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johnem

@sonic.net

[General] Service to find cheapest carrier (route) for internet

Please help me with a historical question:

What services or companies were the early ones to provide a service to find the lowest cost carrier or route for a phone call over the internet?

TIA

dangmoo

join:2012-02-09

Re: [General] Service to find cheapest carrier (route) for inter

By Googling for 'cheapest VOIP finder' without quotes I found a list of such services right away (at least for the 3 first results). I don't know about historical aspect (and can't guess why this is important..) but it seems like good search term so start playing with


Bhutan Bob

@optonline.net
reply to johnem
said by johnem :

What services or companies were the early ones to provide a service to find the lowest cost carrier or route for a phone call over the internet?

This is called Least Cost Routing (LCR) and here is a robot to explain it to you:

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSRripQ964g

nonymous
Premium
join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ

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Over the internet with no pstn etc in between could always be free,
Now as far as PSTN lcr has been around forever. Maybe not for home use but I am sure Ma Bell even though back when had tons of cash was always looking for cheapest cost.
Plus once any provider reaches a certain threshold finding lcr with x reliability becomes a cost savings.

So do you mean this a service for end small customers to find a cheap company to use or what happens behind the scenes with any large provider or even a large business using hundreds of thousands of minutes or more?

Plus how up to date are the costs? Real time or charts updated whenever. Do you just need a chart or do you need a asterisk etc. setup making the decision based on real time.

A few different ways to answer the question here. Especially if say homework.