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MagicJack versus Skype: What’s the Difference?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

MagicJack and Skype are two very popular VoIP providers that you can use to call any landline or cell phone. However, they do have some very distinct differences. Let’s take a look at the two VoIP providers and see which is best for you.

MagicJack is a small device that plugs into your computer and your home phone. MagicJack then allows you to call as many people as often as you want, anywhere in the USA and Canada, for a flat monthly rate. In order to use MagicJack, you must have a high speed Internet connection and the MagicJack device, which you can purchase online or at Radio Shack. (Para aprender de MagicJack en Español, cliquea aqui.)

Skype is a downloaded computer program that allows you to call other Skype users, landlines, and cell phones in more than 30 countries around the world. There is no charge to call other Skype users; the rate per minute varies depending which country you are calling. Skype does not require any additional equipment and can be downloaded on computers and smartphones.

So which one is best for you? (more…)

Skype versus Vonage: Which VoIP Service is Better for You?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Choosing the right VoIP provider can be tricky. There are so many different providers who all offer so many different services. How can you know which one is best for you?

We can help make this selection easier for you. We are going to compare two of the most popular VoIP providers – Skype and Vonage – to help you decide which one is best for you.

Skype is a program that can be downloaded on your computer or smartphone. There is no cost to download Skype and no charge to call other Skype users from your Skype account. However, there is a per minute charge to call landlines and cell phones. You can also call landlines and cell phones in more than 30 countries around the world; the fees vary per country and are charged per minute, rounding up. Skype offers crystal-clear connections, video chat, and instant messaging, making it easy to talk to whomever you want, however you want. They also have fantastic customer service.

Vonage is an alternative to traditional landline phone services. Vonage allows you to make unlimited local and long distance phone calls within the USA for only $24.95 per month. You can also sign up for unlimited international services, which range from $6 per month to $15 per month, depending on the country you are calling. Without the international plan, you can still make international calls without the unlimited plan and pay $0.01 per minute for these calls. Vonage has been rated #1 for digital telephone service, but has had ongoing problems with poor customer service. (more…)

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iCall enables seamless GSM to WiFi switching on iPhone

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

VoIP has been ushered onto the iPhone in quite a few incarnations, but we’d wager than none of ‘em are as useful as iCall. Said application is currently in beta form, though a release isn’t quite ready for the public at large. Put simply, it enables iPhones to switch from GSM to WiFi (when WiFi is nearby, of course) on-the-fly in order to save cell minutes and bypass the hassle of manually changing over. Interested? We thought you’d be — hop on past the break to see a demonstrative video of the app in action, and keep a close eye on the read link for a sure-to-surface-soon download.

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China to Corner the Market on Voip Phone

Friday, August 1st, 2008

It looks like China is at it again and ready to pounce and take over the VOIP phone market.  After all it is a $20 billion global VOIP hardward market.

Those who survive will need to invest in tech upgrades, quality control, and focus on product differntiation and production scale to compete.

Marketwatch stressed that it is important to identify the right VoIP supplier from china with this sourcing report info:

1.  Determine which makers are expanding their product range to include analog terminal adapters (ATA), IP PBXs and gateways

2.  Find out which vendors are integrating wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, DECT and Wi-Fi, in their VoIP models to bring in better profits
3.  Discover which suppliers avoid patent infringement by choosing solutions from leading chipset companies such as Texas Instruments
Check out the complete Marketwatch article if you plan to invest in the super hot market of VoIP!

Vonage to Offer New VoIP Service for Mobile Users

Monday, July 28th, 2008

A Holmdel, New Jersey-based VoIP services provider with 2.6 million customers today announced that it’s launching a new mobile service that’ll allow people to use their home phone numbers and access the Internet from anywhere.

Officials from Vonage (NewsAlert) say their so-called “Vonage Pro” service caters to customers with a wide variety of lifestyles and communications needs.

According to Jamie Haenggi, the company’s chief marketing officer, the new offering marks a major step forward from a group that revolutionized communications with its digital phone service launch eight years ago.

“Vonage Pro provides consumers with services they don’t just need, but they really want,” Haenggi said.

The new service will cost $35 per month plus taxes and fees, according to the company.

Specifically, company officials say, Vonage Pro includes features for consumers seeking a way to improve their personal and professional lives.

The features, tagged together as “Vonage Companion,” offers customers at a residential or home office user to access their home number from any desktop or laptop PC connected to a high speed Internet connection.

The Companion also makes it so that incoming calls go to both the customer’s home phone and the companion, and offers features specifically tailored for each users, such as selective call blocking, conference calling and call recording.

According to the company, customers also can use microphones and speakers built into a PC with Companion, or use a headset.

According to one analyst, Yankee Group (NewsAlert) Senior Analyst Patrick Monaghan, VoIP services must distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive landscape.

“Advanced, flexible features that allow consumers to communicate anywhere will continue to grab market share,” Monaghan said.

In addition to the Companion, Vonage Pro includes voicemail and contact center features, as well as transcription services that can transcribe a voicemail into a text-message, according to the company.

“In a competitive communications landscape, VoIP services need to differentiate themselves on more than price,” Monaghan said.

“Contact Center provides customers with the ability to synchronize all contacts from their home, desktop and mobile address books while providing additional features such as voice activated dialing and speed dial,” Vonage officials say.

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