from the traditional telephone companies that appeal to very many users. Prices vary widely between traditional telephone companies, as you can tell from the prices listed already. When you do find a service you like, you have to pay for it month after month after month.

Broadband phone services have a long list of features still to go. These next features discussed are available only from broadband phone services. The traditional telephone companies can’t match the new technology with their old equipment.

Choose Your Area Code

This is one of the coolest advantages of broadband phones, and one that the traditional telephone companies absolutely cannot copy. Even if broadband phones cost the same or more than traditional phones (they don’t, but imagine they do for this example), the ability to choose the area code for your number would make them mandatory for many people.

The nomenclature has yet to clarify, so broadband phone companies use different terms for the same service. "Virtual Numbers" means something completely different, at least in certain circles, and appears later in this chapter in the "Optional ($$) Features" section.

The great thing ...

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