Okay, who out there is confused by the new phone services that seem to be popping up daily in TV commercials? In particular the different names their highly paid marketing teams use to describe their phone service?
Let's see what phone service names are used by the main service providers, often on prime time TV commercials.
Yes it is crazy folks, we know, everyone is getting confused. The names above all refer to the exact same type of service, that is a digital phone service that uses the Internet to send and receive phone calls.
Now in fairness we could be described as hypocrites here. Take a look at our site. What do you see? You will see reference to VoIP service, Voice over IP providers, Voice over Internet Protocol, Broadband Phone services, Digital Phone provider, Internet Phone providers, Digital Voice solutions.
Yes we are guilty of doing this too. However in all honesty we did start with the plain old VoIP name because at that time this is what the name was for transmitting your voice over the Internet. Makes sense if you think about it, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Internet Protocol is the protocol used to send everything over the Internet backbone. The problem for us is we have to keep dropping in other names for this form of digital phone service too otherwise some of our readers get confused if for example, they have never heard of VoIP but have heard of Internet Phone Service.
The problem, in our opinion, is that as time has gone by the marketing team for each service provider has put their own spin on it to make it appear like it is a different form of phone service. There are a few reasons for this:
To make our point again, the name used by providers is kind of irrelevant, all of them are using the same core VoIP technology for phone service. They each handle your calls by breaking up your voice into small digital packets and sending them over your Broadband Internet connection. Look at the words in the last two sentences and it is easy to see how the marketing folks end up with Digital Voice, Digital Phone Service, Internet Phone Service, Broadband Phone Service and VoIP.
So are there really no differences? Providing your broadband connection is high enough speed you should get good quality phone service from all of the service providers.
The likes of Comcast and Verizon promote the fact that they can put everything on to one bill which is definitely convenient and in the case of Comcast they have a "Triple Play" package, providing TV, Phone Service and High Speed Broadband Internet all on one bill. This is certainly nice to have although keep in mind that you will typically pay a price premium for this convenience over the standalone service providers such as Phone Power, Viatalk and ITP. It is through these service providers that you will achieve the best digital phone service savings, in our opinion.
Hopefully you are a little clearer now on all of the names used for this form of digital phone service. Many different ways to name them but ultimately they are all the same. Let WhichVoIP.com help you choose a digital phone service provider and start saving on your phone bills today. Use our most popular providers table to see the best deals or research providers by reading user submitted reviews.
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#1 : Posted by Thue Rasmussen on June 12th, 2013:
We have comcast/xfinity for TV reception; and internet access comes either from comcast also or from CenturyLink. Would either of these carriers allow us or facilitate our receiving phone service via phone power or VoIPo?
-> Response: Absolutely Thue, in fact that is what I have at home. It is much lower cost than using Comcast for TV/Broadband and voice (i.e. triple play). Maybe in short term it is close in price but once the triple play special discount ends, your phone bill will jump up in price big time.