I have been thinking of ways of saving money on the phone and internet bill. A local phone account is about $22 not including those annoying regulatory fees and taxes. A 3 Mbps Internet is about $38. Add long distance and the phone portion jumps to around $40.
If I replace the phone with a VOIP device like OOMA, the phone portion drops to around $5 per month, but my internet would remain the same or increase. To take a look at the possibilities:
AT&T DSL 3 Mbps = $43 per month ($38 with phone line)
Comcast Cable 3 Mbps = $40 per month ($30 with cable)
Basically, DSL is cheaper with a phone line. Cable drops to $30 if you also have cable. I could go with a slower connection. A 1.5 mbps is around $38 and a 765kps is about $30. However, I feel 1.5 is a bit too slow. Faster is always better, but 3 Mbps appears to be fast enough for our needs.
AT&T and Comcast both offer VOIP packages that have cheap introductory rate, but then goes up after 12 months. You can game them by threatening to leave every year, but frankly, I don't really have time to bargin every year.
What are fellow bogleheads doing for internet and phone.