As of 2013, there well over 200 companies that offer VoIP in Australia. The increased availability of high speed Internet and improvements to existing services has facilitated this growth, as demand for VoIP service from both homeowners and businesses continues to increase. With so many Australian companies offering VoIP, it is both good and bad news for potential customers. The good news is that more competition tends to drive lower pricing and promotions in addition to forcing companies to push hard to innovate, and offer the best set of features. The bad news is that it is hard to know where to start when searching for the best solution as there are now so many companies to choose from. This is where we can help as we have researched the VoIP market in Australia and created a list of popular providers to help you narrow down your search for either a home or business phone solution.
Regardless of whether you are looking for a phone solution for your home or business, just remember that as long as you have a good high speed broadband connection, VoIP should work really well and save you a lot of money. How much can you save? Select from one of the following choices to find out more.
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The terminology that is used to refer to VoIP service can often vary as there a number of different terms that have been created over the years. Although this creates some confusion, the terms are typically referring to identical services. VoIP companies in Australia seem to have made this a little more confusing by introducing new services and mixing up the meanings of existing terminology. For clarity, here are the VoIP related services available to businesses in Australia.
Now that we have cleared that up, there are a number of things to watch out for that are unique to Australia VoIP. Here are some decisions that you need to make during your research:
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First of all, what do you need to use VoIP at home?
If you checked the above two items (remember you can get the telephone adapter during the sign up process for VoIP), you are ready to select a residential VoIP service and look forward to saving a lot of money.
This is a list of some of the most popular companies offering Internet based phone services in Australia:
Please let us know if you would like to see additional providers added to this list by submitting a comment below.
#3 : Posted by Shane Prestegar
I am trying again to get a functioning voip service, either I can use optus or Telstra mobile broadband only, I have the latest Huawei router voip. I cant get 3g or 4g on Telstra at present but I do get 3g with optus. Faktortel says they don't use optus. Is there any good voip providers that use optus reliably standalone in Australia, Quensland in particular. Endless attempts to solve this, lacklustre hype and tech frustrations.
-> Response: VoIP needs at least 60Kbps for audio after compression (can be less but affects quality a little). For this reason, in my opinion you need at least 3G in order to get a consistent data rate, 4G would be preferable.
I would test it out by downloading a VoIP app for your cell phone (e.g. Skype) and start making some calls to test the broadband before you jump into a paid VoIP service. I assume the broadband providers have good cancellation policies if it doesn't work out.
#2 : Posted by Terry Noonan
I want to know if internet phone is the same as when I use my home phone now and can I use my handsets I have. I want a cheap plan and reliable home phone for local and national calls but I don't want a service that's unreliable or difficult to use as we are pensioners.
-> Response: Yes it is the same as you have just now but you do need an Internet connection. Basically the VoIP provider sends you a small box (called an ATA or Analog Telephone Adapter) and you plug your regular phone into it and then a cable from the ATA to your Internet modem and that is it.
For more information on how it works you can check our VoIP guide.
Many providers have a 30 day trial so you could do that (use a new phone number while you test the service) and then once happy get them to change over to your current phone number.
#1 : Posted by Don Gummo
I want to make calls to Australia from Canada. Is magic jack the best deal?
-> Response: It depends on a number of factors Don. Are you calling an Australian metro number or a mobile? How many minutes per month do you think you need? In general MagicJack is around 2.8c/min to call an AUS Metro number. Other options - Callcentric has a pay as you go plan and AUS costs 2.3c/min. The Phonepower plans at $5.99/mo give you 60 mins of free International calls. After that AUS rates are 2.4c/min. If you have a smart phone you could download the Rebtel app which is pay as you go and rates to Australia are 2.4c/min.