It’s amazing what the internet can replace. What if it could replace your television and landline? What if that was money you were saving instead of spending each month?
It can be.
Don’t worry — you’ll still be able to watch Real Housewives of Atlanta and call your sister to talk about it afterwards.
What follows are a few suggestions on how to get by without a TV and phone using only the internet.
Probably one of the biggest brand names for legal TV streams, Hulu should be your first stop when you want to get caught upon your favourite series. It's free and the streams are high quality.
Downside: Even if you pay for Hulu Plus, the expanded library of content that costs $7.99 per month, you're still subjected to commercials. Content can also disappear without warning.
Upside: Hulu Plus is available on a bunch of TV boxes, video game systems, and smart TVs so you can stream all that great content to your living room.
Netflix offers an astonishing selection of physical DVDs that you can have sent to your house for a reasonable monthly price, and its catalogue of instant streaming movies gets bigger all the time. You can get the streaming-only service for just $7.99 per month. Plus you can stream Netflix movies to almost any device from iPads to big screen TVs.
Downsides: There aren't many. Maybe just the fact that it's a monthly fee. But we love Netflix.
iTunes lets you buy or rent TV shows for watching on your computer or iDevice. There are no worries about video format compatibility. You just buy, sync, and go.
Downsides: Paying for individual shows or moviews can be pricey. Unless you purchase a $99 Apple TV, you're stuck watching content on your computer or iDevice.
It's pretty liberating. You're already paying for it and you always have it with you -- why not just give out one number when you meet someone instead of two?
Downside: It quickly becomes impossible to avoid someone intent on speaking to you.
As long as you have an internet connection, Skype lets you speak to anyone in the world over the phone for a super-cheap by-the-minute rate.
Downside: Skype occasionally experiences outages that might affect you. Other than that, there aren't any. Come on. How cheap does long distance need to be?
If you are, stop immediately. Services like eFax will immediately replace your clunky, outdated fax machine by taking the entire process online. You can send and receive faxes just like you would email.
Downsides: There's a monthly fee, but if you rely on faxes to get your job done, the benefits outweigh them instantly.