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Residential VoIP Comparison and Reviews

Residential VoIP has now become the most popular choice for home phone service. More and more homeowners are switching to VoIP from a regular landline phone service and are enjoying both the significant cost savings, and the large number of included calling features. This is a global transition as research company Infonetics recently reported in April 2014, that in 2013, worldwide residential subscriptions totaled 212 million. This was a 8% increase over the previous year. If growth continues at this rate then it is likely that there will be over 230 million global users of residential VoIP service by the end of 2014.

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  1. New to VoIP? Decide which features you need (unlimited nationwide calling, free international calling, voicemail to email etc).
  2. Save over $500 per year on home phone bills by switching from a regular landline service.
  3. Compare, read reviews and get the lowest prices using the popular providers table below.
Residential Providers Comparison Table Ads (USA) Home Phone Rates Tool >>
Provider $/month Provider Highlights FREE Setup Minutes * User Reviews Details
from
$5.99
Unlimited
  • Free 2nd line & 60 Int'l min/mo
  • No setup fees, free activation
  • Feature rich, no contract
YES Unlimited (4.3)
236 Reviews
from
$8.32
500 mins
  • No setup fees
  • Free equipment
  • No prepay or contracts
YES 500 mins or Unlimited option (4.5)
79 Reviews
from
$6.21
Unlimited
  • Free 2nd line + Int'l mins
  • Free setup. No contract
  • 45+ features. US-based support
YES Unlimited (4.1)
79 Reviews
from
$0.0198
per min
  • Simple pay per call option
  • No setup or activation fees
  • No long term contract
  • Plans start at $0 between members
YES Pay per call or Unlimited (4.5)
39 Reviews
from
$6.25
Unlimited
  • Free hardware & activation
  • Money back guarantee
  • 30+ features
YES Unlimited (4.5)
14 Reviews

* Look at the providers T&Cs regarding Unlimited minute plans. Often there is an upper limit that is deemed to be reasonable use.

So what is Residential VoIP?

For a detailed description of the technology, please read our Guide to VoIP article. To summarize though, VoIP service simply enables your phone calls to be transmitted and received over your home Internet connection instead of your telephone line. This is perhaps why some people refer to the service as being an Internet phone or broadband phone service. From an end user point of view, the actual phone service is completely transparent and you would never know your call was being routed over the Internet. Your residential provider takes care of the call routing and you can call any destination, just like with regular telephone service.

Why you need to consider VoIP for your home phone service.

Here are just a few reasons why it is worth considering VoIP for your home calling needs:

Compare with Other Phone Services

The following table provides a high level summary of how residential VoIP compares to other alternative solutions for home phone service. The table compares this service to a regular land-line, a bundled phone service from a cable company such as double or triple play, and a cell phone service. The cell-phone is included as some people decide to just get rid of their wired phone and use their cell phone for all calls. Free services such as Skype are not included as they are not effective, like for like, land-line replacements in our opinion.

Feature Comparison Residential

VoIP

Regular

Land-line

Bundled  VoIP

(Triple Play)

Cell Phone
Free Setup & Installation YES NO NO YES
Cheap (Available for $10 per month or less) YES NO NO NO
Large number of calling features included YES NO NO NO
Unlimited Nationwide calling packages available YES NO YES YES
Free International Calling plans available YES NO NO NO
No additional hidden fees (besides tax) YES NO NO NO
No contract plans available YES NO NO YES
Portable (e.g. can take on vacation) YES NO NO YES
Monthly or Yearly plans available YES NO YES YES
Digital Voice Quality YES NO YES YES
No Equipment Fees YES YES NO NO
Not dependant on wireless/cell signal strength YES YES YES NO
Easily change service provider YES YES YES NO
Equipment does not require frequent charging YES YES YES NO

The interest that VoIP technology is generating for consumers and businesses alike, is creating a high level of demand that is being addressed by more and more providers entering the market. Choosing a home phone service can now be a challenge as it can be difficult to compare providers that have different pricing structures, different features and different contract terms. Many providers names are however becoming familiar in the home, such as Vonage, magicJack and Ooma. Vonage, one of the more expensive options today, is popular due to its unlimited international calling feature. Evaluating Vonage competitors can however save you even more money depending on volume of the international calls you make each month.

Performing a side-by-side comparison provides a way for home phone users to find the best options available at the lowest prices. The popular providers comparison table above and our comparison tools provide our visitors with what they need to compare the options, read user submitted VoIP reviews of their experiences, and also find the lowest prices available today. We have relationships with many service providers which allows us to provide the best VoIP deals available for our readers.

Home Setup and what you need to get started

The only additional piece of equipment that you need is an Analog Telephone Adapter (also known as an ATA) that allows you to connect your existing telephone to your home Internet. This equipment is typically provided on a free lease basis from the VoIP provider that you choose, or you can use you own device if you prefer. All this does of course mean that you need a high speed Internet connection at your home before you can even consider switching your phone service to VoIP. We recommend you run our VoIP test to evaluate your Internet connection before you sign up for a plan. This test will help determine if your Internet is good enough to support VoIP.

 

Yes it is really this simple. Just connect your telephone adapter to your home Internet by connecting a cable between it and your router or modem. Then connect your existing phone to the adapter and you should be good to go. If you decided to use your own adapter, you will likely be required to run a quick configuration script that is supplied by your service provider. If you find you are having problems with your service we have some great tips to look out for in our troubleshooting guide.

Residential VoIP setup

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