VoIP service providers are the talented and more attractive younger sister of the big, bad telephone companies of the past. VoIP service providers (like the ones listed below) offer lower rates and better features. And you know what the ironic thing is? Most old-school telephone companies are now offering VoIP services of their own. They just haven't told you so; otherwise they might have to lower their prices. Exhibit A: AT&T. Exhibit B: Verizon Wireless (the Telecom Company Formerly Known MCI).
The reason that VoIP is so much cheaper and more cost-effective than the old telephone companies is three-fold:
- VoIP service providers use VoIP technology, also known as IP telephony. That means that VoIP providers route your call efficiently, over the Internet, rather than via a landline. This means cost savings and ....
- Increased efficiency. Had we mentioned that before? Not only does a VoIP call use less energy and fewer resources, but VoIP calling will increase your efficiency at home or on the phone at work. VoIP service providers offer great features, all in one place, and with easy-to-use interfaces.
- VoIP service providers did not start out entrenched in the telephone industry. They had to claw their way out of the primordial telecom soup to establish themselves. This entrepreneurial spirit means VoIP service providers don't take their customers for granted. It also means that VoIP companies are constantly innovating.
Compare the VoIP service providers listed below. While some of them only provide business VoIP services, many cross the line and will offer VoIP to residential home phone service.