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on things to consider when selecting a VoIP provider. The
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to consider when choosing a VoIP Provider.
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Choosing A VOIP Provider
There are 2 basic VOIP (Voice Over Internet
Protocol) provider options: free services or paid providers that
charge a monthly fee. Making that choice depends on how you plan to
If you just want to chat with friends and
family over the Internet, a free service may be adequate. If you're
looking for a true alternative to normal phone service, however,
consider a VOIP service with a paid package deal.
There are so many choices. To determine which
is the best service for your money, you must decide which services
you need, and whether you want to quit your existing telephone
Most VOIP providers offer package plans with
free calls to a designated geographical area. Nearly all providers
offer free call waiting, call display, and conference call services.
Even though the basic package for a similar
fee is the same with most providers, there is a great rivalry
between VOIP service providers, with each striving to offer services
that set them apart from their competitors. To make the right
choice, you'll have to check several packages to find the best for
For example, if you make a lot of overseas
calls, a package that includes international calls makes sense. Or
if you receive most of your calls from a specific city, get a
package that offers a specific phone number that allows people to
call you at that local rate.
Service and reliability are other critical
factors when selecting a VOIP provider. This information is
available from reviews on the internet or by asking your friends
which providers they use. One suggestion is to find a provider
offering a money-back guarantee.
Find out how much bandwidth is required for a
particular VOIP service. If the information is not available from
the company's web site, send an e-mail to verify that your broadband
connection is suitable for their VOIP service. Usually 128 kbps on
the upload side is sufficient.
Emergency calls are 1 of the technical
drawbacks with VOIP, because it's hard to determine your physical
location on VoIP 911 calls. 911 calls may not be routed to the correct
call center, and if they are, operators can't establish your
location if you are unable to communicate. The Federal
Communications Commission, in the United States, is demanding that
VOIP service providers find a solution.
Providing phone service during a power outage
is another technical problem. Since VOIP requires electrical current
to operate modems, in a power outage the VOIP phone line goes dead.
One solution is to use a computer with a battery backup. Another is
an electrical generator to provides emergency household electricity.
Finally, you may want to retain your existing
phone service after signing up for VOIP. Not all providers offer
this service, so if it's important, verify that ability in advance.