I haven't had a landline phone for years. See, I'm already paying for broadband Internet service, which has more than enough bandwidth to carry my voice. All I need is a voice-over-IP adapter to bridge the gap between my cordless phone system and my router.
There are countless options here; you've probably heard of the more famous ones like MagicJack and Vonage. But there's another product that's just as good, if not better -- and it's on sale.
Today only, and while supplies last, 1SaleADay has the refurbished NetTalk Duo VoIP adapter for $29.99, plus $4.99 for shipping. It sells new for $49.95.
For those unfamiliar with these gizmos, they work like this: plug it into your router, connect your phone or base station, complete a few setup steps, and presto: you've got dial tone.
The Duo includes a year of unlimited local and long-distance calling within the U.S. and Canada. After that, you pay a flat $29.99 per year. Needless to say, that's some seriously cheap phone service.
When it comes to calling features, NetTalk covers all the basics. You get voice mail (including messages delivered via e-mail, which is awesome), call waiting, caller ID, three-way calling, and e-911 service.
If you have friends or relatives overseas, you can tack on an international-calling plan for $10 per month; it affords unlimited calls to 60 countries. Of course, if said friend or relative has a Duo of their own, calls are free.
Want to keep your existing number? NetTalk is currently offering free number porting. (MagicJack charges $20 for the option.)
I've used and reviewed the NetTalk Duo; in my tests, voice quality was consistently solid. Plus, NetTalk offers toll-free technical support; MagicJack has only online, chat-based support.
In other words, I consider this a slam-dunk, no-brainer buy -- even with its short 30-day warranty. (The Duo either works or it doesn't; there's really nothing that can break.) Once you switch over, I suspect you'll never miss your landline.
Bonus deal: For a limited time, TigerDirect has a pretty amazing software bundle: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Home, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security Premium Edition, Nero 11, and Absolute Software LoJack for Laptops (90-day subscription), all for $19.99 shipped. That's after redeeming a $40 mail-in rebate. To put that in some perspective, NaturallySpeaking normally sells for $59.99 all by itself. Thanks to reader Tom for sharing this deal!
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