Giveaway: BasicTalk box plus one year of unlimited phone service!

You may have heard mutterings about BasicTalk, a brainchild of VoIP provider Vonage.

BasicTalk launched a few weeks ago, but i was lucky enough to be privy to an advance media subscription and have ben playing with it for a while — it’s a great concept, it offers residential VoIP service for $9.99 per month — that’s for unlimited calls in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, and you can continue using your existing phone number.

(Way cheaper than any landline you may currently own, and it has perks I bet that landline doesn’t have.)

It offers unlimited calling throughout the U.S. with no upfront costs, no contract, no hidden fees, no renewal charges, no cost to keep an existing home phone number and no compromises on quality,  but is distinctly separate from the landline you may have had in the old days. Regular phone service has dedicated, self-powered wires that run from the telephone company into your home.  (Sound archaic? Maybe, but in the next tropical storm it’d be the most reliable means of communication you could imagine.)   ”Regular” telephone functions even when the power is out and has reliable 911 service, you can’t say that about digital.

VOIP telephone service such as BasicTalk use the internet instead of dedicated phone company wires.  Because BasicTalk is dependent on your internet service connection and quality, voice quality can vary, service will be unavailable any time your internet is down, and unless you have backup power on all of your internet equipment (DSL/Cable modem, router, & BasicTalk device) it does not operate when the power is out.

The service can be purchased online at BasicTalk.com or at participating Walmart stores and provides voicemail, caller ID, call waiting and 911 emergency service.

Sound amazing? I’m sort of loving it right now! And I have a BasicTalk box (and a year of service) to give away to one VERY lucky reader.

  • To enter, follow @BasicTalkPhone and @AlyWalansky on Twitter
  • RT this giveaway
  • Comment below about why I should choose you and comment (topically, not just the word “comment”!) on any two other entries I’ve made this month.
  • Extra credit: Become BasicTalk’s fan on  www.facebook.com/BasicTalk.com and subscribe on YouTube by visitingwww.youtube.com/BasicTalkPhone
  • Deadline to enter is June 20. Good luck!

BasicTalk provided product for this review and giveaway as part of the BasicTalk blog ambassador program.  My review is an honest opinion based on my own experience and has not been reviewed or edited by BasicTalk.


  1. marie shuman

    You should choose me Because, we had at&t and they sent me a bill for 700.00 plus. Their explaination was the home phone bundled with the 2 cell phones equaled that. LOL I said how look at ur comments from us calling we have no service in the area and wanted to return phones AT&T commented well sorry but their is a early disconnection fee and fee for the cheap phones. I said I will send ur garbage phones back and how does a home phone cost 69.00 a month for basic service cause install fees and more they went on and on after I spoke to many Stupervisors yes I didnt mispell they lowered it to 300.00. Please help I need better service and a reasonable bill. tweeting @marieshuman

  2. jeannine s

    I want to win for my teen who keeps losing smartphones. This would give her a phone and teach her repsoniblity becuase if she loses it she needs to replace it

    • jeannine s

      ohh and I rweteeted and follow @mellanhead

  3. I would love to win, because we desperately need a new phone!

  4. mhaithaca

    Thanks for putting this together! I’d love to win, as I’m increasingly sick of Time Warner Cable and would love a good replacement for their so-so digital phone service.

  5. A drunk driver knocked out the box in our area and were were without service for almost 6 months last year while I was in the hospital by the way, and not only was customer service absolutely HORRIBLE, our entire neighborhood and several local business including our local clinic and pharmacy were without phone service. So having a landline doesn’t always keep you safe anyway, so why pay so much since it’s not totally secure either?

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/Tracy_Iglesias/status/345584544470167552

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