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VoIPo Review by WhichVoIP

The company VoIPo is one of the most recognized names in the hosted VoIP industry and for good reasons. Coming from the people who created the popular web hosting platform Host Gator, their services are based on a powerful internet platform designed to support everyone from home users to big business, and further caters to those constantly on the go. The company was started in 2006 and offers both residential and business VoIP services in the United States. The service is currently not available to Canadian residents. Each of the service plans include unlimited calling to US / Canada numbers and there are also 60 minutes of international calling included each month to select destinations.

The Good

One of the best parts about VOIPo as a company is the fact that they have very few plans which simplifies the selection process. For starters, both the residential and small business plans are compiled into a single category for an introductory upfront fee of $149, which equates to $6.21 a month over two years. For this price, you receive two years of service and an ATA (analog telephone adapter) which is used to directly connect your regular phone to the internet.

Even with the basic residential or small business service, VOIPo comes with several additional features. The ATA the company provides for connecting your telephone is leased to you for free, which is not the case for many companies that provide similar services. Other features such as 3 way calling, call blocking, SIP-based softphone capabilities for computer platforms and mobile devices, 60 minutes of included international calling to select countries per month, as well as several other features.

You have the ability to transfer your number to their service for free in most instances. This can be used in conjunction with the Cloud VoIP service that starts at $3 a month. This is very useful in instances where you would like to keep an established phone number but do not require a full-fledged phone service for the number. VOIPo also offers a 30 day unconditional guarantee so if you are not pleased, you can send back their ATA device within this time frame for a full refund.

Additional business services are available such as a hosted business PBX solution. For a flat $20 monthly fee, VOIPo will host an online PBX with SIP capabilities. This service has much broader feature capabilities than the standard residential or small business solution such as an IVR (interactive voice response) system and correlating auto attendant features. Other common business features are packaged with the service such as call conferencing, modifiable call queues and many others that can be controlled via a web based administration portal.

The Bad

Though VOIPo is very pro-consumer, there are additional expenses that may come along with the service. Because the company is a qualified telecommunications company, you will be required to pay taxes based on your location. Though these fees are relatively small, two years worth of taxes can add up.

Some of the features and pricing require more details and explanation. For example, the number porting feature is not always free - a form must be submitted (it can anywhere from a week to 45 days to process) and, though not a common occurrence, a fee could be assessed in certain situations, or the transfer could be denied.

The ATA is provided on a free lease basis and as such remains the property of VoIPo. While there is a $49.95 fee if you damage it in any way, this type of replacement charge is common. If you are not comfortable with using a leased device you can always buy your own device and use it with the service. Check first with VoIPo so ensure the device you are planning to purchase can be supported.

With VOIPo, you can integrate its service into a mobile or computer based softphone however, the company does not have its own application. This means that a user will need to use a third party application for either a computer or smart phone which will require additional configuration. The company recommends X-Lite but other applications such as ZoiPer can be utilized.

The Bottom Line

  • Two years of residential or small business service for $149 dollars (plus taxes) is packaged with over 40 additional features.
  • A free ATA is provided for your service and VOIPo also offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
  • Softphone capabilities are available for various platforms however, a 3rd party application is required to use VOIPo services.
  • A hosted business IP PBX system costs a mere $20 a month.
  • The company offers a reseller program for $24.95 a month with select features and limited numbers that can be upgraded for additional lines and other services as needed.
  • Call forwarding starting at $3 a month can alleviate the burden of an existing phone plan.
  • All calling plans are designed for regular usage that is under 5,000 minutes per month.
  • No mobile apps currently available

Overall Thoughts

VoIPo offers low priced services that include many additional features that are backed by U.S. based customer service and support. This results in exceptional value for both consumers and businesses seeking a VoIP based phone service.

For business users, a hosted IP PBX starting at only $20 a month is a steal. Smaller businesses can enjoy a virtually worry free system by using the home service. Though using their service via a softphone will require additional configuration, this can greatly reduce expenditures on mobile expenses.

The lack of a mobile app for either Android or iOS (iPhone, iPad) based devices could be an issue for some though, as more and more people want to have easy access to their phone service at all times via their personal smart phone device.

In summary, VoIPo is an excellent choice for either home of business phone service.

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Author: Anthony


VoIPo Overview

The reviews of VoIPo phone service listed here have been submitted by actual users of the service. If you are an existing user of the service we would like to hear from you. Your opinions are welcome and will help others decide if a VoIPo service plan is good choice as their home phone solution. You can add your own review of VoIPo by selecting the green button to the right.

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Fast customer service, clunky SMS service

Overall rating (4.6)

#87 : APR 4th, 2016 :

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Pros: - Every time I have an issue it is resolved quickly. I submit a ticket and within an hour someone (a real person, not a computer) responds and the problem is fixed or being worked on. - I have never had any issues with call quality. - You can use multiple soft phone programs with VoIPo. - VoIPo does have an iPhone/iPad app, works similar to a phone, you can record conversations. - it's less expensive than a land line or cell phone, and you can have a number in a different city if need be. - you can use it from anywhere with an Internet connection. Con: - one of the only negatives is the usability of the SMS feature. It is straight forward and makes sense BUT you can only send texts through their website (you have to log in, etc.). What would make it a slam dunk is if you could send/receive SMS messages from a soft phone. You can have SMS messages forwarded to an email, phone number, or other options, but not to a soft phone.

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Simultaneous ring is not working and they can't fix it

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#86 : FEB 18th, 2016 :

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No simultaneous ring as advertised, they can't make it work. They say there is nothing they can do about it. It took a long time to get the phone working, so many phone calls made and different agents who could not help. Price is great but you don't get the quality and customer service they claim to have.

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Service and Support

Overall rating (5)

#85 : FEB 6th, 2016 :

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I had no problem setting up the service. I am 70 years old and not familiar with much technology. They assisted me with documentation that was easy to follow. If a problem occurs I chat or email and get a quick response and resolution.

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Great price and efficient service

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#84 : FEB 5th, 2016 :

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My only problem is with my Internet service provider who is Xfinity (Comcast), because they reset my IP address and VOIPO won't account for this and I presume Comcast does it to keep people from signing up with other VoIP providers. It's easy enough to reset by resetting the modem, resetting my WiFi and VoIPo modem concurrently. I believe I end up paying about $7 a month!

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Can't Call Certain Numbers

Overall rating (2.6)

#83 : JUL 6th, 2015 :

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Worked reasonably well at our house for a year (only occasional issues with noise on the line), so setup inlaws with VOIPO to replace their Vonage, which worked great, but was expensive. VOIPO never worked for them; initially they could not receive any calls. After many hours on the phone with customer support, now they can receive some incoming calls and only have noise on the line about 50% of the time. Now our VOIPO is pretty bad - noise on the line and cannot call some numbers (goes immediately to busy, even if not busy). Switching providers.

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Started good but now bad

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#82 : JUN 1st, 2015 :

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It was good in the beginning, but now there are too many problems. We hear the bell but when I pick up the phone there is no sound. Sometimes, people call me but it does not ring. Sometimes when I call, the other person can't hear me. I talked to customer service, they told me to try this and try that for months so far the same thing. My mom has the same phone because of me but she has the same problem. I have a very fast 100 MB cable Internet. When I got started with this company, the rating was good. Now I see it's going bad. The only good thing about this service is the price other than that I will not recommend this to anybody. Time to change but which one is the best?

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Beware

Overall rating (2.9)

#81 : JAN 5th, 2015 :

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Always had back noise, even after I changed Internet provider. We are unable to receive calls after 7 months. Unplugged it for most of the last year. Friendly people but no help.

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Wonder what happened?

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#80 : DEC 2nd, 2014 :

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I was happy with the service for a few years, then I started getting dropped calls (in & out). They keep doing adjustments that do not fix the problem for very long.

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Poor service

Overall rating (2.4)

#79 : SEP 4th, 2014 :

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I have had this service for about 6 weeks. This is the 5th VOIP service that I have used and of the list this one ranks at the bottom. Every aspect of getting it going has been a battle. Problems porting and it is my fault. The second attempt worked, ha, my fault. Two days after the port goes through I have to open a ticket to remind them to complete the port on their side as now the number is dead and goes to never never land. Then I realize that after my virtual number was ported it is like, oh, you want that to also go to your number, let me fix it. Problems with calls going dead while using their adapter, my fault. If I use my own PAP2T that has been in service for years it works great. They blame the issues on my routers DMZ. Then international calls are not completing as expected and I get to wait through a 3 day weekend for support to come in to check it. Problem found, their end. Then I get a bill for the failed international calls and they hold firm to the billing saying they show the call connected. Wait, you just changed the routing for my account so these calls will now work but then insist I have to pay for the failed calls because their broken system claims the calls connected. These folks are a joke. My friends are calling them VOIPoo because it better describes their service.

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David (Oct 1st, 2014) : Well, I have completed my promise. I have cancelled my service and moved on. And with each passing day I know I made the right decision. Any complaint to this company falls on deaf ears. Complain about the service and they stop communicating with you. They have NO interest in customer service despite what they tell you. I have yet to get my refund and wonder if I ever will. Oh well, lesson learned and buyer beware.

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Like no customer service at all.

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#78 : AUG 14th, 2014 :

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Everytime I call customer service, I have to call several times to get the problem resolved. Some of the people hang up the phone claiming that it was a bad connection. Huh, bad connection? They promise to call back but never do. They also cannot seem to receive fax. They will claim that they never received faxes over and over again, because I think they do not want to deal with it.

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Total Number 87 5 Stars 43
Thumbs Up 53 4 Stars 17
Thumbs Down 34 3 Stars 20
Average Rating 4 2 Stars 6
More Providers 1 Star 1

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