As a military family, odds are that you will get stationed overseas. When that happens, one of the concerns is how to stay in touch with family. That was my concern when we PCSed to Okinawa. Technology makes everything so much easier now, but sometimes all you want to do is pick up the phone and call someone, but not pay an outrageous amount for it. That’s where Vonage comes in.
Everyone has seen commercials for Vonage. You know, unlimited long distance calling in the U.S. and to over 60 countries for one low rate. Did you know it worked from the other way too? You can live abroad and still call all those places for one low rate.
Vonage boxes can be ordered and sent to 34 different countries. If you are military, they’ll gladly send your box to an APO/FPO address. Once you start your service, you get a stateside phone number. Then friends and family can call you anytime and it’s just like you are still in the States. When you PCS, take your Vonage box with you and your number stays the same. The box can also be taken along on deployments. As long as you have an internet connection and a touchtone phone, you are good. This just gives you one less thing to worry about when PCS season rolls around.
Vonage is also making sure you never miss another call buy extending the reach of the phone, straight to your cell phone. They now have an app available for smartphones. The app allows you to make calls from you cell for the same low price, while still using your Vonage number. This is perfect if you are stationed overseas! When we lived in Japan, I never tried to call back home from my cell phone, mainly because I was scared to see the bill. I know people who did though and regretted if later. The Vonage app would allow you to make calls from your cell without the added cost or wasting your phone’s minutes. You can receive calls just as easy.
As a military wife, I know how important a phone call can be. Vonage offers SimulRing. Incoming calls can ring on up to 5 different phones, making sure you never miss a phone call.
You could keep using Skype or one of the other similar phone services to call, but compare the services offered and you’ll see who comes out on top.
People no longer see the need for home phones, but I know I would rather have along conversation on my home phone than on my cell phone. I like having the option of the home phone for a low price, especially when I can take my number with me when we move. Tell me what landline company offers that!
Disclosure: I was given the product to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.