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In the Internet telephony market, many providers select a niche to serve with various offerings. Yet some, like 1-VoIP, take an approach of meeting needs from the big business down to residential customers. This company takes customers of any size and offers some additional perks that few others openly promote.
1-VoIP offers hosted services to accommodate residential users and busines users, from small/home offices up to larger businesses, as well as SIP Trunking services for anyone with a PBX needing to connect to other communication networks.
Residential service is offered in 3 different plans to cover the needs of the casual caller to the world caller. All service packages come with free activation and free hardware to connect a device. Subscribers may connect with an analog phone or a digital VoIP phone with the included SP2102 adapter. It is possible to connect most other BYOD hardware but it would be best to contact customer support to ensure compatibility of existing hardware.
The Value program for residential service runs at $8.97 a month and includes 500 minutes of calling to North American numbers. The US & Canada Unlimited plan offers just as the name implies, unlimited calling between numbers in these locations, and costs $17.97 per month. The World Unlimited plan is $23.97 per month and takes it a step further by offering unlimited calling to 30 countries with reasonable rates for calls outside of the covered regions.
All residential plans include unlimited incoming minutes, all features, hardware adaptor, free activation and no term commitment, as well as the option to use Nomorobo (for blocking telemarketers and robocalls). Features include voicemail, internet fax capabilities, music on hold, call filtering, forwarding, waiting, speed dial and more.
Business VoIP services pricing is based on a "per extension" fee which varies based on the number of users (i.e. extensions) configured. The Lite offering pricing is $24.97 per user per month for groups of 1 to 5 users, dropping to $22.97/user/mo for groups of 6 to 19 users, and then dropping to $20.97/user/mo for groups of 20 - 99 users. Beyond 99 users, a customer may call to negotiate a specific price. Note that the company will match any competitor quote for a similar service.
Features are all inclusive with any of the Business VoIP services. Customers may setup call queues, an auto-attendant (i.e. IVR menus), record calls and fax among many other features. Another great add-on is the inclusion of Nomorobo. This 3rd party service is specifically designed to block spam calling such as telemarketers and other well-known, blacklisted numbers.
If you run IP PBX software, SIP Trunking services are available for such systems. The Service Level Agreement (SLA) provides 99.999% uptime (thats less than 6 minutes of downtime per year) with 3 fully redundant co-located switching facilities. Virtually any mainstream PBX system (such as Asterisk, 3CX, Elastix, FreePBX etc.) can utilize 1-VoIP SIP Trunking to enjoy major cost saving benefits, though a consultation with customer service is necessary for exact pricing.
1-VoIP provides 24/7 customer service and technical support via phone and email with 100% based US support staff.
One frustrating aspect of the site is the lookup feature for International calling. Some countries are difficult to find because of the way the input field works. Keep in mind, it is best to contact a customer service representative for more involved setups when distinct details are required.
Little information is provided pertaining to how the configuration process works. Many may want to know if a designated company admin converts settings or if a 1-VoIP representative must alter settings. For clarification, web administration is possible for business phone systems.
Make sure you keep any hardware provided by 1-VoIP for free in good shape as you will need to return it within 14 days of any cancellation of services. Otherwise you will be charged for the equipment.
Though a few bits of information are lacking, the company offers straightforward pricing and the standard set of VoIP service features. Residential customers have several options as do businesses, not to mention SIP trunking service is offered for custom systems. Anyone seeking a new communication system should strongly consider contacting this company to see if services are a good fit.
1-VoIP phone service has been around for many years. Originally under the name VoIP Your Life, they rebranded to VYLmedia, before changing the service brand name to 1-VoIP. User submitted reviews on this page include all brands for it's service.
1-VoIP reviews are listed in chronological order.
#204 : APR 6th, 2017 : M
I've been with 1-VoIP for just over a week and not sure I am going to stay. It's not the errors in documentation related to setup that specifies host names that don't exist and can't be resolved by DNS lookups. It's not the fact that multiple servers will contact you via UDP SIP where support tells you only one resulting in multiple additional firewall rules in my network requiring ALLOW. It's not that none of what I'm saying here is documented and tech support is in denial. It's because when you either go on hold or with the Bria IOS soft phone app (excellent BTW) my cell phone rings, anyone at the other end of the VoIP call gets music. And 1-VoIP tells me it can't be changed. This has led to embarrassment on conference calls when others thought I just picked up a guitar and started playing. Hell at least give me a choice of instruments. I'd prefer a didgeridoo. Calls too often break up which may or may not be a function of external network factors. I have done some analysis and overall bandwidth demand is low so more research is needed. Anyway all of this wrapped up is turning quickly annoying.
1-VoIP Representative (4/12/2017) : Sorry for the confusion. We use SRV-records to identify our registration servers. Unlike a standard A-record, an SRV-record allows us to broadcast multiple IP addresses to your SIP device. We always have at least 2 SIP servers in contact with your device. The servers are in separate data centers and on separate networks so in the event one of our servers or data centers fail, you can still communicate through the other. We do not create A-records where SRV-records are being used, so they will not resolve to ping. They are resolvable by DNS but you need to specify the request as an SRV-record. For residential accounts, music-on-hold is not optional but it is for business accounts. I hope that clears up any confusion. If not, please contact support.
#203 : DEC 22nd, 2016 : Fred
We have been using 1-VOIP for over 12 years now for our business and personal needs and we can highly recommend this provider. In the few instances when we needed support we always received immediate support that adressed our needs
#202 : DEC 7th, 2016 : Lori
I order the modem for 1VoIP and received it 3 weeks later. They had the wrong postal code. When it was set up the sound was intermittent and very sketchy. You could not have a conversation due to breaks in the voice. I contacted technical support over and over and they were incompetent and unable to correct the problem. My name was incorrectly displayed no matter how many times I had contacted them to correct it. I am now using OOMA with a clearer and uninterrupted sound.
Dennis (1-VoIP) : 12/24/2016 - We are very sorry to hear you had problems that we could not correct. It does not happen often but unfortunately, it can. In that event we always offer a full refund. If we cannot make it work and work right you should not have to pay for it. If you have not already received a full refund, please contact our support center and we will make sure your refund is processed.
#201 : NOV 27th, 2016 : Iris H
I have had VOIP phones since 2006 and most of them have been terrible, especially the poor quality of the sound. I contacted 1-VOIP from September 2016 and I am happy I have their service. Their customer service is unique and the quality of the sound is excellent. Besides, the price is really competitive. I recommend it without hesitation.
#200 : AUG 3rd, 2016 : Genell
I used Vonage for years until they increased their rates and refused to give me the same deal they would a new customer. I then went to AXvoice for the next 2 years. I had multiple problems with them especially in the 2nd year. I paid for each year in advance and was therefore stuck when the problems grew in the second year. I know it is hard to believe but they have no phone help, all problems are dealt with through email. That is a nightmare. It takes days to solve problems and the frustration level is high. I've been with 1-VoIP for the past two years and they have been incredible. I've never had to leave a voice mail and they solve what ever problem I have in minutes while they stay on the line with me. They are knowledgeable, polite and truly care about their customers. And best of all I've had minimum problems to begin with. They are a refreshing company and I would highly recommend them.
#199 : JUL 29th, 2016 : Albert
Last year I ditched my Canadian landline of 25 years and switched to 1-VoIP. There were some wrinkles in porting my Canadian number and billing. But 1-VoIP Customer Service is always there to answer questions and resolve issues to my satisfaction. I have just renewed my 1 year pre-pay service with them today.
#198 : JUN 18th, 2016 : Richard
I have been using 1-VoIP for a couple months now, and I think the service is excellent! I had BasicTalk (Vonage) for about three years prior to switching to 1-VoIP. I spent hours researching VoIP providers because I wanted more features like, voicemail to email and virtual fax, but most importantly I wanted better voice quality. It's important to me to have voice quality on par with a traditional land line for the vast majority of the calls. The good news: I could not be more pleased with the voice quality! The calls have been crystal clear with good volume. I have been enjoying their Nomorobo service. I checked my call logs and Nomorobo has been effectively blocking the robo calls. My phone does not even ring when it's a robo call, and all it takes is a click of the mouse to turn it off or on. Lastly, 1-VoIP has exceptionally good customer service. They are very friendly and knowledgeable.
#197 : MAY 24th, 2016 : Allan
Excellent 5 star service! 1-Voip found a nice workaround for any 1-800 number issues I was having. I know they really worked at getting things setup correctly, as I live in rural Quebec. The only other provider was Telebec, a division of Bell. It is good but very expensive. The switch to 1-Voip is running very well. I am now with them at least eight months or so. I forget exactly! Always very nice people on the phone and through e-mail. I don't even use all the features, I just want to pick up and dial! The messaging works well, as well as an anonymous setup if you wish. My issue was 1-800 Quebec numbers. The trick is to have them setup to dial without the toll free part, as it does not cost me anything. Only Quebec government numbers failed me, but 1-Voip has fixed the ones I needed. My local 819- 648 would not work, and that is resolved as well. All in all, price, features, service, this is 5 Star stuff! I do not rate products much, I either hate them or love them! P.S. Also, being on a disability, these 800 Quebec numbers are essential to me. The government possibly uses an out of Canada number blocker, though they claim they do not. It does not matter now. All is fixed!
#196 : MAY 2nd, 2016 : Chris
The only problem I've had was sometimes I have an echo and when my Internet slows down the person I'm calling has a hard time hearing me. This is not a problem with 1-VOIP but with my Internet provider I believe.
#195 : APR 29th, 2016 : Nav
Great service. Person to talk to at the service desk without hardly any hold. I got rid of my home line and now with 1-VoIP.
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#3 : Posted by Myrna Highlander
Do you we use our regular home phone when with VoIP? Do we have caller ID with 1 VoIP? Does the 1VoIP need to be plugged in to the computer and the computer be turned on for it to work correctly? Do we pay a year in advance when we start?
-> Response: Yes you can just use your existing phone. 1-VoIP will send you an adapter (ATA). Basically you connect your regular phone to the adapter and also connect the adapter to your Internet modem and that's it.
You will indeed get caller ID with 1-VoIP. They also have some neat features for blocking those annoying Telemarketing call (e.g. Nomorobo and anonymous call rejection).
No need for the computer, but you do need Internet.
You pay monthly for service.
#2 : Posted by Wayne
Does 1-VoIP have an Android or IPhone app.
-> Response: Yes they can support most apps in the market place. One app to consider is the Bria app which can be used by most providers.
#1 : Posted by Mark
Can I forward calls to my tablet on the same phone number? If so can I set rules for forwarding so that it doesn't forward at certain times.
-> Response: 1-VoIP, and indeed many providers, have the ability to download a soft-phone for your smartphone/tablet which can be used to make and receive phone calls (providing you have an Internet connection).
You can also forward calls to any phone number of your choosing. However, in the case of the tablet, this would likely just be configured as a simultaneous ring where both your home phone and soft-phone ring at the same time.
Regarding call forwarding at certain times, this would usually be considered a business class feature where you can set time conditions accordingly.
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