The Dangers of Hidden Fees and Taxes of Some VoIP Providers
VoIP telephone calls are significantly cheaper than traditional ones, which is why they continue to grow in popularity. But have you taken a closer look at your phone bill? There may be some hidden fees that you have been paying for when you switched to VoIP. Let’s see what kind of hidden costs of VoIP telephone services may lurk in the shadow.
Connection fee – the amount of money you pay for each call, regardless of the call length. This fee may vary from provider to provider, as well as on the type of line you’re calling to and your calling destination. From all the most popular VoIP services, Skype is the only one that charges a connection fee.
VoIP taxes are not hidden but can be confusing. These fees are determined and applied by local, state, and federal regulators, so you should keep in mind that your VoIP provider doesn’t control them. Taxes that apply to these services vary by local and state jurisdictions, but VoIP taxes aren’t as high as traditional telephone taxes because VoIP telephony is based on the Internet. Keep an eye on your phone bill to know the taxation rate in your area, and to see whether there are any billing errors, so that you can prevent any unnecessary charges. Every VoIP provider should indicate the exact percentage or amount of the taxes.
Hardware and Software Cost
Most providers require only to pay for the services, and you bring your device. However, some providers offer VoIP hardware that you buy outright, or you pay for the equipment and services on a yearly basis. So, the first option is a bring-your-own-device, while the other is to rent a device from your VoIP provider.
As for the software, the norm is not to pay for an app or software. However, some apps with unique characteristics (i.e., advanced encryption) or WhatsApp are free, but charge a dollar for every following year of use.
Your data cost will be zero as long as your devices are connected through your Wifi or ADSL network. If you’re making calls on the go, you need to communicate on a 3G/4G mobile data, and since you pay for each megabyte you use, the call will be charged in that respect. So, you need to know how much data a particular VoIP call consumes. Not all VoIP apps consume the same bandwidth, and it’s a matter of compression and efficiency. If you want higher call reliability and HD voice, it will “eat” more data per minute. It all comes down to a trade-off between data consumption and call quality.
Switching from a traditional to a VoIP phone system can save you money. There are some startup costs, but if you’re already on a small budget, the last thing you want is to receive your first bill and find some unexpected expenses. With prior knowledge, planning, and preparation, you can control hidden taxes and fees when switching to a VoIP line. Contact RI Telephone to assess your existing phone system and location to make a recommendation for your VoIP telephone service needs.