phones – Primus
is the basic Internet phone service.
There are no frills, no options and nothing all that
broadband phone service is the ultimate of what you see is what
BIG problem with Primus Internet phone service is that you
can only make calls, you cannot receive them.
This means of course that this service will only save you
money if you would ordinarily tie up a line making long-distance
second problem with Primus is that you must download
software and you can only use your computer to make phone calls.
Therefore, if you have to boot or are in the middle of a
process that ties up system resources, your phone usage is just
does have one advantage however, and that is that you can get an
account for as little as $10 and you pay up-front.
Since long-distance phone rates in the USA are 1.9 cents
per minute, which means you can talk for 526 minutes.
our opinion, Primus Internet/broadband phone service
doesn’t have what it takes to make it worthwhile, especially
since you can get long-distance phone cards for about the same
rate and you need an incoming line to take phone calls anyway.
There are a lot of other broadband/Internet phone services
that are just like Primus and we don’t mean to specifically pick
on them other than as an example of what you shouldn’t get into
if you are in business.
is a great example of what you should get if you make very few
long distance calls, don’t want to get hooked up with any telco
long distance packages, yet you have a good high-speed Internet
connection. If you call your mom for 30 minutes per month and have a
computer that can handle it, this one is for you.
business purposes however, we simply cannot give the thumbs up to
Primus. It has its
place, but being in business isn’t one of them.