Things to Consider When Selecting a VoIP Phone Provider

Written by Michael Lemm

Things to Consider When Selecting a VoIP Phone Provider The following are very important factors to consider when you are selecting a VoIP/Broadband phone provider. Educate yourself and be informed before you choose.

Monthly costs: A VoIP provider can save you up to 75% or more on your telephone/long distance expenses. There are many VoIP providers out there so it will benefit you from shopping around. Unlimited flat rate calling packages can range from $19.95/month to as high as $54.95/month (per line). Usuallyrepparttar lower priced providers have more customers and are able to offerrepparttar 133352 service at a lower price due to a lower overhead per subscriber.

VoIP Product Features: Not all VoIP providers are created equal. VoIP offers a great value torepparttar 133353 consumers because ofrepparttar 133354 drastically reduced long distance costs as well as inexpensive local phone service with lots of enhanced features. Some providers offer more features than others. Features like Call Waiting, 3 Way Calling, etc. are usually included inrepparttar 133355 VoIP monthly cost where asrepparttar 133356 traditional phone companies will charge up to and above $5/month per feature. When shopping for a VoIP provider, be sure to compare VoIP providers by features as well as by monthly price.

Keeping Your Number: Some providers allow you to transfer (port) your current phone number torepparttar 133357 VoIP service and some providers do not. It is not recommended to switch your home number torepparttar 133358 VoIP service immediately. It is recommended that you try outrepparttar 133359 service and see if you are satisfied before you request that your current number be switched. Keep in mind that if you have DSL service, you must retain a phone number withrepparttar 133360 service provider ofrepparttar 133361 DSL becauserepparttar 133362 DSL service is provided over that telephone line. If you want to get rid of your current phone company all together, then we suggest you use a Cable Internet Service Provider.

VoIP Phone Hype.....Phooey

Written by Michael Lemm

I hold no ill will towards marketing, but do become offended when someone feels I should lose my critical analysis skills and buy into marketing hype.

For example - revolutionary new technology allowing 1 digit calling? Easy connect to VoIP via cell phone? Yada yada...hype & emotion... &..well you getrepparttar idea.

The way VoIP works, there are several critical aspects to insure anything close to toll quality calling. First isrepparttar 133351 instrument used. Next isrepparttar 133352 inside wiring. Assuming both of these are not a problem,repparttar 133353 access line becomesrepparttar 133354 next major factor. Here there are 3 points. First is quality ofrepparttar 133355 access line - its ability to deliver error free bit streams. Next isrepparttar 133356 bandwidth. As a shared application,repparttar 133357 bandwidth must be sufficient to serverepparttar 133358 needs of both VoIP and all other applications simultaneously. Third isrepparttar 133359 logical distribution of that bandwidth. In effect,repparttar 133360 bandwidth must be split between VoIP andrepparttar 133361 other traffic to insure VoIP has a consistent available rate of communications betweenrepparttar 133362 premise andrepparttar 133363 POP.

Getting all ofrepparttar 133364 above correct is not trivial, and those who attempt a pure plug and play approach stand a fair chance in being disappointed with their VoIP service. But let's assume this all goes well (at both ends for an end to end VoIP call). The next issue is travel overrepparttar 133365 Internet from ingress POP to egress POP. Different carriers have different paths, which impacts latency. A VoIP session is probablyrepparttar 133366 most sensitive to latency of all common applications (although live video is probablyrepparttar 133367 most sensitive). The carrier incentive is to keep as much traffic as possible on their own facility. This is a business need, not a technical need, but it does impactrepparttar 133368 quality of service users experience. Multiple carriers provides protection against failure, but it does not insure true shortest path routing. More important than multiple carriers isrepparttar 133369 ability and willingness to purchase priority transport of packets based on IP header information or other protocol approaches, so that a VoIP call continues as a high priority session and with sufficient bandwidth acrossrepparttar 133370 carrier's network.

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