VoIP or voice over internet protocol is a calling service which is steadily catching up on the radars of people across the world. As it is, VoIP is cheaper and more convenient than most other telephony services, the fixed landline for example. But the catch in low rate VoIP is that the increasing number of VoIP service providers means that there are several services giving the same or nearly same services at variable rates. But how do these rates vary and why? This is chiefly due to a multitude of reasons such as the overall infrastructure of a company, cost effectiveness during operations and similar economic factors.
The recent splurge of VoIP telephony has led to several service providers boasting about the lowest rates associated with VoIP. In fact, these incredibly low rates seem too good to be true. How credible or useful are these unbelievably low priced VoIP services actually? If you are paying next to nothing for long distance calling, does it mean you will have to ‘bear’ your provider? Or does it mean you will have to struggle to talk through static noise in order to get a word across? Not necessarily. Here are some factors which affect the credibility and might influence your decision to choose a particular service:
- The overall number of features provided by the VoIP provider – ensure that the provider that you sign up with is providing all the basic features listed in their promos. Many upcoming services do not actually provide even a fraction of the services they list.
- Decide the features you need – if you are looking for a cheaply priced VoIP, then you definitely do not need the fancy features usually provided such as four way calling, redirecting, etc. The essential calling features come at rates near the ground so your search for a decent provider will be effortless.
- The voice quality should be respectable – As a rule, low rate VoIP providers usually have comparatively bearable voice clarity. If you are looking for basic facilities, ensure that at least the voice quality is respectable enough.
Scanning through consumer and various user reviews can be a good option to discover actually good low rate VoIP services. As these reviews are based on personal experience, one usually gets to have a fairly accurate knowledge about any online service provider beforehand. Communicating directly with the reviewer if possible is advisable due to widespread scamming by marketers. There are websites and blogs which offer excellent reviews and guides on VoIP telephony and a quick search on Google can reveal the popular and reliable ones in the field.