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Residential Long Distance

Traditional PSTN providers charge you unreasonably high rates to make both long distance and international calls. This is due to the fact that PSTN systems are complicated and antiquated, requiring both maintenance and upkeep to work to their full potential. On top of this, it takes a lot of network stress to send your call (also known as analog data or data packets) to a long distance or international location. So instead of paying high per-minute rates to place long distance or international calls, you can pay low per-minute rates by switching to a residential VoIP service. Some providers even allot a set number of free international minutes per month!

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How Does Residential VoIP Charge for Long Distance and International Calls?

Most residential VoIP calling plans have unlimited local and long distance calling included.

When you sign up for a residential VoIP subscription, international calls are charged at low, country-specific per-minute rates that vary by provider. And oftentimes your residential long distance calls are free with VoIP! Select providers even offer their subscribers free on-network calling...meaning that you can place calls (for free!) to other users who have the same VoIP service, regardless of location. Check with your residential VoIP provider for specifics on outbound calling rates and international rates.

View our residential VoIP providers above to compare plan pricing, and read below to learn more about residential long distance. But first:

What do I need for VoIP?

  1. An Internet Connection (use our Speed Test to ensure your connection is VoIP-capable).
  2. A VoIP service provider (like any of those listed in our compare tables).
  3. A computer, an IP phone or ATA adapter, or a VoIP headset.
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How Does Residential VoIP Route Long Distance Calls?

Save on residential long distance and international calling by routing your calls via your internet connection.

VoIP uses the Internet to route your calls instead of using a traditional phone network.

The PSTN uses long distance carriers that charge you an exorbitant amount per call for placing long distance and international calls. But with VoIP, your calls are much cheaper because your VoIP provider uses your existing Internet connection to make and receive calls.

The major reason that residential long distance is cheaper with a VoIP provider is because the VoIP network aims to make calls as local as possible, and therefore, cheaper for you. To put it simply, your VoIP provider sends the call (converted it into data packets) over the Internet to the closest geographic network near the intended destination. So, every long distance call you make with VoIP is technically a local call. That's why most VoIP providers include long distance calls with their service for no extra charge.

In addition, most VoIP service providers also provide very cheap international calls. This is because VoIP providers treat international calls the same as residential long distance: by routing the calls to a local network over the Internet. Each provider offers different per-minute rates for calls, and these differ depending on the country. Check with providers for their individual rates.

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