The 5 Best VoIP Providers in 2018
The 5 Best VoIP Providers in 2018
As our internet gets faster and our mobile phones better, we have seen the good-old fashioned landlines being dramatically dumped in favour of more flexible options, such as VoIP. But how do you go about choosing your next VoIP provider?
To help you better navigate the market, our experts here at Software Advisory Service have compiled a list of the top 5 VoIP providers on the market. Let’s dive in!
The Rise of VoIP
For many consumers worldwide, the copper wires are now nothing but a memory, a memento of days that are long gone. In the wake of this, we have seen two strong contenders rise up on the communication market: mobile phones and VoIP.
For more personal matters, mobile phones are the most popular option. Today, applications such as FaceTime, Skype and WhatsApp allow you instant video-access to your loved ones - no matter how far away they might be.
However, more and more UK businesses seem to favour the powers of VoIP. Are you not really sure what all the fuss is about? Read up on our Introduction to VoIP here.
In a nutshell, VoIP - which is short for Voice over Internet Protocol - is a type of technology that allows you to make free calls - or, at least, very affordable ones - by using the internet. And it doesn’t matter what network, device or equipment the person in the other end uses, VoIP will still let you make calls to any phone in the world. An added bonus is that VoIP allows for
- Call diverts
- Admin portals
- Call records
- Integration with PC
All of which are notoriously difficult, if not straight out impossible, with a traditional landline.
Why should you switch to VoIP?
The benefits of adopting VoIP are many. In fact, it’s such a popular choice nowadays that over 45% of UK businesses have started to implement it.
So what are these businesses gaining? Well, of all the businesses that have adopted IP Voice systems, more than 96% could report substantial savings compared to what they experienced with their previous and traditional voice service partner. Perhaps most notably, a survey conducted by web and telecom provider TalkTalk, found that UK businesses saved an average of 35% when adopting VoIP, as opposed to those using traditional services.
There are a vast amount of options on the VoIP market, so how can you be sure that you have found the one that is right for you? Well, to make it easier for you to navigate the market, we have handpicked the best 5 VoIP solutions on the market.
- Affordable costs
- 30-day guarantee
- Plenty of premium features
Voipo is a robust and popular solution. The service includes a wide range of premium features, such as free rollover line, online voicemail, telemarketer blocking and more.
Instead of selling a monthly service, like most other providers, Voipo only offers a two year deal starting at approximately £113 - oh and yes, that’s for two years.
Does 2 years still sound like too much of a commitment for you? Luckily, Voipo offers a full 30-day guarantee, the perfect solution for those of you who like to try before you buy.
- Great Customer Support
- Unlimited calling
- Annual contract plan
Vonage is a well-established contender on the VoIP market. They are known for offering a wide range of plans to choose from - and for having great customer support, too. Their lowest tier plans bills for as little as £10 per month, making it a great fit for any budget.
If you’re willing to sign up for an annual contract, you will even get the required hardware, the Vonage Box, free of charge.
- HD Voice to improve call quality
- Compression to decrease bandwidth usage
Ooma is one of the most affordable options on the market, and it’s favoured by many. With this provider, you will benefit from encrypted phone calls, and advanced voice compression that decreases bandwidth usage by 60% compared to other VoIP solutions.
The basic package is Ooma Telo, starting at £76, which requires a wired connection. If you upgrade to Ooma Telo Air, starting at £99, you will get a fully wireless solution instead.
- Hardware included
- Telemarketing filter
- Integrated faxes
1-Voip offers good value and robust features for an affordable price range. An added bonus is that the hardware is included.
Their lowest budget tier starts at £7 monthly, and it’s a good solution for smaller organisations that wants to try out VoIP solutions without investing too much. The budget package is limited to only 500 outgoing minutes, but it still offers an unlimited amount of incoming minutes.
An extra benefit is their recent partnership with Normorobo, in the attempt of filtering out telemarketers.
- Includes 20 premium features
- Discounts for annual contracts
- Price includes adapter
Lingo is a solid VoIP solution, and it’s a favourite amongst both smaller and medium-sized organisations. Their pricing is middle of the board, and their features are solid and flexible - but perhaps not revolutionizing.
Their basic plan starts at £8 per month without a contract, but there are plenty of discounts available for those who want to upgrade to an annual plan.
It's time to choose
All of these solutions are robust, rich on features and affordable.
But how do you know which one is the right match for your business?
Let’s face it - there are many hosted phone systems on the market, all of them suited to a wide range of businesses of different sizes, needs, and objectives. Luckily, Software Advisory Service can help you find the perfect solution.
Our experts offer non-chargeable technology buying advice that will lead you to the VoIP system that will suit your business’ needs - all while saving you precious time and money.
Why waste resources looking for a VoIP system for yourself when you can get our experts lead you to the best one through their experienced, impartial advice?
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