AT&T CallVantage VoIP Service
VoIP Meets the AT&T Machine
AT&T (originally American Telephone and Telegraph) has a rich history that dates back to the era of Alexander Graham Bell. Today, AT&T is the world’s largest long-distance and data communications company with interests in just about every aspect of telecommunications. It’s no wonder as VoIP gained momentum, AT&T quickly jumped on this emergent market and established itself as one of the premier IP network telephony services in North America.
Because of AT&T’s considerable reach into the industry, you can obtain complete and flexible service plans from this phone company. AT&T will provide you with plans that include the unlimited access to long distance across USA and Canada for a single monthly fee. At $30 a month, this is one of the premium priced services. However, it should be from a company that is able to offer the highest grade data lines. CallVantage is the name for AT&T’s VoIP service. It has been given top marks in online reviews for being an excellent service. CallVantage has done a great job of not only implementing a superior service, but explaining what it does in simple terms to its customer base. Providing the hardware and excellent service to get everything hooked up for first time VoIP users is AT&T CallVantage’s specialty. You can choose from plans that provide data, local, and long distance all in one convenient offering. The quality of the voice communications using CallVantage’s VoIP is second to none. This should be no surprise given that AT&T owns one of the largest fiber-optic networks in the world. AT&T certainly has the clout to offer any kind of data/voice service it wants, as well as offer a host of interesting features.
- Standard Voice Mail inbox--You can get your voice mails emailed to you as a .WAV file
- LocateMe--.Have your calls forwarded to up to five different numbers where your call might reach you
- Three way calling--Added free to any calling plan you purchase from CallVantage
- Caller ID
- Call Waiting
- Do Not Disturb--Keeps calls away at certain hours
Originally starting out with only one plan, CallVantage has grown to offer customers three different ways of joining the VoIP community. The lowest price is a $20 a month plan that provides local calling only. The $30 a month plan offers unlimited calling the USA and Canada--by far the most popular service. Compared to other providers it’s a bit expensive. For instance, Packet8 sells the same plan for $10 a month cheaper. Long standing customers of AT&T who switch to a VoIP plan will want to note that you will do without certain programs you may have enjoyed in the past. For example, you will no longer collect reward points for long-distance calls. AT&T calling cards and Easy Reach 800 services won’t be available either, as they’re strictly for AT&T’s telecom network customers.
Like Verizon VoiceWing, AT&T is another higher priced but full service option. If you’re looking for very reliable service with the highest voice quality possible be prepared to pay a little extra for it.