Compare Residential VoIP Providers

There are hundreds of amazing VoIP providers out there, and they all want your business. Picking the right residential VoIP provider can be a bit overwhelming when faced with VoIP technology jargon and several residential plan options. But that's why we're here: to help you compare VoIP providers so that you can make the best decision on a VoIP provider for your residential needs.

Use these questions about VoIP providers to help clarify your VoIP shopping process:

  • Do I have high-speed internet?
  • How much is my current monthly phone bill?
  • How often do I call long distance?
  • How often do I make international calls?
  • What kind of payment and/or contract type am I comfortable with?
  • Do I have the equipment required for residential VoIP?
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Do I Have High-Speed Internet?

Your broadband connection determines if you are qualified for VoIP

The most important factor when it comes to the quality of your residential VoIP is your Internet speed. Your broadband speed is important because it will determine whether or not you are qualified for a VoIP service. A poor broadband connection will result in a low-quality call. With a bad connection, you will be affected by things like jitter, packet loss, and bad voice quality. It is important that you test your broadband connection ahead of time. You can test your connection with our Speed Test to see whether or not your setup is VoIP-capable.

Typically, a broadband connection will show 600 kbps for the upload stream and 5000 kbps on the download stream. It is standard for your upload speed to be less than your download speed. The upload speed is also the limiting factor and determines if you are capable of making VoIP phone calls.

Test your internet speed with our innovative Speed Test. Be sure to use this test while you are hardwired, and not while using a WiFi connection, in order to get a more accurate reading.

Unfortunately, if your connection isn't strong enough, you will need to sign up for a faster internet service before you can begin shopping and comparing VoIP providers.

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Right Now, How Much Do I Pay for Phone Service?

VoIP can help you save on your monthly phone bill

After finding out your connection speed, find out how much you pay each month for your current phone service. This will give you a good basis with which to compare VoIP provider's prices.

When looking at how much you pay for phone service, you should also consider how much you get for what you are paying.

There are a number of questions to ask yourself about your current phone plan:

  1. How much do I pay for phone service?
  2. What is included with my service?
  3. What features does my phone provider offer?
  4. How many minutes do I get a month?
  5. What am I charged for long distance and international calls?

VoIP can give you all of this (and more!) for a fraction of the price.

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How Often Do I Call Long Distance?

Long distance calls are much cheaper with VoIP

Residential VoIP customers can save a lot of money on long distance calls. VoIP makes long distance calling cheaper because the data doesn't move through as many networks as a standard call.

Most VoIP providers offer unlimited long distance minutes. Some providers charge a low per-minute rate for all calls for both local and long distance calls (normally with a Metered or Pay As You Go plan).

And still yet, select providers offer free on-network calling regardless of location. This helps customers save big on long distance and international calling. Check with your provider to see their long distance calling charges.

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How Often Do I Make International Calls?

Residential VoIP providers offer competitive international rates

International calls work similarly to long distance calling with a VoIP service.  Instead of calling local-to-local within one country, you call local-to-local between countries. Residential VoIP can save you a lot of money on your international calling bill.

One thing to compare between residential VoIP providers is how they offer international calling. Most providers offer a certain rate per area per country. You can find these international rates listed on the provider websites. Other residential VoIP providers will offer a certain number of minutes free per month to specific countries. And VoIP providers like ITP will also offer a global or international plan, too, for unlimited international calling to select countries.

Softphone services are also a great way to save money on international calls.

Usually, VoIP providers do not charge for you to use their network for internal calls. So if you and your friends or family use the same VoIP provider/network, then you won't have to pay for those calls.

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What Kind of Payment Am I Comfortable With?

Choose a payment option that suits you best

When it comes to Residential VoIP, it can be difficult to know which payment type you are most comfortable with. Compare these options that most VoIP providers offer:

  • Pay As You Go
  • Metered
  • Month-to-month
  • Contract

Pay As You Go plans allow you to use only what you pay for. If you use your phone infrequently, this is a good option for you. Add features, extensions and more for additional charges.

Metered plans are very similar to Pay As You Go, in that you pay a per-minute charge for your calls. However, Metered Plans come with all of the call management features that business VoIP providers offer.

Month-to-month plans are more expensive but much more flexible than either Pay As You Go or Metered plans and are offered by top-rated providers like ITP and BasicTalk. With month-to-month, you will not be tied into a long-term contract, and can cancel anytime. Depending on the provider, cancelation fees may apply. You also receive a full feature set with your month-to-month plan.

Contract plans can be less expensive per month, but you have to pay up front for your service. Oftentimes, you can negotiate for a lower price, free hardware, or more when you sign a long-term contract with a VoIP provider. 

The VoIP providers listed in our comparison tables have different plan options, which can be viewed either through the information tool tip or on a provider's details page.  However, please make sure you check with the provider's website before you sign up. While we try and give you the most current information, VoIP providers can change their prices or fees at any time.

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Do I have the Equipment that Residential VoIP Requires?

Residential VoIP needs an existing Internet connection and a VoIP-capable phone to function.

In addition to making sure that you have the proper internet speed, you need to check the equipment your VoIP provider requires. Compare providers based on the equipment they provide and require: you can find these details (which change frequently) on their websites.

The common pieces of equipment that a VoIP service requires includes one of the following:

A softphone is a type of software provided by the VoIP company that is used to make calls. An ATA enables your current phone to be used with VOIP and is most commonly used when you BYOD (if your provider offers it). An IP phone is a phone that you can directly plug into the internet to make phone calls.

Additionally, some residential VoIP providers offer either free equipment or a BYOD option. Check with your provider for specifics.

Now that you have a basic understanding of Residential VoIP, browse through some of our select providers in the table above. Click on the individual logos of one of the VoIP providers listed above to be redirected to their website, or click the number of reviews in order to read specific reviews about that provider.

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