Comcast: We're the US's third largest home phone provider, natch

Everyone’s favorite content provider to hate is claiming they are now a major player in the home phone game taking the number three spot after AT&T and Verizon. Its digital home phone service now has 6.47 million subscribers, overtaking Qwest’s 5.96 million subs. We all know how Comcast got so many subscribers too, right?

Well, first there is the triple play with intro pricing that’s too good to turn down. It also helps that every call to Comcast involves a discussion about the service. But, folks, once that trial period is finished you may wanna look elsewhere for better pricing after the intro ends and your price shoots up to $39.99 a month for the phone service alone.

We’ve got two choices for you.

One, Vonage or other subscription-based VoIP services. There are other services out there that do offer  better pricing than Comcast. Some don’t hook up to the house’s phone service as efficiently, but chances are that if you are reading this site, you can figure out how it works. I pay $14.99 a month for 500 minutes through Vonage with all the bells and whistle. Plus, they will often give you hardware for free.

Two, ooma. Spend $249.99 once and that’s it. The service works just like other VoIP options but there isn’t a monthly fee. You still get all the features phone companies charge for like caller-ID, voicemail, call forwarding, all that stuff.