Before signing up with any provider it is absolutely essential to read consumer VoIP reviews and ratings. User reviews allow for all aspects, positive and negative, to be fairly presented. Don't just take the provider's word for it, go behind the scenes and get hands on experiences and tribulations from real VoIP subscribers.
VoIP offers different solutions designed to fit various needs. With that, there are hosted VoIP solutions, in which a provider delivers and manages service(s) to you, and on-site solutions which require you to supply, manage, and maintain the necessary hardware. Both solutions dictate different levels of user involvement – as both solutions work differently to provide the same end result service. Though both options allow you to handle the basic functionality of the selected system, more advanced options are also readily available via user control panels.
Equipment and network quality can greatly impact the quality of calls; therefore, you want to be sure that you have chosen the best option, and have all the necessary equipment. As households and businesses vary in size and need, so do the equipment requirements. VoIP requires a sufficient broadband connection with bandwidth. (Note: the amount of bandwidth needed is determined by the amount of simultaneous users) Also users should be sure their internal network is fit to handle all the data (use our speed test tool to determine). Additionally, you should be sure your phones can support Voice over IP transmitting. In doing this, users will need SIP ready phones, or for non IP phones you will need a analog telephone adapter.
While VoIP offers tremendous cost efficiency in comparison to landlines, you should be aware that cost savings is relative to your calling needs. Installation and equipment fees are relative to the selected setting and system. Additionally, all startup and operating costs are determined based on the vendor and plan selected. In regards to calling plans, many services have additional fees for add-on features as well as international calling. VoIP calling is typically unlimited within the US and Canada; however, many times connecting to special lines or mobile phones can incur extra charges. Users should determine their needs before seeking out a vendor. Aside from need, users’ infrastructure also plays a large part in determining the overall cost efficiency of switching to this solution. If you will require an elaborate solution, costs will typically reflect this.