Saving on Phone Bills with Skype

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In my last post about how we save on our phone bill, I talked about using Magic Jack Plus for our home phone.  Another service I thought would be worth mentioning is Skype, a free calling service that connects you with other Skype users.  We chose to get a Skype number so that we can call anyone and anyone can call us, even if they don’t have Skype.  We are charged a whopping $3.04 per month.  With this, we are able to use our computer, Android, or IPod to make calls whenever we’re in a wifi spot.  And, since my husband is a web developer and is always connected to the internet, I can almost always reach him on the Skype number.

I know what you’re thinking.  “Don’t you guys have cell phones?”  No, we don’t.  We have one cell phone without a cell phone plan in case of emergencies.  Other than that, we use our Magic Jack home phone line and Skype to make and receive phone calls.  And, since I’m home most of the time and my husband works from home twice a week, this makes sense for us.  For those who are on the road a lot and need a way to call out without connecting to the internet, this plan may not work.  But if you can make it work for you, you could be saving hundreds of dollars a year on your phone bill like we are.

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Saving on Phone Bills with Magic Jack Plus

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So, we just started using Magic Jack Plus for our home phone to save money and it has been working great!  We’ve had Magic Jack for about a month now and have only experienced mild cutting in and out when our internet slows.  If you don’t know what Magic Jack is, it is a device that connects to your internet and phone allowing you to make unlimited local and long distance phone calls.  You only have to pay for the device, which is around $80.  Then, each year after that will be only $30 for an entire year.  Compared to $30 per month, I’d say that’s a great deal!  We just keep an emergency cell phone now that we will be converting to a prepaid phone shortly to save even more money.  I’m home the majority of the time, so this is a great way to save money for us.

Go to Magic Jack Plus for reviews, additional information, and purchasing options.

Check out my husband’s company blog post on Magic Jack at http://www.nsrit.com

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