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Phones, phones, phones. With a pair of Tweens in our home and a 7 year old who wishes she were one, phones are a frequent topic of conversation.
Mom, when can I have my own phone?
Dad, I want a phone like Hallie has!
Mom, let me just send this one more text!
I have no idea where all my minutes went, Dad!
Brett and I both have cell phones, however, we are not comfortable having no phone at the house and we are soooo not ready to equip everyone with a cell. We do, however, want to cut costs and with as many area codes as there are in play around the Metroplex, well, phone charges can add up in a hurry. Voice-over IP (VOIP) has proven to be a terrific answer for us.
By having Voip for our home phone service, it costs less that a traditional land line plus we are able to cut back on some of the amount of minutes we purchase each month for our cell phones. Now, there are several choices available to you when selecting a Voip service. The one we are using is Basic Talk. At $10 a month plus tax, Basic Talk’s home phone service offers a very affordable way to keep in touch with friends and family near and far, without breaking the piggy bank.
Basic Talk Basics:
Basic Talk phone service offers unlimited calling within the United States (see the reasonable use policy here). There is no contract to sign and there are no hidden fees. You can even keep your existing number if you’d like (a facet I know my Mom would love), or just get a new one at no additional charge. Included with the service are voicemail, caller id and call waiting. You can also set it up to be able to make 911 calls and if you ever have questions, it is super easy to contact Basic Talk’s customer service online.
You will need a working internet connection as well as a home phone. The other components (come included in the box) are the power cord and an ethernet cord. The power cord goes from the modem into the power outlet. The phone cord runs from the telephone to the modem. The ethernet cord connects the modem to your web service. The Basic Talk phone receiver modem was a breeze to hook up. My husband handled it for me and had it hooked up and in working order within minutes. He didn’t even have to stop for directions. *grin*
Basic Talk is exclusively available at either your local Walmart or online at Walmart.com. When you purchase BasicTalk online from BasicTalk.com, you pay $9.99 for the first month and they wave the $29.99 fee for the box. Either way, you activate the service on BasicTalk.com and minutes later, viola, you have clear, easy to use, inexpensive phone service.
So What Do I Think About Basic Talk?
Truthfully, I really like it. It has been clear, crisp and easy to communicate on. We are a band-width hogging household, where it is not unheard of for two computers, a tablet or two and a phone to be in use simultaneously. I have been happy as can be with the quality of the calls and even happier with the monthly cost. *grin* This is an affordable and easy to use product I happily recommend!
Your Chance to Win Basic Talk Service for a Year:
Here is your chance to win a BasicTalk box plus a year of service for FREE! Giveaway runs now through Wednesday, September 4th at 12:00 am CST, US only.
BasicTalk provided product for this review and giveaway as part of the BasicTalk blog ambassador program. My review is an honest opinion based on my own experience and has not been reviewed or edited by BasicTalk.