Look Over Your Options Before Choosing a Voice Over IP Distributor
Before you choose a voice over IP distributorâor
VOIP service providerâyou need to know
about the choices available to you.
Some companies like Vonage market
themselves as the alternative or replacement for regular phone service.
Others are better suited as an additional line, business service, or long
distance service for keeping in touch with loved ones.
Consider your usage pattern,
prices, voice quality, reliability and features provided by the various VoIP
Some of the best known IP distributors are:
- VonageâThe pioneer of VoIP phone technology. At one point it held
almost 61 per cent of the market share. Today this share has come down on
account on new entrants in the market.
Read more about Vonage...
- AT&T Call VantageâThe unlimited plan of AT&T Call Vantage offers you
free conference calling for up to 10 callers. An ATA is provided.
- BroadVoiceâA good choice if you make a lot of
- Packet8âIf your main objective is to reduce your phone bill, Packet8
may be the a good choice for you. Read
more about Packet8.
- Net2PhoneâNet2phone is not as well known as the other voice over IP
distributors. Its overall sound quality is good, though it can drop at
- VoicePulseâThe voice quality of VoicePulse has been rated as
- Verizon Voice WingâIt is one of the more expensive VoIP services. An
adapter is provided.
- IConnectHereâIConnectHere is a low cost voice over IP distributor. No
ATA is included in the offer.
- VoicegloâThe lack of features makes this VoIP service less attractive.
- InternetTalkerâIt can only receive calls from other InternetTalker
- TalkProâTalkPro can only work with a computer. Voice quality is rated
- DialpadâIt was rated as easy to set up, though the incoming voice
quality was not clear at times.
- Free PC to PC calling Service providers like
EarthLink, PC-Telephone.com, Italk2U and FreshTel offer free PC to PC
calling. You can only make calls to users who have installed the software
- Microsoft NetMeeting, which is included in Windows 2000 and Windows XP,
allows you to make calls to users who have the same software installed.
Voice chat is available on AOL Instant Messenger.
- SIP phones SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) phones have a built-in
ATA. They are quite expensive and a top of the line Snom 200, which has got
very high ratings, costs about $265.
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