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6. Who are some providers?
net2phone says that with Windows operating systems, you can call any net2phone-enabled PC for free; call any U.S. phone for two cents per minute (U.S. customers); and call world-wide for very reasonable rates. Download free software to participate.
Vonage provides a hardware interface, and unlimited nationwide calling for a current fee of $24.99 monthly for premium, $14.99 basic, plus setup fees. (More on Vonage rates here.)
- Packet 8
Packet8 is the name of 8x8's internet protocol telephone service that enables voice and video communications over any broadband connection. The service combines the Packet8 SIP service platform with client technology from Netergy Microelectronics, Inc. and software technology from Centile, Inc. (both 8x8 subsidiaries).
Packet8 enables enterprise and residential customers to subscribe via a web portal, and delivers advanced IP dialtone services, including IP video, to 8x8 client devices and softphones.
- CBeyond Communications:
CBeyond Communications is a next-generation communications company focused on serving the small business market. "We are setting a new protocol by utilizing next-generation Internet Protocol technology to build one of the world's first 100% IP-based communications networks capable of carrying both voice and data services over T-1's. We've partnered with Cisco® Systems to build one of the nation's first 100% Internet Protocol networks. This network will provide your business with phone and Internet services in an entirely new, more economical way. With our IP network, we're able to provide both voice and data traffic over the same network."
innomedia is another provider which enables free device-to-device calling, as well as global low cost calls to any phone in more than 200 countries. Hardware-based devices allow customers to use a telephone and any type of IP connection, from a simple dial-up service to broadband access service delivered via either cable, DSL, fixed wireless, or Local Area Network (LAN).
- SipTelecom Inc.
SipTelecom provides a free-of-charge VoIP service. They intend to cover expenses in portal revenues, through business increase resulting from free iPNs and from banner advertising during the call setup time.
Customers can receive their personal identity similar to their e-mail address, enabling them to receive calls from their web page or an email signature file. They can also create their own phonebook and own answering machine.
- Free World Dialup
FWD allows you to make free phone calls over the Internet using a 'regular' telephone or a computer program. The FWD service has over 12,500 subscribers from over 65 countries. You can join today, at no cost, by either using programs already on your computer, or by downloading a free program. Later, an IP phone upgrade will let you realize the total freedom FWD provides whether on Cable, DSL, Dialup modem, or WiFi around town.
- MultiTech Systems MultiVOIP
MultiVOIP voice over IP gateways provide toll-free voice and fax communications over the Internet or Intranet. By integrating voice and fax into an existing data network, businesses can realize substantial savings on inter-office long distance toll charges.
* No computer, software, or configuration necessary!
* Use your regular touch-tone phone and your existing Internet connection
* Call anywhere in the United States for free with the America Unlimited and Business Unlimited calling plans
* Calls to other VoicePulse customers are always free
* Incoming calls are always free
Verizon is now offering Fios Digital Voice
There are more VOIP providers:
Toktumi has a great service for small business on a small budget.
2010-01-04 17:38:04 (CaptEd )
by KeysCapt edited by Macy
last modified: 2009-05-30 08:45:35
Here's a pretty informative thread
on this provider that should answer most questions.
Skype is not really using SIP protocol, although they are testing with SIP gateway now, it is a lot easier to work with a VOIP provider using SIP protocol.