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Talk Is Cheap by James E Gaskin

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Optional ($$) Features

Not every service from every broadband phone company comes wrapped inside the low monthly price. Some services, especially those which require a considerable amount of new technology to power or have no comparable service in the traditional telephone world, require a few more dollars per month.

You shouldn’t find this surprising or out of place. After all, if SBC can take an $11.05 fee for local phone service and jack it up 50 more dollars for their services (admittedly some of those dollars are federal and local taxes), you can pull another few dollars out of your pocket for some amazing new services not available anywhere else.

Virtual Numbers

Although you can choose any area code you want with your broadband phone service, one number from a distant area code may not be enough. And when you use a broadband phone service as your only telephone, as hundreds of thousands do already, you may want to add remote area code support.

A virtual number is one from a different area code that rings at your local phone number on your broadband phone. Similar to a forwarded call, these numbers are used for incoming calls only (you can already call the remote area code for free as part of your no-charge long distance calls) and are great for family and far-away friends.

Most major broadband phone services have virtual numbers, and the fees range from $5 to $10 per month. On the remote end, someone dials your virtual number just like any other number in their local area (no long ...

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