But I digress. I want to talk about how I use a program that sends me alerts when people I deem to be a potential client call or send me an email. But mostly use it for sending me alerts when other folks on my contacts list start calling or sending me an email. So, it’s my own personal phone number for all these folks.
In fact, I only use a program called Phone Detective to monitor the numbers that Google Voice calls. So, my actual cell number is rarely called by any of these folks. Also, Google Voice pretty much only calls my cell phone. I’m pretty sure that all of these folks use jabberwocky to contact me, as I have heard several times over the years when these folks would call me and ask me something regarding projects or whatever.
So, I want to make this point clear. If someone calls you, whether it’s by jabberwocky, by cell number or whatever, you need to get a virus tool like Phone Detective to show who the person is. If you don’t get a virus tool, then your phone number might end up on a list somewhere. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. But don’t worry, it’s safe to screen everything on your computer before you hand over any information over online.
But, what about third party access? That’s right, Mr. Scott has talked about how he uses third party access to find the cheapest sip deal. So, what about third party access to your voicemail? That also may be dangerous if you are using Google Voice for your primary phone number for anything other than texting you.
When Ajstringham said in one of his podcasts that he didn’t use third party access to find the cheapest sip deal, he was misquoting his own words. Because, actually, he does use third party access to find the cheapest possible rate for his Google Voice account. He did this by going to the actual web page of one of the largest SIP providers in the world and finding the cheapest rates for his Google Voice account.
And now, Mr. Scott is recommending that you use those same companies and even go so far as to tell you where you can go on the Internet to purchase cheap voice minutes, from some of these larger VoIP providers. This means that you’ll be charged for voice by your own computer instead of by your cell phone. You see, voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, works exactly the same way as traditional phone service. The company providing you with the cheapest sip can bill you for your voice along with your normal phone plan charges.
So, what exactly do these larger companies charge for their voice packages? Well, they’re not supposed to. The only reason these large companies are able to offer you the cheapest voice rates is because they purchase all of their “bundle” rates from the same wholesaler, who then distributes the rates to all of their smaller clients. Each of these smaller companies then sells the voice traffic to their customers at a price that their customers can afford. The larger company then sends you the “bundle” rate to your account, and you pick and choose which of the packages you want.
So, if you’re looking for the cheapest sip provider out there, this is how you find them. Go online and check out some of the larger VoIP resellers such as Vonage, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Go to one of the larger search engines, such as Google or Yahoo, and type in the phrase “cheap sip provider.” Once you hit the “search” button, you’ll immediately be shown several websites, and each of those will be offering you the cheapest sip rates.