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Long gone are the days when UK residents had only one provider option for phone service, that being British Telecom (BT) the world's oldest telephone company. The Telecommunications Act of 1984 forced BT to open up its lines to competition and allowed companies such as Virgin Media, and others, to provide landline service to home and business customers. This landline service typically uses existing BT infrastructure and works in conjunction with Openreach - the BT infrastructure division.

However it is the adoption of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) that has turned the UK into a highly competitive market for Telecommunications. After all, VoIP can be provided by any company since all that is needed is a Broadband Internet connection - all calls are transferred over the Internet rather than the landline analog based Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). This makes it relatively straightforward for any company to enter the phone service market in the UK with VoIP technology. For businesses and home owners, the savings can be huge, as you are about to see with our comparison tables.

VoIP for Businesses in the UK

  • Big savings for businesses of all size in the UK.
  • Extensive features, easy to setup with a web browser.
  • All you need is Broadband Internet access.
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VoIP for your Home in the UK

  • Nearly all providers use VoIP technology in the UK.
  • Unlimited calling plans plus cheap/free international calls.
  • Great features such as caller display and voicemail to email.
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UK Business Phone Service

The UK VoIP market for businesses is growing fast with new providers appearing each day it seems. This fierce competition has ensured that businesses are the real winners and are managing to slash their monthly phone bills. In fact a recent study by Telappliant stated that 7 out of 10 businesses in the UK were integrating VoIP in some form in 2013. With so many VoIP companies to choose from, finding the right one can be time consuming. We have tried to make this exercise easier by evaluating UK VoIP companies for you. Use our comparison table below and our quote request form to get the best possible deals. The recommended steps to take are as follows:

  1. Review a recent company phone bill so you know your current service costs, including line rentals.
  2. Compare the costs to the prices in our comparison table below and also view user reviews for each provider.
  3. Now get competitive price quotes. Complete the quote form on the top right of this page and start saving!
Business Providers Comparison Table Ads (UK)
Provider /month Provider Highlights FREE Setup Minutes * User Reviews Details
from
9.99
  • Trusted by 300,000+ businesses
  • 5,000 mins/mo, recording & conferencing
  • Risk free - 30-days free trial!
YES Unlimited (4.3)
143 Reviews
from
3.99
  • Instant phone numbers in 50 countries
  • Includes IVR, ACD & recording
  • Unlimited plans available
YES Pay as you Go (5)
1 Reviews
from
15.00
  • 3 User Minimum
  • Free Setup
  • Free Trial Available
YES Unlimited (3.6)
1 Reviews

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

UK Home Phone Service

According to the office for National Statistics, the number of houses in the United Kingdom that had Internet Access had climbed to around 80% in 2012. Why is this good news for VoIP? This is good news for VoIP because a good high speed Internet connection is a basic requirement for this technology. You see, your call is converted to a digital format and is sent as packets across the Internet rather than traditional landlines, that is why VoIP is so cheap. To check if your Internet is good enough to support VoIP, run our VoIP Speed Test. This is an important step to take before purchasing a new phone service as a good quality Internet connection is critical in order to achieve high quality phone calls.

To help you find a home phone provider, WhichVoIP has performed the research for you and has identified some of the most popular UK VoIP providers for you to compare and review. Our recommended steps to take are as follows:

  1. Compare UK home phone providers in the table below. Don't forget to read the user reviews!
  2. Click on the "More Details" button to learn more about a provider.
  3. Sign up with a provider and start saving!
Residential Providers Comparison Table Ads (UK)
Provider /month Provider Highlights FREE Setup Minutes * User Reviews Details
from
7.00
  • 40 pound gift card on sign-up
  • No need to redial after 60 minutes!
  • You choose an area code
  • 2p/min USA/CAN/IRL
  • Voicemail delivered as email
YES Unlimited (3.1)
333 Reviews
from
7.00
  • Extensive free features
  • Free packages available
  • 6p/min to mobiles
  • BT sport for free
YES Unlimited (3.6)
1 Reviews
from
8.00
  • Talk weekend is free
  • Save on line rental
  • Free Virgin mobile calls
  • 2.00/mo for International plans
YES Unlimited (3.9)
1 Reviews

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

Don't Forget Line Rental

One unique aspect about the UK home VoIP market that is important to note here if you are considering making the switch to VoIP, is that in a number of cases, service providers advertise the monthly fee for unlimited minutes. There is however an additional line rental fee that can often be as high as 15/month because in the UK most broadband Internet services use the landline phone wires as a means to connect to the Internet. You can still save a lot of money over a regular land-line phone service though so do not be put off. The prices above do NOT include line rental.

Other UK Providers for the Home

The table above includes some of the most popular providers in the UK for home phone service. However, there are a lot more to choose from that may also be worth considering. Incidentally, this does bring up an interesting point. Many homes in the UK are already using VoIP without perhaps realising that this is the technology behind their low cost phone service. Nearly all the providers that you see in magazines and in TV ads in the United Kingdom are actually using VoIP as the core technology. This is worth pointing out as sometimes people are scared to move to a new technology but rest assured, this technology has been around for years and is used by nearly all providers these days. For example, here are some other UK providers to consider and each of them uses VoIP as the underlying technology:

 

We hope you find this useful and if you have tried a provider in the UK please consider adding a user review to help others. You can write a review using the resource links on the right hand side for home or business.

 

Author: Tony Campbell


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#5 : Posted by Linda O'neil on August 3rd, 2014:

I'm about to move from the UK to France but will still be working with clients in the UK. I thought that a VOIP number might be a good way for clients to be able to call, rather than giving them a French landline number. Do I need to do this from France and use a French provider or do I need to do it in the UK to get a UK number to give to my clients? Can I attach my 0845 number to a VOIP number and, again, does it matter whether I arrange VOIP through a French or British provider in order to be able to do this? I will have both British and French bank accounts for the payments.

-> Response: You should be able to sign up for service in the UK (e.g. Vonage UK) and then use this in France. Basically bring the Vonage ATA box with you and plug it into your Internet service in France.
Alternatively get a French VoIP provider and then add a virtual International number for the UK so the UK number and the French number will both reach you in France.

 

#4 : Posted by Sandra Brownlie on June 27th, 2014:

We live in the UK, currently BT broadband speed is 0.5. I want to get rid off BT and wish to move to satellite internet - how does VOIP hook up if I cancel my BT phone?

-> Response: In all honesty, if you move to satellite Internet I would not recommend using VoIP as there is too much latency involved. This article on VoIP over satellite, explains some of the problems.

 

#3 : Posted by Robert on March 13th, 2014:

Would anyone calling me on the same local code, only have to use my local number?

-> Response: Yes providing you choose a VoIP plan that allows you to have a local number (or port your existing local number over) that is indeed the case. Many providers offer very low cost plans that come with a 03 number. This is treated as a standard National number in the UK, cost wise. ie. not a premium number.

 

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