Friday, November 04, 2005

Comparing Vonnage, Packet8, and VoicePulse VoIP Phone Providers

The Travel Insider "Road Warrior Resources" has an extensive table of comparative features available for the three VoIP service providers.....Vonnage, Packet8, and VoicePulse. Very well done too. I strongly suggest you look it over carefully...especially if you're in the market for a VoIP phone from them or any other VoIP provider.

Just a word of advice....don't get afflicted by 'featuritis'. The chances are you'll never use most of these features, any more than you use many of the features on your home or office phone at present.

Don't make a buying choice purely on the number of features offered by each different VoIP provider. Instead, look for the features you need, must have, and will use, and check that your preferred provider will be able to give you these features.

Note also that in the fast evolving VoIP phone service marketplace, all three of these companies are adding new features regularly. If your preferred service provider is missing only one 'must have' feature, check with them to see if they plan to add it in the near future.

Remember too that this table covers only 3 of the many VoIP phone providers available to you....albeit maybe the 3 most popular. There are other quality providers such as SunRocket and Lingo which aren't covered in the table.

Pricewise the lowest cost service is probably VoicePulse, unless you're going to be doing a lot of long distance calling.

But this will only be a good choice for you if you are in one of the 25 states where VoicePulse currently offers service. Sure, you can get a number from anywhere to use, but if the number isn't local, then most of your calls will be long distance, and it will also cost long distance rates for people in your local area to telephone to you.

If VoicePulse is not suitable (ie if it doesn't have service in your local area, or if you're a higher volume user), then the next lowest priced service is offered by Vonage (not counting the extra fees they seem to charge over their competitors). However only another $3.50 a month gets you unlimited calling, everywhere in the US and Canada with Packet 8.

Packet 8 is clearly the best choice for people who do a lot of calling, and also has the very best prices for international calling.

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